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If I wanted to implement a NAS in my house, on which I could keep all my large files and backups, do I need to be on a domain? Ideally I could just plug this into my wireless router and be able to access it as if it was a drive on my PC, like instead of C:\ it'd be D:. Is this possible? If so, can somebody recommend a device that I could use?

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How much space do you want? –  JNK Aug 3 '10 at 12:41
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No need for a domain. For the drive letter functionality, you can replicate that with the Map Network Drive function (google). –  crazysim Aug 3 '10 at 12:47
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Here's a good one on amazon.

It's 1TB with USB or Ethernet connection, and it's basically plug and play. Power it on and connect it and it shows up as a network drive.

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the image on the amazon site has a wired connection between the router and a desktop machine (server or whatever?). Do I need to have a wired connection to a machine with this? Ideally the device would just be plugged into the router (physically is fine) and tucked away into a corner. All access to the device is done wirelessly. –  DaveDev Aug 3 '10 at 13:32
    
There is are 2 options - USB to a pc/mac/whatever, or ethernet to the router. Plug into the router and it'll show up on all devices on the network as a shared storage volume in the network. –  JNK Aug 3 '10 at 13:39
    
thanks JNK, you've helped with my decision! –  DaveDev Aug 3 '10 at 13:46
    
Glad to assist. –  JNK Aug 3 '10 at 13:46
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I'm in the same boat, but my requirements are a bit different:

  • NAS (obviously)
  • RAID 0,1 (other modes are way more expensive)
  • Web accessibility/streaming
  • Torrent downloads
  • Low(er) power consumption

The only one I came up with that has decent reviews is LinkStation Duo

Pros: seems like they know what they're doing. Good reviews

Cons: bang/buck. When run in mirrored mode, you "lose" half of the capacity.

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Is that really a con? Better to lose half your capacity than all your data. –  Stanley Williams Jan 13 '11 at 18:24
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