decent NAS

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Ric, Oct 22, 2008.

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    Ric Guest

    Hi All,
    I'm looking for a decent home NAS solution.
    I want a small, low power box that I can run headless and do the

    * serve up network shares at 100mbit speeds, preferably via SMB and
    * run a bittorrent client on
    * run FTP
    * has a simple web-based admin page
    * can cope with multiple drives running either as RAID or JBOD.
    * bonus points for being able to run Ebay sniping software on it
    * VPN a bonus, too

    Anyone got a suggestion for how to do this on a budget? All the home
    power-user-nas boxes I've seen have been slightly lacking in some way
    so personal recommendations a bonus.
    Ric, Oct 22, 2008
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    Arno Wagner Guest

    On a budget, you have to likely do it yourself or try something
    like OpenNAS.

    Arno Wagner, Oct 23, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Linux with Webmin on a mini ITX box is the obvious solution, but I
    think you'll have to get your hands dirty when it comes to setting it
    Rob Morley, Oct 23, 2008
  4. Maybe worth looking for a HP Proliant ML115 server? In the £120 region when
    I bought one, and a fully featured server. No OS/monitor, but i`d be
    surprised if you got better value for money on anything else :)
    Simon Finnigan, Oct 24, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Not exactly a low power solution though, is it? :)
    Rob Morley, Oct 24, 2008
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    Adrian C Guest

    You will have a struggle finding them in stock at this price now. Gone
    up :-(
    Adrian C, Oct 25, 2008
  7. Depends how low power he means. And if it could replace other boxes on his
    network, like mine has done, it could work out to be a power saver. For
    example, mine has replaced 4 external hard drives, each with its own power
    supply than ran fairly warm 24/7. The new machine runs nice and cool, and
    has allowed me to turn off another PC that used to run 24/7, so it`s
    probably not far from breaking even power wise :)
    Simon Finnigan, Oct 25, 2008
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    Ric Guest

    It's a minefield this one.
    Ubuntu server'll do everything, with some buggering about, although
    it's not going to give me a web interface that controls everything
    like bittorrent all in one without some messing about.

    FreeNAS looks great, does RAID1, does AFP to play nice with my macs
    and Time Machine, doesn't do webdav
    Openfiler does webdav (so I can get access to home resources from work
    where FTP's blocked) but doesn't do AFP.


    Think I'm going to go FreeNAS and see how I get on, then move to
    Ubuntu server.

    I don't mind getting my hands dirty with hardware or software, but
    this box is going to be on 24x7 so size/power/noise is a factor -
    ideally a mini-ITX, passively-cooled system would do the job...

    Not sure I need VPN - presumably Rsync would do the job to do an over-
    the-internet sync to a mate running a similar setup?
    Ric, Oct 27, 2008
  9. For a web based bittorrent interface you should check out torrentflux
    (it's got a lot of dependencies but apt makes it a breeze), but I prefer
    to run rtorrent in a screen session so I can leave it in the background
    and connect to it over ssh at will.
    Tony Houghton, Oct 27, 2008
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