Cloud-based services are much more accessible in 2017, but what if you want to store your files locally at home or in the office? Instead of labeling 20 external hard drives and keeping them in a secure location, why not build your own Network Attached Storage (NAS)?
A NAS is simply a machine that is attached to your home or office network, either through cables or wireless. It allows for all connected devices with correct permissions set to access files on internal drives.
Why you should buy a NAS
It’s possible to purchase your own NAS device, and the prices aren’t too steep. We took a look at some of the best options available on the market right now, whether you’re looking for affordability or expansion capabilities. If you’d rather have a fun project to be tasked with or wish to configure your own system (more ideal for streaming and various demanding tasks) then it’s possible to create your own NAS. Here are some of the advantages when it comes to building your own NAS setup:
- Can be more affordable with better specifications.
- Room to upgrade in the future.
- Can be configured to your exact requirements.
- More powerful and feature-rich than prebuilt systems.
We’re going to focus on a low-cost build in this guide.