Nerding over the NAS

Some time ago I bought a Network Attached Storage unit (NAS).

This little baby, if you’re interested.

As well as the usual RAIDed, WiFi-enabled storage device, the NAS has a bunch of add-on functionality, which includes being able to host up to 30 websites, and act as a video-, photo- and music-server.

I did set the NAS up a couple of weeks ago, and transferred my music library on to it via the console panel, but hit a network problem and, frankly, ran out of time to sit down and fix it.

Last night I identified the problem; my antivirus’ firewall had been blocking the connection. Bastard.

Half an hour of reading-up on categories and sub-categories of firewall rules later, and the problem has gone away.

My laptop now connects to the NAS on boot-up, via mapped drives.

And now, all of my video-editing projects, all of my audio-editing projects, all of my music and every single one of my data-files are sitting on the NAS.

The NAS continually backs itself up; it has two 3TB internal disks, and it mirrors the data across both disks.

I haven’t enabled remote access yet, but I probably will at some stage, when I’ve reassured myself that security is as robust as the manufacturers claim.

I’ve just spent a massive amount of money (£6.58) on a two-year domain which I will (eventually) host on the NAS.

It’s going to be a messing-about, nothing serious, experimental home of technical mistakes and *cough* deliberate accidents.

This evening, after syncing the laptop to the NAS one last time, I’ve done one final laptop backup to another external device and have…

… deleted all of the data and media files on the laptop!


But I’m well covered, if it goes tits up.

Which it won’t, obv.

And that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to for the last few hours.

What about you?

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3 Responses to Nerding over the NAS

  1. Masher says:

    Nice bit of kit.
    Keep us posted on this, willya. I may be in the market for a new NAS sometime in the not-too-distant, as my existing one tends to lock up every-so-often, needing a reboot. Plus, I’m thinking of sticking it in the garage and the built-in WiFi would save me having to run CAT 5/6/7 down the garden.

    What have I been doing today? I’ve been putting together my holiday folder (diary and pics). Cutting & Pasting in the old fashioned sense, with scissors and glue!

    • Brennig says:

      Scissors & glue? You lo-tech rascal 🙂 To clarify, I’m not using the NAS as a WiFi-enabled entity, it’s plugged in to the router and tucked out of sight. Unfolding the functional layers almost has the same sense of excitement as unboxing the thing. I’m sure you’ll know what I mean.

  2. Allister says:

    Ah, the personal firewall. Fond memories.

    I once ran an old HP (I’ll wash my mouth out shortly) PC (333MHz) as a NAS with much of the same functionality you describe – but it was built on a Linux distro called SLAMPP (if I remember correctly). Much tinkering fun was had. Now I just have a couple of USB hard drives plugged into my router. Tinkering over.