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Old 02-02-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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I'm looking for advice on a NAS. The following are the requirements I'm looking for:

1. Gigabit Ethernet
2. Accessible over the web
3. RAID-5 Configuration
4. Built-in BitTorrent client
5. Support of terabyte drives
6. Media server (not required, but would really like it)

I know RAID-5 might be a little overkill but I do a lot of programming and other things that require a lot of storage, and I can be very paranoid or losing data. Any suggestions? If anyone has any suggestions of other configurations besides RAID-5, I'd be willing to hear it. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:11 AM   #2
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1. Gigabit Ethernet
2. Accessible over the web
3. RAID-5 Configuration
4. Built-in BitTorrent client
5. Support of terabyte drives
6. Media server (not required, but would really like it)
I'd like a box like this as well!

the trouble is I don't think that you'll find it.

my reasoning is simple, Raid5 is a business type feature, media server and bit torrent client is a home type feature.

What you might find is that if you get something like an overland snap server that runs guardian OS (a linux variant) that you might be able to install a pnp media server on it, and perhaps a bit torrent client.
(something like the snap 520 -which has dual GB network ports, web interface for connectivity, support smb shares, or ISCSI disks, has holes for 4 disks supports raid 5 and expansion through SAS shelves).


after that things get a little flakier.

I went the other way around than you did. I bought a linux based media player (emprex ME1) you can pick them up from ebay for cheap.

then I installed a copy of debian onto it.
so mow it supports, web server, FTP server torrent client, pnp media server (as well as playing media directly to the TV).

there is a disk inside the unit and I've got a USB disk plugged into the back, which means I can quite happily store things on the disk and just schedule a task with cron to copy my important data to the USB disk. not quite as good as RAID 5, but good enough for my purposes.

the bad side is I believe it only supoprts up to 750GB drives, (though may support larger ones with the latest firmware).
it'll support any size USB disk plugged into the back (if I remember correctly it supports reading NTFS formatted disks as well with the latest firmware).
and it's only got a 100MB ethernet port.


hopefully that'll give you some ideas for some good searches to help you find the product.

either a decent MAS device with an OS that you can actually interact with, -so you can customise for your purpose

or a media server with an OS that you can interact with -so you can customise for your purpose
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:48 PM   #3
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I'll look into that kind of set up. I was getting so frustrated because I was able to find RAID 5 NAS with a media server and I was able to find RAID 0/1 with media server and bit torrent, but couldn't find them together. Wow...I was just doing some searching while typing this message and came across this:

Amazon.com: NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ 4-Bay 0TB (Diskless): Electronics

It be exactly what I'm looking for. RAID 0/1/5 and Netgears X-RAID (whatever that is), support for media devices, built-in BitTorrent, print server. It got 3.5 stars on amazon with 60 reviews...not bad. You might want to take a look at it if you are looking for something similar.
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