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Seeking home network storage solution

Posted on 2006-11-10
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I am looking for a network file drive. Something that will hook up to my ethernet and allow for me to connect to it from my desktop (pc) and my laptop (mac) wirelessly. Something in the size to 500G.

This is an option
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Customer-reviews-for-Netgear-Storage-Central-SC101NA/sem/rpsm/oid/127433/rpem/ccd/productDetailReview.do#tabs
But looking for other reccomendation.
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by:Callandor
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by:JamesTX10
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I second the buffalo. Simple to use. The home models can be used as a USB network print server. They have RAID built in.
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by:qwertq
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anything a little cheaper?
it looks nice, but might be too nice for what i need.
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by:JamesTX10
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check for them on ebay. I just got the pro 1TB model for $580
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by:qwertq
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it looks like it has bad reviews.
they are mentioning VERY slow performance, etc.
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by:Callandor
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by:JamesTX10
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What are you using the file store for? Slow is generic term if there is not info to measue it by.

If you are just using it to store files or backups then it will work fine.
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by:qwertq
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It will store files, not backups.

One use i will use it for is to store my itunes library, so i will want to listen directly from it.
Also will store data files, which will need to access.

I want something that would respond at least as fast as connecting to my pc from my mac wirelessly.
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by:Callandor
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Anything connected over a 100Mbit ethernet should be as fast as wireless 54Mbit, if not more.
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by:qwertq
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so the buffalo drives... do they have their own ip? what kind of security is included?
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yes they have their own IP. http://www.buffalotech.com/products/storage.php Will have all the spec sheets and manuals.
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by:qwertq
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Coll thanks. reviewing the docs now.

Can you tell me thou - with the LS-500GL does the full volume show up as one drive? And i add additional drive (piggy back) for more storage later on?
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by:Callandor
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I believe it is a single drive (non-RAID).  To add storage, "Expand Storage by Adding a USB 2.0 Hard Drive", so no ability to add more drives internally (which is what the TeraStation will allow you to do).
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by:JamesTX10
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I have never had a USB drive connected to ours here, but I have heard that they must be formatted by the linkstation and then they can not be used stand alone.

So you could not add a USB drive with your music stored on it and then unplug the drive and take it with you and use it somewhere else. That is not from experiance just what I have heard.
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thanks guys, i just bought the 500G from new egg
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