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sync apple devices to media center/nas

Hey guys,

At our house we have numerous apple devices (iphone, ipad, macbooks, etc), now everyone has photos/videos stored on each of their device. I'd like to have a device where we can seamlessly sync all of our data to one dedicated nas so its saved there and we can view all of them. Wifi would be preferred.

Is this possible?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We use Drop Box for that. First, it will do all you want here and adding users is very simple. Second, it is easier to implement than a NAS.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Thats a good idea, but we want to avoid the monthly cost.

Any nas suggestions?
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Cobra25Author Commented:
ANd theres over 300+ GB of data
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You probably want to look at what is being shared because iPhones (and so far as I know) iPads won't hold 300Gb of data.

All I can put on an iPhone goes in Drop Box for free.

I sync the rest between 2 computers with Sync Back Pro as I do not need as NAS. I thought I did at one point, but drives get larger and larger.

So I use a 2 pronged approach.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Thanks. The macbooks have over 300gb of data each. I dont want to use dropbox or a pc.

Any ideas?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can get a commercial NAS, but you would need to consider iPhone and iPad access. Western Digital, Synology and others make NAS devices. You need to match your needs with what is available.

Here is a current list to start with:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401086,00.asp
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Cobra25.

iPad and iPhone cannot sync directly to any NAS devices .. you need to back them up to a desktop/laptop PC/MAC and then back that device in turn to the NAS.
iOS backups are not browseable .. they are purely for security purposes in case of loss/damage/theft.

To have Media that you can browse/share music or photos you need to focus on getting the images from the laptop/desktop backed up.
Also you could/should be using TimeMachine to backup all OSX computers to the NAS over Ethernet or WiFi.

If you've more than one computer (excluding iOS) and they are all OSX macs you could use the Apple Airport Extreme and plug in an external USB HD to give you a few TB of storage .. or the Airport TimeCapsule which has the HD built-in but is a little overpriced
https://www.apple.com/airport-extreme/
https://www.apple.com/airport-time-capsule/

The alternative are NAS devices that support Windows and Apple OSX.  You MUST check that the NAS you choose supports the OSX file sharing protocols (for best performance) .. although a lot will work with OSX .. some are better than others and I have used Synology & Drobo in the past with OSX and they work well - Buffalo, QNAP, ioSafe are also good but I've had issues with some Netgear and other brands in the past but the support for OSX varies from brand to brand and model to model.
Ensure that the NAS supports the AFP and SMB2 protocols (OSX 10.9 uses SMB2 whereas earlier OSX versions use SMB1/CIFS)
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have never tried NAS with iPhone and iPad and the two devices won't hold 300Gb of data, so a single solution seems overly complicated to me. That is why I use two different methods.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
I have this device right now, https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/index/multimedia

So i need the macbooks to backup there
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Some of the Synology NAS devices have a feature called CloudStation which support syncing with Dropbox and Google Drive - so you could share photos on your iOS devices with Dropbox and get them copied directly from Dropbox to the NAS
http://www.macdrifter.com/2014/03/synology-sync-with-dropbox-and-google-drive.html
https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/app_packages/CloudStation_landing

Also you can use the Apple TimeMachine complete hard drive backup system with Synology NAS devices
https://www.synology.com/en-us/support/tutorials/481
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akahanCommented:
I back up my Macs to my Synology using Time Machine on the Macs.
Works fine.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Thanks guys let me review.
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