January 18th, 2011
Synology DiscStation DS710+
4TB [Expandable to 14TB]
Keeping my computer on to stream movies, or to download torrents, or to have people download/FTP large files from me is a massive inefficient power pit. Even leaving my HTPC on all day isn’t very efficient. Enter my networked attached storage unit, the Synology DiscStation DS710+.
It’s always on. It’s a massive decrease in power consumption. It’s DLNA/uPnP complaint (e.g. Playstation, XBOX, Boxee, etc…). It’s fast. I have it set up as an FTP server, an iTunes server, and a print server. I can play videos, view photos, and listen to audio, remotely right from my phone. I can manage my torrent downloads remotely. No more leaving my computer on to download that 20 gig package. I can even attach surveillance cameras and observe them remotely.
There are far too many practical applications here for me to write down. Synology makes a bunch of NAS servers for all kinds of budgets. Check them out.