Off the shelf
Well, that was all a lot of effort, wasn’t it? Surely capitalism can provide an easier solution? Damn right. Off-the-shelf NAS options are available in droves, and provide a level of ease, functionality and slickness that’d be akin to the low levels of friction you’d find between dihydrogen monoxide and a mallard’s back. We’d certainly point you in the direction of QNAP and Synology — both offer a range of solid NAS systems, with very flexible web-controlled software and other simple remote management options. You’ll be able to manage your NAS from any web browser or your smartphone.
At the low end, drives are typically offered in single-, dual- and quad-bay designs, with various processor, network, video-out and expansion options. Moving up the levels, you hit eight-bay models, with Core i7 processors, up to 64GB of system memory, dual 10GB networking and beyond.
Of course, part of the reason for running this article is the do-ityourself option. Take an old processor and motherboard, link up a bunch of drives, and you can effectively build your own NAS box. Low-power Core i3 processors provide an excellent option and all the Quick Sync transcoding grunt you could need for most situations.
Save a lot of time and buy an off-the- shelf solution.