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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 03:09 PM   #1
 
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Question Which NAS server do you have?

Does anyone out there currently have a NAS server connected to their Mac home network? If so, what type of NAS server do you have?

I'm looking to buy or build a NAS server and would like to know what other people are using.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 03:51 PM   #2
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I use the DNS-323 from D-Link.

2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure - DNS-323 by D-Link

Works well for me. Just make sure you update to firmware 1.04. I have a couple of 1TB Seagate SATA hard drives in a RAID 1 config in it at the moment.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:19 PM   #3
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Hi,

I currently use FreeNAS (freenas.org) on a old junker PC I have lying about. It works well with both OS X (AFP) and Windows (SMB). It has a whole mess of features and protocols.
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10 year old PC with XP Pro that has 2 HD's. No problems whatsoever with this setup.
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I checked out the D-link DNS323, thats pretty much in line with what I'm willing to spend. I don't want to spend anything over $500CDN.

I looked into FreeNAS and it has some impressive features. A0rez, are you running FreeNAS with any type of RAID configuration? If so, is it difficult to setup Raid in FreeNAS?

I've thought about making my current Windows 2000 Server box into a NAS but how easy would it be to share folders between Windows 2000 and Mac OS?
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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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I use a Vantec NexStar LX loaded with a 500Gb drive. Definitely not the high end type of NAS, but it's relatively inexpensive, supports up to 100 Mbps on the network and has a USB 2 interface when speed is needed.
It gave me some troubles with the early versions of Leopard, but the 10.5.2 upgrade fixed them (I could see the NAS when networked, but not the files -- always worked well on Tiger and with Windows). Other than that, it works well for my needs (I store all my encoded videos on it).
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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 10:34 PM   #7
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I use a Vantec NexStar LX loaded with a 500Gb drive. Definitely not the high end type of NAS, but it's relatively inexpensive, supports up to 100 Mbps on the network and has a USB 2 interface when speed is needed.
It gave me some troubles with the early versions of Leopard, but the 10.5.2 upgrade fixed them (I could see the NAS when networked, but not the files -- always worked well on Tiger and with Windows). Other than that, it works well for my needs (I store all my encoded videos on it).
I also have a Nexstar LX. It worked great under Tiger, but since I've upgraded to Leopard i've had problems with it (even after 10.5.2). I was using it to hold my iTunes library, but i've since started to use my airdisk for that (which in itself was a pain). Out of curiosity did you upgrade to Vantec's beta firmware for the Nexstar?

If anyone is interested in buying my Nexstar LX let me know, since it's not really being used at the moment I think i might just sell it off.
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I also have a Nexstar LX. It worked great under Tiger, but since I've upgraded to Leopard i've had problems with it (even after 10.5.2). I was using it to hold my iTunes library, but i've since started to use my airdisk for that (which in itself was a pain). Out of curiosity did you upgrade to Vantec's beta firmware for the Nexstar?

If anyone is interested in buying my Nexstar LX let me know, since it's not really being used at the moment I think i might just sell it off.
Hello i-rui,
I'm not using a beta firmware (wasn't even aware of its existence, where did you hear about it?), but the one called "BASIC46".
I too tried to use it for iTunes but quickly abandoned the idea. It works quite well for my movies and simple backups though.
The issues with Leopard are really weird...
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Synology DS107e case, install your own SATA drive and be up and running, all in less then 20 minutes.
I've run it with Panther, Tiger and now Leopard without a hiccup.
Does music and downloads, I can ftp in to it from anywhere, even has a built in music player plus a download manager.
Has it's own backup software, plus ports for USB and Sata.
Can you tell I like it?

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Old Feb 24th, 2008, 03:19 AM   #10
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Hello i-rui,
I'm not using a beta firmware (wasn't even aware of its existence, where did you hear about it?), but the one called "BASIC46".
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I was sent the "BASIC 49b" firmware from Vantec's tech support since i was in correspondence with them since i upgraded to Leopard and had the initial problems. Ultimately it still didn't adequately fulfill my need as an iTunes server.

The other problem i have with the enclosure is the caveat that the drive MUST be formated as FAT to work as a NAS (I understand in a mixed environment, but in a mac only scenario it'd be nice to use HFS).
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