So a family member has been asking where and how they can store all there thousands of images so that the whole family can view them in any room. Now I am by no means a network expert or an IT guru, but I do enjoy the world of IT and networking and trying to use technology to provide the solutions that are adequate for the people asking.
So, in this case the desires were:
- Ability to store and view images in a common place,
- Store home videos and view over network,
- Have a common repository for music,
- Relatively Quiet,
- Minimal Maintenance,
- Enough capacity and some built in backup,
- Cheap but off the shelf, so value for money
After an amount of research and delectation I decided that the best option for this was going to be the Netgear RND2110 ReadyNAS Duo v2 which from ebuyer was under £200 with 1TB included. However, what made it even better value was a second 1TB drive included at no additional cost. A web form was filled in and a drive was sent directly to the same address as the NAS Drive.
In summary the device is:
- Marvell 1.6Ghz CPU
- 2 Serial ATA channels
- Compatible with SATA and SATA II HDD
- Hot-swappable trays
- 10/100/1000 Ethernet
- 1 USB 2.0 port
- 3 USB 3.0 ports
- 256 MB PC2700 DDR-SDRAM SO-DIMM
- Embedded 64 MB flash memory for OS
- Supports Windows, Mac, Linux/UNIX Clients
- Setup wizard and easy browser-based interface
- NETGEAR Auto-Expandable X-RAID
The installation was very simple.
- The extra terabyte was simple fixed into its cage and installed into the machine before I even booted the machine.
- Connected the Gigabit Ethernet port to the Netgear Switch which distributes the network.
- Plugged the RND2110 power socket into mains supply and pushed power switch to start
- Followed instructions delivered with the RND2110 to login via RAIDiater web-based software.
- Set NAS name and administritive password.
- DONE…. (The RND2110 then booted and automatically formatted the 2nd disk drive in the background)
Straightaway the drive was visible on the Home network and services, such as the DLNA media streaming server, were already running and I was able to see the NAS drive on the PS3 and also the uPNP compatible mobile phones on the wireless network. Also the drive could be mapped to a windows machine using the admin password.
A few things to mention are:
- This NAS is only to be used as a home server for a family to share all of their media, therefore no specific logins were created.
- The need for security is relatively low as the home network is protected by a system which allows no inbound traffic and uses a dynamic IP. All the users on the home network are able to look at the content so creating further shares for media was not required. (All networks are breakable but with all the Firewalls up and the Router allowing no inbound traffic this is the normal for a home network)
- I don’t know how much of a difference is makes but I allocated a static internal network IP address for the NAS drive so that it is easy to find and service if required. Also it makes it easier if any of the internal clients require an IP address for the servers.
The only problem I had was displaying the video on the PS3 but this appeared to be more of a router issue. Once reset and the static IP assigned the performance enhanced. (There was a recommendation to alter the MTU from 1500 to 1436 but this didn’t make any noticeable difference)
I think the Video streaming is seriously impacted by having a relatively cheap router being used as a switch and also connection using wireless. The maximum speed is wired 100MBPS and then most items connect using 54G Wifi, so it’s all rather slow. A gigabit switch and wired connections would improve the perf0rmance no end I’m sure.
So far it all works and my family member is happy with the solution and the fact they just copy and paste what they want where.