View Full Version : Gigabit NAS?

06-16-11, 07:10 PM
are there any decent not really expensive 2-bay NAS units?

I found a interesting LG unit, but with max transfer speed of about 30mb/s, and Netgear with 25mb/s. Why can't NAS units be faster, this is very slow for gigabit network.

06-16-11, 08:54 PM
I honestly don't know of any. Problem is they use cheaper hardware and usually run a stripped down linux samba server. I've never seen samba work all that fast. If you got a micro atx board with an atom processor you could probably throw Windows 7 on that and push 50MBps+.

06-16-11, 10:03 PM
that might be a better solution, will look into it

06-19-11, 12:13 PM
Yea, something like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121442&cm_re=atom_dual_core-_-13-121-442-_-Product) has the cpu and board. Just need some cheap laptop memory and a small PSU. Only thing I'm not seeing is I don't think this board would support RAID. So you could only plug two individual drives into it.

Actually for $90 gigabyte has a board with RAID 0, 1, and JBOD support and 4 SATA headers. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128452&cm_re=atom_motherboard-_-13-128-452-_-Product

Hmm... That gigabyte board is quite tempting. Since it only requires a 20 pin power supply I practically have all of the other parts just laying around to build a pc from it.

06-19-11, 01:04 PM
looking for ITX case that would support 4 hard drives, so far nothing on the egg.

06-19-11, 01:20 PM
Mini-ITX is a 17 x 17 cm (or 6.7 x 6.7 inches) low-power motherboard form factor developed by VIA Technologies.[1] Mini-ITX is slightly smaller than microATX. Mini-ITX boards can often be passively cooled due to their low power consumption architecture, which makes them useful for home theater PC systems, where fan noise can detract from the cinema experience. Beside that specific application, they are commonly used in small form factor (SFF) computer systems. The four mounting holes in a Mini-ITX board line up with four of the holes in ATX-specification motherboards, and the locations of the backplate and expansion slot are the same (though one of the holes used was optional in earlier versions of the ATX spec). Mini-ITX boards can therefore often be used in cases designed for ATX, micro-ATX and other ATX variants if desired.

According to wiki you should be able to just throw it into any ATX case you have laying around. If it's something that is just going to sit in the closet out of sight then you don't need to worry about aesthetics.

06-19-11, 10:05 PM
nice, might just buy microATX case then

06-24-11, 01:06 PM

06-24-11, 01:18 PM
I'm a big fan of full fledged file servers for the home. I run Windows and have Subsonic for streaming. It also acts as my bastion server for SSH and tunneled RDP.