NETGEAR @ CES 2013

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After attending NETGEAR’s press conference there wasn’t anything that new or surprising to see when I stopped by their suite last week, but it was great to get a more detailed look at what they were bringing out this year. I did get a chance to take a closer look at their upcoming Google TV box, and the slick little […]

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Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX NAS Case Reviewed

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  The first time I heard of Fractal Design I was still heavily invovled in the Windows Home Server community. The Fractal Design Array Mini-ITX NAS case was shaping up to be the ultimate choice for the DIYer looking to build a compact appliance-style WHS box. The original Array was popular, but not without its flaws, and so Fractal Design […]

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SilverStone DC01 DataCenter Reviewed

SilverStone DC01

The SilverStone DC01 DataCenter is a Mac Mini-inspired single drive network attached storage enclosure that keeps itself slimmed down by housing a 2.5″ drive rather than a 3.5″ drive. Despite a paucity of internal drive bays, the DC01 is definitely designed with media consumption in mind.  For expansion to take advantage of the integrated BitTorrent client, the DC01 sports a pair […]

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Synology DiskStation DS411slim Reviewed

Over the last few years the major NAS vendors have settled into some routines when it comes to product categories. Some NAS poduct lines are targeted at home and SMB users while others are geared more toward medium-sized businesses. Each product line typically delivers some 2-bay and some 4-bay devices, with the occasional single drive and 6-bay system thrown in for variety. […]

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Guide to Setting Up FreeNAS

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For many of us, a home network is not complete without some storage attached. NAS devices and home servers are the ideal way to serve up media throughout a home, and for folks who like to roll their own systems, FreeNAS has long been a popular OS option. Certainly it is a popular topic here in our forums and a […]

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NETGEAR – CES 2012

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I often find that that good networking kit is neglected when it comes to building an solid connected home theater, with low-end network interface cards (NIC), routers and wireless access points (AP) creating a sub-standard experience. It’s also an area where we haven’t done as much as we should to spread the word through guides and reviews – something that […]

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Thecus N5500 5 Bay NAS Reviewed

Thecus N5500

I know it’s hard to get excited about multi-bay NAS devices these days with hard drive prices on the rise, but Thecus does try to make a compelling argument with their systems. We’ve been seeing more and more server-like capabilities being built into NAS devices over the last couple years, such as iTunes and DLNA media sharing, integrated backup and […]

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