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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QNAP Announces New Turbo NAS Server Lineup, Updated Management Firmware


QNAP unveiled a number of new products at CES this week. QNAP launched a new lineup of Turbo NAS servers, along with a new VioStar NVR Surveillance System, V3.6 Management Firmware update, and the JB-1200U-RP expansion storage module for the recently announced TS-x79 SMB-class Turbo NAS. Admittedly, most of QNAP’s products are geared more toward business users. Most of us don’t really […]

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Synology DS212+ NAS Reviewed

Synology DS212+

The Synology DS212+ is a minor update to the DS212. The DS212+ drops the e-SATA port and bumps the processor up 400Mhz over its predecessor to an even 2Ghz, but adds USB 3.0 and brings along all of the PC backup, DLNA, and file sharing goodness. I would have appreciated a bit more information about the encryption engine and how it […]

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Western Digital Releases My Book Live Duo

My Book Live Duo

Western Digital had best be careful lest their My Book external drives become full on NAS systems. The new My Book Live Duo is Western Digital’s latest network-capable My Book external hard drive, but this time WD is packing in some advanced features. There is some backup software and a DLNA server, though those are pretty much standard bullet points on […]

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Guide to Building a Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server

If building a home server is on your to-do list for the new year, then perhaps a little how-to guide is just what you need to get started. I’m not sure about all of the hardware choices made for this particular guide. Intel Xeon processors tend to carry a price premium that isn’t really warranted for a WHS box, though […]

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Synology DS212 NAS Reviewed

Synology DS212 NAS

Synology has staked out a strong position in the high-end consumer NAS market. The DS212 NAS is a 2-bay NAS device capable of supporting up to 6TB of storage. Like most Synology units it’s a slick looking little box. I especially like the inclusion of an SD card. I’ve wished several times that I had my WHS box set up […]

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Buffalo CloudStation Pro Duo Reviewed

Buffalo has made quite a name for itself in the NAS market with their line of LinkStation NAS devices. PogoPlug has carved out it’s own little niche as the highly adaptable media and data serving mini-computer and software suite, especially with its emphasis on making sharing across the Internet easy. Well, Buffalo and PogoPlug have hooked up and the result […]

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Patriot Javelin S4 Media Server Reviewed

Network attached storage is getting to be an essential component of a modern home network. If you are looking to go the NAS route rather than the home server route, you might want to check out the Patriot Javelin S4 Media Server. The Javelin S4 is a 4-bay unit capable of supporting up to 12TB in a variety of different […]

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