Sunday, August 12, 2007



Been eyeing networked storage for a few months now. Feeling a little more urgency now that I've got a home base. Also, I've a hankering to get my own "cloud" and I'm not about to pay Google $500 a year for 250 GB of web data storage when I can set up my own web-accessible storage for much less.

Topping my list of network drives is the Buffalo LinkStation Live (http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/linkstation/linkstation-live/). The 500GB lists for ~$300, but can be found on sale for less. Either way, it's twice as much space as Google's top offering for a lot less. In addition to being accessible over my network and the web, it offers some other perks.

First, it boasts integration with iTunes. No details on how this works, but I am interested in a main repository for my iTunes content. Second, it supports media streaming to supported devices, so it would lay the groundwork for a media player like the Buffalo LinkTheater (http://www.buffalotech.com/products/multimedia/linktheater-ag/linktheater-wireless-ag-network-media-player/). Finally, if our data exceeds 500GB. the LinkStation is expandable by adding USB drives or additional LinkStations.

There are other features, but those are the most compelling for my usage. But as long as I can backup my data from any room in the house, my primary use will be met. Access anywhere and media streaming are just perks.



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Building my own cloud


3 Comments:

  1. Update: found details on the iTunes integration at SmallNetBuilder.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 8/12/2007 07:14:00 PM
     

  2. Sumocat,

    I'm very very interested in this. When I bought the iPhone I was really thinking of puttingmost of my stuff on a cloud.

    I have an external harddrive. How hard is it for me to set up a webserver on my desktop to be able to access the files anywhere I go? Could you point me to something?

    By Anonymous Michael Venini, at 8/13/2007 10:50:00 AM
     

  3. The info on the Buffalo LinkStation makes it seem like there's no effort at all using their system. However, I'd also considered setting up my old tablet as a web server by following a series of articles I read at Lifehacker. There are a number of steps involved (the "further reading" articles are definitely required), but it is solidly laid out. I don't think it requires a network specialist to set up.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 8/13/2007 12:30:00 PM
     

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