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Need advice on building my own NAS

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Last response: in Storage
September 18, 2009 2:12:19 PM

Hi all, I'm new (sort of) to the forums and want to get some advice on building my own NAS for home network, which currently is has 2 laptops connected (via wireless, but occasionally wired) to it. The purpose of the NAS will be a file/media server so both laptops can access the files.

My current setup is a D-link gigabit N wireless router with the 500GB WD mybookworld. Though initially served me well, the MBW's slow speed has started to be an issue. I did a speed test recently and got read/write speed (MBps) of 7MB/4.5MB (wired) and 4MB/4.2MB (wireless). From what I've read these speeds are typical of all can be achieved. Needless to say even listening to my MP3s and viewing videos get choppy. I tried playing a 500MB video clip wirelessly via Picasa and it constantly stops while downloading the file. Even viewing family photos are a problem. Hence I want to find a better solution.

Here's my questions. I know the easiest is to build a new box for a few hundred $. I have an old box (P3 with 1GB ram) , can I use that and just add drives to it and a gigabit lan card? Would that give me the transfer speed that will eliminate my issues? As 1TB (500GB with 500GB backup) is more than I need for the foreseeable future, I may budget some $ (besides the HDs) to a new box that will get me the speed I need if necessary. Generally, what speeds can be/need to have in order for wireless transfer of media/files to be not choppy/fast?

Thanks much in advance for your advice and comments.

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a b G Storage
September 21, 2009 12:36:55 PM

Yes use the old box with some hard drives. You can use FreeNAS, Openfiler, OpenSolaris with ZFS. I know FreeNAS will run fine with older hardware. Here is a cheap box for later on.

How-to: Mini DIY Project: 2TB NAS Box for $360 (Update 3)

Product Description Unit Price Total Price
1 Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$19.99 $19.99
1 Foxconn G9657MA-8EKRS2H LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$49.99 $49.99
1 Antec Basiq BP-350B 350W ATX12V Version 2.01 Power Supply - OEM
$9.99 $9.99
1 Intel Celeron 430 Conroe-L 1.8GHz LGA 775 35W Single-Core Processor Model BX80557430 - Retail
$37.99 $37.99
1 Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N6/1G - Retail
$14.99 $14.99
1 OS FreeNAS
$0.0 $0.0
1 OS OpenFiler $0.0 $0.0
3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$74.99 $224.97
3 Optional Part: iStarUSA T-5-SA 1x5.25" Bay Trayless Anti-vibration SATA Mobile Rack - Retail $14.99 $44.97
Subtotal: $357.92
Subtotal (with Mobile Racks) 402.89