Looking to purchase a NAS - Need some help :)


I'm interested in purchasing a NAS in order to have one central file storage system on my network.

As I never purchased one and I'm not sure what to look for in such devices, I was wondering if you could recommend me some models and tell me the pros and cons of each of them ?

Things I'm looking for:

- Preferably already comes bundled with hard drives, unless purchasing them separatly is cheaper and gives a better value / performance cost ratio.

- What are the advantages of having two ethernet ports instead of one ?

- Number of bays: It depends, but the more the better. At most, I would probably need around 16 TB of space. Minimum of 6 TB.

- Display: It would be great if the NAS has an LCD display that shows basic informations, but that's not a requirement.

- Price: Around 800$ at most, but it depends on the models.

I hope you'll be able to help me out :)

Thanks !
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    "Price: Around 800$ ... need around 16 TB of space. Minimum of 6 TB. "

    Disk drives today are around $100 for 2TB drives. 16TB = $800 with no money for the NAS. 6TB @ $300 leaves you $500 for the NAS box.

    An OK low end 2-bay (two X 2TB drives = 4TB max) NAS box like this one is $200. plus drives.

    A high end NAS box is $400-$500. Plus drives.

    A NAS only sends data as fast as the network. Standard 100Mbit wireless network = 10 MB/sec or half the speed of USB. If you are going wireless to and from the NAS cut that in half. For streaming audio/video that's fine. For initially loading the NAS transferring a TB of data at 10Mb/sec takes a LONG LONG time.

    A Gbit ethernet wired infrastructure supports up to to 100 MB/sec with good gear, 50 MB/sec with average.

    My router lets me attach a USB drive and use it as a NAS device, but I've never tried. Seems bad to load down the router CPU with NAS functions.

    You can also get a 6TB (3TB if you raid 1 it) 'personal cloud' lol NAS from Western digital. $420 from amazon, I haven't read reviews. I don't like all-in-ones because when something breaks you throw them away, however they are simple and cheap. Two of them at $840 gives you 12TB of disk (6TB if you raid1 them to protect against drive failure).
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