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June 29, 2012 1:46:04 AM

Greetings,

The electronic device number in my household seems to be increasing every year. As it stands right now I have a desktop, 2 cell phones, 2 Tablets, a laptop, and a networked Blue-ray player. My goal is to link all of these devices together via one storage medium.

Now, I understand the concept of the "cloud" and how it basically solves my problem. However, unfortunately I live out in the woods and my internet is pretty terrible. The cloud works great for documents, but when it comes to moving larger files such as movies, large amounts of music, etc. it simply becomes impractical due to absurd download and upload times.

So, what I'm looking to do is setup my own "cloud" within my house. Something that will be compatible with my devices and not suffer just because I have a terrible service provider. Can anyone guide me in the right direction for what I should be looking for to accomplish this? It would be greatly appreciated :)  Cheers.
a b G Storage
June 29, 2012 6:03:31 AM

If your Router has a usb connector you can attach a 2TB hard disk for network storage.
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June 29, 2012 12:27:36 PM

aliasxneo said:
Greetings,

The electronic device number in my household seems to be increasing every year. As it stands right now I have a desktop, 2 cell phones, 2 Tablets, a laptop, and a networked Blue-ray player. My goal is to link all of these devices together via one storage medium.

Now, I understand the concept of the "cloud" and how it basically solves my problem. However, unfortunately I live out in the woods and my internet is pretty terrible. The cloud works great for documents, but when it comes to moving larger files such as movies, large amounts of music, etc. it simply becomes impractical due to absurd download and upload times.

So, what I'm looking to do is setup my own "cloud" within my house. Something that will be compatible with my devices and not suffer just because I have a terrible service provider. Can anyone guide me in the right direction for what I should be looking for to accomplish this? It would be greatly appreciated :)  Cheers.



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June 29, 2012 1:15:29 PM

nhasian said:
If your Router has a usb connector you can attach a 2TB hard disk for network storage.


Agreed - there are lots of routers on the market that support the "build your own NAS" formula of hard drive + router = private cloud.

Definitely more than 1 way to skin that cat - my recommendation would be to get a NAS (you can go enterprise grade or something simple like a Drobo depending on your budget) and setup a workgroup for your computers.

If you already have large storage drives on either of your computers, create a fileshare between the PCs.

I really like Seagate's new portable hard drive which has it's own internal wireless sharing solution. Unfortunately, it's only a 500GB drive but it works fairly well on tablets for viewing content from the drive wirelessly. Not sure how much you're wanting to store or how simple/elegant you want the solution, but here's a link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 29, 2012 1:35:01 PM

game junky said:
Agreed - there are lots of routers on the market that support the "build your own NAS" formula of hard drive + router = private cloud.

Definitely more than 1 way to skin that cat - my recommendation would be to get a NAS (you can go enterprise grade or something simple like a Drobo depending on your budget) and setup a workgroup for your computers.

If you already have large storage drives on either of your computers, create a fileshare between the PCs.

I really like Seagate's new portable hard drive which has it's own internal wireless sharing solution. Unfortunately, it's only a 500GB drive but it works fairly well on tablets for viewing content from the drive wirelessly. Not sure how much you're wanting to store or how simple/elegant you want the solution, but here's a link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My main concern is more the cell phones and tablets. Networking computers is pretty straightforward, especially with Windows 7, however making that same data available to my IPad 2 is not so easy. I'll check out that Seagate and see if it might work for my situation.
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a b G Storage
June 29, 2012 5:17:03 PM

aliasxneo said:
My main concern is more the cell phones and tablets. Networking computers is pretty straightforward, especially with Windows 7, however making that same data available to my IPad 2 is not so easy. I'll check out that Seagate and see if it might work for my situation.


Are all of the Cell Phones/Tablets running iOS or are some using Android? I know the Seagate has cross-platform applications, but there might be a better way.

Are you primarily wanting photos, music or videos for streaming?
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June 29, 2012 10:41:23 PM

game junky said:
Are all of the Cell Phones/Tablets running iOS or are some using Android? I know the Seagate has cross-platform applications, but there might be a better way.

Are you primarily wanting photos, music or videos for streaming?


Tablets are both iOS (Ipad 2, 3) and the phones are both android. I mostly want a central location for streaming video since I have an extensive collection of movies (about a TB worth) stored on an external drive.
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