NetGear Stora MS2000 Home Media Network Storage Our Price: $73.95 RRP: $199.00 You Save: $125.05

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This is $125 cheaper than the HP Proliant that was submitted by another poster earlier.

What do you guys think? Is this a good deal? Even seems like a better device than the HP because it's easier to submit. One question I had was whether or not it could a USB hub could be connected to the USB port. It has an ethernet port, but what if you didn't want to connect the router to it? it doesn't have an expansion slot for a wireless NIC so how could you enable WiFi without connecting it to a router?

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    If your main router is a wireless one maybe you can get a repeater(with lan ports) then connect the NAS to the repeater.

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      "access point" is the word

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        "bridge" is another word

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          "monkey" is another word… wait, how do you play this game?

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    cheaper here but, more for delivery to my postcode.
    http://www.ht.com.au/part/Y1466-Netgear-Stora-MS2000-Diskles...

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    If you use HP Proliant as a storage server this one might be a option(eventhough HP Proliant will have better access permission and management features) but otherwise you can use this device as a Server(Web, Database, Application Small Business).As the name refers its just a NAS but still a good device

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      NAS = any old consumer can just plug it in and use
      Server = need some sort of tech savvyness to get it up and running and to maintain it

      That said if you are capable of running FreeNAS or configuring a Linux distro then this is a much better option as you'll get faster speeds transferring over GigE!

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        I think this has Gigabit ethernet doesn't it?

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          Yeah it possibly does but I would be surprised if it has the grunt to saturate it. Most of the lower end units simply cant sustain the transfer rates that GigE is capable of!

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    Noob here, can I plug this into a router and just access it like an external drive through my computer? Or would I have to use their software to transfer files?

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      Windows should recognize it automatically but under W7 it'll appear under "Network" devices, you would have to then map it to a drive letter if you want to see it under "Computer"

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    this is a giant pile of shit btw.

    unless the guys on openstora.com can get a complete Debian install CD going on it, i wouldn't bother

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    Can get it from Umart/Scorptec/Mwave/MSY for under $69

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    so the router does need to be plugged into it directly as it doesn't have a wifi card?

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      plug in via ethernet. you could use a crossover directly to your PC. does your ADSL router have a spare ethernet port? that'd be easiest, it'd then be available to your laptop via wifi (i know i'm simplifying it a bit here)

      I have a netgear NAS plugged into my network switch, which in turn is plugged in to my wireless access point (wrt-54gs running ddwrt)

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    I'd check the performance reviews about this device. For what I've read, Netgear NAS don't perform very well.

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    So, what… Nobody's asking about Spec's…?!?

    CPU?

    RAM size?

    . # of drive bays?

    . # of ports?

    Ease to change to new S/W / OS…?

    etc.

    There's more than price to consider…

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    I just want a network hard drive that I can put all my videos, music and photos on. Plug it into my network and then access it from my ps3, xbox, phones from all over the house where my network goes without any hassles setting it up. Also being able to access it from over the net when I'm not at home be cool too.

    What is the one for me? I would want one that doesn't use too much power.

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      Good Question. I would like to know too.

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        me 2, actually this one seems ok for me?!

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      I bought the Seagate Freeagent Goflex home 3TB from a previous deal, hooked it up to my vivid wireless router and it does just that. Didn't realise when I got it that it can be accessed remotely so well happy. I'm no expert on these things though.

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        Yer I was looking at those too but if this can do what I want and great on power plus I can put 2 x 3TB in it making it 6TB then it might be better?

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          Twisty i have it for exactly that purpose and it works a treat, its DLNA compliant so anything else that is compliant will be able to stream content.

          i wouldnt bother if you plan on two HDD however as the stora only supports one and the second drive mirrors the first as a backup of the content as my understanding.

          I love not having to turn on the PC to watch stuff anymore

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          Seems you can use both Hard Drives for use. Let me know what you think

          http://netgear.com.au/home/products/storage/consumer/MS2120....

          Plug-and-play Protection

          Putting all of your precious data in one digital basket might be more than you want to risk. But don’t worry, because Stora supports a second hard drive to mirror the first. You can double your protection whenever you want. And you can do it on the fly, without copying or moving any data. Alternatively, you can use the second disk to add extra capacity without protection, when you need it. With Stora, the choice is yours.

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      I dunno about xBox or PS3, but for computers, phones, tablets and such it's quite simply a piece of piss to configure a network that enables everything to see selected bits of everything else. (It's harder with Miscrosoft's crapsludge OS, but still do-able).

      We have 2 PCs and 3 notebooks (one connected to the TV), two Android tablets (Windpad 10" and myTab 7") and 2 Android phones (Ideos and Sonic)… all visible through the home wifi network, which is run off a pissy $100 Billion 5200 modem-router. One notebook runs Win7 shitware, one desktop runs Vista crapsludge, and the rest run Ubuntu 11.10 (using Samba, obviously). The Android kit has file manager software with samba adddons. And we can VPN from any external machine (or phone or tab) to the main Ubuntu box and see the whole network - and queue uTorrent downloads remotely.

      No matter what machine we use to totally completely legally download stuff, the resulting files can be viewed on any other machine - and even if the download repository on one machine is on the 5 year old Verbatim 160Gb crappy USB external HDD connected to the oldest machine in our set (an old Dell with only 512Mb RAM), we don't get playback lags or whatever.

      If folks do get lag, then they should organise sync-ing so that the repositories on all machines hold all material… of course that's assuming that folks do what I do - watch the newest episodes of [whatever] and then delete them… (I can't understand why people would want to watch anything twice, except maybe Johnny Dangerously, you fargin icehole bastiches).

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    Looks like there may be some restrictions to concurrent connections (or users, it wasn't clear) but found a how to on installing Debian:

    http://www.openstora.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=2528&sid=2a5...

    still not sure if I'll get one….

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    I have one of these with dual 2GB green drives and it's rock solid (3 years warranty). Painfully slow on file transfers and anything else you want to do and with an ordinary interface, but once I set it up, has not fallen over in 10 months so far. Just sits there and does it's thing. You will require "Premium Access" for an additional subscription of $20 per year to get net and torrent access up and going. I have heard that this has been changed to a once off lifetime thing now but have not confirmed yet. The fact that the unit has not stoppped so far has held me back on the HP Microserver purchase as can't justify the spend for what I need a NAS for - media storage, data backups and torrents.
    also http://forum1.netgear.com/forumdisplay.php?s=2db0f58fe74f3a8...

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      so it can do bt download? with the premium access?

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          then this is what i need.
          Before i was considering Iomega Home Media Network 1TB (which is 149 @apus

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        What's bt download?

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          Really?

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          I'm guessing it's bit torrent download but what meant was what is the bt download function? I just ilyae bit torrent on my computer then move files to hard drive / USB drive. You can't stream bit torrents right?

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          Some devices will handle BT downloads direct to a connected drive without involving a computer. Some Asus routers (e.g. RT-N16) have this functionality, but it needs a USB port on a router. If you have a router with USB and it doesn't do this then perhaps tomato firmware will enhance your device (can't remember for sure?).

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