My Maxtor Shared Storage is starting to die, so I’m looking into a new NAS solution (mom, NAS stands for networked attached storage, and it’s basically like computer memory except attached to the network. it’s not actually computer memory at all, but that’s not important right now). I have an Infrant ReadyNAS NV+ I use at work, and while I think it’s a great device, it’s a little too loud for my home. I’m considering the DroboShare option as well, except I use that at the office too and feel that it plus the drives is more than I want to spend right now for a second unit (disclosure: I have consulted for Drobo in the past).
Here are my needs:
- No software install required for use
- Mac and Windows support
- Browser-based configuration
- 500+ GB HDD
- Power save mode – I don’t want the drives spinning 24/7 for both conservation and longevity purposes
- UPnP support – must be able to stream to my Sonos, preferably to my Xbox 360 as well
- Quiet – it’s going to be out in the open somewhat, I’d rather not have to hear it at all
- Automated backup – optional, I don’t mind doing this manually
My Shared Storage does all of the above, but from user reviews on Amazon, the modern replacements seem to get terrible writeups. I haven’t really researched it, but I assume I cannot simply swap out the drive (I will definitely check into this more as well).
The two I’ve found so far that seem to be the best fit are the Iomega 33455 and the Buffalo LS500GL LinkStation Pro. CNET doesn’t seem to have any clear winners in the category, so that wasn’t much added info. I tried retail, but Best Buy barely stocks any (there was ONE unit in the local store), CompUSA is busy selling the shelving of their fail, and I am just scared of OfficeMax. Anyone have any input/recommendations?
ps – per a great conversation I had with Robert Scoble and Rafe Needleman tonight, I’m going to try to write a daily post with no influence from TechMeme whatsoever. It’s not to say I won’t chime in on some widely discussed topics, but I think I had more satisfaction from the ol’ days. But that could also be some early senility setting in. This post counts.