Network-attached storage is a concept that at one point seemed pretty daunting to the layman. These days it’s easier than ever to set up. All you really need is an NAS device, a couple of hard drives to fill the bays, and a strong network connection. With that small investment, you an ensure all of your media and data is stored in a secure way that’s accessible to your entire home or small business.
Some of the more popular brands for NAS devices include Synology, QNAP, and Buffalo. Even Western Digital has gotten in on the NAS side of things. If you want to set up your own home media server or something like a Plex server, then look for one of these popular brands for a system that’s easy to use and designed for convenience.
Best NAS Deals
Synology DS220j 2-bay NAS DiskStation
Has two drive bays, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of DDR4 RAM, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Create a personal cloud you can access anywhere.
$166.99 at Amazon
WD My Cloud 6TB personal cloud storage | $40 off
It’s sort of like network-attached storage but not as technical and easier to use. It’s a central place to store all your data, and it’s so easy to setup you can do it from your phone. You can access it on the go with a mobile app, your desktop, or the My Cloud website. It also has automatic backup for your photos and videos and a USB port for quick data transfers.
$219.99 at Amazon
WD My Cloud 8TB personal cloud storage | $50 off
just $10 more than the 6TB version. This one does many of the same things and just has more space to share. While not quite a network-attached storage device, it serves a very particular function in giving you an accessible chunk of cloud storage.
$229.99 at Amazon
Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo 8TB personal cloud storage device
This NAS can support up to 40 private members and create public shared links. It imports your camera rolls and such with no monthly fees, and it has a USB 3.0 port for automatic backups, transfers, and restores. The IP Camera integration lets you record, stream, and more easily.
$386.70 at Amazon