Storage/Sharing Media Advice

Hi everyone
I'm looking at setting up a network share device to allow all PCs/Macs in my house to have a central place to save files. It doesn't necessarily need to allow for printer sharing. From your experience what would you recommend - eg: Server/NASMake/Models

Additional Info: PC's are running Windows 7 Pro; Macs are running Max OS X 10.5.8

TIA

geek_nakigal73, Jun 18, 4:47 pm

Depends on what you want, storage wise and the ability to expand etc.

I have a 1TB drive in an external enclosure that has ethernet (cost me $30 i think) runs SMB so all of my computers can see it, also has FTP so I can access the drive over the internet from another location. Works well for me.

geek_reeveopd, Jun 18, 5:11 pm

Time Capsule???

geek_missyone, Jun 18, 5:16 pm

Thanks for the suggestions....I never thought of an enclosure with ethernet/Time Capsule.

I guess having the ability to expand would be good, but even an interim measure would be useful. Being able to access the data from a central location is the main reason I'm looking at options - I also like the idea of FTP or similar for Internet access.

Thanks again :)

geek_nakigal73, Jun 18, 5:26 pm

If you're going to build your own.

FreeNAS is one of the best products out there.

http://www.freenas.org/ Its based of ZFS which for free is pretty nice Protocal wise it hits all the usual suspects
http://www.freenas.org/item/freenas-comparison-chart-2

geek_directorylist, Jun 18, 5:28 pm

Thanks directorylist - appreciate it - I will take a look :)

geek_nakigal73, Jun 18, 5:34 pm

How does that go for security?

geek_jcmp21, Jun 18, 5:57 pm

Never had a problem... router port forwards 21 to the drive. There are probably measures I could take but there is no "sensitive" data on that drive so I really don't care, lol.

geek_reeveopd, Jun 18, 8:54 pm