Not long ago I purchased a NAS device. My end goal was to build my own cloud storage to allow me to access my data while on the go. I travel quite often and I wanted a way to move large files around for my clients and not have to pay a monthly bill with a cloud storage company. Think “my own personal dropbox” but I’m in charge of the server and their employees can’t snoop through my files.
At first, I thought I’d be in way over my head just because it’s a complex problem to solve. I’m not one to know much about networks and setting them up. After I started digging in and researching the best solution for me, I decided Synology was the best route. They had great customer reviews and they aren’t too expensive. I researched this solution for month’s before purchasing. NAS devices aren’t cheap.
Once the device got to my place, I had to set it up which was a bit intimidating for me. I installed my hard drives into the NAS and after that, connected the device to my router. Not long after the device booted up.
I did have a road block, one of my hard drives failed on me while I was setting up the software. I thought I had done something wrong initially to cause it to fail but the company was fine refunding me the money so I could purchase another one.
Once I was back up and running with the new hard drive, I finished the installation process and started configuring the devices for me to organize my files. I wasn’t for sure after I started using the NAS if it was worth the money. For some reason everything was slow and I was having a terrible user experience. I was about to return it. I was getting frustrated and confused with the process. I sat down and decided to spend a day messing with configurations before selling the unit. Believe it or not, I actually started to figure out what I was doing.
There comes a time for me when working with software where the light bulb comes on and I feel pretty stupid for about a week. I had so many settings changed and I had screwed up a lot. I figured the best way to fix this was to start over. I ended up wiping the device. Not much fun but well worth it. I ended up re-installing the software, setting up the cache, and configuring the devices to utilize offline storage effectively. This helped. I also noticed that the NAS was cycling through all of my images to generate thumbnails. This was CPU intensive which is why it was running so slow the first time. After letting the NAS finish this process the device worked normally.
I set Beth up as a user as well so she can view, backup, and store all of her photos. I think she enjoys the device more than me because of this feature. I also set it up so that she can watch movies online and offline on her iPad. Now that everything is running decent, I’m happy with my purchase.
One of my next steps is to learn how to set up my own hosting. I’m pretty sure I can use this to host my own website. This maybe challenging but it would save me another monthly bill.