Home Network Upgrade

I was thumbing through the Fry’s Ad the other day and saw a deal on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) I have been pondering, the Buffalo LinkStation Live, for only $140. It is nothing great but would do the job cheap. After getting there and looking around Michelle noticed another NAS on sale, the Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive 1TB for $260. It is a dual 500 GB drive NAS with RAID 1 support (so all of our data is on 2 drives in case of a HD failure), Gigabit Ethernet, and support for Mac, Linux and Windows.

I got the Iomega NAS home and realized I didn’t have a Gigabit switch or a Gigabit Network Interface Card (NIC) in my desktop computer. So, I ordered a D-Link Gigabit Switch from Newegg.com and picked up a D-Link NIC from Office Depot.

Home Network Box

After getting everything installed I set up the NAS to have home directories for Michellle and I, a media share (to store all of our pictures, music and videos), and a general pubic share to save whatever else. On the Windows PC I set up two network drives: the H drive (map to the user home share) and N drive (map to the media share). On the Mac I set it up to mount the NAS at login. I also configured iTunes on both our Windows and Mac computers to access the music on the NAS from a common music library.

Now all I need is a Gigabit Wireless N Router to replace the G in the family room.

If only I could get rid of the Actiontec (POS Verizon).

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