If you are one of those people constantly running out of space in their computer, here are ten reasons to consider owning your very own Network Attached Storage, or NAS.
- It gives you freedom
What if you could access all of your data from anywhere in the world, via Internet? Having your own NAS gives you that possibility. There’s no need to carry your computer or hard drive or even memory stick with you everywhere. With your own NAS, you can access, download and work with all of your files from any computer with an Internet connection.
- There are no monthly fees
With your own NAS, you don’t need to worry about paying for a monthly membership. After the initial investment, the cost of running your own NAS doesn’t compare to what you would pay month per month for a similar, or even inferior, service.
- You decide the storage capacity that works for you
Basically, you get as much space as hard drives you buy. You can change it over time by adding or removing hard drives to fit your needs.
- It is very convenient and safe
A NAS offers the convenience of being able to back up your files easily and quickly, at the click of a mouse. With your own NAS, you don’t give third parties access to your files. Furthermore, NAS manufacturers are constantly working to upgrade the security of their products so you don’t have to worry.
- It makes sharing easy
With a NAS, you can share your files with anyone without relying on external services. Sharing is as easy as copy pasting a link to the files you wish to share.
- Organize your media library and carry it with you
NAS manufacturers offer nice applications to organize your music and video files, as well as your photographs. Even better, you can access them anywhere from your mobile or any computer to share or enjoy yourself.
- It is becoming more affordable every day
It used to be that owning your own NAS required a hefty initial investment. Nowadays, however, there is a NAS available for every budget and every need. Popular brands include QNap, Western Digital and Netgear.
- You backup your data and have it available
With a NAS, you can create a backup of your data no matter where you are. You can have it readily available, but without filling up your computer’s disk.
- You can use it as your own multimedia home solution
Programs such as Plex or Kody allow you not only to organize your multimedia files, but also to use your NAS to create a home movie theater experience.
- The user interface is getting more user friendly every time
NAS manufacturers are making it possible that even people without advanced IT knowledge can easily install one and use it.