At its most basic, a NAS is used largely for storage and sharing files across a network, but the newest devices can do so much more. We help you understand what to look for when shopping for network-attached storage.
A network-attached storage (NAS) device is primarily a centralized repository for data. It differs from a direct-attached storage (DAS) device in that instead of attaching directly to a computer, it attaches to (you guessed it) a network. Most NASes are used largely for storage and for sharing files across a network, but the newest NASes can do so much more. In fact, they can do so many things that shopping for one can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know when selecting network-attached storage.
A NAS is a server. Most NASes can be used as multimedia servers, as most support the UPnP and DLNA protocols. These protocols are for sharing and streaming multimedia files to devices such as gaming consoles, tablets, and phones on a network. NASes are also multifaceted devices that can often be configured as FTP, The Web, e-mail, and print servers. Continue reading