I'd love a NAS. Have never really been able to justify the cost. Current solution is an old notebook with an ethernet cable using WOL when I need something. There are a few SkyDrive and Google Drive accounts floating around too that I really should rationalise properly.
I am struggling along on an old CMT from HP with a single internal drive and backing up occasionally to DVD. This would open up all sorts of possibilities for me and would warrant upgrading to a new PC
My System includes: 2 Mac Minis running OSX server (10.6.8 and 10.9) One Mac mini (10.6.8) has 2 internal 500GB laptop drives which have been striped for speed, this is cloned nightly to an external 1TB drive The other Mac Mini as a 2TB RAID (2 x 1TB) via FW800 with the drives mirrored and it has a Stardom 4x3TB RAID 5 (9TB useable) on USB3, I have ripped all my DVDs and some stuff bought off iTunes to this so they can be viewed on the 2 Apple TVs and the Xbox 1 in the house as well as all the music (all using iTunes sharing) Can give the grandkids the iPad so they can watch Dora the Explorer just before bed, they think its cool having their own "TV".
The internal laptop drive is also backed up nightly to an external 1TB drive (USB)
There is another 1TB USB drive set up for external FTP access
I would like to drop another RAID array at my sons house so I can back up critical files (photos/movies of the grandkids) to a 2nd location
I buy a lot of DVDs from Cash Converters, they typically cost me $3-4 so my library is both extensive and cheap
Internal drives full to the brim, and I found this old Lacie drive my father had lying around, so thought I'd had this to the mix. It's meant to be gigabit network drive, but it is soooo slow. And it was reading and writing ok previously but now for some reasons the permissions have changes and I can't write to it, annoying. And the UI is super-unhelpful. NAS would be make life a lot simpler and easier.
Seagate 2TB USB hard drive attached to my Belkin N300 Share
Fairly boring setup but I access my media on the hard drive through various devices including a Nook, Phillips HMP5000
The router story is probably more interesting - I've got up to 25 devices connected at once and the poor Belkin has struggled both with range, number of devices and speed. I bought a Linksys X3000 to replace it but that kept dropping the internet and wifi, then I splashed out for an Asus DSL-55U but that had connection issues with some laptops not being able to access the internet (weird issue) so I've just bought a D-Link DSL-2544N (yet to remove from box).
Here's my NAS (hardly) It's Seagate FreeAgent Dockstar with 500GB HD. It is essentially a pogoplug box. Would love a proper NAS and plan to use it to store, stream media and also as backup for PCs, photos and documents. Sorry not sure why image got rotated, original looks fine. I am in a hurry to get my entry in so won't bother trying to fix it.
A big PC Tower with 3 HDDs and a couple lying around which I can plug into the exposed SATA port on the top. Pretty rubbish solution TBH, but NAS are expensive, high latency and another damn box to move when I need to move house (quite often!).