Computer Thingies

Originally Posted: October 28, 2010 12:37 PM

RAID NAS

Ideally up to 10Tb would be good. Something like a Drobo should do the job. Or this one is pretty good too…

http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS1010+/index.php

But it’s prohibitively expensive…

or there’s this one..

http://dlink.com.au/products/?pid=DNS-343

But it’s probably expensive too… Here’s a link with reviews of various NAS setups that could be useful for an informed decision

http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/feedback/mac_NAS_and_wireless.html

so a custom build jobbie would be kinda good too. See the following:

http://www.diynas.com/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Build_an_inexpensive_Ikea_NAS/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Change-a-Commodore-1541-into-a-RAID-server/

or for Mac oriented build (as I have an old G4 lying around and everything else house is Mac)…

http://tinyapps.org/docs/install_and_optimize_leopard_on_unsupported_macs.html

apparently I’d need on of these sort of RAID controllers and to link up those older IDE drives I’ll probably need a few of these…

2.5″-3.5″ Drive ATA IDE to SATA Converter Adapter

To go with the NAS drive(s) I’d logically need a good way to pipe all that data around the house, so then I’d need a whole bunch of CAT-5 or CAT-6 cable and do this…

http://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Wire_Your_House_With_Cat_5_or_6_For_Ether/

And I’d then be needing a decent gigabit ethernet switch with lots of ports to hook it all up to and control the traffic flow.

http://www.netgear.com/Products/Switches/DesktopSwitches/GS116.aspx

Naturally, I’d also be needing a whole bunch of cable…

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Wow-300-Meter-Roll-Cat6-Network-Cable-/320602227493?pt=UK_Computing_CablesConnectors_RL&hash=item4aa561c325#ht_500wt_1156
or

http://www.cablechick.com.au/cables/305m-cat5e-unterminated-installers-cable.html

and some newtwork cable crimpers…

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Lan-Network-Tester-RJ11-RJ45-Cat5-Cable-Crimper-Tools-/120628107011?pt=AU_Computers_Networking_Accessories&hash=item1c15fed703

Once I have all that stuff, I’d need some CAT5/6 patch panel(s) to hook everything up. One of these to go in the cupboard…

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/KRONE-16-Port-CAT6-Patch-Panel-/250717668812?pt=AU_Computers_Networking_Accessories&hash=item3a5ff005cc#ht_500wt_1156
or
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/PATCH-PANEL-CAT6-24-PORT-NEW-25-YEAR-WARRANTY-/170555020049?pt=AU_Server_Accessories_Parts&hash=item27b5df1311#ht_1992wt_1141

and general CAT6 wall panels for throughout the house.

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