ODROID-HC4 is a $65 2-bay network attached storage device

Network attached storage (NAS) devices can be useful for folks looking to back up data from multiple computers, set up a home media server, or even a self-hosted alternative to Google Drive, Dropbox, or Office 365. But a good NAS from companies like QNAP or Synology can be rather expensive, typically costing hundreds of dollars […]

QNAP’s new fanless NAS is designed for entertainment centers

NAS devices these days are much more than a convenient place to store and share files on your network. They’re packed with advanced functionality. They can also be noisy, because cramming multiple hard drives into a small enclosure typically makes fans a necessity. That’s generally not the kind of device you’d want to put in […]

Upgrading my home and work network: an epic saga

A rather complicated chain of events has led me to completely overhaul some of the technology in my house, which also happens to be Liliputing headquarters. This summer Crashplan announced it would be discontinuing its consumer-oriented cloud backup service. So I started looking for an alternative… and ultimately decided that it was time not only […]

Synology DiskStation adds Chromecast support for streaming media to your TV

Synology offers a line of Network Attached Storage systems under its DiskStation brand. Hook one up to your home network, add a few hard drives and you can backup the files from all your computers and stream audio, video, or other files to your TV using AirPlay, DLNA, or Bluetooth. Now Synology has added Chromecast […]

Gigabyte Brix Max: Haswell and Android-powered NAS media server

Gigabyte’s Brix line of devices are small computers that don’t look much larger than a small stack of CD cases. Now the company is developing a new model that’s a little different. Instead of a standalone PC, the Gigabyte Brix Max is designed to be used as a network-attached storage device and media server for […]