With the increasing popularity of computers and smart phones, people are storing more and more data in electronic devices. From day-to-day photos, videos recorded during the holidays, South Korean TV soaps downloaded online and files for work, these files accumulate in computers and smart phones, not only slowing down the devices, but also making searches more difficult. So, many people have to move files they seldom use but don’t want to get rid of to external hard disks. But, in addition to hard disks, a new choice has entered the market in recent years - NAS (Network Area Storage). If you and your family are both short of storage space, NAS can meet your needs.
What are the uses of NAS?
I'm sure you've all used cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox. Google Drive and Dropbox are examples of cloud services, but they are both cloud storage services maintained by suppliers. Users can upload files to the cloud, download files whenever and wherever they wish, and share files with others, so cloud services are a good way to save storage space on devices. Cloud services are widely used by individuals, and many enterprises also use them to facilitate sharing of data among employees.
However, these cloud services charge annually or monthly by the amount of storage space, resulting in considerable expenditure in the long run. What's more, these services also require users to upload files manually in order to backup. For users who value privacy and security, there’s a certain risk in uploading important files to these cloud websites maintained by third-party suppliers. NAS is of great use in these cases.
Small as it is, NAS has a large built-in storage space. Users who purchase NAS can also obtain a storage server , so it’s not necessary for them to pay any more. In addition, one of the most important features of NAS is that it’s a private server, so users can set the access rights of every uploaded file to ensure privacy and security. If you value data security and privacy, this feature provided by NAS will certainly be of great help to you.
How is NAS different from external hard disks?
At this point, you might think that NAS and external hard disks have very similar uses and functions - high privacy and security, one-time expense and the ability to share files with multiple computers, and so on. But NAS can do more .
NAS has a wide range of uses. Have you ever experienced a sudden computer crash or auto power-off that ruined your hard work before you could save your files? Some brands have released NAS with a file snapshot function designed especially to avoid such situations. When a device is connected to the NAS, the system will automatically record the device’s data and status for you from one moment to the next, so you can restore the device to the state it was in at any moment in the past.
In addition, the NAS will automatically backup files for devices, and allow multiple devices to be connected simultaneously, which is especially convenient for home users. Users can also connect to the NAS to download files whenever and wherever they are online. The advantage of some NAS designs over external hard disks is that they don’t have any operating system restrictions. In other words, even if the operating systems running on your family’s devices include Windows, Mac, or even iOS or Android, everyone can connect to NAS and synchronize and share files. Uses like these have led many people to switch from external hard disks to NAS.
Features of NAS
NAS launched by some brands (such as QNAP and Asustor) have an additional special purpose—a multimedia function! This kind of NAS supports HTML, iTunes, AirPlay, Plex DLNA, and Bluetooth, allowing users to play slideshows or movies on their TVs simply by connecting their devices to the TV. Now, you can watch movies and TV shows or listen to songs downloaded from the Internet on your TV and other devices. And you can even watch any video footage you shot in the past and enjoy it with your family members.
Are you a shutterbug who stores lots of high-resolution photos, even 360-degree panoramic photos? High-resolution photos are inherently large files and generally require external storage space. The format for 360-degree panoramic photos is even more special. It’s not supported by all file storage media on the market. But don't worry. There are NAS models available that can support such formats to help you save every photo.
Are you worried that using NAS at home for a long time will consume a lot of electricity? Many brands can help you solve this problem as well, having specially launched power-saving NAS models that also produce relatively little heat and noise. This makes them absolutely a good choice to make your home life more convenient.