Network Storage Solutions
So this isn't directly about carpc's, although it could apply just the same, its about networking in general.
I am enquiring about this broadband network storage router:
First, let me explain the situation. We have 2 stationary computers and one laptop, split between 2 people. We both collect movies, shows, music, etc, and we always share it with each other. Right now my main PC has the 'big' HDD inside, it's mapped on the other pcs, and this is where we store most of our 'shared' stuff.
The problem is, I need that HDD for my games, which are starting to get pretty big. I also can't shake the feeling that when my roommate is streaming a movie from my PC, it's killing my machine's performance, download speeds, etc.
Question # 1
So... Is a network drive what we need to hold our shared data? I read some reviews on the iogear BOSS, and while it's not reviewed very well, it seems like it would suit the purpose. The big issue I have is with security... the BOSS has an FTP server, which is GREAT since I would love to be able to get my pictures and videos from abroad. This FTP server, though, is fully open to the internet and is a great big security hole, with an apparently terrible firewall.
Can I improve on this thing's security? Should I be worried about it? Its not like I have sensitive business data or anything... but I would like to maintain my privacy.
What about speed? Will we be able to stream movies off of it? Would it be faster to simply add another drive to my PC and share it?
Some people say I should just use another PC, an old one or something, and run Linux on it to use it as a secure server. Stuff it with a large HDD and away we go. I've used Suse, but I'm a beginner linux user. Could I reasonably set up a linux box to perform what the BOSS does? A friend of mine does this and I'm sure its great and secure, but it's NEVER working quite right. I don't want to geek out on a linux box for 4 hours every day. I just want it to work, and be reasonably secure.
this thing's only $140 right now including a 200gb HDD at geeks.com. Seems like a pretty wicked price. Should I buy?