If that is true for you, then it is a fair guess that you will have your own private store of music, movies, and video games, not to speak of other valuable files which are scattered across any of the above mentioned devices you own.
Now here is a very nice way of centrally storing all these valuable bits and bytes and making them available to all your network aware devices via streaming. The trick is to build yourself a Network Attached Server (NAS).
One very popular NAS is FreeNAS which supports a variety of file transfer protocols like CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, AFP, RSYNC, iSCSI protocols, S.M.A.R.T., local user authentication and Software RAID (0,1,5). FreeNAS comes with a full Web configuration interface and so can be remotely configured. It should also be said that FreeNAS takes less than 32MB once installed on Compact Flash, hard drive or USB key. FreeNAS is based upon FreeBSD.
Once you set up a FreeNAS server at home, it can be put to the following uses -
- Media Server
- BitTorrent Downloading Machine
- Web Server and
- Backup Server.