What To Buy From Your Electronics Store ? NAS, USB or printer servers?
Thanks to falling prices in your local electronics store and the advancement in technologies, the era of single computers for single households is truly over. Children have their own PC’s in their rooms now; and you probably have a laptop on your lap when lounging on the couch on evenings. But to buy an external hard drive for every PC and printer of course makes no sense, especially since you can access a hard drive from anywhere by setting up a server. And servers are no longer big monsters like they used to be; now they are even smaller than the external hard drives themselves! There are several types of servers easily available at any online Electronics Store, and here are the most common put together in a list:
1. Print Server
If you just want to share a printer on your network, then this is it for you. This handy device connects to your network using a network cable. The other side has a USB port where you connect your printer. With simple software to access the printer, the set-up is ready to print. There are even print servers that have web-based interfaces that need no software to function! Print servers for wireless network are available too. They work on the same principle, but have antennas instead of an Ethernet port.
2. USB server
They have the same working principle as print servers, only more elaborate. This device has one or more USB ports or USB Adapters so you can connect external hard drives besides a printer or a computer, for example. Ideal if you want to share files on your network without a file server. But do note the USB version while buying a USB server. Data transfer rates will vary according to that, and if you are one to constantly transfer huge files, it will make a world of difference!
3. NAS server
A Network Attached Storage server or an NAS server is basically a file server. With its own operating system it can do a lot from making backups to downloading. Some NAS servers can even accommodate a hard drive and then run through RAID. They are ideal for “heavy work”, often significantly smaller and more energy efficient than traditional servers. Even home users can now make good use of NAS servers. Movie buffs can use them as a Bit Torrent client and if you want to share files, their FTP server function is the solution. Besides the space to build in hard drives, they often have USB ports/USB adapters / eSATA ports where you can easily connect your external hard drives to easily access and share your files.
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