Networking: What are best practices to set up a simple network drive at home?

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  1. Valder

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    No NAS or redundancy is needed, just a simple hard drive connecting via USB (then I need such a router which supports it; I am not an expert on routers) to a home network. Or via Ethernet, see a no-frills solution: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vocore-a-coin-sized-linux-computer-with-wifi

    I know Seagate offers a Wi-Fi drive called the Wireless Plus, for twice the price of a regular external USB hard drive. I don't need that.

    The setup should be compatible with Mac, Linux and Windows PCs as well (not an extreme requirement, I guess).

    And first and foremost: it should be safe and secure! If I understand correctly, so called "home cloud" solutions (such as https://owncloud.org/ ), where you want to access your data stored at home via the Internet from anywhere, are just disasters waiting to happen (you are better off using a commercial solution; they have better know-how on how to secure their services than you'll ever have). But I don't need that; only to access data from the home, from computers but from a central, single drive (we can add access to mobile devices such as Android or iOS maybe later, but that is not important at this point).

    How to do it? I am not a networking expert, either.
     
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    How much does it cost to acquire such a machine if I do not happen to have a spare one, which also consumes near zero electricity and is cheaper than the Seagate network drive I mentioned?

    You see: this may not be the most straightforward solution to many folks - including me - to attach a simple drive to the network; thanks.
     
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    I guess that depends where you get it.

    Do any of these interest you?
     
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    @MrBrian

    Thanks for your help; I may not understand 100% what do you want to convey altogether.

    In post #3 you sent an article titled Turn an Old Computer Into a Do-Anything Home Server with FreeNAS 8

    In post #5 you reply to the above with an article titled Top five Wi-Fi routers with built-in network storage; as if they were the same topic. At this point I have to assume you assume Old PC = Wi-Fi router!? Sorry. Totally lost the line in what you want to say altogether.

    Any native speaker understand better what is going on here? Disclaimer: I am not a native speaker.

    Long story short: the article Top five Wi-Fi routers with built-in network storage is helpful, thank you. Ideally he only hardware I need for this setup is a router and a USB hard drive. Or similar. However, knowing this article my original question still applies. Without any modifications. Thanks
     
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    Those articles are two different methods.

    The storage is going to have to be connected to some device, whether it's a computer or a router. Which do you prefer? Post #5 even lists some routers with built-in storage.
     
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