NAS

Why can't I access my files on my Plex Media Server?

Plex

Episode 1637

Joey from Dundas, Ontario

Joey is having issues with his Plex media server (Plex is a sponsor of TWiT). He can see his media files on the Synology NAS, but he can't access the files at all. Leo says you may have to turn on a sharing file system like SMB. Stop and restart your file server software to be sure it's properly running. Ports may also need to be opened in your router. Check your firewall log to see if those ports are being blocked.

How can I backup both Windows and iPad without iTunes?

iTunes

Episode 1625

Octavio from Fontana, CA

Octavio wants to make a switch to iOS, but he wants to know how he can do backup while on the road and not use iTunes? He wants to also backup his Windows machine with the same option. Leo says that if you want a "trust no one cloud backup" then there really isn't going to be a solution. But a local backup is your best bet for that, and that means a NAS (network-attached storage). Leo likes Synology. It'll backup every machine, except Octavio's iPad. Your only option there is to iCloud directly or through iTunes.

What NAS Should I Buy?

Synology DiskStation DS718+

Episode 1605

Chip from Corona Del Mar, CA

Chip is building a computer and wants to add a new NAS to his Drobo. Leo says that Chip has a DAS, or Direct Attached Storage. So building a NAS would be different. But it's a great time to buy hard drives for it, as WD NAS drives are under $90 right now. DROBO isn't that great as a NAS, because of the software. But as a large drive or direct attached storage, it works. For a NAS, Leo's favorite is SYNOLOGY. He uses the five drive model for his network and then backs that up to the cloud. It also works as a server. Another is QNAP, but that's a bit more expensive. 

How Can I Create my Own Hosting Site That Only I Can Access With My Phone?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1573

Jon from Indianapolis, Indiana

Gary wants to know if he can use a Raspberry Pi to host his own web site. Leo says that's a great idea. If he installs an FTP program, how can he get that to talk to his Apache server? Leo says this isn't ideal for a public site because of upload speeds and terms of service with the ISP. But if it's a personal file server that he can access for the web, that's legitimate. He also has to punch holes in his router firewall to get it, and that means to be sure his Pi is secure and up-to-date. Leo also recommends using Secure FTP to keep his system secure, and set port forwarding to Port 80.

What options do I have for cloud storage over 2TB?

NAS

Episode 1567

James from Texas

James has a large family that records many videos, and he's run out of storage in the cloud. He can't buy anymore iCloud to store everyone's movies and music. Leo says that James has transitioned to the enterprise-grade needs. Especially for backups. Leo says maybe just creating a duplicate Synology NAS off site and have it Sync. That way he can have as much storage he needs, rather than paying for it in the Cloud. It's also far more practical, since it won't take up bandwidth. Carbonite will even send a hard drive to back up and ship to them for storage. But that isn't readily available.

Why is data being corrupted on my NAS?

Episode 1566

Steve from St. Louis, MO

Steve is a professional photographer and he stores his raw images on a NAS (network attached storage) with Mac File sharing. But he's finding that about 10% of his images are corrupted. Leo says that there's two ways this can happen. 1) the data is corrupted on the disk. Is the file corruption happening locally? Or on the network. It helps to test if it happens the same every time. That means the data is getting corrupted on the NAS itself. If it was a network corruption, it would happen intermittently and randomly.

What's a good alternative to Drobo?

Synology 4-bay RAID

Episode 1541

Rick from Edmonton, Canada

Rick bought a Drobo 2, and it's a bit flakier than his gen 1 Drobo. If it gets jostled, it has to reboot and rebuild. He's concerned that it's a single point of failure and he'll lose his data. Leo says that Drobos are a RAID (called Beyond Raid) where if one drive fails, it rebuilds form the other drives. So it's not really a single point of failure. But if all the drives go bad, then he's in a world of hurt.

Why isn't my NAS visible on my network?

Western Digital NAS

Episode 1529

Paul from Lake Forest, CA

Paul's WD NAS can't be seen on his network after changing the cable connector. There's a red light that says "I'm not working." Leo says he could try to use another computer with the dashboard software and connect directly, bypassing the router. If he sees it, then there's some issue connecting through the router. Leo says that Western Digital's NAS is terrible. Definitely not his preferred NAS. They fail more often than others. Leo prefers Synology.