Getting a NAS - what do I need to think about?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Laban, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Laban

    Laban
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    Messages:
    40
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Hello!
    Will hopefully get my iPad 2 within a week and I'm also planning to buy a NAS (Network Attached Storage).

    Is there anything special I need top think about when buying a NAS? Does the NAs have to support any special protocols or be certified for iTunes or iPad?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DefBref

    DefBref
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2011
    Messages:
    978
    Thanks Received:
    53
    What are you intending to use the NAS for? If it's for storing your iTunes library on, you do realise you will need a pc/ mac running iTunes still for syncing and homesharing.
     
  3. Laban

    Laban
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    Messages:
    40
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Initially it's for photos. Do I still need iTunes inbetween? What if I want to connect to my NAS when I'm out travelling, still need iTunes?

    Sorry if my questions are basic, I'm new to this :)

    Sent from my OMNIA7 using Board Express
     
  4. RAC

    RAC
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    615
    Thanks Received:
    7
    You might find my slightly later post "Copy Files from SD Card to NAS - One Solution" of interest.

    I'm not sure about remote access but the MWBE (most other NAS devices) has built FTP support so something should be possible I would think.
     
  5. Mixz1

    Mixz1
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    28
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I use FileBrowser to map my NAS, as well as network shares running on my home server. Easy to NAS to iPad, slightly more difficult to iPad to NAS. But it works.
     
  6. RAC

    RAC
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    615
    Thanks Received:
    7
    I file FileBrowser too and find it vey useful for accessing NAS. I do find Linux commands better for somevtasks though. If FileBrowser had a filter mechanism for file selection, I would not need to use Linux.
     
  7. Laban

    Laban
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    Messages:
    40
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Alright, thank you for your help!

    So can I download photos and other files via FTP without the use of iTunes?
    For the apps you mentioned, do I need jailbreak?

    Sent from my OMNIA7 using Board Express
     
  8. RAC

    RAC
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    615
    Thanks Received:
    7
    I am not sure which post you are replying to, but everything I am talking about works without jail breaking.

    You only need to consider FTP for remote access (over the web etc). FileBrowser should handle most local file tasks. FTP is always there for local files as well.

    The FTP implentation will be NAS specific but I would think fairly generic. There are no doubt some FTP clients for the iPad, in fact I know Thayer iFiles will do it.
     
  9. donka

    donka
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2010
    Messages:
    864
    Thanks Received:
    63
    Something from my set up that may be of interest. I have a Western Digital MyBook World Edition that I leave on 24/7. Not the fastest or feature rich but has all I need, is rock solid reliable and requires no active cooling i.e. no fan so pretty much silent in operation. I store all my movies on this and use Buzz Player HD app to stream movies to my iPad over Wifi when in the house. Works flawlessly. You can also use this app to pull movies down from the NAS for local playback when you are heading out of town. Great combination and saves me having to convert movies for iPad and then sync via iTunes.
     
  10. Laban

    Laban
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    Messages:
    40
    Thanks Received:
    0
    You you all for your help!

    Sounds like there shouldn't be a problem.
     

Share This Page



Search tags for this page
dlink dsl-320l ipad
,
dns 320 ipad
,
do i need anything special to run nas drive
,
do i need ftp on nas
,

ipad compatible nas

,
nas compatible with ipad
,
nas ipad compatible
,
nas streaming protocol
,
qnap
,
use ipad to access itunes server on dns-320