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If you’ve read our recent blog posts: “How to Organise Your Digital Life” or “Game Over Zeus”, having external storage and backing up your computer files will be at the forefront of your mind.
If you have been searching you will know that there are plenty of ways to back-up and store your data, such as on an external hard drive, through software or back-up programs or using a cloud service. One other way is by using Network Attached Storage, aka NAS, which allows you not only to make an additional copy of your files but also acts as a system where multiple device can share files.
So What is NAS?

Put simply, Network Attached Storage works the same as an external hard drive, but rather than connecting directly to a single device via USB, it connects to the network so multiple users, from multiple computers can share and access files stored on the network. By connecting the NAS device to your wireless router everyone at home, or in the business, has one central location where documents and digital media can be stored, eradicating the task of trying to find a way to transfer large files via USB, e-mail or social media.

For Businesses

The core audience for the NAS is businesses thanks to the simplicity of being able to manage data and enable the office to have a communal network for all types of files which are both backed-up and easily shared. The key benefit other than sharing is data protection, as most NAS devices feature multiple drives to allow data to written in such a way that it is protected should any of the individual drives fails.

Remote access can also be set-up which is a major beneficiary for people who occasionally work from home, whilst commuting or who need to access work from various locations, such as when in a meeting. This also means that you don’t have to either make space on your memory stick or card for larger files as you can retrieve them wherever you are.

For home

Although home users may not need to work remotely or have everything saved to one local hub, some are specifically designed for home use and have specific features such as DLNA support. This allows you to access media files through all DLNA-compatible devices such as your TV, game console, laptop, tablet or even network audio players at home for fast multimedia streaming and building a high-quality home theatre. Another plus point is that as file sizes grow, NAS devices are much more scalable and can be expanded in capacity to suit your needs.


If you think your home or business could benefit from a NAS then check out our current Buffalo “Spot the Ball” competition. Each weekend throughout the World Cup we will be giving away a LinkStation™220. All you have to do is look out for the Buffalo and Football image that will be hiding on one of the Buffalo NAS product pages and visit: www.ebuyer.com/buffalo-nas-competition to enter!


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