January 11, 2011 5:05 PM Subscribe
Twofer: Are there NAS devices that can double as an external USB drive? Any Squeezebox-compatible NAS recommendations in general?
posted by rouftop to computers & internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in the market for a home NAS. Something for backing up important files, storing photos and acting as a Squeezebox Server. Due to my work, though, I spend most of my day on a laptop that is connected to a remote VPN server. When connected to the VPN I cannot access any other device on my LAN, which is generally what you want with such a thing.
I cannot change any aspect of the VPN connection -- it's tied to the laptop, so I can't create another connection somewhere else in my subnet and share it, and the organization is not about to make any exceptions for me.
I'd like to be able to access the device as storage when connected to the VPN, but I also want it on my LAN for other devices to use (wife's computer, Squeezebox). What I'm imagining is a USB drive / NAS hybrid, where my laptop is connected via USB and mounts it like an external hard drive while others in the house would use ethernet. (I recognize that while attached to the vpn I wouldn't be able to use any web services that the device offers, but that's fine -- I just want to be able to copy files to a mounted drive letter.)
Does such a thing exist or am I in dreamland?
Regardless I'll probably get something, so if you have happy NAS experiences with Squeezebox Server please post away.