We get sold cloud services for pretty much everything nowadays from a simple storage service up to storing our security footage to the cloud.
Network Attached Storage or NAS systems are a great way of getting all of that data out of the sky and into your own home while providing you with an expansive system for your home, which will allow you to store files in a convenient manner and setup automated backups.
Some can also run applications that allow you to set up your own server from the NAS for various services such as Plex or a web server.
Here are all of the NAS devices that we think are the best of 2017:
Apple AirPort Time Capsule
The AirPort TIme Capsule from Apple is the latest version of Apple’s original backup solution, which was pretty much the first major and well made backup solution that makes it easy to get backed up.
It does only work with Macs though.
But the AirPort Time Capsule is more than a backup solution, it also features capabilities that allow it to be a wireless router or network extender with dual-band Wi-Fi ac, 3 Ethernet ports, and a USB 2.0 port.
QNAP is well known in the NAS arena and for good reason, it works exactly how you want it to and it does way more than just that.
The QNAP TS-251 is one of the best of those NAS devices, you have to put your own hard drives in, however, it has some incredible specifications that includes an Intel Celeron 2.41 GHz dual-core processor, a choice of 1-4 GB of RAM, dual or quad bay options, two USB 3.0 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and even a HDMI port for connecting it straight to your home theater system.
And it has its own app store that makes it easy to set it up with server features.
WD My Cloud
Western Digital’s My Cloud is a NAS drive that has been around for some time now, however, over time it has been updated with more features, a new design, and up to 16TB of built-in storage.
The system features a dual-core processor, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 for adding on even more storage, DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certification, and finally integrations that allows it to work with PCs, Macs, Android devices, and finally iOS devices.
WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra
The EX2 Ultra is the bigger brother of the WD My Cloud.
It packs in another hard drive bay for even more storage and more power that allows it to wor as a proper server, which includes a 1.3GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, and a dedicated UI for smartphones and tablets with an easy to use UI.
Synology is also very well known in the NAS arena and the DS216+II is definitely on of their best devices.
It features a sleek design with a dual-core Celeron processor, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port, 1 GB of RAM that can be upgraded further, and much more.
One thing that is interesting about Synology devices is that they are very customisable and expansive, with a range of third-party apps that work for it.
Netgear ReadyNAS 212 and 214
Netgear also has their own NAS drives called ReadyNAS.
Two of the latest and best of these devices are the ReadyNAS 212 and the ReadyNAS 214, which are two-bay and four-bay variants of a NAS drives from Netgear that can come with everything from Diskless to 12TB configurations.
Both of these feature Quad core Cortex A15 1.4GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM and feature dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.
They also have their own app integration with easy integrations with Mac, PC, smartphones, and tablets.
Seagate Personal Cloud Home
Seagate’s Personal Cloud Home device is the last device on our list.
And there’s a reason for that. We think that it is one of the best because it has some features that none of the others do, and that is wirelessly streaming 4K video content to compatible devices.
And that’s not all, it also has two USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and integration with a range of third-party apps.