[Chester LUG] Home NAS device
roger at rcgibson.plus.com
Mon Feb 6 16:55:56 UTC 2017
Hi folks. Forgive me if I'm asking daft or impossible questions, but I
don't really know what I am talking about.
I have a couple of security cameras at home, which have the option of
storing images on an internal SD card, or externally via Wifi to a
Network Attached Storage Device. The cameras have their own IP address
which I can access (via password etc) from anywhere on the web. They
are connected via Wifi to my home router or to switches connected to my
home router. Using the internal 128GB SD card has its limitations as
these last for about 3 weeks of operation, after which the storage
continues by overwriting the oldest files.
It seems that I can not just connect the cameras to a redundant laptop
with an attached USB 4TB drive. Camera software does not seem to have
this option. I have to have a NAS device. I can switch to/from
internal SD card storage by simply logging into the camera remotely
I have a separate continuous feed which I can view in a browser, either
at home or elsewhere by logging in the camera using its IP address. I
can also download files from the SD card for individual viewing. A
further feature is that the cameras email me following a trigger by
Question is - is it fairly simple and reliable to reconfigure a
redundant laptop as a NAS device using an attached USB 4TB drive for
storage? I've read a few posts about this, but not found anything
really straight forward or definitive.
My router (Plusnet Hub One - rebadged BT?) has a USB socket, but I think
this is limited to much less than 1TB. Not sure if this would be
recognised as NAS anyway.
Any help, or pointers to related on-line information will be most
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