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UniForum Chicago: Network Attached Storage (NAS): Building Your Own

  • Jun 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus


UniForum Chicago is proud to announce the topic for the June 25, 2013 General meeting: "Network Attached Storage (NAS): Building Your Own" by Paul Rak.

Our meetings are free and open to the public and begin promptly at 7pm at the IIT Rice Campus in Wheaton, IL.  Additional information regarding this presentation can be found at

Hope to see you there!


Looking for more mass storage in your home or small business? Building your own NAS (Network-Attached Storage) system is easier and cheaper than ever. Options abound, from using older, surplus PC's to spanking new hardware, as well as a variety of software choices. We'll explore some popular choices in depth, and guide you through the decisions you'll need to make in order to balance performance, reliability and costs for your own storage application.

Once we have finished, we will adjourn to nearby Cozymel's Mexican restaurant for food and drinks.


Paul Rak has been actively involved as a UNIX System Administrator for more than two decades, and now works as an independent IT consultant and speaker on IT.




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  • Wayne S.

    Good overview of the considerations for a do it yourself NAS project. For me, the choice available is FreeNAS, NAS4Free, Openfiler, Open Media Vault or UNRaid.

    July 7, 2013

  • John R.

    The thorough consideration of needs was as important as capabilities or costs.

    June 26, 2013

  • Paul R.

    hi Grant - The intent is to provide the attendees with a variety of questions to ask about their particular need, and discuss aspects of those needs. Then present the answers that I found based on my needs and budget. There are options for sub-1GHz PC's, which may work for some, yet may not offer performance or features that others may find essential.

    May 30, 2013

  • Grant P.

    Can the NAS be secured for remote access via the Internet, given a typical home cable modem & router? How powerful does older, surplus hardware need to be?

    May 29, 2013

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