15 February

Set up your own personal home cloud storage system

Written by 

Storing documents on file sharing services like Dropbox and Google Drive has become a common practice online in the last five years. In that time, as people create, edit and hoard older data files, they find they are running short of the free space included with an account. With more and more people opting for either a tablet-only existence or switching from a traditional desktop computer with multiple internal drives to a laptop with a much smaller SSD drive, finding an alternate storage system is important.

At a cost of between $0.05 and $0.10 per gigabyte per month for additional online storage, you can spend anywhere from $500 to $600 per year for just 1 terabyte. As you will see, a more economical solution is to own your own personal cloud hosted on your home network.

 

Not every solution to this problem is perfect.

The following outlines some of the challenges you may face when managing your own personal cloud.

Upload speed – What is likely to be the biggest deterrent from using a home-based personal-cloud storage system will be your internet provider. When you are away from your home network, the fastest access speed you can expect from a personal cloud will be your internet connection’s upload speed. Looking at data collected by OOKLA, the national average for download speeds is about 21.5Mbps while the upload speed is only 6.8Mbps. For my own home network, those numbers are 18Mbps down and 2Mbps up respectively, which is where they should be according to my provider AT&T U-verse. Before investing in a personal cloud, run an internet speed test to see just how fast, or slow, your upload speeds will be.

Router settings – Your router plays an important part in the equation as well. By design, routers are meant to connect multiple devices on your home network to the internet, and not the other way around. If you happens to have a router that supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) you many simply need to ensure that this particular feature is turned on. Otherwise you may find yourself manually configuring the necessary Port Forwarding settings that are unique to each private cloud and router combination. Take a quick look at both products’ support site before you buy. You should find a list of compatible routers that work with the personal cloud product you are most interested in.

Read 237226 times Last modified on Sunday, 15 February 2015 17:34
Rate this item
(0 votes)
More in this category: Programming API Fundamentals »

Latest from Super User

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.

Recent Post

Get In Touch

403 - 77 City Centre Dr

Mississauga, ON, L5B 1M5

Phone:+1 905 313 1063

Email: info@CloudITM.com