One of the things my NAS at home does is Downloading! I am using SABnzbd as a the download engine. This tool connects to the usenet provider and can download and unpack files even with the use of PAR files (parity recovery files to repair broken blocks in the packed files). We only need to feed it .NZB files. These NZB files are XML-based file format for retrieving posts from usenet. I am also using Sickbeard to automatically download my favorite series. The following guide is an complete configuration and setup of those tools. The guide consist of a few main items for both SABnzbd and Sickbeard Continue reading
This is not going to be a huge blog entry though I would love to share my latest addition to my “man-cave” TZE CHAIR! I’ve been watching some twitch lately on huge events and saw that most of the broadcasters have a extremely comfortable chair which they should because they sit in it over 10 hours a day. So I started googling “Maxnomic” and found the webiste; needforseat. After some reviews from other users I decided to order the “Casual-sport pro-gaming & office” version. Within 3 days the order was delivered and although the manual came in German (there is an English version online) it was quite easy to setup. Below are some pictures; Continue reading
After my hardware build I looked into what operating system my NAS should be running. Because I have 4 drives it should be capable of doing a type of RAID, accessible by my Windows computers (CIFS) and media centers running XMBC (NFS) and be able to download automatically using Sickbeard and SABnzbd. On this blog post I explain how you can install FreeNAS and configure it with all my “lessens learned”. Continue reading
As a storage enthusiast I love to build my own NAS. I am sure that if you read this you know already what a NAS is, but for those of you who don’t; a NAS (Network Attached Storage) is a central point of storage where you can share and manage all your data. Because it has its own hardware it can run its own operating system. Of course you can run Microsoft Windows on top of your NAS but there are a few pieces of software that include SABnzbd (for downloading from usenet), couch potato (automatic downloading of movies), sick beard (automatic downloading and sorting for series) and a lot of torrent clients. The majority of these operating systems comes with a nice and easy to manage GUI so why run Windows on your NAS. In this post I will explain my build and I will create other posts where I install the different operating systems out there.
Here in Holland the hype to get fiber to home is booming. Unfortunately where I live Cable is still the fastest connection available with 200 Mbit download and 20 Mbit/s upload speed, the standard
modem that is packed with this provider (which is actually an Cisco EPC3928AD with a “Ziggo” skin”) is missing a lot of features and most of all WiFi signal strength. Continue reading