Solved How to add additional ports to my router

Dell / Inspiron 17r
February 21, 2019 at 08:46:41
Specs: Windows 10, 2.3/8
I want to add additional ports to my router. What is the best device to use? Is it a hub, a “smart” switch, an unmanaged switch or something else?

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Brian W

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February 21, 2019 at 13:58:59
I need the additional ports on my router so I can use a NAS. I currently am using four hard drives that were from old computers which I put into enclosures but this method is not at all efficient. I know very little about NAS. What should I look for in this device before I make a purchase?

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Brian W

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February 21, 2019 at 22:16:46
You want an unmanaged switch. A managed switch is for corporate networks and a hub is the older tech that is less efficient and slower.
I have not used a NAS but I usually go by the customer reviews on sites like to start and you can Google comparisons between your two top contenders by searching 'product A vs Product B reviews' and see what you get. Others may be by soon with other suggestions as well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 22, 2019 at 02:48:53
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I’ve found Qnaps NAS to be very worthwhile, reliable etc. Unlike Western, and possibly other brands too, they don’t require you have an account with them if wishing to access your NAS externally - from outside your local lan; I.e. via the internet. Also, from my own fortunately limited use of it, their tech support is excellent.

Be aware too that the type of hard drive you install in the NAS should be considered carefully; especially if intending to have the NAS effectively always powered up.

Checkout this excellent article for a clear explanation of the various WD hard drive often used in NAS.

and this recent YouTube video

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