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Best network attached storage of 2014

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If you have multiple computers on your network, you're a candidate for a network-attached storage (NAS) device. Some NAS servers simply act as a shared volume for backing up and sharing files across your network, while others can do a lot more, such as sharing a printer among your networked PCs, acting as a media streamer or even a surveillance system by supporting IP cameras. You'll find NAS devices with a single drive and those with multiple drives that allow for greater data protection and higher capacities. Here's a list of the current top NAS servers.

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Synology Disk Station DS412+ - NAS server - 0 GB

Synology DiskStation DS412+ makes an excellent NAS server for advanced home and small-office networks.

Price: $648.99 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular

ASUSTOR AS-604T - NAS server - 0 GB

Not only is the Asustor AS-604T an excellent NAS server for serious network storage needs, it's also very easy to use thanks to the extremely well-designed user interface.

4 stars Excellent

A robust storage powerhouse

Synology Disk Station DS1513+ - NAS server - 0 GB

Supporting massive dynamically scalable storage, and offering a vast amount of well-thought-out features, the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ will transform the way you enjoy digital entertainment and manage your business, both locally and over the Internet.

Price: $969.00 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular

Synology DiskStation DS214se

The budget-minded Synology Disk Station DS214se is an excellent choice for home with casual backup, media-streaming, and data-sharing needs.

Price: $209.00 - $515.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

WD My Cloud EX2

With its friendly pricing, fast performance, and handy personal cloud features, the WD My Cloud EX2 is an ideal network storage device for a small connected home.

4 stars Excellent

WD My Cloud (2 TB)

For a low-cost entry-level network storage device, the WD My Cloud is very impressive both in performance and features, making it one of the best deals for home users.

4 stars Excellent

WD My Cloud EX4

It's not the fastest NAS, nor does it include many advanced features, but the WD My Cloud EX4 still combines great ease of use into an affordable personal cloud system that's excellent for a connected home.

4 stars Excellent

QNAP TS-469 Pro NAS server

The QNAP TS-469 Pro is one of the best four-bay NAS servers on the market and will eventually justify the price you pay for it.

4 stars Excellent

LaCie 5big NAS Pro

Despite the lack of features, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro is an excellent buy, thanks to its superfast performance, ease of use, and massive capacity.

4 stars Excellent