Best network attached storage

Updated April 11, 2014 12:34 PM PDT

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 DiskStation DS412+

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

Price: $597.47 - $1,068.69 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular Synology DiskStation DS412+

Asustor AS-604T NAS server

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.

Price: $553.53 - $588.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Synology DiskStation DS712+

The DiskStation DS712+ is one of the best dual-bay NAS servers on the market, for both home and office environments. It's also one of the few that offer storage scalability for those who want to start small and add more capacity later.

Price: $751.64 - $1,010.64 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Synology DiskStation DS712+

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.

Price: $129.99 - $184.43 Check prices

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.

Price: $1,099.00 - $1,386.99 Check prices

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.

Price: $746.00 - $1,245.81 Check prices

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.

Price: $999.00 - $1,199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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