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I am trying to create a NAS but I want to run my own software on it. I want to be able to download data around 20MB/s over WiFi from the system.

I used a raspi and created a prototype, but as it uses a single bus it is not able to transfer data from the HDD to the user at the rates I am talking about. Anybody know any build that suits this? Looking for suggestions.

  1. Budget – around USD 300 - 400
  2. Size requirements – as small as possible
  3. Operating conditions – Will be deployed in my van: take impacts into consideration, I am planning to devise a case that can solve this issue. Needs heat dissipation solution as my van is not air conditioned.
  4. Desired software you want to run on it – web server running on Node.JS
  5. Storage media – 2TB HDD (as of now I use a 1TB external)
  6. Power solution – need a powerbackup that can last for one hour
  7. I need good network adapters and USB ports that won't hinder my data streaming.
  8. Dust proof as I am installing this in India where dust and temperature are a common phenomena
  9. I don't need a screen.

I want the case to be smaller in size, I am willing to fabricate one myself if its needed to address my needs.

  • I wish to run my own webserver for the interface – 55597 Jul 18 '16 at 14:55
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    I'm closing this question because it's asking for a full custom build, whereas questions that work on this site ask for a single piece of hardware. The bounty you placed on this question has been refunded. – ArtOfCode Jul 25 '16 at 12:12
  • It looks to me like the OP is asking for a single piece of hardware once it's all put together - a custom NAS. Alpha3031 has answered usefully with a custom build in the past (hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/224/…) If we cut ourselves out of build recommendations we will have eliminated much of our usefulness. – Adam Wykes Jul 25 '16 at 13:53
  • @55597, If you have a concern about a particular moderation action, please post on meta – Andy Jul 27 '16 at 18:50
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So if you are looking for what I think you are looking for I would suggest you look for a cheap server on ebay or in a small form factor case for around 80$ like this one:http://www.ebay.com/itm/FAST-DELL-DUAL-CORE-3-4-GHZ-DESKTOP-COMPUTER-PC-4GB-RAM-Wifi-WINDOWS-7-PRO-/262152856157?hash=item3d0987225d:g:AdoAAOSwYmZXI2bs

This is very small comes with windows 7 and you can configure it with a 2tb hard drive for 100$ then for an os you can use windows 7 or you can use free nas which is an amazing server software which I have used myself and if you want to bring the 80$ down you can look for one with no os and just buy the hard drive and slip it in and put free nas on it. Now I dont know if you need a nice router but if you do I suggest this: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/555607/Belkin-N300-Wireless-Router/?cm_mmc=PLA--Google--Printers_Scanners_Faxes-_-555607-VQ6-47886868676-VQ16-c-VQ17-pla-VQ18-online-VQ19-555607-VQ20-76926630596-VQ21--VQ22-177839036-VQ27-9203161796&gclid=CILM5pvuh84CFQ6EaQodFvsHxw

I have this hooked up to my modem and can get around 100mbps download speed

Speaking of modems if you want a nice one of those I would suggest this: ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem – 600 MHz Dual-Thread Processor

If you have decent internet speed any one of these things are nice options for what you want if I am reading it right Sorry If I did not understand what you wanted

btw for freenas there are TONS of easy tutorials to set it up

But I have no idea if I wrote what you wanted sorry if I did not

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OK, third attempt is the charm, right? This gets you what you want in what has to be, bar none, the smallest possible package. But it will require some know-how on your end as far as software goes.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/CHG7WX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/CHG7WX/by_merchant/

Case Fan: Thermaltake A1888 47.3 CFM  80mm Fan  ($12.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
External Storage: Western Digital Elements 2TB External Hard Drive  ($83.86 @ Amazon) 
UPS: APC BE450G-CN UPS  ($39.78 @ Amazon) 
Other: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900) ($99.99)
Total: $236.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-21 12:57 EDT-0400

Here's how this setup works:

  1. The Router acts as the wireless server, running OpenWRT or dd-WRT.
  2. The External HDD connects to the router's 3.0 port
  3. The fan connects to the router's 2.0 port and is set to cool the router - you may want to drill holes in the router's shell to facilitate this.
  4. The UPS powers the whole setup.

Here's the trick - how to get node.js running on a router? I think I have the answer:

  1. Install OpenWRT or dd-WRT on the router, whichever works for you. This model supports both options.
  2. On a desktop computer - preferably a very powerful linux workstation - you crosscompile node.js for ARMv7 (the chip powering this router is specifically noted here).
  3. Copy the resulting script file over to your router's flash storage area - you have ~100mb NAND flash to work with.
  4. Install tmux or screen.
  5. Run the script inside a detached tmux or screen session on the router.
  6. Configure router as needed to make server visible to connecting parties.
  7. Don't go over ~400mb RAM usage, your router only has 512mb.
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