Whether it’s streaming music and movies, backing up a desktop, or syncing files over the web, FreeNAS provides the tools to help you build the perfect file storage appliance for your home!
Share Your Files Everywhere
From inexplicable filesystem incompatibilities to the mystery of the missing crossover cable, everyone knows the pain of trying to share files between different operating systems. Luckily, FreeNAS is here to make the solution simple.
FreeNAS supports several file sharing protocols which can be easily configured using the FreeNAS Web User Interface.
Mac OS X default, clients available for Unix-like systems, some Windows support.
Windows default, available in Mac OS X and Unix-like systems
Unix-like default, available in Mac OS X, third-party clients for Windows
Media Streaming and More
With devices all over the house and more media than ever before, a single place to store all entertainment-related items in your home is becoming increasingly essential. With FreeNAS’ media streaming plugins, every device on your network can share the same media library.
It doesn’t stop there– advanced users have access to FreeBSD package tools to install any software they want, opening up possibilities for a FreeNAS web server or personal “cloud server” with tools like OwnCloud. There are already FreeNAS plugins for a variety of services including:
- Media streaming (minidlna)
- iTunes streaming (firefly)
- Bittorrent (transmission)
- Usenet automation (sabnzbd)
- Internet DVR (sickbeard)
- Media search automation (couchpotato)
Backups: you never need them until you really wish you already had them! FreeNAS can back up Windows, Mac OSX, and Unix-like operating systems with equal ease, and then protect the data with the power of ZFS. Back up your data now so you won’t regret it later.
FreeNAS supports multiple backup methods for each operating system:
Windows users can use iSCSI to connect to a dedicated virtual disk for backups or carve out part of a CIFS network share.
Mac users can use space on AFP or CIFS shares as targets for Time Machine backups.
Users of UNIX-like systems have the option of whichever backup method they like, from rsync to NFS, CIFS, or iSCSI.