Friday, 28 December 2012

Th-th-that's All Folks!!

This blog was started in August 2010 as a means to document tips & tricks I had found related to ReadyNAS Network Attached Storage devices from Netgear and to create a public record of the support posts I made on the ReadyNAS support forum. Originally this was a Wordpress-based blog hosted on a ReadyNAS Ultra-4.

Over the past year my involvement in the ReadyNAS community has significantly declined - not least due to the very apparent defocus Netgear has on their consumer storage products - to the point that the time has now come to retire the blog and so I have archived it here courtesy of Google.

I hope it continues to be of help to those many ReadyNAS Users out there. Comments remain open and I will do my best to respond to any questions, but there will be no further posts.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Using Final Cut Pro X with ReadyNAS

With the release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple has removed the ability to directly and easily work with video clips & projects stored on traditional AFP, CIFS or NFS accessible network volumes, now only supporting XSAN based network storage.

It is  however still possible to archive video and projects to ReadyNAS devices by following a few additional steps

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Apple Related Services not Visible over WiFi

Apple products primarily rely on a technology called mDNS to advertise and discover the availability of services, the Apple implementation commonly known as Bonjour. ReadyNAS products implement the  Linux application Avahi to provide mDNS support for Mac users.

Unfortunately however, a number of Wireless routers do not properly support mDNS over a wireless connection, and as a consequence it can appear that a ReadyNAS device is not working correctly when in reality the issue is caused by the router effectively blocking the necessary advertisements.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Bliss Addon for ReadyNAS (x86)

When first purchasing a ReadyNAS, my only real thought was to have a centalised backup for an every growing library of documents & media, and a facility to make backing those files up easy. But owning a ReadyNAS device introduced me to the idea of actively streaming audio from a central library to multiple clients. My audio library is now available on any of our computers at home, via our Plex based media center, multiple Squeezebox audio players, iOS devices and even remotely via the excellent Subsonic application.

The ubiquitous access to our audio however soon revealed one limitation: the high resolution screens of some of the devices being used (eg iPad) clearly showed that the artwork associated with my audio library was pretty poor quality, incorrect, incompatible with some applications but not others, or just non-existent. In short - the audio artwork of out music library was a mess.

While I found that there are a number of applications around that puport to help with artwork issues, most seem to focus on tagging rather than artwork, with artwork being just another tag. Also as all of my media was stored on my NAS, streamed from it and managed there, I much preferred to have an artwork management application that would also run from the ReadyNAS rather than run separately with an OS specific frontend .

That's when I found bliss

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Setting Up a Website with PHP & MySQL

One of the most common tasks ReadyNAS users wish to use their devices for is to host a small personal web site

Creating a basic Personal Web Server is very easy to do and documented on the ReadyNAS site here.

This basic setup is perfectly sufficient for hosting HTML only based web sites, but many users would like to go that step further and create more advanced setups, perhaps using common Open Source CMS systems such as WordPress (like this site) or Joomla. To support such setups, the ReadyNAS typically needs to be updated to support both PHP - a common programming language used for creating web sites - and MySQL - a relational database application.

Here's how to add the PHP and MySQL missing pieces: