Consumer Network-Attached Storage

What Does Consumer Network-Attached Storage Mean?

Consumer network-attached storage (NAS) is a specific kind of network-attached storage commonly applied to home theater systems or other home systems, such as aspects of a home area network (HAN).


Techopedia Explains Consumer Network-Attached Storage

Consumer network-attached storage follows the general principles of network-attached storage, where a computer storage server is connected to a computer network and functions as a file server, delivering files and data to different parts of the network. In a consumer network-attached storage design, the end points of the network are personal devices or home devices such as personal computers, Blu-ray or DVD players, media players and/or elements of home theater systems. A consumer network-attached storage system may also handle storage for Internet downloads or otherwise connect to the global Internet or provide video-on-demand services.


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