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It would be great if Lima would support connecting to and storing your Lima "cloud" on a NAS rather than on a corded external USB-drive like how it is today. This would open up so many more possibilities:

1. Many people already has a NAS so no need to purchase another external harddrive.

2. We can have disk-failure protection since many NAS already comes with support for different RAID-types.

3. Expandability and a lot more storage!

4. Freebies that already comes with many NASes, for instance I'll be able to stream my videos to my Apple TV since my NAS (Synology) already supports this! This was just one example.

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Currently, you can attach only ONE harddrive to each Lima device. Adding a second Lima with a harddrive to your account would not increase your total storage space, it would simply duplicate all your data so the two hard drives have identical content (that's the automatic "Lima backup plan"). If Lima supports 12TB or 16TB harddrives (I think there's a maximum supported by Lima), then you could get two Lima Ultras, attach a 16TB hard drive to each and connect them in two separate physical locations. That could eliminate your manual backup management. However, accessing files, taking files with you (by telling Lima to keep a local copy on your laptop) and generally working with files, might be less comfortable than your current solution. It depends on the size of the files you work with and your needs.

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Several people have been asking us that, we are considering it, however it would slow down transfers since the Lima <-> NAS link would use some of the Ethernet capacity, and it would not give you streaming for free because the files stored on the NAS would not be in a readable format.

If your NAS has the ability to appear as a USB mass storage device, connecting it to the Lima with USB is probably a better solution.

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Hello Pierre,

I can understand that. Options are still nice though. However, as a first solution for this, perhaps enable support for DAS (Direct-Attached-Storage), such as the Drobo 5D for instance? That would at least provide:

1. Protection against power surges since it has built-in battery.

2. Protection against disk-failure due to RAID-support.

3. Expandability.

4. SSD-cache.

Or do you already support RAID-enclosures via USB?

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As far as I remember we do not support Drobo via USB because it used to require a Linux kernel module that did not work on the Lima. This may have changed though, maybe we should have a second look at it.

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Has this kernel issue been looked into yet by chance?

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This is definitely a great idea.

The way I see it is a bit different though.

Keep using local USB HDD, but implement a backup solution on "already available" Cloud storage solutions.

Since Lima is using some Open Source software pieces, you could use an Open Stack client, or OwnCloud client.

This would give Lima access to online storage, therefore "backup" on solutions like OVH Hubic, ....

Lima device could then use 2 ways to perform backups : on a secondary Lima device (was part of the advertised Kickstarter campaign ?), and on a cloud sotrage based system (not using proprietary APIs ... no Dropbox, no OneDrive, ...)

FYI: Synology NAS storage solutions offer quite a lot of backup plugins to perform backup on "Cloud storage system", including a "Hubic / Open Stack connector" !

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I backup my Synology NAS to CrashPlan which works great and while your suggestion would be a good step on the way, it will still require me to have additional HDDs - why should I get even more HDDs when I *already have 4* in my NAS?

For transfer speed? USB 2.0 has 60 MB / second. 802.11n has 37 MB / second. I can live with that. Plus with caching and making use of some offline files, it won't be an issue..

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Just forgot one thing ...adding it :

in order to remain in the idea of the OP:

- Synology, QNAP, ... NAS support NFS and Samba (SMB) - if Lima is using Linux kernel, the packing in there a NFS client or Samba client should be "easy". This would "eat" localbandwidth only (which is closer to 1GBps with existing ethernet switches) instead of external bandwidth.

- Having said that, keeping a secondary backup on an external 3rd party "Cloud storage" based would be also great.

I understand that packing more and more features in a so small piece of HW requires CPU power - and at some point you will not be able to implement everything.

But these would be definitely very useful features.

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The problem with your 1st idea is not the local bandwidth of your local network, it is the bandwidth of the Lima device itself (which, as you said, is a small piece of hardware).

Re. backup on 3rd party Cloud Storage, we are thinking about it (it has already been asked somehow here https://feedback.meetlima.com/topic/backup-lima)

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Currently, you can attach only ONE harddrive to each Lima device. Adding a second Lima with a harddrive to your account would not increase your total storage space, it would simply duplicate all your data so the two hard drives have identical content (that's the automatic "Lima backup plan"). If Lima supports 12TB or 16TB harddrives (I think there's a maximum supported by Lima), then you could get two Lima Ultras, attach a 16TB hard drive to each and connect them in two separate physical locations. That could eliminate your manual backup management. However, accessing files, taking files with you (by telling Lima to keep a local copy on your laptop) and generally working with files, might be less comfortable than your current solution. It depends on the size of the files you work with and your needs.

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It would if you had two users, each with their own Lima device. I quote from another reply.."

Can I use two limas for separate users?

I am a Mac/iPhone user and my wife is a Windows/Android user. I

would like to have one Lima for each of us without sharing files and

comingling our data. I have an enormous amount of tech files and she has

an enormous amount of photos and recipes. Can I set up a Lima for each

of us without having to make everything accessible to both of us? She

does not want me to mess with her photos and recipes. I do not want her

to have access to my files. Is this possible?

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4 weeks ago

Hello Glenn,

Of course it is very possible!!

You
just have to get two Lima Boxes, and then configure each one with one
account for you, one hard drive, one Lima for you, and the same for your
wife (but she must have her own account too.. :)

--You / Your wife--

- Lima 1 / Lima 2

- Your Lima account / Her Lima account

- Your Hard drive / Her hard drive

You
can connect the Lima's to the same internet box, cause i think it's
your account who identify you when you wanna access to your files .."

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I am also wondering this...pointed here after numerous email threads. I havent even opened my Lima because I dont want to buy a drive big enough only to find out that Raid or Nas becomes supported.

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Hi Scott,

Thanks for your feedback!

I invite you to check this another topic.

Cheers,

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