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Home Cloud Questions, Recommendations

Bareborn 6,445 455 February 20, 2016 at 04:56 PM
Hi-

We've got our son and another on the way, and are wanting a easy convenient way to store all of our pictures. I'd prefer to be able to do it wirelessly through our cellphones and such.

I've looked at a few solutions but nothing seems to be wireless, all seems to be through the home network, which I think means I'd have to go through my PC. If that's the best route I'd just get an external harddrive. I'd like 3-4tb of space.

Please give me ideas!!

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Maybe you can create 1 google account and share it with you famliy?

https://support.google.com/photos...0791?hl=en

Unlimited free storage for photos and videos.
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highly suggest google photos. auto upload from android, ios, mac and windows. also free unlimited storage
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also free unlimited storage
of reduced size images
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of reduced size images
I'm more concerned if they allow homemade pr0n video or not?
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A true "home cloud" solution would have a home NAS wired into your network but then accessible wirelessley by your devices. There are a few on the market, most notably by Seagate http://www.seagate.com/products/n...nal-cloud/ and Western Digital http://www.wdc.com/en/products/pr...px?id=1140.

My experience with these products is limited. I currently own an older version of the Seagate product but I don't use the "Home Cloud" software, I simply use it as a network drive to back up my laptop using File History. I find File History loses this drive on a regular basis, so it's a pain in the neck to use.

If you will look at the reviews of all of these products you'll see they are a bit problematic, but some people have really good luck using them the way you want to. Google Photos is an easier solution, as it is unlimited and can back up from all your devices, but yes, as mentioned, they don't keep the photos at their full native resolution.

I'd be interested in a follow-up of what you decide to go with, and, if you set up a "personal cloud" solution, I'd love to hear how well it works for you.
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of reduced size images
it says that anything under 16mp will look the same. it is high quality but compressed on upload for smaller size.

I think op would be satisfied. I haven't set it up for anyone who hasn't been. it's so easy.

https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6220791?hl=en
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it says that anything under 16mp will look the same. it is high quality but compressed on upload for smaller size.

I think op would be satisfied. I haven't set it up for anyone who hasn't been. it's so easy.

https://support.google.com/photos...0791?hl=en
I agree with that - Google Photos is a great app, great solution. The quality is the native resolution of a current iPhone. The only quality issue is for people who are taking pictures with a DSLR and want to keep native resolution images. For those folks, I think a combination of an at-home external drive that also backs up to Google Photos is a good compromise. All the originals onsite, all the "reduced quality" but still perfectly good images stored offsite and accessible with any device logged into the Google account.
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Amazon Prime allows unlimited photo storing INCLUDED with your existing Prime plan. If you need unlimited storage for all formats, it is $60/year on top of Prime to gain this additional capacity. This is an exceptional deal if you are already in the Amazon ecospace. Images are not compressed and keep their resolution.
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Has Google Photos actually fixed sharing between accounts? I used to use Picasa/PicasaWeb, and the forced Google+ transition was awful, most notably because Google+ Photos didn't support shared albums.
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check out owncloud.org. it takes some work to set up but works well. basically dropbox
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Quote from bcotran View Post :
it says that anything under 16mp will look the same. it is high quality but compressed on upload for smaller size.

I think op would be satisfied. I haven't set it up for anyone who hasn't been. it's so easy.

https://support.google.com/photos...0791?hl=en
Interesting I was assuming it was a continuation of G+/picasa web albums and photos 2mp and less were free. I imaging they're still applying some fairly aggressive compression.
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Interesting I was assuming it was a continuation of G+/picasa web albums and photos 2mp and less were free. I imaging they're still applying some fairly aggressive compression.
I guess we all forgot about Lossy and Lossless file compression. I guess google also doesn't want people to know about it. Because most people don't know what it is. So who cares?
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I also say google in this account if the main concern is from phones. Get the photos off automatically and offsite. The big problem with just an external hard drive is not backing up the drive itself and getting it out of the house. Protect against power surges, drive failure, theft, fire, flood, and other weather events. If OP is just hoping to do cellphone shots, chances are they will delete from the phone meaning the cloud, or external hard drive becomes the only copy. Thats not true backup.

This all changes a little if OP is looking to do shots from other cameras (Non cellphone)
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I got a large amount of free storage from pogoplug a long time ago, that's were I've backing up photos from my phone. I'll say that compared to google's current offering it doesn't work very well.

You don't have to back up all your photos to the same place. Google does have a desktop application to upload photos.
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