10 Apps you can install on NAS

If you have a NAS4Free box in your network, and you are only using it as a backup server, I think there is more to it than a that. Here are 10 PHP web based applications you can install for various purposes.

NAS4Free has several services installed out of the box, like:

    An application-level network protocol mainly applied to shared access to files, printers, serial ports, and miscellaneous communications between nodes on a network, used in particular by Microsoft
  • FTP Server
    A standard network protocol used to transfer file from one host to another.
  • SSH 
    A crystallographic network protocol for secure data communication, remote command-line login, remote comand execution and other secure network services.
  • NFS
    Access files over a network in a manner similar to how local storage is accessed.
    Networked devices will seamlessly discover each other’s presence and connect each other …
  • iTunes/DAAP
    Digital Audio Access Protocol by Apple, if this server run all iTunes inside the network can access a centralized media storage.
  • rsync
    for Unix like (or windows) this service will help you synchronize file and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer by using various smart approach.
  • Webserver
    A Lighttpd webserver to help you run your web applications.

Power up your network by adding the following PHP based web applications,

  • ownCloud
    ownCloud can work as an Intranet DropBox like application. It’s a great synchronization tool, but it’s much more than that, it’s a file sharing, collaboration and storage facility all for free. You can even have ownCloud client application on your phone/tablet and sync your photos and documents.
  • Transmission
    Tired of family members downloading the same file from torrent and overloading your network, well, with Transmission you can centralize your torrent download and share the downloaded file over SMB/Windows File Sharing. Transmission is linux version of uTorrent. With it’s “Waiting Directory” and SMB server you can centralize torrent download and media sharing.  Transmission is included out of the box.
  • phpFreeChat
    As it’s name imply, this one is a great tool if you like to have a self hosted intranet chat. here is an example of customized chat app online, maybe overkill for home purpose with 4 to 5 network nodes but for a company with large number of computer this one is idea.
  • Gallery
    If you centralize your photo backup, why not create a gallery app where people can collaborate. It’s a fun tool for family.
  • PHPMotion
    Gallery is for pictures, this one for your videos.
  • Squirl Mail
    Set up a web mail applicaiton so that people can easily access their mail from within the intranet
  • Media Wiki
    If your line of work related to research, education and as such, why not have your own version of wiki
  • phpBB
    How about a forum?
  • WordPress
    A blog, news feed, announcements, file sharing, notice board … use it as what ever way you like but wordpress is one good thing to keep inside your organization’s network.
  • Online Operating System
    The applicaiton is wide i cannot go over it here.



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