You can store there a limited Gb’s of data, then if you want to store more you will have to pay a cost. Usually the costs are between $0.05 and $0.10 per Gigabyte per month. Because for some can be a more economical solution to own a Personal Home Cloud service which will allow to add as much space as needed and not to pay to someone else per month.
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To Create Your Personal Cloud you will have to face some other problems, make sure that everything is perfect and ideal for your own Home Personal Cloud. So here are the most important things you should consider.
One of the most vital thing for your Home Personal Cloud Storage is your Internet Provider and speeds that it gives you.
The most important speed for your home-based cloud storage is the uploading speed. Usually all the internet providers gives you a good download speed, but not a very good upload speed. When working with a cloud, usually you will upload things to it from different locations, so the upload speed have to be a good one so you will not be stuck when uploading things.
To check your download and upload speed you can use the speedtest.net and run a speed test. I would recommend you to own at least 2Mbps upload speed. 2 Mbps upload speed will be OK working with documents and other small things. But if you will use your home base cloud to upload music albums and movies or other big things, for sure you will need upload speed to be not less than 10 Mbps.
In any case you can contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and ask them what Download and Upload speed you have and how much it will cost you to have a bigger speed when downloading or uploading.
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Router is also an important part for your home based cloud. Usually routers are meant to connect to all your devices from your home and not to connect to other devices which are outside of you home network.
A recommendations is to ensure that your router supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) feature. Just login to your router and find this feature, if your router supports it make sure you enable it. If your router doesn’t support this feature you will have to manually Port Forward your IP, so you will be able to connect to it from the outside.
Its better to find a list of compatible routers with this feature and you will have much less headache.
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Remote Access vs Syncing
Syncing is OK when you are using free cloud sharing accounts like Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive and others, when there are some Gigabytes of data. But when creating your home based cloud you can add as much space as you want, up to of terabytes. In this case Syncing will not be an options, because its not logical to sync for example even 1 Terabyte of data to your mobile phone, or laptop which has 500 Gb of memory in total.
For your home-base cloud the best option will be to use Remote Access. You will view all the data you have on it and only when you want to open a document it will be downloaded to your mobile phone or other computer.
Also always connecting to your personal cloud means that it will have to be online always, so you will be able to connect to it at anytime.
Now when you know about all the main things you can read the Part 2: How to Use Home Computer as Personal Cloud? where you will find the best ways to use your personal computer as home base cloud storage.