Fast RAID-0 DAS Using Two Thunderbolt 3 Enclosures

In this post I’m demonstrating how to create a high-speed macos volume using quantity 2 Thunderbolt ports and NVMe enclosures. This solution uses RAID-0 (striping) so the failure threshold is more than twice that of a normal standalone disk. This example is for demonstration purposes and could be useful for video editing scratch space, rendering, large photo sessions or similar uses. Obviously, good backups (RAID is not a backup) or a more reliable storage tier is recommended for daily use.

Thunderbolt 3 Benchmark: 2.22 GBs write, 3.74 GBs read

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Ultra fast Thunderbolt NAS with Apple M1 and Linux

In this post I discuss how you can upgrade a NAS Server by adding Thunderbolt 3 for lightning fast connectivity at 20 or 40Gbps. This particular implementation is specific to an Apple Mac Mini M1 and a Linux NAS server on an older Supermicro X10SRL-F motherboard, but the principles should be the same on similar architectures and operating systems.

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Pushover Desktop? Yes, on Apple Silicon.

Pushover on macOS

At home I run a lot of gadgets. A mix of computer servers, IoT devices and various Raspberry Pi projects that I’ve built. I always want to be aware of what’s happening with the home, so I’ve been using a notification app called Pushover. It’s a nice notification utility that can send messages to your phone or tablet, in addition to your desktop browser. The keyword here is browser.

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Locast Plex - Local TV on Plex with Raspberry Pi4

Watch local broadcast TV on Plex without an antenna.



What is it?

Locast is a free service that receives over the air (OTA) broadcast television signals and encodes and legally distributes them digitally across the internet. Using the program locast2plex you can receive this digital content and send it to a Plex Media Server. Plex will allow you to record, time-shift and save this content. It works exactly like a Cablebox / DVR.

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DIY DAS and NAS for Media 2020

Updated for 2021 !!!

DAS Architecture

Update: I’ve recently added a Thunderbolt 3 PCIe card for easy 40 Gbps connectivity.

Why another NAS/DAS article?

There are a lot resources online for building your own DIY DAS. A lot of them contain good information but none of them were comprehensive for the DAS I wanted to build so I compiled the information that was useful for my specific 2019 build here. The prices linked below are subject to market fluctuations and timing, so some of the components I found at a great price. Overall they should be roughly the same as what you can find. Your mileage may vary.

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Deluge Grafana Dashboard

Tonight I was introduced to a Deluge exporter for Prometheus so I figured I’d whip up a quick dashboard for visualizing the metrics.

Deluge Dashboard
Deluge Dashboard is a very simple way to display Deluge torrent metrics. It uses the deluge exporter to populate a Prometheus data source. The panels in this dashboard can be copied into more comprehensive dashboards for a single pane of glass view of your network transfers or it can be used as a standalone glanceboard.

You can install the dashboard from the Grafana website or from my repo.

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Grafana Dashboards

Grafana is a really great tool for visualizing data. In my homelab, I have obviously have a lot of data so what better than to use than the right tool for the job. Below, you can find some screenshots of my dashboards. I use a raspberry pi that just runs a full screen browser for viewing the dashboard slideshow in addition to a few other glance boards (DAKBoard, Monitorr, et al).






VMWare Cluster Health Dashboard
ESXi Datastores Overview

Here’s the Gallery
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