Get your NAS fully automated with SABnzbd

Alright. Time to go old-school (unfortunately). I promise this will be one of the few overly complicated posts I’ll ever write here – but in order to install the Usenet clientSABnzbd on our NAS this is what we need to go through. This is what Linux is like – amazingly user-friendly. Bah, in terms of usability you should only consider Linux when there are no alternatives, at least if you want a simple life. However, as long as you can copy paste this should be perfectly ok and easy enough. So without further ado, here goes SABnzbd part 2, installing it on a ReadyNAS. And remember Ford Prefect in the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic.

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One Remote to rule them all

“Three Remote Controls for all Family-members under the roof,
Seven for the Kids in their various rooms,
Nine for all your friends doomed to confusion,
One for Yourself on the coffee table
Lost under the TV-couch where the Shadows lie.
One Remote to rule them all, One Remote to find them,
One Remote to bring them all and in the Digital Home bind them
Lost under the TV-couch where the Shadows lie.”

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SABnzbd – full auto Usenet download

Alright, so you have a Usenet provider (like Giganews) and a means of searching for files (indexing sites like Newzbin and nzbMatrix). Now you just need a means of actually downloading something. Following the same logic as BitTorrent you will need a download client, and there are quite a few of them availible on the net. I’m only going to mention one, and go through how you install it, because I consider it to be the best one.

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Game Plan (assembling your digital home)

Let’s have a first quarter time-out here and go over the game plan. That way you can google stuff on your own and plan ahead. I’ll go over the details on each part later on, but this is the overall strategy for reaching our goal. Let’s make sure we can talk the game, as well as play the game.

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The Nerd, the NAS and the Wardrobe

Ok, so your network is secure enough not to be used like a cheap… er, well, moving on. Time to grow a pair and get some backbone. No really. The first step in your new digital home is getting something where you can keep all your data. Now you might wonder what’s wrong with having your data on your computer… after all, isn’t that the place it is supposed to be? Stop asking silly questions and read on…

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The Goal (assembling your digital home)

Yes I’m not talking about the unfortunate goal of last weeks game. However, if we’re going to wire your digital home we need a goal. Otherwise we would just be nerding without a purpose here, and that is decidedly uncool. Gadgets need a purpose to be cool. Let the old-school nerds play with their toys in the basement – that’s not us. We are cool.

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