So, you just plunked down for some network attached storage. 500GB? 2TB? Doesn't matter! Even the most cavernous NAS is just a dumb brick—if you don't know what to do with it.
Getting a NAS set up as a simple file share is mostly a plug-and-play process. (More on that here.) And in raw form, it's a dead-simple concept: Here's a bunch of storage space that you can share among your home computers, over the network. But with a little work, you can do so much more than that, converting your NAS from a begrudging purchase in the name of caution to a vital piece of your very computing existence.