Simplicity is often the most important aspect of a file access system for the typical user. Fortunately, building your own cloud-sharing infrastructure can be done with the help of free services that make transfer easy. Popular Science recommends platforms like Resilio Sync or Syncthing, noting that these services offer a file transfer tether between your known devices. With a sync service, you won’t need to build a file storage system at home. More importantly, you won’t have to run it around the clock to provide access to important resources.
Sync services cut out the need for a central server by essentially reimagining each of your connected devices as nodes within a larger network. For this to function correctly though, you’ll need a device that you want to access to be powered on. Simplicity is crucial, and for users trying to balance movie and video files, music, and important documents (like your lease, school work, etc.), keeping certain sets of files on a tablet with great battery life and others on your phone can provide consistent access to a library of content without having to manage the storage requirements of the entire volume on a single, heavily-used device.
With this type of setup, you could connect a small personal computer that’s been fitted with increased hard drive capacity to function as a home server. Options are vast with this simplified approach.