I am the first to admit I’m probably missing something obvious, but repetitive searching and reading isnt leading me anywhere, so I thought I’d see if I can put my question into better words and phraseing and see if anyone can “lead a horse to water”…
looking at alternatives to Google everything (docs, drive, calendar, but esp photos) currently being used by my wife and I. My IT and computer skills level is “just enough to cause damage”, but I’m willing to learn (albeit with some significant free time constraints on my life right now).
self hosting seems to be the most “private”, but with my skill levels, I have been repeatedly warned this is a dangerous prospect in and of itself, as screw ups and mistakes will most likely happen, and losing my wife’s photos is an easy way to end up in the dog house.
one helpful person on a previous attempt to phrase this question pointed me towards Synology NAS set ups, (proprietary I know, but I think my question still works, bear with me )
so if I go buy a multi bay NAS, figure out how to connect it to a LAN w/wifi availability, what then? I feel like I’m missing a step. Do I need to have a dedicated “server” box? Or is that function provided by the NAS? Do I need to load a owncloud/nextcloud instance into the NAS/sever? Where do I find out/educate myself on this? Cause the Synology site is mostly adds for their own apps, which I’m not opposed to using per say, but it doesn’t really help me learn “how to” use, set up, etc.
-The end goal is to have a local WiFi that my and my wife’s phones/laptops can sync to, calander and photos mostly, some docs, whenever we come home. No web connection. Am I on the right track or way off in the nevernear? Thanks for reading this far, sorry if it seems disjointed. Just trying to figure out how to figure this out if that makes sense. *Edited to attempt formatting