Rackmount or Desktop NAS - Which Is Better for You?

Discuss: Rackmount or Desktop NAS - Which Is Better for You?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 January 2021, 00:00
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NAS options for streaming with SONOS PORT?

I've found the information you provide on your site and on videos posted on Youtube very helpful. Thanks for your work. I'm new to music streaming. I have a SONOS PORT device that I'm using to stream from Spotify. Next step is to rip the ample (600-700) family CD collection and move the data to a NAS for streaming purposes. Based on the information I've seen you present and what I've seen on the Synology site, I've been focusing on the Synology DS220+. 3.5 years ago in a video you posted on the subject of choosing a NAS for purposes of streaming with SONOS devices, you suggested the DS216+ as a viable option. In the intervening years, is there any new information to indicate that the DS220+ isn't a reasonably equivalent choice? Is there something else you might suggest I consider? I also plan to use this device for basic backup of family computers (including a fair number of photos that I'd like to organize), of which there are four. Besides the additional capacity, does the DS720+ give me anything, feature-wise that might be useful enough for me to consider? I reside in the U.S. Thanks in advance.
BS Bsaffery asked on 16 January 2021, 01:37
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Best use out of DS 218j, has 2x 3 TB drives already installed?

Family has 4 phones, 1 iPhone and 3x Android. I wish to use the NAS to store all photos [currently on Apple and Google} and free up memory on the phones. Caveat, I am not very technical...
TI Timmis asked on 15 January 2021, 15:47
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PS5 Storage Expansion Update 2021 - New 7K NVMe SSD Coming, PS5 Move to External and more

Discuss: PS5 Storage Expansion Update 2021 - New 7K NVMe SSD Coming, PS5 Move to External and more
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 15 January 2021, 00:00
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Synology RS1221+ NAS - Should You Buy It?

Why Should You Buy the New Synology RS1221+ NAS? As many of you are no doubt aware, there is a brand new Synology solution available to buy for those looking at a robust, compact, yet fully-featured
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 14 January 2021, 21:05
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NAS OS location?

Hi, I found your website completely by chance and started to read as much as I can :-) I am impressed, big thank you ! I have a small question but first I need to say that I am a real average person with not in depth knowledge in NASes. A few years ago I managed to set up a NAS on my own, using OMV and various salvaged bits and pieces from old computers. And it works(!) albeit not blazingly fast. One thing I remember setting up my box -and it was really important for me- was that PMV required its own disk or at least (of course) its own partition. Having the OS completely apart from my two mirrored data disks on a separate disk was/is of great value for me. So now my questions: With all those nice Synology/Qnap/Terramaster/etc NASes, where is the respective OS installed ? Is it installed on the data disk? Or maybe on an SD card or USB thumb drive? I want to buy one of these nice things (I like the QNAP TS-453Be) but I really don't want the OS to share physical space with my data disks. Many thanks for your fantastic work Kind regards Michael
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 14 January 2021, 15:55
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2 x DS1821+?

Hi, I'm loving the site & the youtube channel! It's invaluable for non-specialists like myself so please keep it up! I'm looking to consolidate a couple of old DS1812+ (16TB each) along with a pile of external G-Technology hard drives into a new larger NAS. By rough estimate I currently need approx. 64TB of storage (plus the same as backup) with room to grow into so am looking at 128TB options. My use case is 3d animation/rendering where the NAS would house everything. I have around 10 render nodes which would be accessing the NAS for source files & saving rendered images to. I plan to connect my editing workstation (HP Z820) directly to the NAS over 10GBe. So, to my questions: 1. Is there a better option for this than the DS1821+? 2. For backup I plan to run a 2nd DS1821+ for the reason that if the main unit goes down, the backup can just take over. Is this idea reasonable? 3. As I plan to run 2 identical units, is there any downside to using RAID 0? I could do with the extra space & hopefully a bit more speed. Am I missing something here? 4. I've found a good deal for a unit including Seagate Exos x16 disks - would you recommend these disks in my case? 5. From what I've read, the NVMe cache wouldn't really help my use case - is that correct? Many thanks in advance! Kind regards
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 14 January 2021, 15:05
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Best NAS for iPhone camera backup?

I am about to by my first NAS. But I can not find good information about some details that are on high priority to me. I want: * Instant upload of iPhone photos and the possability to have them deleted automaticly from iphone after uploaded. * iPhone Live Photos support (on auto uploaded photos and browsing photos) * to be able to use my iPhone to browse my photo collection stored in my NAS. I plan to have nothing locally stored in my phone so there will be plenty of space for a big cache files for thumbnails. I am comfortable with configuring systems but can not really say what NAS brand that I want. But if one of them are better on my wishes above - that will be what I go for.
DA Davidfharm asked on 13 January 2021, 18:34
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Best nas for Plex remote?

Was looking at the tvs-h1288x. Looking for something my family of 5 can use with good remote use. Sometimes 2 or 3 members of the family will remote stream. Trying to find a good nas that can plex transcode up to 4 connections to be safe.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 13 January 2021, 17:40
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Can a NAS run my plex server?

I have a custom built PC which has a broken motherboard that I was mainly using for Plex. It was built 12 years ago with a first gen i7 6 core and a GTX470 GPU. It has served me fine for what I have wanted though at times it struggled with top 4k files. I am the main user and can direct play to my 4k samsung tv. However remote use of IOS and family use it so transcoding needs to be considered. I would rather have a NAS running in the background for Plex, radarr and sonarr etc than a PC which wouldn't be used for anything... therefore headless would be better and more power efficient. My concern though is no NAS I have seen is capable of the capacity and I don't think there are any I can put a GPU in to over come the transcoding issue. Overall CPU seems fine its just graphics power I think they lack. Could you help advise if there is a NAS or would a custom server be better with GPU and SATA backbone? Thanks, Edward
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 13 January 2021, 12:30
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I currently have a QNAP 251D. I want to upgrade the RAM. Can I get any major branded DDR4 sodimm RAM to upgrade my NAS RAM or do I need specific brands or models for compatibility? Thanks.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 13 January 2021, 09:00
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Synology DS920+?

Hi, I have recently started watching your videos. It has helped me a lot with my first NAS so thank you very much for helping people like me every day! I bought a Synology DS220j a few weeks ago but I returned it after getting frustrated with lags and holdups due to 512mb ram and instead bought a DS920+ with 4gb added ram module, after your recommendations. I am so confused about the transfer speeds. I have a new cat 6 cable as well as 1000mbps connection in the network settings. But for some reason, I only get 20-30MB per second transfer speed. Sometimes it fluctuates to 40MB per second but sometimes to 10 for a little bit. I spent hour plus with Synology's help desk online. The agent couldn't help me. My computer is directly connected to the router which is connected to Synology he said that these speeds are normal. I have my chat transcript emailed to me as well which I am happy to share. I sent the agent a screenshot of 13MB per second transfer and he said this
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 13 January 2021, 07:55
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Google Photos vs NAS - Making the Switch, the Advantages and Disadvantages

Discuss: Google Photos vs NAS - Making the Switch, the Advantages and Disadvantages
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 13 January 2021, 00:00
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Synology DS1019+ high SSD Cache usage?

Following your excellent video's I installed a 256gb nvme in my plex server. Although I have 15tb of storage 80% used. The DSM has never used more than 6% of read only cache. Something has changed since using I've stated using the DVR function with a HDhomerun. Interstingly my cache use has now increased to 145gb used. Anyone know why this has suddenly risen. I thought DSM would only cache files used more than twice.
LY Lynnb asked on 12 January 2021, 22:49
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Nas for Moments Professional Photog?

What nas, for professional photo storage of only edited files? I have other NAS systems where i host and work on RAW images and video files. I am looking to have a seperate unit that is dedicated only to hosting the final edits for clients and design team to access. Hosting 3 copies of each file, 1MB jpg 10MB JPG and 30 MB TIFF files, I already have a remotely connect moments catalog running on our synology ds3617xs and looking to recreate the moments photo experience transitioning from a a ds3617xs at the most affordable rate. Looking for a unit that provides a smooth moments viewing experience
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 12 January 2021, 19:55
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Plan to scan my many negatives with a photo scanner and then save them on a NAS. My problem is that many digital photos are also on both Google Photos and One Drive. I am unable to bring them together on, for example, Google photos and then transfer them to a NAS. To then also remove the duplicate photos. My knowledge of a computer is limited so that a NAS, of course, shouldn't be too difficult. Perhaps you can provide me with good advice, for which I thank you in advance. With many greetings from Germany.!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 12 January 2021, 19:55
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Multi channel (7.1) output from HDMI?

Great review, thank you for that! (I've also watched the various Youtube reviews for the hardware as well as software side, where you looked at the HDMI output on your monitor) I was curious as to whether the HDMI port is able to output multi channel sounds, i.e 7.1, over various codecs. I read somewhere that the native app had its license expire, so multi channel with DTS, atoms etc were missing. One of the main purpose of the NAS will be to act as a media centre as well with lcoal files as well as Netflix, directly connected to a Denon AVR with a 7.1 set up. thks!! If The Nimbustor 4 can do this, are there any other NAS that can do the same, but better?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 12 January 2021, 18:15
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Device to play media from NAS over Ethernet?

Hi I found your website and was wondering if you possibly have some advice for me... We have the following setup - and are missing a key piece: Setup: - WLAN / LAN network in my house - Drobo NAS, connected to the network (it has an IP and everything) - An ONKYO digital receiver/amplifier: this connects to the beamer, the speakers, etc. What we are missing: A device which can (via WLAN or better LAN) connect to the NAS on the network, access the media there (photos, music, movies, ...) and output them to, e.g. HDMI, which we can then connect to the ONKYO receiver. So far we always used a laptop for this, connected to the ONKYO receiver via HDMI cable. This is obviously a hassle... Some years ago I once had a "Popcorn Hour" player, but that broke at some point - and I wasn't really able to find a similar device again... We really only need a device to play media off of the NAS - we don't have Netflix or any other streaming services and aren't looking to get any... And it seems that nowadays all the products I can find focus on free or paid streaming services from the web, not accessing your own NAS on a local network... Do you know which device would serve us well? Price is not a huge concern - I'm rather concerned that we'd want to make sure that it is possible to update codecs/encodings/... to make sure the device is able to play the latest audio and video formats (that was always a problem with the Popcorn Hour, it never was able to play x265). Thanks a lot in advance for your help! Cheers, Florian
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 12 January 2021, 16:45
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Hi, Firstly I'd like to say I'm a big fan of your videos and easy tutorials. Id like some advice on the below if your able to help please? I have a qnap nas 453mini 4 bay currently with 2x 6Tb in raid1. Im mainly using it for music storage from my CD collection, all ripped in FLAC. I listen to it streaming off a Cambridge CXN streamer and will only read files when Twonky is enabled on the qnap. But I recently discovered another type from a company called dbpoweramp. They have one called Asset UPnP (DLNA compatible. I've downloaded a trial but really in Two minds what to use. From your knowledge are you able to tell me whats best for me to use? Hope the above is clear enough ? thank you
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 12 January 2021, 11:30
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Using Synology for photo management?

I am already using Synology DS918+, currently has 12 TB on SHR, will be upgrading that to 24TB. I want to start migrating my photos on Google Photos and iCloud to the NAS. I understand that DSM7 is still under beta testing. My question is as follow : should I hold off loading any photo to photo station or Moments until DSM 7 is fully released? I am also running Plex server on the NAS also do not wish to let any bug creeps into my Plex recording. thanks in advance Andrew
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 12 January 2021, 10:25
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