Use a USB hub on a QNAP NAS?

Have you tried using a USB 3.0 hub on a QNAP NAS? I plugged an Anker USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub into the USB 3.0 port on the rear of my QNAP TS-251 NAS and it seems to work okay with multiple external USB drives plugged into the hub. If this works, then it seems like a way to add more USB 3.0 ports to the NAS. I would assume that there is a practical limit to the number of USB drives you could add this way. I'm wondering if you have tested something like this.
Use a USB hub on a QNAP NAS?
SC Scbobr asked on 10 February 2021, 23:40
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SSD Cache?

Hi, I am buying a Synology Ds920+ Nas. I am populating it with 4 2TB iron wolf SSD much SSD cache do I need? Thanks, Jim
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 10 February 2021, 20:10
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Synology Drive VS Map Drive?

I purchased a Synology DS920+ in last year for a small office set up but we use heavy and demanding files (3D models with lots or referenced files, etc). In the local network we use a LAN connection with our shared folders as Map Drive connection (via Synology assistant) and all works really good. The question is the following: Sometimes we need to work out of the network. I tested Synology Drive and overall works good (with some programs working directly form the Drive there are some problems when saving, but not a major issue). One option would be to move all the shared folders to Synology Drive, but when working from the network (most of the time), it will be much faster to work directly with the Map Drive connection. Is it a way to synchronise Synology Drive with a Shared folder located also in the NAS, so we can benefit of both systems? Would you recommend another system? Many thanks in advance for your support and all your videos, they help a lot!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 10 February 2021, 14:40
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Server Migration?

I have been using a DS1019+ for almost a year now as a family Plex server. After a while, I had to get an expansion unit. Both the Ds1019+ and the expansion unit are filled with 12TB hard drives so I am looking to upgrade the server. I am looking into building my own custom server and loading Xpenology onto it. The only issue is finding a case with enough hard drive bays ideally I am looking for something like 15 bays. My server rack has a short depth so it's roughly 20in deep or so. Is it possible to use 2 smaller rack-mounted cases with one system? I have looked at some SAN (fibre channel storage) cases that have lots of hard drive bays but I don't really understand them.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 10 February 2021, 09:15
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QNAP HDMI KVM Surveillance Test with QVR Pro and QGD-3014-16PT NAS

Discuss: QNAP HDMI KVM Surveillance Test with QVR Pro and QGD-3014-16PT NAS
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 10 February 2021, 00:00
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New QNAP releases in 2021?

I'm considering the QNAP TVS-473e for a combination storage, surveillance, etc solution. I think it was released in 2017, but a lot has changed since then. Do you have an idea how long QNAP waits before refreshing a product? Do you foresee any new release from QNAP this year that would be a step up from the TVS-473. I'm particularly interested in a 4-5 bay NAS. I have a 2-bay QNAP now and have some familiarity, so QNAP would be my first choice over other brands.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 20:25
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Newbie to NAS?

Hi we are a family of 6 ( 4 young children) Not very computer savvy in regards to what makes them tick. We take loads of photos of our young family from our phones and eventually download them to an external hard drive on our computer. I broke my phone last year and have lost all photos of our youngest boys 1st birthday. In an ideal world i would like to be able to instantly back up what's on our computer, and save photos to a hard drive remotely for both me and my wife (maybe from 3 to 4 devices), be able to choose what photos I save easily, be able to access these same photos easily remotely if they're not already on our phone/ computer ect, and for us both to be able to easily access them. Most importantly, I'd like to never lose any more precious photos again so once they're saved I would like them to stay saved. I also have a music collection somewhere? That I need to recover from our computer/Iplayer that I would like on there, but this is a nice-to-have so that I can play them in my car! Thanks for any help and advice in advance. Regards Chris
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 13:35
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How to choose?

Hello, First of all, thank you for your site and your help section! I must admit that it's a very practical thing for novices like me! In fact, I would like to have your opinion on a choice I have to make (if you have other suggestions, I'm open to it...!). I work with images and video. I'm currently shooting on Mac. My 2011 iMac 27" only offers Thunderbolt 1, USB 2, FireWire 800 and Ethernet GB. I'm looking for a storage and backup solution that offers me the best possible throughput with my current configuration, but that would also be possible if I were to change computers and thus change to newer and more powerful connections. I still don't know if I will do Raid 1 or Raid 0 with a backup application for certain folders only. I'm not interested in sharing files with several machines or remotely. My choice for the moment is the LaCIE 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 or the TerraMaster TD2 Thunderbolt 3 Plus. What do you think about it? Thanks again for your advice and your time! With kind regards,
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 11:50
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Which NAS to choose from?

Hi, I am looking for a good NAS to store my photos and music that totals to 8TB already and increasing. I am currently looking between the Asustor AS6404T and the Synology DS420. Since it is my very first time to purchase and eventually own a NAS, I am confused which would be the best NAS to purchase. I find the Synology more expensive and memory is expandable up to 6gb. As for the Asustor AS6404 is cheaper and memory is expandable or it already comes with an 8gb memory. Since this is my first time to purchase a NAS, I would prefer the one with more flexibility in terms of usage and memory that I find on the Asustor. I also do not have any idea which is better between Synology or Asustor. Thank you very much for your time. I hope I asked the right questions.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 07:55
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Upgrading from synology DS214SE to either DS920+ or DS 1520?

Intent to upgrade . currently have 2TB on the DS214 which is almost full . If i were to upgrade to either one of above two synology NAS can i run both as independent NAS on the same network with different online access and if that is not possible , how to migrate data from the 214se to new NAS - ie can the HDD from the 214 se be included in one of the bays on the new NAS . please advise thank you
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 06:05
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Hi there, I am looking for some advice on the new QNAP TS-h973AX-32G. I am a video editor and looking for a convenient way to store all my footage and have easy access to everything all the time. I will need to edit footage off the NAS every now and then. This will mainly be to make edits using old footage etc, and transferring new footage to so we can have always on access to it. I will be running it in some kind or raid configuration which I have not decided yet as I am not sure it I will be on the new ZFS system or not, so you can advise on this to please. I will also be running Plex on this NAS. I was initially looking at the TVS-872XT-i5-16G, but obviously the price difference is quite significant. Are you able to tell me if it is worth spending the extra on the TVS-872XT-i5-16G vs getting the TS-h973AX-32G. Also what is your opinion on their new QUTS system and ZFS? Or do I rather save up some extra cash and rather go for the TVS-h1288X-W1250-16G. Its almost like there is too many options, and its confusing. At the moment I will only be editing through a 1GBE cable until I am able to upgrade everything to 10GBE. I understand both the TVS-872XT-i5-16G & TVS-h1288X-W1250-16G have thunderbolt ports but I probably would not be able to make full use of these purely due to where I would be placing the NAS & due to the fact that there will be 2 editors who need access to it. So having it connected to the network is the best option. I am heavily leaning towards the TS-h973AX-32G, but my main reasoning is the price which is very achievable. however if you feel it would be better to spend the extra cash then I will have to wait a while before I do anything, which obviously is not an ideal situation. Storage size wise, I will probably use 16TB drives and start off with the minimum required depending on raid config, and get more as time goes on. I think I have covered all my needs but if you feel you need more info to give your advice then just let me know. Thanks so much for your assistance, I really do appreciate it. Kind regards
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 06:00
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Home storage?

Was hoping you might be able to recommend not necessarily the best but the most compatible network storage? We have lots of pictures spread everywhere and wanted to consolidate and be able to access wirelessly and from any of our computers. All Microsoft based systems, I have purchased backup drives and it seems those are setup to backup maybe 1 computer and not serve as a server. We have a linksys router with wifi6, so I think the drives have to be fat32 or NTFS. We have a home network with control4 not sure if that tells you anything. Any advice would be much appreciated!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 02:45
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Synology Drive NAS Phone App Review

Discuss: Synology Drive NAS Phone App Review
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 09 February 2021, 00:00
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Hello, I'm looking to create a personal server to store all of my files on, specifically my photos as they take up the most space. I have a macbook pro and use Photos. My understanding is that macs store all the files in one location on the mac and the Photos app then accesses them to order and tags them. Is there a way for those files to be stored on a server like a NAS with the Photos app still able to access them so I can maintain my current usage. Or is the only way to use the applications on the NAS SERVERS like synology. Thanks
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 February 2021, 20:50
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Raid help?

Really need help please, new to RAID, got a Qnap TS-653D on order which I will have 4x 10tb red plus from start, another 2 the same later when I have the money. 90% of this NAS will be for Plex, 2-3 users running 720 and/or 1080 same time. The NAS will be running SABnzbd and Sonarr/Radarr 24/7, and apart from that I will not touch it. Been told raid 5, 6 or 10, most say 10 as faster, but no idea how faster and if the 5 or 6 is fast enough. Going down to 50% capacity total on raid 10 don’t bother me. I’m edging towards 10 as so many people have said don’t do raid 5 cause parity will take over a day to fix the broken drive and often makes others fail same time so I lose the lot. I will have around 4-5000 movies, several hundred tv series and a few hundred thousand songs. Please let me know what’s best, cloud back ups is a no cause of size needed, and external back up would cost too much and would need several, so any and all backups would be within the NAS,
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 February 2021, 18:00
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Super duper Inquiry re: 3-2-1 backup w/QNAP?

Hi There. I'm a huge fan of how easy Time Machine's backup feature works with our Time Capsule and would love to implement a similar (easy yet reliable) approach to backing up our QNAP data to BackBlaze's B2 cloud..... which we would then incorporate in furtherance of a 3-2-1 strategy for our Macbooks. As of now our desire is to have the following from a 3-2-1 perspective: 3 Copies: We intend to keep copies of our data on our Macbooks, on the QNAP, and on the BackBlaze B2 cloud. 2 Backups: Macbooks will backup (using Time Machine rotate feature) to both to the QNAP and to our Time Capsule. 1 Off-Site: We will use BackBlaze B2. The question is what is the best way to get the time machine backups and other data from the QNAP onto BackBlaze B2? We have researched and considered replication, syncing, disk cacheing, snapshots, and traditional backups (including full, incremental, and differential). Despite this we remain unsure re: which approach (or approaches) would be best for us whilst maximizing data safety AND minimizing B2's costs. In case you're wondering, B2 has a simplified cost structure: $5/TB for storage; $10/TB for downloads; Uploads are free. I have watched 25+ videos on the above topics and as an old school IT software guy, feel that I understand the differences. The problem is that I still don't know which approach or combination of approaches are best for us. Can you help? Thanks... - John
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 February 2021, 17:50
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NAS advice?

Hi, I'm looking for NAS advice. Both myself and my partner work from home. we have several email accounts and documents across both iCloud and Google drive. She stores all of her photos and videos on a local hard drive, currently about 150 GB, and I store all of mine on Google drive about 150gb. We are looking for a home nas solution where we each have a separate account also have a shared photos and videos account that we can both copy into and both read from - obviously I would like to remove any duplication. I think we would keep our existing cloud facilities as backups. We would like the the naz solution perhaps to have a backup. And we are looking for recommendations!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 February 2021, 16:45
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HDD choice?

I intend ordering a QNAP TS-453D unit to replace an old QNAP TS212 model. This for home use providing backup for one Imac, two Windows pcs & a Linux desktop. Also to act as storage & server for FLAC music files to a streamer. Also for photo storage with ability to display on a smart tv. The choice of HDDs is wide & varied particularly around CMR & SMR types for NAS use. If I go for 4 off 3TB discs, which models would you recommend & why? Thanks, John Warhurst
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 February 2021, 14:35
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Qnap TS251D memory ?

Please can you tell me if the Crucial memory (CT2K4G4SFS824A 8 GB) is compatible with the TS-251D I can't find it on the Crucial web site
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 February 2021, 14:10
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Beginner NAS drive WD Red or Seagate IronWolf - CMR SMR ?

Beginner NAS drive WD Red or Seagate IronWolf ? CMR / SMR ? I am looking for reliability. Main usage is to store photos and videos. Not too heavy usage. Which NAS ? I am thinking of Buying Qnap TS-251D-2G. I like HDMI streaming without latency and PCIe for future wireless use. Also, access through cloud sounds nice. Software UI seems dated and bit complicated but I am a developer so comfortable with it.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 February 2021, 13:40
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