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NAS Buying Beginner?

Hi, I am trying to buy a NAS. I'm beginner to this. After watching a few of your YouTube videos, I have a few questions. Usage: 1. 2 Desktop/Laptop + 4 Mobiles + TV [1080p-not planning to upgrade to 4k any time soon] 2. Mostly for Picture, videos backups + Movie Storage 3. Watching movies/Videos on above devices Questions: 1. Do I need transcoding? [My files are mostly in 720p or 1080p] 2. Is it better to have 2+5 Bay [DS720+ with DX517] or 4 Bay [DS920+] performance wise? I am planning to use 8TB HDDs with BTFS & SHR. 3. If I add DX517 later, do I have to increase the RAM of DS720+? Thanks in advance
LU Lucifer asked on 04 September 2020, 22:09
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Advice on new QNAP NAS purchase?

Upgrading home network and looking for advice/comments on my ideas. Need to replace 2 TS-453Bminis (4 bay) with ones that with faster network connectivity. One mini is Plex server, one mini is backup and mapped drives for home network. Both 4 bay with HGST 6 TBs drives in all bays. Must be able to migrate by using old drives. (see Think a 4 bay TS-453D can replace the Plex mini and has faster LAN, but am wondering if a 4 bay TS-473 might be better for backup and mapped drives because it has faster CPU, handles more memory and can take add in cards to get the higher LAN speed. Budget for both is $1500 US so some room for more bays or different models. I'm OK with getting base memory and adding in later. The final setup would use the 5 port QSW-1105-5T 2.5GBe switch with the 2 new NAS and my 2 home PCs using high speed LAN cards connected to it. Advice? Comments? Flaws I've not considered or such? All feedback appreciated.
JM Jmcging asked on 30 August 2020, 15:06
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PLEX on qnapTVS-672N-i3 or do I need it?

Hi First thx for a intressing website and Youtube channel. I have today since a couple of years a WD pr2100 wich has served me well. I use it mostly for Plex and some minor backups. I also have some friends who uses my Plex server. I think of upgrading to get more bays and a more powerful NAS. I have consider synology 918+ or 920+ or maybe a terramaster. But recently I also have been looking at the qnap 672N-i3. Regarding on more Plex users is the qnap a better choice? Mainly the material is 1080 p. Is it more futureproof regarding some 4K with the qnqp ? Is there another better NAS option ? I have ofcourse Plexpass with transcoding today on my wd pr2100. I dont mind spending some money on a new NAS.
JO Jorgerik asked on 04 August 2020, 15:01
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Can extra RAM or eSATA SSD improve Plex transcoding on Synology ds218+?

I recently got a synology ds218+ which will mainly be used as a plex server with some minor backup functionalities. I want to use plex to share it with family members who live far away. From what i have read i need to get the premium version of plex to enable hardware transcoding. This is where the advice I find online gets confusing. I've read about people getting an extra SSD to enable transcoding there (using the USB or the eSATA port?) and some others about using RAM to transcode? Is a ram upgrade even necessary? Hopefuly you can give me some clarity between all this contradictory advise. Thanks in advance for your time,
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 10 May 2020, 17:05
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Transcoding MKV files using QNAP TVS-1282-i7-32G. Most of my library are MKV files. I understand that QNAP has an issue with MKV and requires work around to support them. Is this still true? My main reason to move from my Existing 21 TB Windows Home Server 2011 Supermicro Server with 8 3TB Enterprise drives connected to a Maga Raid Storage card is the amount of power required to run the Server 24 X 7. I am hoping a QNAP with 8 SSD drives would cost about 1/2 to run and add performance and reliability. Although the Supermicro Server has been very reliable for the last 5 years. I am thinking about getting the QNAP TVS-1281-i7-32G 450W Any advice you can offer would be appreciated. Thanks.
JM Jmine asked on 04 May 2020, 21:53
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Synology NAS / Plex / Live TV / UK?

Is there a workable solution in the UK? I have a Synology DS216+II (hardware transcoder) running Plex. I would like to connect a TV tuner so as I can watch / record live TV (using Plex). I have tried (and returned) a Silicondust HDHomeRun CONNECT DUO ( This would not work without major buffering issues. My thinking is that I need hardware transcoding built into the tuner, but this does not seem to be available in the UK. Does anybody have any ideas?
PC asked on 18 April 2020, 15:42
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RAID 1 to RAID 0?

I have QNAP NAS TS-251+ (2) WD Red 4TB 3.5" NAS HD Raid 1 (I would like to unmirror ? to RAID 0) HBS 3 backed up to: QNAP TR-002 2 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Direct Attached Storage (DAS) with Hardware RAID USB 3.0 Type-C RAID 0 (2) WD Red Pro 4TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, - 256 MB Cache, 3.5" I currently keep all my Media on TR-002 and Run Multimedia from Host. I want to Restore Everything - Backup and Media to Host then use TR-002 to backup changes to host. Before I reconfigure the Host - Is this logical? Is there a better way?
SM Smck54 asked on 11 April 2020, 20:56
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NAS as a small music server to work with SONOS?

I am looking for a NAS as a small music server. I am using a Buffalo Link station at present. My library is small compared with others. It currently is 250gb of Flac I do not see this going beyond 500 gb I have seen a set up where someone had set up a music server using the DS218j. Whilst I am sure this does the job well, I prefer the appearance of the Play version. The set up I saw was using Plex to sort his libraries which I liked and would want to include this feature. Most of the time I will play back through a Sonos system. I do not visulalise wanting to connect to the NAS externally (outside my home) so all my equipment will play the Flac media. So will the DS218 play suit my purpose, and if I set it up on 1 disc can I add a second later and arrange it in a raid situation so that I have a back-up if one disk fails.
NC Nc enquiries asked on 11 March 2020, 20:04
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Qnap TS-251D Transcoding?

Do the new transcoding options on the QNAP TS-251D benefit Plex and if so what is the best transcoding options to setup.
BA asked on 10 March 2020, 22:41
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Plex and Multimedia Console sharing Libraries?

I am confused whether Plex and Multimedia Console apps like Qmagie can share the same folders. I will be using HD Station and noted that the Plex apps for this had been removed. It would be safer it seems to just use the apps that come with HD Station. I found only one reference to this issue which suggested that sharing libraries/folders between Plex and Qnap apps would upset Plex.
BA asked on 10 March 2020, 22:37
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Can I host two PLEX servers on one QNAP NAS?

I have a QNAP NAS, and my friend asked if he can buy his own HD to add to my NAS to host his own PLEX server, rather than adding all his films to my PLEX, we think this is a better solution. Is this possible?
ME Mesqueeb asked on 02 March 2020, 02:54
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QNAP TS-253be Vs Asustor AS5202T Or Maybe TS-251D?

QNAP TS453be vs Asustor AS5202T I am new to NAS and looking at my first purchase. In short, I would like to be able watch media locally by HDMI using a service like Plex, have some further space for backing up material and have the ability to access the drive over the internet. I think my budget will extend to a 2-bay NAS and I expect my initial storage to be 4TB in RAID 1 or 6TB in RAID 1. After much research, I think i have narrowed my choice to between the QNAP TS-253Be and the Asustor AS5202T. I am having difficulty in deciding which to opt for. In support of the Asustor, it appears to be a little cheaper, it supports HDMI 2.0 (and so can play higher quality media and is somewhat future proofed over HDMI 1.4 in the QNAP), and it has DDR4 RAM. The QNAP appears to have a more powerful quad-core processor. Further, though I am less clear on this, I think the QNAP better supports its HDMI output.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 28 February 2020, 17:09
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Can I speed up Plex performance with SSD cache?

Many thanks for all your great video's on NAS selection, it was a great input for my current selection in replacing my DS710+ as it is getting really slow on resources now that I found PLEX as my new multimedia center. Based on your video's, your enthusiasm and as I'm very happy with the current Synology, I want to buy myself the DS918+. The question I have is on the two optional M.2 NVMe 2280 SSDs that you can add to this NAS. Do you recommend this from the start and if so, what would be the best size (and brand?) for these SSD's? Many thanks & keep up the great work to help folks like myself choose the best NAS device for their situation.
MA Martin asked on 27 February 2020, 17:53
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