Want to make the right decision on a NAS?

Hi, Firstly, thank you so much for your YouTube channel. Your videos are incredibly helpful. My wife and I run a small kitchen design business. We are mostly located at home but also have a small design studio located approximately 2 miles from our house. Obviously, during lockdown, we haven't spent much time in the design studio. This will change as restrictions ease. Whilst I'm pretty tech savvy, networking is a struggle at home. We tend to pass files between us on a memory stick due to me being unable to get my wife's PC laptop to display on the home network. It's for this reason that I've rejected NAS drives in the past. However, we are about to take on our first employee, who will work from home. So we need a solution to share files between: Our house The design studio Employee's house I'm at a loss as to which NAS to go for (or just take out a DropBox subscription for the three of us). The Synology DS920+ looks to be a good option. I'm thinking 2x 6tb drives set to RAID 1 for safety. I like the expandability but this is an expensive investment. This will be mostly for file sharing between staff. But could also be used for domestic computer storage, PLEX and possibly surveillance cameras (currently paying for Google NEST subscription). Your advice would be greatly appreciated. If I decide to go ahead, can I purchase all of the items through you? Regards, Mike.

NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 07:45
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Synology would indeed be the best option as a first NAS. It is easy to set up and use.

Synology Drive app will allow easy collaboration with more functions then Dropbox. They have a single user as well as a team folder option.

You do not need to configure network shares to be able to use this. Simply install an app and will get that folder synced. You can also map the drive on your computer or use a web browser to access your data.

DS920++ would be a future proof model allowing you to add more drives and RAM. Otherwise, you could also consider DS420+ which is cheaper but do not support an expansion box.

I hope this helps.