Home cloud?

Hi, I want to set up my own cloud storage for photos, music and video. I need the device to sync / backup various devices iPhone, Android phone, galaxy tablet, iPad, W10 laptops. I want to be able to map drives for simple drag and drop of files. I also want simple app and web access for when i am out over the internet. Video to TV either WiFi, HDMI. Finally the reason for 4+4 is that i want 4GB and I want to back it up in case of hardrive failure so im thinking two bay. I want my partner to have access over apps / internet, i also want to share folders with other for either collaboration or view only. I have looked at WD and Synology and struggling to asses if they will do what i want
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 23 April 2020, 00:05
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Multimedia NAS?

I am looking for something with 4-9 bays total. I really want 4-6 of 3.5 drives with the ability to add ssd's(2.5 or M.2) for caching. I do not need to have 10GbE. This will mainly be used as a multimedia NAS for video. I am looking for the ability to stream 4k(direct play with Kodi) and would like it to be able to transcode 4k(Plex) if it is needed. I currently have a Terramaster F4-220(Intel Celeron J1800 dual core with 2GB of DDR3) and it struggles to direct play 4k and it will not transcode it at all. I would prefer DDR4 for memory(assuming it would add longevity to the device) but it is not a requirement if you do not think it is needed for a multimedia NAS. From the little I have seen/demo’d I prefer QNAP OS over Synology but am open to either. If you have any suggestions please let me know, I am new to NAS' and still learning. Thanks again.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 19:50
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7 Fun Things to do with your NAS Whilst in Self Isolation

Make the Most of your NAS whilst you are on Lockdown Let's all be clear about this - COVID-19 absolutely and categorically sucks. Been the ever-growing concern we have for our family and friends, as
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 18:35
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Recommendation of new NAS?

Hi Mr Andrews, We are currently using a Synology DS215+ (bought in 2015) with 2 pcs of HGST DESKSTAR NAS HDD , 3.5" 4TB 7200RPM 64MB 3 CACHE SATA HDD. The disk usage is currently at 30% on RAID 1. We are using an external HDD casing with another 4TB HGST DESKSTAR NAS HDD as backup. The NAS is getting a little slow for our liking. The HDD are working fine and the DSM shows them as "Normal". We are using the NAS to store documents and PDF/CAD drawings. No multimedia (FHD/4K/8K), VM, surveillance required at the moment. Do you have any recommendations to upgrade this NAS? BTW, we are a SME (small-medium enterprise). PS: Resource monitor showing swap in/out data as 0 kb/s (in and out) , Total: 2Gb, Used: 109.6 MB, Utilization: 5%.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 16:15
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Asustor -emby via hdmi?

Hi, sorry to message you but Ive been a laughing stock on the asustor forum. i recently bought an Asustor AS6302t after reading the very good reviews from your website. (cheers very good youtube vids) however I think ive been duped... (probably my own stupidity) i wanted a nas with hdmi , due to my logic i thought if i connect the nas via hdmi to my LG smart tv i can watch movies stored on the nas via hdmi... so in my logic it wouldnt be streaming over local network. mny setup is as follows. emby server installed on nas my movies copied to nas emby library is pointing at my movies. the asusstor portal is installed on nas and when connected via hdmi i can see protal on my LG tv i installed emby on the portal. i can connect to the nas but its obviously streaming over my internal LAN sorry for long message... youre probably laughing at this stage.. If my nas is connected to my tv via hdmi, shold the movie be piped down the hdmi NOT sctreaming over the network... or have i totally got my logic back to front!? cheers iain
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 12:30
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Buyers Guide to IP Cameras for the Home NVR and NAS Surveillance

Discuss: Buyers Guide to IP Cameras for the Home NVR and NAS Surveillance
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 12:00
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Asustor 5304T Ram Upgrade?

Hi, After watching your video about 16GB upgrade, wondering if the J4105 Celeron can handle frequencies above 2400Mhz. Looking at Crucial Ballistix 3200Mhz or Kingston HyperX 2666Mhz Both 2x8Gb kits
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 09:25
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NAS for 4k movies via Plex or other?

Dear reader, I am a novice when it comes to setups using NAS and media players such as Flex. I have tried to investigate myself what setup would work, but find myself lost in the digital wording and specs. Hopefully you can advice. My setup is as follows, I just purchased a brand new 2020 model Samsung QE65Q95T which of course supports a host of apps via the Tizen (android) UI, but those apps generally are Netflix, Amazon etc. Great stuff, but not always the content I want. I also have a PS4 Pro 1TB purchased in 2019. So, as is allowed in the Netherlands for personal use, I use news servers to download movies, this also allows for 4k HDR sized movies, the problem is often the format as this can come in a wide array of formats incl. MKV... Normally I would connect my small Dell laptop from work to the TV via HDMI and watch downloaded movies via MKV player. This laptop however, does not support 4K or Dolby DTS etc. Hence, that will no longer work with the new TV for true 4k HDR experience. First I was looking at the Nvidia shield Pro as a potential media player, but this might be overkill given I have the PS4 which is able to handle 4k HDR. Then I read your post that PS4 also allows Plex, so that could be a way to "play" the downloaded content. The PS4 here, only acts as the "dvd player" I believe, so I would still need some NAS setup where the movies are stored and streamed from (using Ethernet cables of course). This is where I need advise, because I am not sure what would be best for a NAS given the type of formats downloaded and also I read issues about subtitles causing issues (which are either backed-in or SRT. files) due to "trans-coding" ? I want to avoid this of course. One last note/question, Currently I have a glassfibre network connection coming into the house and the router is located near the front door in a broom closet, from there there is a cat6 cable pulled through the walls and neatly shows up close to the TV, however this is just 1 cable. Our TV box requires the Ethernet cable, so would a "netgear or other" type of network switch work to allow me to have a wired connection to 1: the TV box, 2: the PS4 (guessing 4k does not work over Wifi) and 3: potentially the TV itself for other 4k apps. Sorry for a long story, but hopefully I have made the setup issues clear. If you can advise on this, I would be grateful. I am open to different types of suggestions, now you have the full story. Also budget wise I am flexible, if a more expensive setup is the only solution, then I can look into that, but just having spent 4,500 EUR on the TV and sound system + cables etc, I would prefer to keep it slightly affordable haha. Thanks again, Kind regards, Cisco
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 08:40
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Formats for Video Streaming on QNAP?

Wanted to ask for some advice with a QNAP NAS. I have the TS219P II. I really want to be able to share some of my personal videos with friends and family. I puts some videos on the NAS and created a share link. But when I view this link.. I can't get it to stream the video. It plays the clip.. but with audio only.. no video. Are there specific video types that I need to have my clips in so they can be streamed? These are small SD clips.. so nothing crazy. Is there a setting I'm missing that will allow the NAS to stream the clips..and transcode if needed? Thanks much! -Peter
PE Peter555 asked on 22 April 2020, 06:01
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LevelOne GEMINI PoE IP Camera Synology NAS Surveillance Test

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NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 April 2020, 01:00
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Help needed b/w 4TB WD Red Pro / WD Gold / Seagate Ironwolf Pro?

Hello, I currently own a QNAP TS-453Mini 8GB (original version) w/ 4x 4TB WD Red Pro (64MB cache) HDD's (all bought in 2016) 1 of HDD's failed this week and I'm looking to replace it ASAP. I was looking at the 4TB WD Red Pro vs the 4TB WD Gold vs the 4TB Seagate Ironwolf Pro HDD's. I'd need some advice on the following: - Can I mix HDD brands (i.e. 2x Seagate + 2x WD Red Pros) - Can I mix HDD's with different cache sizes? (Red Pro 64MB vs Gold 256 MB, or even Ironwolf Pro 128MB vs Red Pro 64MB, and so on) - Considering the recent SRM issues, are the WD Gold and Ironwolf models bound to be affected? - Is the WD Gold worth it for a 4bay NAS? All three drives are nearly at the same price right now, so that's not an issue. It's more on reliability. I replaced one of my drives 1.5 yrs ago already and now a 2nd one failed this week. That's 2 of the original WD Red Pro's in less than 4 years. Add the emerging SRM issues affecting WD 2TB-6TB HDD's... Thanks in advance!
ME Menvedidos asked on 21 April 2020, 18:52
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Brand of HDD?

Hi, I want to know which brand of HDD is the best for Synology 918+. Also, what RPM? Because I read that 7200RPM make sound, and it runs out quickly. Also, Seagate 10 TB have problem with the Caches? Thank you
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 21 April 2020, 18:45
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Heimvision HM203 Budget IP Camera Hardware Review

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NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 21 April 2020, 12:00
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Hi there, I'm wondering why there isn't an All Flash NAS by Synology with form factor only 2,5" SSD and RAID F1 in Desktop-Version, like the DS620slim+, but with better performance (quad core etc.). Now, that Synology wants to bring their own SSD on market. I need such a system for my mail server and for secure SSD storage. My Syonology stands in the living room and shouldn't make any noise there... And why comes not every new Synology with FS 1 RAID? Thanks a lot for any reply and kind regards, Robert
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 21 April 2020, 08:10
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Help with transcoding with plex?

Hi, I have a couple of questions about transcoding, plex and nas, sorry if im bothering. 1. How does the plex pass transcoding works? If I want my nas to be able to transcode on the go with my tv. Since I watch I lot of shows with subtitles i pretty much always have to do transcoding. Do i need this feature or does software transcoding works as well? (Example with ds218 or ds218+) 2. I just got the ds218 and I think I made the wrong choice. I don’t have the plex pass so I don’t know if it’s why its not working, but the server can’t even handle 720p transcoding on the go. Its always buffering and lagging on my tv. My question is : do I need a intel cpu to do any of transcoding on the go (regardless of plex pass)? If yes would the ds218+ be a better choice and do you think that upgrading ram will make a difference. (Im also planning on running surveillance cameras, ftp, torrent station and for sure plex server) not necessarily at the same time Thanks a lot Antoine
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 21 April 2020, 07:30
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Buy Synology DS918+ or DS1019+ now, or wait a few months for update?

Wondering if I should pull the trigger on a top of the line Synology 4-5 bay unit now, or if I should wait for whatever they have coming around the corner assuming I wont have to wait more than a few months. Just don't want to get something now then a nicer model comes out to replace it right away. Thanks for the advice, and keep the content coming :)
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 21 April 2020, 02:40
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What is SD-WAN? And Why Should You Care?

Discuss: What is SD-WAN? And Why Should You Care?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 21 April 2020, 01:00
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What is SD-WAN? And Why Should You Care?

What are the Highlights of SD-WAN? SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) is a more automated and pre-defined approach to managing the WAN (wide area network), thereby massively reducing man-hou
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 21 April 2020, 00:05
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TS-230 or TS-231K?

Hi, I am looking between TS 231k and TS 230. So, could you provide me your suggestion. I am regular Home user with little bit heavy usage with file station. Currently I am having Qnap TS 119P II (2012 ) model. Please suggest. Regards, Utpal
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 April 2020, 21:10
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Choosing between 4TB HDD - WD Red Pro, Gold & Seagate Ironwolfe Pro?

Hello, I currently have the 4-bay QNAP TS453mini (the original one I believe) w/ 8GB of RAM which I bought back in July 2016. At the time I also had bought 4x 4TB WD Red Pro HDD drives (64MB cache). My current configuration is in RAID 5. I mainly use this NAS as a media hub to watch TV shows and Movies. About a year and half ago, one of my drives failed and was replaced. I had tried back in 2016 to buy from different shops to mix up the batches, just in case. 2 days ago, another one of my drives failed..or at least showed a few block errors, and therefore my NAS is in currently in a downgraded situation. I've been going through a few of your articles/reviews over the past few days and reading up on the recent use of SRM affecting WD 2-6TB HDD. It got me thinking, and it's making me reconsider whether I should buy new 4TB HDD's of the Red Pro, the Gold version (256 MB cache) or even try out the Seagate Ironwolf Pro version (128 MB cache). I've also been reading blogs and for the time being there seems to be less evidence that the lower capacity Seagate HDD's are using SRM...So, i'm in a bit of bind. Pricewise all three 4TB HDD versions are nearly the same (160-170 USD). I did look at doubling up and buying 8TB HDD's (to move away from the use of SRM..if that's actually the case with the WD drives), but that's not the same budget. SSD's would be a sweet deal as well, but that's even more expensive, maybe in a few years! Here are a few questions for you, if you have time to spare: - What would you recommend? haha. I know the WD Gold are recommended for NAS's above 4 bays...but they're the same price as the Red pro's right now! They also seem more robust based on reviews. - What's your take on using different brands in the same NAS? 2x WD + 2x Seagates? Or even 2x Red Pro + 2x WD Gold? Using different sized HDD's isn't efficient, but if drives have difference cache sizes, would that have an impact? - Do you know if the newer WD Gold versions are affected by the use of SRM? - When my 1st drive failed, I had shutdown my NAS to avoid any further damage. I haven't done so this time around. What do you suggest? I originally found out one of my disks was failing when I rebooted prior to installing the latest firmware...let's just say, it took a while before I had access again after the reboot. - Should I consider other brands (Hitachi...which is ultimately WD)? - Concerning the use of SSD's, I read somewhere that the RAM of your NAS could limit the size of each individual SSD I could use. Is that true? Sorry for bombarding you with all these questions. I'd greatly appreciate your feedback if you've got a bit of time. Cheers, Jon
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 April 2020, 20:50
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