Thunderbolt NAS vs Thunderbolt DAS What's the Difference REALLY

Discuss: Thunderbolt NAS vs Thunderbolt DAS What's the Difference REALLY
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 April 2020, 13:00
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Help in Selecting NAS?

Looking to get a NAS that would: 1. Backup my data (MacOS TimeMachine, iOS, etc.) 2. Allow me to setup my own VMs/ Servers/ etc. so I can install and test systems 3. Backup my cloud (OneDrive, GoogleDrive) independently without me needing to connect and sync with my computer 4. Not cost a million quids! :) I'm fairly technical and also willing to learn where I don't know things. Appreciate your advice.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 April 2020, 12:15
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Photoshop NAS - Synology NAS That Supports Both 10Gbe And M.2 NVME Cache?

Hello, I am looking for a Synology NAS that will support both NVME M.2 cache and 10GbE that has quad core Xenon over Atom quad core with 8-12 bays. I now have a Nikon D850 45Megapixel camera that is swamping my DS215J. I would like to stay with Synology in part due to familiarisation and the Synology Drive Windows client that syncs the NAS and computer disk to allow seamless offloading from the computer to the NAS and vice versa. I've almost settled on a DS1819+, but I not sure if the Atom quad-core CPU is enough. Will the DS1819+ if I buy now support the E10M20? The DS3617xs would be my choice but it doesn't support M.2 NVME! Would the Synology DiskStation DS3617xs 12 Bay NAS give me 2,500/2,000Mb/sec sequential R/W without the NVME for my photoshop files? How many and what size EXOS disks would I need to get that level of performance with what memory config? I want a NAS that can give a minimum of 1,000Mb/sec sequential write for large 2-3Gb photoshop PSD/PSB files. 2,000-2,500 sequential R/W perferably. What RAID 6 config of disks say 4Tb(128Mb cache), 6Tb(256Mb cache), 10Tb(256Mb cache) of Seagate EXOS drives give the 1,000Mb/sec sequential R/W or better say 2,500Mb/sec sequential R/W? Will say 5 drives in RAID 6 give 5x256Mb(onboard disk cache), i.e. >1,000Mb/sec to a one off single sequential photoshop file save? I would like to use the NVME M.2 as write cache with "skip sequential I/O" off to boost sequential write performance, ideally with a 2 port 10GbE link aggregated to give say 2,000Mb/sec sequential write performance. I want to run up to 4 VMs as well. Noise has to be around the 20-30 DBA as a maximum. Budget is maximum $2,300 USD for the NAS. Thank you..., Regards Michael
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 April 2020, 11:30
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Which 4G Mobile Office/Home Router would you recommend?

Hey there, I really enjoyed your review of the Archer MR600 4G+Cat6 AC1200 WiFi 4G SIM Router. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on whether I should buy the above router or the ASUS 4G-AC68U Wireless AC1900 4G Modem Router? My main objective is that it would bring fast reliable WiFi into my home/office for about 8 - 10 devices. Would really appreciate your help, All the best, Stelios
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 April 2020, 10:25
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Upgrade from DS216j?

Hi, First thanks for you site, great stuff! I own a DS216J with 2x8T in raid1. I ram rather happy with it. it does everything I need it to if not that quickly... It is completely full, I have added about 4T of media in about 2y I need an upgrade. Usage: We are an Apple family We are not power users! 95% is local usage rarely remote access. 80% media storage essentially 1080p content but 4k is coming. the media is served to the iPads Macs and an Apple TV4k (MrMMC, port of Kodi ) as well as a Sony Smart TV (Kodi) 15% back up of portables devices (2 iPhones, 3 MacBooks, 3 iPads). 5% download 5G is coming fast so we might want to remotely stream and with 4k also coming it might be worth the effort to build for this usage case. Although I believe that anything passed the j model from Synology will do just fine for this purpose. The DSx20x seem to be no show for this year and I cannot wait for next year. so should I a. Keep the DS216j, buy a pair of HDD 12T or 14T and see in 2y what’s available? It seems easy to upgrade I believe just pop a new HDD in one bay and keep a 8T in the other, 
rebuild the array and pop the second one in to complete the upgrade? b. Buy a 4 bay NAS for the next 5 years? - better use the two 8T and add 2 12/14T HDD and build a hybrid array? - scrap everything and go for 4 12/14T? how do I migrate? What should I buy? If we invest in a new NAS I'll definitely go for a 4 bay. DS420j? Cheap essentially a larger DS216J but still no transcoding… If I invest in a transcoding capable NAS I need it to be 4k@60fps, HDR etc capable or it just not worth the trouble and it won’t be future proof enough. DS418 vs DS418play despite the media oriented play version the specs look like the DS418 support 4k@60fps and the DS418play doesn’t? Qnap? price here are the same but the HDMI looks interesting for 4k but its seem that Kodi is not officially supported, any feedback? Thanks for your site and your advices
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 April 2020, 06:15
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Level One FEP-0531 5-Port PoE Port vLAN Switch Hardware Review

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NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 08 April 2020, 01:00
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Upgrade RAM on Synoloy 918+?

Hello. I would like to uprade the RAM on my Synology 918+, as I'm running a virtual machine. I'd like to uprade to the max RAM supported. Please could you advice; - The maximum RAM I can uprade to - What RAM I need to use (Amazon link, if you can please :) ) Many thanks for your help. Best wishes Idris
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 07 April 2020, 17:20
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LevelOne GEMINI PoE IP Camera Hardware Review

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NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 07 April 2020, 01:00
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SSD Cache Pcle v Sata?

I've just bought a QNAP TS 673 and want to set up a dedicated Plex server with 2 of the drives. - It has 4 WD Red Pro 6Tb and 2 WD Red Pro 8Tb I was thinking that using SSD(s) for cache acceleration might be a good idea as might a graphics card. Please can you advise 1. Will ssd's be beneficial for my usage 2. Is it better to use the 2 inbuilt M2 SATA slots or use a QNAP PCLe expansion which takes 2 SSD'slots and also adds 10Gb ethernet 3. What size SSD's should I use and how many 4. Is it worth adding a Video card and if so which do you recommend Thanks Martin
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 23:00
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Tag Video files for easier search and File management ?

Hi! So I work for a small company and we just bought a custom Synology ds1819 in order to store all the video footage that we record. I'd like to find out if there is software out there that I can use in tandem with our NAS in order to log our footage in a way that we can bulk tag files, as well as have the ability to search let's say, "apple" and have all the footage we've tagged "apple" come up. Also if we'd be able to preview video files without having to download them, that would be ideal. I called Synology support and they said that they currently don't have anything like that, so I was hoping to find software out there that can do it instead. I just don't know what to even google to find this kind of program. Sorry if this doesn't make sense or if this is not the place to ask. Please let me know when you can, thank you!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 21:40
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Synology NAS Memory Upgrade Guide - 2020 Edition

Everything you need to know about Upgrading Synology NAS Memory Generally speaking, Synology NAS has a long-standing reputation for being underpowered when compared to brands like QNAP and Asustor, a
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 19:35
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NAS for Plex ?

Hi, i currently have 2x NAS 3TB Drive. And i want to create a PLex Server that can stream 1 stream 4k60fps or 2 1080p fps. I would like to set up a backup system for my pc also. I was looking at the two bay DS218Play or DS218. What do you guys think?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 16:55
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QNAP 453Be pre-purchase question: noise?

Hi. I have watched several of your videos, all of which have been very informative. I was about to pull the trigger on the purchase of a QNAP 453Be which is meant to replace a Dlink 320L, which apart from being old, slow and lacking plex integration is very noisy. The device sits on my desk and the tiny fan spins along all day and night and i find it very annoying. So the 453Be was meant to replace that until I checked the web for any comments on it being noisy, and people do seem to be complaining about that. Just wanted to get an idea about your experience with this NAS and its noise level. I initially plan to put in 3 WD reds (3tb) and scale up when finance permits. Reviews talk about it running 35db in idle and 46db on load. I am worried that this NAS could potentially be as loud or even louder than the 320L. I can't find data on the 320L to check what the noise level might be, but I am worried about proceeding with this purchase now. I suppose I don't need it to be whisper quiet (I know that's not possible given the fan etc) but I don't want to purchase something which will be worse than what I already have. Your advice and comments are very much appreciated
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 12:55
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NAS Drive Encryption Explained

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NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 01:00
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DAS advice?

As a solo content creator I'm looking to buy a DAS solution. I have a very old Drobo that is super slow and problematic. Is Drobo better now and reliable? I am looking for speed. Is it a good idea to fill it up with SSDs or is there nothing to be gained for SSDs?. I have 2 uses for this. 1. I will have 4 TB of data that will be long term storage. But I will have about 2-4 TB that I am constantly accessing and working from. Please advise. Thanks!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 00:35
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Ds120j or ds118?

I'm trying to decide between the ds120j and the ds118 for home use. This is what I want to do: 1) Automatic backup of home PC. I would like to automatically backup several PC folders when changes are detected. 2) Automatic Cloud upload of several "sensitive" PC folders to Google (documents) and Amazon (photos) drives. 3) Torrent downloading 4) Movie server. Kodi is going to be the player so I won't need transcoding. Not considering 2 bay solutions as I will always have three copies of files (home PC, Synology and cloud) and probably an external drive copy too. So, will ds120j be enough or should I spend 75% more and go for the ds118. Thanks a lot for your help.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 05 April 2020, 19:45
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Wireless for DS220J?

Recently got the Synology DS220J. Prior to this I had researched wireless dongles and ended up buying the TL-WN722N which I now find does not work, probably because Amazon sent me the V3 version and not the V2 as advertised, may return it. Synology were unhelpful saying only that the compatibility list is no longer updated etc. I see no clear answer to which wireless dongles actually work with the latest DSM software 6.2. Can you recommend a dongle that actually works as I do not want to buy another based on old articles and hearsay? Thanks in advance for any help.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 05 April 2020, 18:35
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TB fro video editos?

Hello First, thank you for this free help i am a freelance video editor. i work on a Hackintosh with TB3 port available. First i wanted to buy a Lacie 6Big 24 TB for 2200 euros. They also provide 5 years warraty on data (you send the unit and try to recover them) which is very good But my budget is lower and i saw recently terramaster D5 thundebolt 3, 5 disks bay. On RAID 5, the system reach up to 450 500 MB/S with 7200 disks. It's kind of slow. compared to a Lacie 6big (on theory 1GB/s...don't konw if it's RAID 0 or RAID 5 at this speed) , do you think it's because Lacie use One more disk ? (here a good test) 5 x 6TB ironwolf pro would cost 1150 euros terra master D5 700 euros 1850 for this solution or 2200 euros Lacie 6big 24TB What would you choosse ? I heard that Lacie use ironwolfpro disks (i imagine that is 6x 4TB in their solution so they can reach this bandwith) There's also Pegasus R6 which is more expensive but bettter sequential files Thank you very much
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 05 April 2020, 17:30
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I just want the latest NAS for Plex that can handle 4k. My mind was Seton the Qnap HS 453 DX but the long time reviews say it run very hot. TS 251D is in my opinion too expensive for a 2 bay NAS. Is the TS 453Be my best choice?Is there something new coming out soon to supercede it?Thanks for your help.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 05 April 2020, 08:20
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What are LTO Tape Drives and are they better than NAS?

Discuss: What are LTO Tape Drives and are they better than NAS?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 05 April 2020, 00:00
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