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Synology Technical Assistance & Buying advice

Hi Guys,

I’m a subscriber and regular viewer/reader. Thanks for the fantastic videos and website, you do a terrific job and are much appreciated. As Rob says, I’ll get right to it…

• My current NAS environment: DS415Play, SHR, (4) 3TB WD Red & DS 214 SHR, (2) 3TB WD Red.
o I use Hyper Backup nighty backing up the 415 to the 214 and I also nightly run an rsync copy via Hyper Backup.
• Dell XPS 15 laptop.
• DS 415Play has only one 1Gbe ethernet port which I have connected to my router, a NETGEAR Nighthawk A6000 Model RAX120. DS 214 also connected to router via 1Gbe.

Use Case: Amateur Photographer, edit RAW photos on Adobe Lightroom Classic, which I also use as my organizer/file system and Adobe Photoshop. Recently retired and doing more and more photography and plan to do more video shooting and video editing using Adobe Premier Pro. Single user for photo editing and myself and one other user, my wife on a laptop, both for general file service on NAS. Both currently work over Wifi.

• Indexing on uploading larger volumes of photos after a shoot or trip is extremely slow and while crunching through it the NAS is slow to respond to even basic file service use and interaction with Lightroom (eg. importing photos) is very labored. After a recent trip uploading 2000 images of roughly 50-60MB each was quite painful. Then after edits the NAS will index each time which is also slow.
• DSM 7+ not recommended on my DS415Play and neither current NAS supports BTRFS
• I don’t like to be in arrears on operating systems and would like to get to the latest version of DSM and begin using direct connect for higher speed data transfers like 10Gbe. My Dell has thunderbolt USB C and specs say it will support 10Gbe. My NAS is in my office and I would direct connect, my wife’s office is in another area of the house and she will remain on Wifi for now.
• With your helpful videos I have investigated the DS1621+, the DS 1522+ and now the DS 923+. Armed with all of Rob’s fabulous work on each of these I am trying to weight the pros and cons of each and hope you can help me sort through what might be best….I like the notion of the Quad Core and the standard PCIe 10Gbe Card slot on the DS1621+ vs the new proprietary card on the 1522+ and the 923+, the standard can be had with dual ports and the new version only is available with one. But the 1621+ is kind of old at this point. The 1522+ has 8GB memory but only a dual core processor. The 923+ is dual core with 4GB RAM.
• Frankly I don’t know which feature(s) are most important to consider for my use case. CPU? Which is best for me?, amount of RAM? But RAM choice seems more forgiving as it is upgradable (how much do I need?)but the CPU is, of course locked in once we choose a unit.
• Also not sure of best way to connect the networking….Would I use a USB C/Thunderbolt 10Gbe adapter on the PC and connect to a 10Gbe switch with at least (2) 10Gbe ports connect the NAS to a 10Gbe port on the switch and then connect the NAS to the Router via one of the 1Gbe ports on the NAS? I have been told this approach would better than directly connecting the laptop through the Thunderbolt / 10gbe adapter directly to the 10Gbe port on the NAS and connecting the NAS to the router via a 1Gbe port. ?
• My intention is to populate the new NAS with new WD RED Pro (likely 4 or 6TB) as I think from your reviews that the 7200RPM will help and get me away from the whole SMR issue. But I would like to keep the DS415Play with the WD Red as my backup unit, if that is advisable. I am wondering if the DS415Play could handle the DSM 7+ if it were only being used as destination for Hyper Backup and rsync?
• From what I have gathered, it doesn’t seem like SSD Cache will not be of much benefit to my use case. Is that so?

I hope I have given you enough information in a somewhat cogent presentation to be able to offer some advice. I know my case is very unexciting compared to the heavy, challenging things you guys deal with but I hope you will favorably consider my request for assistance.

Again, thank you both for all you do.


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Synology Technical Assistance & Buying advice - by ENQUIRIES - 11-19-2022, 05:30 AM

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