General Questions about NAS

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Synology Desktop NAS for Plex 4k movie streaming?

I have a Synology DS414+ and the CPU is showing its age. I currently have 5 cameras running with Surveillance Station and use my Synology for backups and it also houses my video library. I am looking to upgrade to a new NAS and was originally looking at the DS920+, then started looking at some of the 2021 models. I saw the NASCompares review on the new DS1621 with AMD processor. I'm glad that I saw it before pulling the trigger, as it was mentioned that the AMD processor wouldn't be able to do the decoding for Plex, which I would like my NAS to be able to handle, although realistically I will probably end up using Apple TV or a Nvidia Shield instead. The DS1621xs is price prohibitive but has a Xeon processor, which would be great vs the Celeron in every other new model. I will need the new NAS to continue running the same number of cameras through Surveillance Station. I also want to seamlessly stream 4k video through Plex, but it's seeming less realistic the more I look into this. I do not want a rack mount unit and would like to stick with Synology. I wouldn't mind having the flexibility of running a VM or 2 also.
ZM Zmaninny asked on 14 April 2021, 00:21
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Help choosing?

I would appreciate insight in to the best NAS with HDMI for my money.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 29 March 2021, 01:35
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NAS for videographer?

Dear Nas Compares, I'm a self-employed videographer. I now have a large collection of external drives with different projects on. I no longer have a desktop machine (I use a macbook pro for video editing). I'd like to get a reliable system to host all my video projects for archiving. I wouldn't necessarily work off of this as I have some USB-c SSD drives which are pretty quick and portable for working on the go. I just need somewhere to host things safely (I can't afford to lose anything). Another bonus would be if I could host things like dropbox and myitunes library on the device and access these things remotely on my macbook. I was thinking about a synology 8 bay, with some pro drives loaded in to give me around 20tb, as I understand it you can add an expansion unit to give you more space in the future. Am I on the right track? I'd like to order this week so if you are able to respond soon that would be great. Many thinks, Owen
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 28 March 2021, 12:20
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Some basic NAS advice?

Hi, I have a few beginner's questions about using a NAS. I'm looking at Synology DS420J 4-bay NAS to use 8TB drives in. The first two drives would be full of 'unique' data and the other two would be redundancy for each of the first two. First of all – is this feasible given that I'm starting with one drive and one redundancy drive? Can I add another two later and still use it how I'm planning? Secondly – what RAID/SHR do you recommend for this plan, if it's possible? Lastly – if this is not possible to do, what do you recommend A 2-bay NAS with offline redundancy (desktop USB hard drive)? Thanks, Chris
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 22:15
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Buying advice?

First I love your content. it's kept my super entertained for the past 4 days. I looked on your site for a store so i could support the channel but unfortunately no merch. If you send me a referral link i'll use it or purchase from whatever retailer you have a relationship with. about me: always been a bit of a techy. took an intensive course and just my A+ , not because I wanted a job but because i liked it. What i want: I essentially want a server but i don't know if i should or even want to build one. 85 percent of my media is consumed via Plex. multiple Tv's I want to host web sites I want to self host email I want to self host a CRM i want to set up 4k surveillance cameras ( 3 here at my house with option to add more from rental properties.) I'm a photographer i also occasionally edit video self hosted drop box type service Under $1000 but will spend up to $2000 4bays (6 if the price is right with option to get expansion unit) no drives included i will eventually want to go to 10gig networking but not needed absolutely needed at time of purchase will probably never hook up a monitor or tv directly to it As far as operating systems, my personal preference is MAC for the slickness, ease of use and just works BUT i feel like im fighting with my macbook to do certain techy things vs my PC where its whatever you want. i'm attracted to synology because of the apple like software integration But if there is a third party app that does a better job and is better looking I will go with that. ( I prefer apps to scripts) I'm even open to another operating system like Linux. I want something that once setup i don't have to think to much about it again. I'd max out the ram myself would like the option of changing out the processor after the warranty runs out to give it some new life. I would even take an older model unit that I can upgrade myself & bring it current.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 17:30
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Resetting Nas ds 220+?

I have set up My Synology ds220+ But put it as Raid 0 I wpuld like to change this SHR. I know I have to reset the nas after I've backed up my files from my nas. How do I do a complete reset of the Nas? Your help will be appreciated
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 10:45
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Hi. on qnap page is says TL-D1600S and TL-D400S but not the TL-D800s why ? QNAP QXP-1600e is - PCIe 3.0 x8 Interface QXP-400eS - PCIe Gen3 x2 (16Gbps) and the QXP-800eS - PCIe interface - PCIe Gen3 x4 (32Gbps) and the NAS TS-251D has - Fack 1: PCIe Gen 2 x4
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 27 March 2021, 05:50
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Wd as a plex server?

Hi i watched a few of your videos on YouTube and it seems like you never recommend Western Digital im thinking of buying the WD my cloud home 4Tb, maybe the Duo version of that for having it as my plex server and from what i can tell it can handle up to 1080p transcoding (hardware+software) and thats more then enough for me (im not interested in 4k streaming) so do you think its a good buy or not ? aka is it good as a plex server ? and if you ever answer this msg i wanna ask you another technical question if i may .... i have a mesh network (tp deco m4, four of them) connect to a 5g router Q1: if i connect my plex server to the 5G router does it give a direct connection to my tv that is connect it to the mesh network ? Q2: if i connect my plex server to the mesh main router, will i get the same experience for remote play as if i was connecting it the 5G router ? thanks Adel
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 22:25
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Question about Recicle?

I have a question, I would like to verify if this Synology 4 bay NAS DiskStation DS918+ is able to move files to the recycle bin if yes is it with a script? This task has to move files older then 3 weeks and go to the recycle and then I have a task to erase the documents that are on recycle. Regards
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 21:20
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QNAP 253D?

Hi Robbie I was referred to you by a guy from QNAP yesterday. I want to buy a NAS but don't have a huge budget. I asked him about the expansion capabilities of the QNAP x53D series and he suggested that I talk to you as the more informed NAS expert. I am a new YouTuber and want to eventually edit on FCP from a NAS, but can't afford a Thunderbolt machine. The guy from QNAP was unsure if it's possible to update the X53D series to 10GB. I'd really appreciate your help. If you are available on the phone, I could talk on the phone, if that's easier for you. My number is 07525161198. Many thanks in advance. Victor
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 14:25
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RAM upgrade?

Thanks for the RAM upgrade article. EXCELLENT! I have a DS720+ Just bought Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) DR X8 SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT16G4SFD8266 as recommended. I should have it in a week. Then I watched your video and saw you pairing 2 x8GB modules. Is it ok for me to install this 16GB module and keep the original 2GB ram in the unit or do I have to replace the 2GB with 16GB or will it not work and I need 2x16GB or 2x8GB modules to make it work. Thanks
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 26 March 2021, 01:50
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Back up emails (gmail)?

Hi dear NAS experts, I’ve got my new DS220+ a couple of days ago. As a total newbie to the world of backups and Synology I’m getting a bit overwhelmed when I see the many apps offered to the user in the Synology download center. I wanted to back up mostly all my gmail emails. My first attempt: Active Backup for G Suite. I haven’t make it further than the first screen on the assistant. There I’m asked about a “domain for backup”. What is this or where do I find this in my Synology control panel/setup? Later on after searching on more information about this topic I noticed there is another Synology app called Cloud Sync. So what is the difference with Active Backup? I think a sync is more convenient to me as once I get to download my emails to the NAS I will surely purge a lot of junk and I’d like to mirror this changes back to gmail. Have you perhaps already written any article on the topic “CloudSync vs. Active Backup”? (My next cloud based backup after gmail will be Office 365) Thanks in advance for your help!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 23:10
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QNAP 5gb adapter ?

Question. What is the address of the page on git hub where I can download the file to utilize the adapter with my Sinology ds 918+?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 22:55
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Virtualization NAS?

Hi I've been looking to build a virtualization server for home use to better my studies with - docker - kubernetes - vmware - linux - windows server - plex usage on the side the current build I've been considering is the following (prices based on ebay as of 03/25/2021) 2650L v3 x2 ($85 per cpu or $170) supermicro X10DRW-i ($175) or supermicro X10DAL-i ($175) or any suggested motherboard for dual cpu RAM Samsung 8gb M393A1G40DB0-CPB PC4-2133P DDR4 ECC ($100 per 4 sticks of ram, would buy 2 sets so $200) PSU evga supernova 550w (91) or any suggested PSU, this part im not to knowledgeable on GPU optional, If I ever upgrade my main pc for work then I will take the 1080 from there and potentially put it in this pc. Otherwise a 1060 assuming one of my friends has / is willing to part with theirs. HDD seagate surveillance hdd 4TB 7200rpm (free) Case any suggested. Thanks, Gregory Maxwell Meyers
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 22:40
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Nas as a server?

Hello, I would like to know if i can host a server on a Nas, which would be a wordpress theme, e commerce gallery. Which one would be the best option for a low budget but which can hold users for e commerce.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 22:35
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What nas is for my situaction ?

Hy man, first of all thanks for your videos on youtube and yoyur forum, you are very good and explicative ! i don't know nothing about nas :D i'm studying nas from one week looking videos on youtube(...). i want a security storage for my files. now i'm using 3 different hard disk(2tb each), but im scared to lose files (break of hard disk) and i would like to have it in cloud without having to use just icloud or google drive, but i would like to have all my files in a place that i can have phisically with me, and also in the i thought about buying a NAS. it will be used not just for me, but i hope that in the future it will be used for the medical clinic of my family, (i think it can be very userful also for them) so i was looking for something not basic (in italy we say "spend a lot 1 time, spend well"). so like i hope you understood,(for now) i need a Nas just for storage of files and backups (i ll still use my hard disk for backups), and by keeping it on I'm gonna find out more and more functions that we might need. i was looking on interent for some Nas, and i looked at one those two : - Synology DS920+ 4 Bay Desktop NAS (573€, about 674dollars) and - TerraMaster F4-422 4-Bay 10GbE (550€ about 588 dollars). that could be the choice . i repeat... i'm a noob so i'm sure you can help me about the decision (and giving me some advice about other Nas!!!) i just read that nas of Qnap are harder to handle, so i didnt looked for them. i saw your videos about Synology ds920+ and terramaster f4-422, and (with my ignorance), i understood that maybe terramaster is better for the 10gbe, but synology is better for the processor (???) i don't know, i will do everything you will recommend me :) thanks for your answer, thanks for this forum and for everything have a good life and greetings from Italy (sorry for my english, i hope you can understand my question)
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 20:50
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Ds718+ vs ds220+?

Hi What to choose between the older 718+ or the newer 220+ the price is for 718+ is about 20£ cheaper than 220+. Use the Nas mostly for Plex, but is will try some more things like docker, don't know much about it yet, but plan to use Nas tougheter with smart devices around home also.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 17:00
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Synology RS1219+ RAM Upgrade Question?

I'm preparing to upgrade the NAS I requested for my workplace, and I have the doubt if I can install ECC RAM on it. It's a Synology RS1219+ and while Intel ( lists the server as ECC-compatible, I've yet to see any comments on actually installing ECC memory to this NAS (like 2 x CT102472BF160B). Also, I want to add a 10GbE card like the Intel Intel X540T2, but heard on another video guide that another intel card failed to work on this server. Is it possible to use? Thanks!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 14:15
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DS 1520+?

Can you please do a detailed from beginning to end video like this for the 1520+ that will be used only as a Plex server? With folders for Movies and T.V shows. I need a video that focuses on just that and how to transfer the movies and t.v. shows I have on external usb hard drives to the 1520+. Thanx in advance
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 14:10
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NAS buying Advice?

I will buy NAS QNAP TVS-h1288X it has 8bays 3.5 inches + 4bays 2.5 inches Can I put in all bays (8+4) all disks be SSD 2.5
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 25 March 2021, 13:50
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