NAS Buying Advice

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Asking for advice in finding the right QNAP NAS for me?

After suffering a severe data damage from accidentally dropping one of my WD Passport USB drives, I'm now looking for a NAS server for running a few virtual machines and serving as a fail-safe file server for my huge Blu-ray ISO file collection. I'd like to put the NAS machine up a shelf in the closet, so I'm looking for a 12 bay 2U rack version, running as silent and economical as possible. I'm a developing application software for Windows, so I'd like to benefit from the NAS' ability to run virtual machines. In order for the NAS server to run one or two (or three?) Windows 11 VMs while still being able to serve its natural purpose, I'd expect the machine to be equipped with at least 6 CPU cores and 64 GB of RAM. On the other hand, I need the NAS device to run as a fail-safe file server by using RAID-6, eventually providing 100 TB of data. Over time, I want to incrementally add new drives to a storage group or replace existing drives by larger ones to increase volume size. All done online, without performing backups first and without being required to shut down the NAS device when I remove/add drives. From time to time I'd like to hard-reset the NAS device to make sure that any kind of malware that might have slipped into the NAS OS will be wiped. Doing so, I'd still like to keep my VMs and storage groups without taking a backup first, so that I can immediately continue to use both, my VMs and the files stored in those storage groups, right after I re-installed the NAS OS. Perhaps I can even have the NAS device render Maxon Cinema 4D animations in a VM? It usually takes weeks for these to render. I'd very much outsource this task to the NAS device, so I can continue to use my workstation machines for my other daily tasks. So, if the NAS device would accept a GeForce RTX 3090 and be able to address the GPGPU from a VM that'd be a great advantage. But that would just put the cherry on the cake. (And I don't believe that this is possible at all. - Perhaps that might be an interesting new category for this forum: "rendering 3D raytracing animations in a NAS device") After doing some research I first thought that the QNAP TS-h1277XU-RP-3700X-128G might have been the right device for me. But reading through the specs I noticed it doesn't support online RAID capacity expansion, which is what I basically need (see animated images in the attachment). Being a NAS newbie I don't know what to buy. Can someone please recommend a NAS device fulfilling all of my requirements? Your help is very much appreciated.
Asking for advice in finding the right QNAP NAS for me? Asking for advice in finding the right QNAP NAS for me?
WH Whiteknight asked on 08 October 2021, 23:57
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Mac User - New to NAS - Requesting Advise Please?

Hello. Backstory: I've been using Macs for many years with larger internal storage options (3-4TB.) This houses our iTunes music, Plex movies, photos and document collections. We also utilize larger external storage solutions for our photography business (4TB.) Over the years, I've become accustomed to using a system backup application called SuperDuper! and multiple external drives to create 1:1 backups for our main machine. I also utilize a file sync application called ChronoSync to ensure 1:1 copies of our photo business drives. All in all, I have 5-hard drive backups for my main machine, which are rotated frequently and 4-hard drive backups for our photo business, which are also rotated frequently. As you can see, I have a lot going on that needs to be maintained quite frequently and would like to simplify if possible. New use-case: Now that hard drives are cheaper than ever before, I would rather move into the realm of NAS, but want to see how close I can get to my existing backup solutions? 1. If I purchased the Synology DS920+ with 4-8TB hard drives, could I use each hard drive independently to generate backups directly from the Mac itself whenever I wanted? My thought is that each backup would cover both the main machine as well as the dedicated photos drive into one disk on the NAS. I could then setup an automated solution to perform these 4-separate backups throughout different intervals during the week. 2. If I decided to move away from purchasing Macs with larger internal storage options, could I instead place all my data on the NAS directly and access it at anytime as if it was stored locally? This route would probably mean that I go with a Raid setup, but would need help understanding the best Raid option to choose. My goal for this method is to hopefully allow me the option of no longer needing to worry about my devices having certain internal storage sizes as I should be able to access the singular file on any device that I affectively use (iMac, Macbook, iPad, iPhone, PC, PC Laptop, etc.) Would this option be a solution the NAS can provide? Any downsides to this approach? Of course, I would probably keep some files locally for ease of access, like say 1-2 photo shoots. Once edited and sent off, I could then move that information to the NAS for future access and backup redundancy. Ultimately, I just want a better solution to what I have today. I have hard drives all over the place. I also want to be able to access data no matter where I'm at in the world for work and I want to be able to utilize my music and movie libraries to stream across all my devices in the house (or on the road too if possible.) Hope the above questions made sense and were clear. If not, please let me know what additional information you require to help me find the right solution for my needs. Thank you for your time!
JA Jamesgarland asked on 26 September 2021, 13:10
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QNAP TVS-675 or ???

Hi there, Just about to set up a home Plex and backup storage system for home office/home use. I watched the review on the TVS-675 and it looks like it will do the job for me nicely. On the review you state that the TVS-675 is good but not the best. What is the best? I have very little 4K content but around 12TB of Media that I would like to add to Plex and around 4TB of work related files. I will probably begin to populate the unit with 12TB drives giving me ample storage for the foreseeable future. Any advice on the device and drive manufacturer would be fantastic.
GR Grimmond asked on 17 September 2021, 09:08
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Qnap backup unit to existing Qnap NAS?

HI, Not sure you will get below message as I answered to my own question, not sure how the systen works here? So here we go again :-) Thanks your answer. WOW that is a lot of backup, I am planning to purchase the QNAP TVS-h1688X with 10x8TB or maybe 10TB drives and then Seagate IronWolf 125 SSD 4TB NAS Internal Solid State Drive, 2 x 4TB for cache and 2 x 4TH for special storage (probably surveillance) outside the Raid as I will delete these files when they get over 30 days old. Will also be installing a couple of SAMSUNG 980 PRO 2TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM), unless you think that's a bad idea, can't have enough (too much) storage, can you? The backup unit I have planned on the QNAP TS-832PX-4G 8 Bay which I will put same size drives in as on the 1688 and the go from there. That have to be enough for starts :-) Not sure about this: QNAP Dual-Band Wireless PCIe Expansion Card (QWA-AC2600), will that interfere with the boats other wireless configurations. Would be nice to have a wireless connection for the NAS only to use for external units, smart phones, tables and TV's to hear music and watch movies/tv-series? For camera surveillance I will probably go for the Hikvision DS-2CD2183G0-I 8.0MP 4K (2 pcs as I don't know how the with cover will be, will need to have both port and starboard side covered), as I can also connect those to the chart plotters and use them to safely get the 60 foot catamaran alongside in a marina, not easy to get a large catamaran along side even with a bow thruster, so these cameras will be handy :-) Again thanks for your many answers, I know that you are probably very busy :-) Rgds Benny
BE Bennyhansen asked on 30 August 2021, 15:52
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Qnap backup unit to existing Qnap NAS?

I am planning on buying the Qnap 1288 or 1688 unit with a lot of storage, but want a Qnap backup unit, so am wondering how much storage that should have and which unit to buy.
BE Bennyhansen asked on 27 August 2021, 14:46
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NAS for Apple Photos replacement, currently using Dropbox?

Hi, I watched a lot of NasCompare videos already and thankfully most of them really in depth like no one else. Some things like the GUI of Synology moments, Synology photos and Qumagie was very helpful. Thank you! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Although all that video, I still feel I need to ask for advice. My case is similar like most of your viewer do, but I'm in torn between Synology and Qnap. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My case: I'm looking for a place to store my phone camera photos and videos (iPhone X). Mostly take a lot of photos here and there, short videos, screen recording, screenshots when found interesting content. Because I do digital marketing service, so I usually keep them as reference for my future content. These day apple photos feature helped me a lot. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- But due to limited space on my phone 256GB which fully used in 2 year, I subscribed dropbox to keep backup all my camera upload and to allow me to delete less accessed content. But this lead to another problem: - Dropbox cannot categorize it at all (except business plan), putting everything in a folder (more than 15000 files in it now, I cant even count it because the browse is having trouble selecting it all) - Accessing my camera upload in dropbox is really slow - due to the number of files in camera upload, the scroll never end and it so stressing to browse to even try to manually categorize it - currently used only 220GB in dropbox ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I hesitate using Google and apple due the company is keeping to many things and have interest in AI. So I prefer not to use them to keep everything. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How big storage I need: - contains 120GB of camera files a year - migrate from dropbox file (200GB) - connect an old 3 TB HDD that I used in my PC (full of files like video) to the NAS, so I can access anytime (WD Red 3TB 2014) - move 1TB of files from my portable HDD (WD My Passport 4TB 2020) Is it possible to extract my Passport 4TB as one of the storage and buy another WD Red 4TB? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Beside that, I have several other storage that would like your suggestion whether to connect it to the NAS or keep it portable: - 512GB M.2 2280 SSD (Team brand - currently in external SSD enclosure) - 240GB M.2 (Transcend Jetdrive was for Macbook Air internal SSD) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Feature I need: - Live photos - photo map location to look photo I took on some place - photo categorization (screenshot, screen recording) - people identification - separate gallery access for several user (will be sharing with my brother, but dont want to get the gallery mixed) - backup from phone like dropbox - offsite backup for select folders (synology hyperbackup) - drive encryption or partition encryption like veracrypt - remote shutdown (WD My home cant do this even physically), because electricity can be shutdown for hours sometime in my town - separate folder for photos from different phone and camera - HEIC to keep the same quality from phone to storage (is it the case?) - subject identification ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My question: A. what NAS do you suggest for the case above? B. In Synology website, only select models can do "Synology Moments", beside facial and subject recognition, can you explain more about it? https://kb.synology.com/en-id/DSM/tutorial/Which_Synology_NAS_models_support_the_image_recognition_feature_on_Moments C. if we use hyperbackup, do we can still browse the file inside from synology moments? D. What Raid do you suggest? E. I have been offered by DS412+ (USD 208) DS718+ (USD360), does it suit my need? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Looking toward NASCompare videos, I actually prefer Synology, but the new synology moment made me hesitate due to the lack of maps view. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you and look forward for the advice
OR Organicdata asked on 26 August 2021, 09:03
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Which 16GB ECC RAM to buy for QNAP TS-873A-8G?

I am wondering what is the recommended ECC RAM stick to buy for the QNAP TS-873A-8G? I read that I should get ECC memory for the ZFS file system. Which sticks are compatible and recommended for this unit? I would prefer each 16GB stick to be around $120 or cheaper if possible.
IC Iczyg asked on 26 July 2021, 20:29
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New to NAS - looking for Rack Mounted solution - large storage space?

Hi! I just upgraded our home theater systems (2 4K 7.1 systems, theater and by the pool). I hate having discs laying around and have ripped all my DVDs/BluRays to a hard drive and play through there. I currently have a Mac mini as a Plex media server connected to 4 18Tb Western Digital Drives. These connect to two different audio/video receivers and stream via two separate Apple TVs. (This is the setup that the local A/V company I used recommended, but they were not super helpful at coming up with a NAS system). I now have a rack that has 2U space still available and would love to use a dedicated server so I can access things away from home as well as stream to multiple locations in the house at the same time. I have never used a true NAS and would love some recommendations. I'm looking mainly for something with a good processing speed that can handle multiple streams concurrently, large storage space (100TB or higher), hot swappable drives would be ideal. I would also love to be able to access PDFs, Word documents, and powerpoint, and all other documents/photos from off-site. I don't know how to make that happen. Cost is not the biggest factor when deciding on a set-up, more about if it will work appropriately. The computer systems we use are Mac based, and we are iPhone users, in case that makes a difference. Thanks in advance for any help that can be given. I have been looking for weeks now and just keep getting more and more confused. I also would need some guidance in setting things up to work on our home network, as servers are still exceptionally foreign to me. I've attached a pic of the rack. Not sure if that's needed or not. (With me pointing to the 4 WD hard drive bays that are connected to the Mac mini).
New to NAS - looking for Rack Mounted solution - large storage space? New to NAS - looking for Rack Mounted solution - large storage space?
DR Drchrisdvm2009 asked on 21 June 2021, 04:07
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2-Bay NAS for Video Streaming?

Hello Everyone, I'm looking for a 2-bay budget NAS for home use. The NAS will store mostly videos and photos and mostly accessed by me only. I've been using Google Drive and the amount of videos and photos that I use is nearing 2 TB. I see it growing for this year hence looking at 6-8TB of data and that will do good for at least 2026. I also need the capability to play videos from it. I'm doing 1080p videos for now but I'm not discounting the need to play 4k videos at 30 fps. I won't do 60 fps as it's not my video editing style. I'm looking into Synology since it was said that their software is top notch. I know my way around PCs. I can build and fix PCs but as much as possible, I don't want it to be a chore in terms of storing data (coming from an easy cloud based storage).
CH Cholocarlos asked on 10 June 2021, 08:50
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Which NAS?

Hi all, I have been researching which NAS to buy, I know I wasn’t a four bay. My use cases would be for my business but the NAS will be at my home. We have a very mixed use, normal files and documents like spreadsheets etc but also video and audio content that we edit. Two people work from my location and I would want to give access or share files with other team members outside the office. I’m tempted to go with a synology four bay but just not sure. Would need about 40-100tb. I have gigabit internet and ASUS AX8 router. I have looked at ASUSTOR and Synology. Added: budget would be around 500-1000 , but happy to invest in more for quality or reliability Sorry in advance for how boring this question might be for you all.
TH Theo_s asked on 23 May 2021, 15:35
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5/6 Bay, Capable of Transcoding 4K Files via Plex, M.2 Slots to Use as Storage Volumes?

Looking for a NAS to use at home to stream content to 1-2 MacBook Pros, 1-2 iPhones, and/or a 4K TV (LG). Would likely only have 1-2 streams at a time. Content ranges from 720 to 4K. Will also use the NAS as wireless backup via Time Machine for the two MacBook Pros. Knowing that I'll be using hardware transcoding (plan to subscribe to Plex Pass), I want to find a NAS that allows me to use an M.2 NVME SSD as a storage volume with PCIe Gen 3 capability (either with an expansion card or natively with slots), with the idea that I'd run Plex on that NVME volume and use it as a transcoding directory as well. QNAP allows M.2 volumes to be used as storage, so this should work on a QNAP device that has the right hardware. A few questions: 1. Is this overkill for my use case? 2. If it is overkill, which NAS from either QNAP or Synology would be best for the transcoding use case without the M.2 NVMEs as storage volumes? 3. If it is not overkill, which QNAP devices with PCI Gen 3 M.2 slots would work for the transcoding use case? 4. Can an iPhone or MacBook Pro direct-stream 4K content from a NAS? Thanks!
NA Namiry asked on 14 April 2021, 23:29
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DS220j enough?

I have been looking into buying a Synology NAS for one main purpose. Since Google decided to start charging for Photos I decided to make a local vault. My question is easy, is a DS220j enough for this? I only request that Moments/Synology Photos (later on) runs good, other apps are only bonus. Its for me and my wife and mainly our phone photos/videos. Once in a while also our DSLR camera. We have about 600 GB of photos/videos on a WD MyCloud today (and also on Google Photos). I absolutly want face recognition and would also prefer subject recognition to work. Will a DS220j do the job? Thanks, Roger
RO Rogera asked on 14 April 2021, 08:44
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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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Ts251 8gB in UK?

I’m having problems sourcing this in UK and wondering if anyone else has had the same? QNAP have one UK supplier shown for the model but that supplier (serversdirect) have taken the order but now cite an “ongoing problem” and cannot fulfil. QNAP in the UK are telling me that they don’t offer that model in the UK any more...yet still link to serversdirect as the UK supplier for the NAS, effectively endorsing them as being able to supply it to me in the UK....at least, that’s how it feels to me. It feels a bit shabby tbh.
BR Bruceb_uk asked on 12 April 2021, 12:25
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Virtual Machines + Data Server | QNAP TS-h973AX or TS-673A or TS-873A ?

[QUESTIONS] || - which NAS among these 3 NAS would you recommend for my below usage? || Happy to consider other NAS too (not rackmount, however) || - how should I set up the discs so as to achieve maximum performance from Virtual Machine? (e.g. creating a separate volume with M.2 SSD / U.2 NVMe / SSD to where Virtual Machines will be saved and run?) Plan to install 64Gb RAM and willing to upgrade PCIe peripherals such as M.2 SSD / U.2 NVMe / Display Card / 10Gb LAN if necessary. || - which display card under QNAP's Comparability List would you recommend for my usage? || [USAGE] || 1. Virtual Machines for Windows (which will be my main, daily OS) and Linux, occasional photo and video editing, gaming (e.g. GTA, FIFA) || 2. data storage & private cloud storage, with remote accessibility (~10TB and growing. RAID 5 or higher, two disc redundancy) || 3. will re-purpose my current Synology DS412+ as an offsite backup server to this new NAS || 4. hoping to create a future-proof set up || [NETWORK SETUP] || - will upgrade to Wifi 6(E) soon. 1Gb broadband for internet access || - utilizing Virtual Machine with laptop over Wifi. Occasionally docking the laptop so as to use a desktop monitor, mouse and keyboard, also over Wifi. Can consider a wired network connection if necessary. || Please excuse my newbie questions. Thank you very much for your time answering my questions.
QS Qsorrbkqqzs@maxresistance.com asked on 29 March 2021, 10:47
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QNAP ts230 vs Synology 218 vs Synology 220+?

I am a first time NAS buyer for my home use. I am looking mainly for storage for my music collection & photos. Also to access my storage remotely. I also want to remove some of the strain from my laptop. I have ordered the qnap ts-230 & am waiting delivery. I am now rethinking that maybe I should have purchased the synology 218 or doubled up the price & purchased the synology 220+ ? I realize the 220+ has a faster intel processor & can expand the ram. What benefits will the 220+ provide to me? I will not need anything more than 2 bay. What would you recommend that I look at purchasing?
CH Chimper asked on 18 March 2021, 19:28
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Which provider has the best phone sync app?

I'm ready to move from Enthusiast to Customer. No more juggling Docker containers and gluing with scripts. For me the killer feature is automatic backup of photos from 5 Android phones. I've tried Owncloud, Nextcloud and Syncthing but never really felt relaxed. For a while the Plex phone app looked promising until is was revealed that the app had to be active for the sync to run. Here's my workflow: When a phone takes a picture or shoots a video, it should automatically be sent to the NAS. Shortly after, the other phones connected to the same NAS, can see the new photo/video - either in their own app or in a web gui. I don't need my NAS for surveillance, transcoding, torrenting. Which provider has the best phone app (Exclusively Android). Very much appreciated!
MA Mappo asked on 10 March 2021, 09:07
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4k Plex server PC or NAS?

I am getting ready to build a 4k Plex server. I want a mostly prebuilt solution that I can add drives to and be off an running. I do like the idea of SHR or Drobo's beyond raid to add storage down the road. What are your suggestions for building a long term 4k Plex server?
PL Plex4kuser asked on 10 March 2021, 06:35
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Recommendation for Upgrading from DS1513+?

Hi, love the videos, thank you for what you do! I need help in a bit more direction of what to purchase. Currently, I have a DS1513+ (purchased when it first came out) I put 5 x 3TB WD Green Drives (5400rpm). I was complete newbie to the NAS world. My Drobo had died so I just purchased the first thing that was recommended to me by friends. It’s setup in SHR-2 configuration. After 7 years, it is 95% filled, the RAM was upgraded at time of purchase. Everything is sluggish. I am beginning to receive emails of bad sectors. I figured it was time to upgrade. I was initially leaning towards the RS1221+ (I have a rack in the closet) but the video you posted gave me lots to think about spending the money elsewhere. I started looking at the DS1821+, I was debating of starting fresh with either 6TB or 8TB drives (in an SHR-2) configuration. Now after watching lots of videos, I am not sure what to buy (or maybe the DS1621+)? Current uses for our NAS: it is the master archive of our home/home office/family/friends for the last decade. I have a backup to the cloud for the important things and a passport drive for the utmost emergency items (in case of death, etc). Lots of multimedia creation happens in the house, audio recordings, editing, photography sessions, we haven’t really focused on video at all. Mainly lots of audio and photos. Plex as well from time to time, not huge. The DS1513+ will be repurposed for either backup or anything else that I can mess around with. Lastly, I have Unifi Router, Access Points, and PoE switch in the house. Main computer is the M1 Mac Mini. 2 Macbook Pros, and a handful of iPads, iPhones. All of which ultimately connect to the NAS and backup to it as well. Recommendation for which Synology NAS? How much would I benefit from a RAM or NVME upgrade? Would you go with 6TB drives or 8TB drives? (I have a bad habit of buying all drives in one shot versus adding as I need) Thank you for your help!
MF Mfanous asked on 31 January 2021, 06:27
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Qnap ts-453d questions?

Ok. I asked this question earlier and got a reply. "The website for Qnap shows that I can use the ts-453d with 8 cameras on a home surveillance system. Qnap says it needs 8gb ram to do so. But the 4gb specs say it will transfer 160 GB per sec, and the nas surveillance calculator shows I will need something like 48gb per sec. Can I do 8 cameras with 4gb model (I plan on upgrading to more than 8 at a later date)?" The reply I got is "IP cameras themselves do not require extra RAM. You can have 8 cameras recording with 4GB RAM with no problems. You need RAM for playback. It also depends on which software you will use to operate your cameras. If you use Surveillance Station, this app do not need much resources to run and operate. If you are looking at QVR Pro then this app will require some more resources then the other app mentioned. QVR Client is a desktop app for your computer. The requirement for 8GB RAM is mentioned for your computer if you refer to this : https://www.qnap.com/en-uk/software/qvr-pro Either way, whichever software you choose to use, you can upgrade RAM capacity at any time in the future." I have another question. So the 8gb ram requirement is for my home computer? I have never used a nas, but think the features of one (qumagie, qvr pro) are phenomenal apps. So just to be clear, using the qvr pro software, if I get the 4gb ts-453d, and have a home computer with more than 8gb of ram, I shouldn't have any problem? Does this apply to the hdmi output of the device as well? What i want to do is have the 453d in my garage inside a large safe. run a cat6 cable to my router, to be able to access it from one of 3 computers. all will have more than the 8gb of ram. when i get all of the cameras i want for a surveillance system, is all i will need then a switch? sorry for so many questions, just havent done much with networking before, but I think a nas is the best solution for the cost in my case. Thanks in advance. Also, does NasCompares have affiliate links for purchases or a patreon?
BP Bphillips35131 asked on 28 January 2021, 20:32
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