Network Questions

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Discussing everything in networking, with nothing off limits. Got a problem with 1Gbe, 2.5Gbe, 5Gbe or 10Gbe that needs a hand? Perhaps your NAS drive just 'fell' off the network. Head here for assistance.

Direct connection between Synology & a Win10 PC?

I have a windows 10 PC with a single ethernet port and I need to keep it hardwired to the network (going through a gigabit switch). I work with lots of large files (typically around 20 to 30Gb) and I'm looking to increase my file transfer speed. Since the NAS has USB 3.0 ports I was wondering if I can connect it directly to the PC via USB (and I understand that the drive would have to be formatted as exFAT for both DSM7 and Windows 10 to recognize it). Questions that I have that I can't find an answer to through web searches are: * Would the USB connection actually be faster than the network connection? USB 3 has a theoretical rate of up to 5GBps from what I've read but even if it only works at 2GBps that doubles the maximum transfer rate compared to the max speed of the ethernet connection. * Would connecting one by USB and the other by eSATA work? The NAS has an eSATA port and the drive enclosure has one as well, so if a direct USB connection wouldn't work could I use those two different connections to achieve what I'm looking to do? * If a direct USB or USB/eSATA connection wont work, could I use a USB to ethernet adapter and connect directly to one of the NIC ports on the NAS? Would this actually increase the data transfer rate? Currently I'm only getting about 100MBps on average going from PC to switch to NAS. Any help or feedback anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.
OG asked on 03 April 2022, 17:08
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I purchased a QNAP TS-932PX (and drives) already, but is there a better box for video editing?

Robbie, being "newish" to the NAS world, I have immersed myself in your videos. I'm learning but have long way to go before I feel confidence in what I am doing. My business and serious hobby involves video production/editing and digital photo processing in a home office environment. I've been using a couple of DAS units (G-Tech 9 TB G-Drive and a 4TB solid state drive) through the Thunderbolt 3 ports on one of my HP Z-Book workstations, but I'm running out of room. That has led me to explore the world of NAS. I'm looking to build a storage system that will last me for some time (I hitting max on my DAS in about two years). I made some purchases before I found your videos on purchase advice. I have not yet installed anything and need help on whether I should make any changes/exchanges before I do. I have already purchased a QNAP TS-932PX and have purchased five Seagate Exos X18 16TB HDD to put in the upper bays and two WD Red SA500 to handle caching (trying for 10GbE network with a good amount of storage for the future). One of my main objectives is to be able to edit video (probably 4K now that I would have space) from my NAS from two workstations (both HP Z-Book workstations with Thunderbolt 3 ports). My photo library is over 100K photos (yes, it needs culling!) Other uses are a 30K record database that is extremely important in my business. I would like to be able to stream finished videos to a projection screen A/V system on another floor of my home and have the ability to easily stream to clients outside my home office. I'm thinking I could have chosen a more appropriate NAS box. One this box does not have Thunderbolt ports (I thought it did) and runs on an Annapurna Labs AL324 quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU. Your comments in your review of this unit made me think this box is more for file storage than online video editing. I want video editing speed and ample storage in a collaborative video editing environment. With these five 18TB hard drives and two 500 GB SSD's would there be a better choice - the TS-h973AX perhaps? How much and what type of memory would you recommend? Would you recommend an NAS that has Thunderbolt ports for direct input from the workstations or do I just take care of that through the network? What's the best way to connect my two workstations to the network? They each have two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, but NO RJ-45 ethernet port. How do I connect these workstations to the switch for max throughput? I would appreciate your recommendations for a switch. The NAS and two workstations would be good for 10GbE connectivity. However, the rest of the network doesn't need that speed (printers, video projector, smart TVs, wife's computer that needs access to photos, iPad, 2 Samsung phones, etc.) Finally, my internet modem & router are on a completely different floor from the home office. Right now I connect wirelessly, but I'm at the end of my range. How can I improve my wireless or should I go to the effort to install a cable back to the cable router? Or would it benefit me to run the internet cable-in down to my office (a lot of work!). Right now my internet connection is through RJ6 and not fiber optic. Someday fiber will come into our neighborhood, but I'm not holding my breath on that.
MR Mrinnertainment asked on 13 January 2022, 19:31
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Connect Qnap TS-453D to PC with USB 3.1?

Can i use the USB 3.1 as a way to transfer data from my PC to NAS through the USB 3.1? It should be faster than my computers 1G ethernet correct? Thanks
AS Ashkasto asked on 21 December 2021, 04:43
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Dear all, I was about to pull the trigger to but 2 NAS systems one -rim are and the other one to back up the primary. But while reading more I understood that the NAS must be connected to WAN (the incoming internet cable router) via router or switch. And from there on data is collected and distributed via your LAN. But what if you don’t have a cable wired LAN, just WiFi only (which works fine by the way). Here is why I would like to use the NAS: 1) be able to edit my photos on the NAS. I don’t want to download it from NAS to pc, edit then upload again (my editing software ON1 Photo RAW allows this is even geared towards that) 2) store my office work data documents etc Sofar a DAS would suffice but; 3) I also want to be aboe to access ph0tos remotely, edit or delete or city whatever My setup is simple: I use an iMac at home, iPads and phones and I use a MacBook Pro ( cheers yesterday bought the new iMac 14 inch M1 Pro and its amazing). I want to be able to use high speed data at home for photo and for Plex. But can that be realized with WiFi only? In my mind I had thought hoped that I could connect the NAS to the router to allow remote access and for distributing collecting data via WiFi at home, PLUS connect it directly to pc for high speed data exchange AND connect it directly to tv via hdmi. Is that possible? Thanks
JD Jdvdubai asked on 29 October 2021, 17:58
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Netgear GS108PP ?

Hi ... Does my new GS108PP support "poe switch is 802.3af compliant (48V) and supports active mode" It's for a poe camera (Reolink rcl-410)? and can I connect as plug and play? On the back of the switch there is a switch, should it be high, medium and low power? and must be connected to my Synology Nas ds210j. Hope you will return. Mogens
MO Mogens andersen asked on 15 July 2021, 15:11
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Router settings for a safe qnap nas?

I have a qnap nas and I will like to setup my router to safe settings..can you make a video how to do it..thank
E electrician.athens asked on 07 June 2021, 16:34
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DS920 POE Switch and Reolink Cameras?

I have a DS920+ with a Netgear GS108 v3 connected to the Lan2 Port - I am trying to run 2 x Reolink RLC-423-5MP and 1 x RLC-520 but neither camera connects - I am powering the cameras with 12v PSU's - Without 12v power, neither camera shows any infra-red response - If I connect the camera (powered) directly via RJ45 there is no difference - When an RJ45 is connected, the Network Status shows: 100Mbps, Full duplex, MTU 1500 - I have a Synology Router attached to LAN1. - Do I need to uprgade the switch, move the switch or something else? - Cheers Richard
RS Rsf asked on 08 April 2021, 13:07
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10Gbs Network Speeds SMB?

Well this not acctually a question but rather a helpul tip for you guys out there trying to fix the speeds of your new 10Gbs network with Synology. I tried everything but never got over 2-3gbs (220/400 Mb/s). But at last i found a little setting hidden for changing to SMB3. And viola! I now get speeds of write 400mb/s read 800mb/s. Where it should be regarding to my hardware. So please see attached image where you can fix this setting. You´re welcome!
10Gbs Network Speeds SMB?
LO Louiebalko asked on 05 April 2021, 23:12
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Selecting a Snap Switch?

I would like to add a network switch to my SMB system. My system starts with a Ubiquiti Amplifi router, then a QNAP T453BE, 2-3 Apple computers, 1 Windows computer, laser printer, 3-d printer, a number of computer connected USB devices (ScanSnap, CZUR scanner, drives that haven't made it to convergence with the NAS, etc), camera to be added eventually. The network lives in my small office, 3 desks and maybe 18 x 20 feet. Noise is an issue. So far I have been connecting through the router with cat 5 cables. But we outgrew that this week. Any QNAP Switch Recommendations? I've watched the NAS compares videos but they pretty much told me that there is a bigger world out there than I know how to deal with.
IN Inigokdon asked on 04 March 2021, 02:40
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Hi i watch your videos and i have learnt a lot thanks to you i have a ds720+ on my network the problem i have is other people share this network and can see my files how do i stop this ? i also use for plex so i would need plex to see the files thanks rob
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 January 2021, 12:45
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Seeking a 4-8 port 10 GbE RJ45 switch with stp+ uplink, no PoE?

Seek to connect my QNAP TS-870 with dual port 10 GBE RJ45 to my 2 PCs running Intel 10 GbE RJ45 NICS. my previous Netgear 10 GbE switch was water damaged and need a replacement. Any suggestions? No PoE required but sfp+ required for uplink connectivity to my Unifi UDM Pro. small setup no need for anything over 4 to 8 10 GbE RJ45 ports
GA Gatox asked on 18 November 2020, 18:00
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QNAP QXG 10GbE and QNAP QM2-2P 10 GbE MTU's ?

Can these NICs be configured to work with each other. They seem to have dissimilar MTUs?
JP Jperry01 asked on 06 June 2020, 01:53
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POE Switch for IP Camera with Synology?

I want to add IP cameras to my older Synology DS1511+. I am confused about where the POE switch should go in the wired setup. My system background: Modem to Router Router to unmanaged switch to other devices like Apple TV, etc... Router to Synology Where in the lineup is the best location for POE switch? Directly to Router? Directly to Unmanaged Switch? Directly to the second port on the back of Synology NAS?
PA Paulg asked on 09 May 2020, 14:07
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4K editing over WiFi - DAS connected to wifi 6 router?

Hi! I'm trying to figure out a storage solution that would be easily accessible no matter where I'm located. It makes sense to go for a NAS, but I'm interested if a DAS with a good router could be an option. I'm very interested in having a wireless connection at home that would be capable of editing 4k video straight off of wifi. I'm hoping maybe wifi 6 could work here? I really just started searching for information and there's a lot of factors and limitations that I don't understand yet. That's the reason why I'm writing. Thinking about if pairing Terramaster D5 with Asus rt-ax89x router could work to achieve this? Best wishes, Jonas
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 29 March 2020, 15:20
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Where does the cat6 Ethernet cable plug into from NAS?

Hi, bought the qnap TVS 472 XT thanks for the great videos on this. still waiting for my new segate 10tb drives to be back in stock. crazy embarrassing question . where does the cat6 ethernet cable plug into? my cable company router, or my imac 27, or both. I never see anyone talk on this simple starting step!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 22 March 2020, 13:10
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Asustor4004T, setting up ADM Defender firewall settings? An idiots guide required?

Hi, I'm setting up my Asustor NAS and have no idea on how best to setup the ADM Defender in settings. I want it for 2 pc's home at the moment but may well need it for mobile phone access later. Win 10/android. i have several IP's showing the main provider, DNS and LAN IP's? Thanks
JI Jim asked on 09 March 2020, 10:31
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SMART-UPS Compatible With DS918+?

SMART-UPS Compatible with DS918+ Can you recommend an APC SMART-UPS that is compatible with a Synology DS918+? $450 or less
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 28 February 2020, 16:35
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