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#146603 23-May-2014 11:40
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Currently I'm using an old LinkSys NSLU-2 with a 500GB USB drive as a NAS for storing photos, music and documents so they're accessible anywhere in the house.  Speed isn't great so I tend to use local copies of photos with Synctoy to copy to the NAS.  I also have a PlayonHD with a 1TB HDD under the TV in the lounge for videos, but that is slightly noisy so doesn't get left on permanently.  I recently bought a Panasonic home theatre system that can read media on a NAS without using DLNA, although the UI is better with DLNA on the NAS.
I'd like to replace/supplement this lot with a decent but inexpensive NAS that will become the primary location of photos, videos, music etc.  This will sit in a study room in the house, connected by Gigabit ethernet.  Requirements are:
- at least 2TB capacity
- Gigabit ethernet connection
- USB connection to allow future expansion / file transfers
- (preferably) cloud connection to allow remote access
- (preferably) DLNA server
- low power consumption and maintenance free - so almost definitely not a full-blown server
- preferably available in NZ at a reasonable price although I'm not averse to amazon/youshop etc
- I don't think I need RAID.  I will use the NSLU-2 and offsite backups (portable HDD stored at work) to protect important stuff, and accept the risk of loss for downloaded material

Any recommendations?  The Seagate Central and WD My Cloud look good so far.  There seems to be a smattering of awful reviews online for any device, I guess some people are just unlucky and/or have strange requirements/expectations.  I'd be interested to hear what fellow NZ geeks have used for similar purposes and what your experiences are

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Synology DiskStation. Find the model that suits your needs. They have some little 2-bays that will probably suit. Then grab some WD-Reds or just re-use your current drives.

The Web interface is just so awesome. And there a packages to do everything you want to do.

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  #1051707 23-May-2014 13:57
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I set my Folks up with a 2TB WD My book Live solution a few years ago ,  It streams over DLNA to a bunch of TV's round the house, (wired connections), The only thing it doesn't have is USB, but it looks like the newer "My Cloud" drives do.

Its a fairly no maintance solution, the drive sits in the study and whirrs away, the only time I go near it is when they want to add some more of their DVD collection to it, 

 
 
 
 


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  #1051714 23-May-2014 14:10
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chevrolux: Synology DiskStation. Find the model that suits your needs. They have some little 2-bays that will probably suit. Then grab some WD-Reds or just re-use your current drives.

The Web interface is just so awesome. And there a packages to do everything you want to do.


This.

I have dealt with a number of NAS devices in recent years; Synology, WD, QNAP, D-Link etc and the clear standout for me in terms of quality, performance and reliability has been Synology.

PBTech had some good deals on 2-bay devices recently if that is all you need. Fill up with WD Digital Red drives and decide if you need performance or resilience and configure accordingly.

THAT SAID - I am hearing good things about the Asustor devices - they are very competitive price-wise and stand up very well on performance. The interface and software isn't as mature as the Synology however and long-term reliability seems unknown at this point.




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  #1051716 23-May-2014 14:13
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Synology make, imo, the best consumer-grade NAS devices. Seagate's Blackarmor devices are very solid, also, but lack in performance & features compared to Synology products. Asustor also make great products, but I've not had enough exposure to them yet to judge lifespan/quality.

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  #1051762 23-May-2014 15:33
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+1 Synology.

My DS412+ with 4x 3TB WD Red drives is one of the best tech purchases I've made in the last few years.




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  #1051922 23-May-2014 20:49
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Thanks for the replies, all.  Looks like a Synology is the favourite, a bit more expensive than the options I'd been looking at but I guess you get what you pay for.  I now have to choose between 213j for $250nz from ebay.com, 214se for $200nz from ebay.com or 214se for $265 from playtech.  Then $170 for a 3TB WD Red HDD.

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  #1051942 23-May-2014 21:18
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I would be a little leery about buying this kind of thing from Ebay TBH - makes it harder to manage a warranty call if needed!

PB have the 214Se for NZ$281 at the moment which if you factor in the shipping from Ebay, probably stacks up. They also have it in kit form with ether 2x1 or 2x2Tb for $583, but if you could stretch to the 213j...

One thing to be said is that I haven't personally used the very entry level Synology boxes. They are certainly lower spec (CPU and less RAM) than the higher end ones, but I don't think that should impact what you want to do with them!






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  #1051945 23-May-2014 21:27
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Item: I would be a little leery about buying this kind of thing from Ebay TBH - makes it harder to manage a warranty call if needed!

PB have the 214Se for NZ$281 at the moment which if you factor in the shipping from Ebay, probably stacks up. They also have it in kit form with ether 2x1 or 2x2Tb for $583, but if you could stretch to the 213j...

One thing to be said is that I haven't personally used the very entry level Synology boxes. They are certainly lower spec (CPU and less RAM) than the higher end ones, but I don't think that should impact what you want to do with them!




My mistake - I was thinking amazon but typed ebay.  I think I had been reading about ebay just before.  I've calculated the delivered cost of a 214se as $194nz from Amazon.com - so about 40% cheaper than buying locally.  Agreed that warranty could be problematic and I'm not sure which way I'll go at present - experience suggests this sort of device is generally reliable.  I'm thinking a single HDD for now - I don't need RAID and the prices of these only ever go down.

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  #1051946 23-May-2014 21:30
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shk292: I was thinking amazon but typed ebay.  


Then I retract my previous statement!

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From memory the power brick should be compatible with 240v and kettle lead, but worth confirming if you are getting Stateside.




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  #1051947 23-May-2014 21:33
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From memory the power brick should be compatible with 240v and kettle lead, but worth confirming if you are getting Stateside.


I had a good look at this on the various photos.  It's a multi-voltage power brick with a IEC socket so will be easy to use in NZ.  Still need to decide between 213j or 214se though

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  #1051950 23-May-2014 21:36
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shk292:
 

From memory the power brick should be compatible with 240v and kettle lead, but worth confirming if you are getting Stateside.


I had a good look at this on the various photos.  It's a multi-voltage power brick with a IEC socket so will be easy to use in NZ.  Still need to decide between 213j or 214se though


213j - twice the RAM, faster CPU with faster read/write, plus it still ticks all the OP boxes - GB ethernet, DLNA etc...

Runs exactly the same OS as all of the Synology family which is a nice interface.





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  #1051951 23-May-2014 21:37
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Detailed comparison list here




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  #1051972 23-May-2014 22:12
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+1 for the synology 412+

I know these are more expensive but I'd go for the intel processors based boxes would expect more packages to be compiles for these CPU s than the ARM.

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  #1051973 23-May-2014 22:12
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Item: Detailed comparison list here

Thanks, that's very useful. The extra performance of the j is quite persuasive. I like the timed power on and off also

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  #1051975 23-May-2014 22:16
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afe66: +1 for the synology 412+

I know these are more expensive but I'd go for the intel processors based boxes would expect more packages to be compiles for these CPU s than the ARM.

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Great bit of kit, but at nearly 5x OP's stated budget, not sure it is an option here!

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