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shk292
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  #2561964 10-Sep-2020 22:19
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demeter23:

Anyone here used B&H in the US?  They're offering the DS220+ for US$339 delivered to NZ, so around the NZ$500 mark.


I have an order inbound from them. They seem very efficient so far, about 25% cheaper than the best nz price I could find on the camera I ordered. Reasonably priced delivery, no GST

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  #2561999 11-Sep-2020 07:51
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Sadly I have come home to my 213j packing a sad, it is using 100% cpu and I cant find out why, it has stopped distributing files but it says that both drives are OK. I would like to upgrade the NAS from 2bay to 4bay, that way it is easy to increase storage and have a high uptime.

 

For the guys importing from the US, please let me know what delivery s like, it is attractive but I still think I will have trouble getting that one past the boss.

 

 

 

John





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  #2562009 11-Sep-2020 08:17
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Do I go with the cheaper US cost and run the warranty risk/hassle if something goes wrong, or pay the NZ price for warranty piece of mind ...


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  #2562014 11-Sep-2020 08:27
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dafman:

 

Do I go with the cheaper US cost and run the warranty risk/hassle if something goes wrong, or pay the NZ price for warranty piece of mind ...

 

 

What does the warranty give you? My NAS boxes are critical pieces of hardware. If one fails, I'd be buying a new one unless the warranty provided me with an immediate replacement. There is no option to send it off for repairs. Just like with failed drives, I'd consider any repaired hardware (or reconditioned replacements) to be suspect and not use them for critical purposes.

 

With that in mind, the only reason not to import if the costs are significantly lower is the risk of shipping damage.

 

Or, buy last years model if you can find it... that's what I did with my 4-bay unit. Cheap and still does everything the next model does.


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  #2562015 11-Sep-2020 08:33
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SirHumphreyAppleby:

 

Or, buy last years model if you can find it... that's what I did with my 4-bay unit. Cheap and still does everything the next model does.

 

 

In NZ, there's only $50 difference between the outgoing DS218+ the new DS220+, so not much of a price difference to opt for the newer faster chip and memory.


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  #2562016 11-Sep-2020 08:33
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I think if you had a problem with a Synology device in NZ you'd have it resolved locally, right?


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  #2562035 11-Sep-2020 09:15
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There's a $260 saving to buy the DS220+ and 2 x 8TB drives from Amazon over the lowest NZ price.

 

I'm assuming I can swap over the NZ plug on the power supply from my DS214j without issue?

 

Other than plug swap, is there any other difference between a Synology sourced from the US versus local models?


 
 
 
 


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  #2562094 11-Sep-2020 11:00
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FYI - Re HDD's:

 

I buy Ext HDD's via Amazon and shuck them - $260NZD landed incl GST - vs circa $400 NZD for local.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HAPGEIE/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

 

 

 

Have done this 8 times now for my unRAID server without issue.


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  #2562098 11-Sep-2020 11:09
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dafman:

 

There's a $260 saving to buy the DS220+ and 2 x 8TB drives from Amazon over the lowest NZ price.

 

I'm assuming I can swap over the NZ plug on the power supply from my DS214j without issue?

 

Other than plug swap, is there any other difference between a Synology sourced from the US versus local models?

 

 

No difference at all.


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  #2572701 23-Sep-2020 12:00
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For anyone considering it, my purchase of a DS 220+, 4 GB of RAM and two 8TB drives from Amazon US took 2 weeks from order to delivery.


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  #2572786 23-Sep-2020 14:07
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cshwone:

 

For anyone considering it, my purchase of a DS 220+, 4 GB of RAM and two 8TB drives from Amazon US took 2 weeks from order to delivery.

 

 

Similarly, my DS220+ and two 8TB drives from Amazon US arrived this week, 10 days after ordering. Packaging was poor as there was no packing inside the box with the hard drives free to slide around. Hard drive boxes had been opened and taped closed, so I suspect this was Customs, so unsure if they removed packing and did not replace or whether Amazon shipped it like this. Poor form somewhere along the way. Thankfully, DS220+ and drives none the worse for poor packaging and are up and running ok.

 

 

 


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  #2572787 23-Sep-2020 14:09
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Also just following up on my earlier post, camera from BH photo arrived safely about a week after ordering, well packaged and GST free. Very good service from this store

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  #2572797 23-Sep-2020 14:49
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Instead of upgrading the NAS I ended up getting a refurbished Shuttle NC01U i3-5005U from Aaron at oncall.co.nz for $150.

 

Put Ubuntu with Plex on it, mounted Synology SMB (a bit of struggle, but worked out fine). Works like a charm, with the only caveat that the fan noise can get a bit too noticeable especially at night, so I put the unit in another room.

 

Thanks @michaelmurfy and @SirHumphreyAppleby for the advice.





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