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Hi All,

I see some guys have recommend the following unit in the following thread:

Synology DS2411+

http://au.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtopic=101345&st=25

Just wondering what people recommend these days ?

Any help would be appreciated.

It's main use will be for storing the copious amounts of bluray rips and other audio / visual files for streaming to Popcorn Hour, Squeezebox, PS3 etc.

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After doing a bit of research on the matter lately. You can't go wrong with either the Synologys or the Qnaps. Take a spin with there live demos on the site. If you go for the Synology wait a while, there newer USB 3.0 versions are slowly coming out now

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newer USB 3.0 versions are slowly coming out now
What does slowly mean? Are they out in a few weeks? Are they selling 1 a day?

USB3 is a nice too have IMO. But most transfers to a NAS are via the cat5 cable.

Regards

Peter Gillespie

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Qnaps.

I have a 410ts, its ok, in that it does the job, but its not fast enough for my liking......not saying its bad, its just not what I call "click" responsive.....not sure what is, I assume it'd cost a whole heap

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I have a 410ts, its ok, in that it does the job, but its not fast enough for my liking......not saying its bad, its just not what I call "click" responsive.....not sure what is, I assume it'd cost a whole heap

Does it stream the content slow? Or is it slow to use its interface?

In any case I was looking for a NAS that could take 10 or so drivers or more. Bluray collections get big very quickly.

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Can be slow to load stuff, once running no problems. I have a Dune HDI max.

Edit: I am talking 20gb Bluray rips here, everything else is fine

I like the QNAP software and setup, not that I can compare it to anything but its simple

I have 8TB and will probably need a new one shortly. I keep my photos on it too (which take up around half.

If I could afford it I'd get the top of the line QNAP rack mount 16? drive thingy

But from what I have read, if you know what you're doing you're better off building a server and just putting a RAID array in it.....problem is I dont know what I am doing

Edited by Elill

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But from what I have read, if you know what you're doing you're better off building a server and just putting a RAID array in it.....
If you're looking at 5+ disks then probably worth investigating a DIY option. However for smaller arrays, a QNAP is great to get up and running. They have a large amount of plugins to play around with (i.e. they're not just big harddrive arrays).

Regards

Peter Gillespie

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I use a Buffalo Tech Linkstation NAS, and find that to be quite useful - it's 2TB in size, but they now come in 3TB sizes. We got that particular one because it also has an app for our iPads and iPhones for accessing and uploading content whereever we are. I also have a 3TB external HDD plugged into my Popcorn Hour A300 which is almost full of blu-ray rips. I think that next I'll be adding another one of those 3TB Buffalo linkstations.

The only downside is that as yet, it's not terribly straight forward to combine multiple NAS's into a single NMJ jukebox on the A300 (you can do it if you're very clever with computers - I'm clever, but not that clever), but Popcorn Hour tell me that there are plans afoot in future firmware upgrades to implement this feature.

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What does slowly mean? Are they out in a few weeks? Are they selling 1 a day?

USB3 is a nice too have IMO. But most transfers to a NAS are via the cat5 cable.

Regards

Peter Gillespie

Well they have released 2 models with USB 3. So my guess is they will review there entire lineup soon enough, especially the high end models. As to a time frame no idea, but i would be annoyed if i dropped $1500+ on a NAS and 2 months later they released newer versions.

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Never used the USB ports in my Synology DS2411+.

It's been a dream to use, though I did have a problem a few months ago. It would shutdown unexpectedly, I let Synology know about it and after some fault checking via email they shipped over a replacement. Did a switcharoo with the drives and shipped the bad one back on their account.

I love this thing, 12 bay 36TB capacity expandable to 96TB with a couple DX1211's. They're always improving the software, features and support of new HDD's, no doubt it's capacity will increase as HDD capacity increases.

I'm currently running 4x 2TB drives at 84% capacity(cost $85 at the time, before the price hike) and have been holding off buying more HDD's until the price of 3TB drives become reasonable........they're getting close.

All in all I couldn't live without it now.

Cheers

Edited by MACCA350

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Right now the Netgear RND4000 is going fairly cheap at computeralliance (brisbane) - but beware, it does not do JBOD and will not support any hd with GPT partitioning which means it will not support over 2TB drives. If that's within your desires - it's very cheap! $199 + 30 cashback or something like that.

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USB3 is a nice too have IMO. But most transfers to a NAS are via the cat5 cable.

Regards

Peter Gillespie

I'd use the usb3 for back up. The nas will have 2tb drives then I'd have 2tb external drives once drive is 90% full in nas , i'd copy to external then store it in its box. USB 2 is about 30mbps USB 3 is around 100mbps big difference. IMO safest way to back up. I have seen raid arrays fail and drives become paper weights. I have seen Nas's fryed by power surge all drives failed.

Some people replace all there hard drives in Nas's once a year to prevent failure. If your house is hit by a large power spike it will end in tears

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I have the PCH C200 and use it with a QNAP TS419P NAS. Absolutely flawless when doing SD or HD. The QNAP can serve multiple SD and HD streams around the house.

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Does it stream the content slow? Or is it slow to use its interface?

In any case I was looking for a NAS that could take 10 or so drivers or more. Bluray collections get big very quickly.

I have a friend who uses a solution that I'll be copying shortly.

He has 2, 20bay JBOD chassis, and has over 2600 hi-def movies. I'll be getting just one 16 bay unit. Here's the link. His 20 bay units are about $1600ea shipped form the USA.

Then, you just need a crappy little PC that you can stick a RAID card in to connect to the array.

From what I understand, PLEX is a fantastic media server, and is now available for PC. So just install Plex server on the PC, and you're off and runing.

Cheers,

Chris

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I vote Synology DS2411+..........love mine to bits and so simple to setup. Never had one problem with my unit. Streams everything no problems to my popcorn hour c200. Support is absolutely brilliant from what Ive heard and read from a few people in person and on the net :)

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