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NAS Home storage - What works?
Since I got this seedbox, I have been accumulating a lot of movies. Anyone have any recommendations for NAS solutions at home? I'd like to stream high quality stuff and also have a cool setup.
I have one of the Lenovo NAS's for about six months and it's been perfectly reliable. Whatever you do, make sure to get one that has built in RAID. I have this model:
I have this one: Amazon.com: Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage - Black (DS1812+): Computers Accessories
It might be a bit overkill, but I like the fact that I can buy up to two 5-bay expansions for it as well, so if one day I'm worrying about my 4K rips taking up too much space, I can easily expand without issues. Synology also has a great "operating system" which has all kinds of neat shit that I wasn't aware of until recently.
For example, I have a lot of free time at work, but I can't do really fun stuff like jerk off, watch tv, play video games, read books, etc. I can fuck around on my computer though. So I transferred my entire jumbled mess of music downloads from torrents and newsgroups onto an external drive and plugged it into my work computer. With the Synology Cloud Station, I assigned a particular directory on my work computer to synchronize with the Music directory on my NAS at home. Now any time I organize another album (you know, renaming it properly, getting album art, etc.) and put it into the directory on my computer at work, it automatically uploads and synchronizes it at home.
I could do the same thing with any directories if I really wanted to. It is like having an unlimited sized Dropbox for no monthly fee.
On top of that, with the music app on the NAS, I am able to connect to it with the Synology app on my android phone, and anywhere I have a connection I can stream my entire collection to my phone.
It also has a PLEX app, but the processor in mine isn't enough to transcode HD movies. I let my HTPC (an Intel NUC that runs 24/7) do that, but if you bought a higher powered version you could even have it run PLEX all the time just from the NAS, and who cares if your computer is on?
It is expensive, but my Synology NAS is probably one of the best things I have ever bought, without question.
Yeah, the Synology models are definitely top notch. Personally, at the low end it's hard to go wrong in the NAS area. Most vendors have very similar apps, and most of your reliability comes down to the quality of the PSU they use.
Not sure what your budget is, but if I had to do it over entirely I'd spend the extra coin and get a NAS with Windows 2012 Storage Server as the OS. DFS, data dedupe, and iSCSI support built in is freaking sweet.
I've found my Qnap to be great over the years as well. It's getting a bit long in the tooth, but there's no real need to replace it. It would be nice to run a Plex server on it, but it doesn't have the juice, so I've just been leaving my HTPC on as the Plex server. 40 watts vs. 80-100 watts isn't going to kill me.
Jesus you guys have too much money to blow on this stuff. I wish I could... haha
Got an old clunker of a computer lying around?
The only draw back is that the first disk you install will be used for the OS and will not be allocated towards storage. Other than that, it's a great alternative to buying a nas box.
If you know Unix, or are willing to do a lot of googling to figure it out, try to score a recycled Sun/Oracle SPARC server (T5xxx models preferably the sunfire shit is pretty old). I have a T5220 I got from work that was surplused out during a hardware refresh. It came with 6x 300GB SAS disks and I put in 2x SSDs for a mirrored boot disk. I installed Solaris 11 which is not technically free but it's not like Windows where it shuts down if you don't activate it within 30 days. I did not hardware raid anything, I just used ZFS to raid the disks (RAIDZ) and it has all the fancy features like dedupe, snapshots, compression, etc. I didn't set up SAMBA (Windows file sharing) since Windows 7 and 8 have an NFS client so I elected to just use NFS instead. It does require some configuration to make it work, but it looked less daunting than the Samba set up on Solaris 11. Shit is rock solid though and I set up port forwarding so that I can SSH to it from anywhere with internet.
I've got a 2010 model 5 Bay Synology NAS. It is absolutely badass. Not a cheap solution, but they are amazing.
I am about 80% full on a 5x2TB RAID5 array. Waiting on the 4TB drives to drop in price a bit more so I can start swapping out. I love me some 1080p DTS-HD movies!
If you aren't looking to spend a lot of money I'm very happy with my Readynas 102 for $200. It only has 2 bays, but you can put 4GB drives in each one.
It's low power and the the ReadyCloud software is pretty good. The NAS has a built in DLNA media server it can run Transmission for torrents along with PLEX for more advanced media server stuff. However, it is ARM and therefore too weak to transcode so you can't use all of the crazy PLEX features.
I am pretty sure power users would find it lacking but it works great for my simple needs.
Thanks for the info guys.
I ended up getting my hands on a Netgear ReadyNAS RNDP2210 for now. Anyone had any experience with these? I'll be checking into the software and features sometime later this week or next week when I get a chance (as well as reading over the information in this thread).
Have any of you measured the power consumption of these things? I'm aware that's extremely nerdy, but from a benefit standpoint, I guess I don't see it. Until games are programmed to utilize 3+ cores, I'm fine with just sticking the drives in my computer.
I have a 5 drive custom box running unraid and some old amd chip. Uses 40 watts according to my ups. I would imagine that the all-in-one units use even less.
Is that during non peak? 40W for a 5 drives itself seems low.
40W is pretty typical for 5 drives when actually accessing data. When the drives hibernate, it drops to around 15W I want to say.
I have the 8-bay Synology, and according to this info page Synology Network Attached Storage - DS1812+ Products it only consumes 50.6 W. I'll pull out the appropriate section so you don't have to go searching, but if you want you can verify it says that.
In much less technical terms, it doesn't heat up the room like my computer does. That alone makes a big difference to me in 100+ degree summers.Synology DiskStation are designed and developed with energy efficiency in mind. Compared with the average PC counterparts, Synology DS1812+ consumes only 50.6 watts in operation. The support of wake on LAN, scheduled power on/off and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operation cost.
Like I said, the latest Intel CPU's are pretty phenomenal power consumption wise. My Q9550 based computer burns 100-120 watts at idle. My I5-750 less than 50W. I'm sure it's continued to improve in the generations since. So I guess I agree that there's less of an argument for NAS boxes now, power consumption wise.
Grabbing the DS214play because I'm hoping the hardware transcoding + airplay + ATV3 will be a good solution to actually having to make a HTPC.
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