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Hardware Synology DS216play Review

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  1. Dogbert666

    Dogbert666 Happy New Ye- MELTDOWN!! Staff Administrator

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  2. Redbeaver

    Redbeaver The Other Red Meat

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    So I need a NAS...

    Would this "budget" NAS good for,
    1. Store RAID-1 media backup securely? Meaning, what's the failure rate of these boxes?
    2. Can I stream media to, say, my Chromecast? Ie. act as a media server for my videos MKV or AVI? 1080 is good enough.
    3. Does it have cloud-backup, and does one really need it?
    4. Can I access my media remotely? A buddy demo'd his QNAP remote access and he's browsing his photos from other side of the continent with noticeably no lag (Calgary to Ottawa). That was awesome.

    Last time I have a.. "NAS".... was a linux box quickly thrown together in a cheap $300 PC with 4+ hard-drives running RAID-5. It was OK, but streaming HD videos was nigh-impossible, and managing shared permissions with Windows was a nightmare.

    Then I switched to an WD MyBook 3TB and it works "well". Until it died. Last week. 3TB of data. Gone. Toasted.


    Me sad.


    So I need to find a replacement and trying to secure enough budget for a "real" NAS...

    Thanks.
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Really? I've streamed 1080p video from a USB hard drive (well, a pair of USB hard drives in a Btrfs mirror) connected to a Raspberry Pi (the original, single-core 256MB version) without a hitch.
     
  4. GiGo

    GiGo was once a nerd.....

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    Entry level and budget you say?

    I bought one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OIP57YW?keywords=ds1815&qid=1445884936&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

    With 8 of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Desktop-dri...TF8&qid=1445885030&sr=8-1&keywords=6tb+hdd+wd

    Runs on RAID 6 so 2 drives can fail and data will still be intact. Gives a usable 32.6TB (why 6TB drives are advertised as that when they are only 5.5tb formatted!), hopefully will last me a few a years, currently at 23.6% full.

    But anyway.... if the NAS above is running the Synology DSM 5.2 software (which I think it does) then, it will be great!
     
  5. Redbeaver

    Redbeaver The Other Red Meat

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    This was many many moons ago. Basically it was aging. Not a bad hardware though. Geforce 3 Ti.
     
  6. Redbeaver

    Redbeaver The Other Red Meat

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  7. GiGo

    GiGo was once a nerd.....

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    Depends on your budget :lol:

    I was only going to spend 800 or so on a NAS including drives, but soon changed my mind when I realised that it would take 6TB drives?! I was nuts to spend that kind of money on a NAS but like I said, it should last me 5 years without any drive failures (hopefully). Also added an extra 4gb of RAM.

    With Synology DSM you can run all kinds of programs as it is a Linux Distro.

    Have a look here: https://www.synology.com/en-uk/support/nas_selector will help you make a decision :)
     
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    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    Me sad as all those points are answered in the review and links with it :/
     
  9. Redbeaver

    Redbeaver The Other Red Meat

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    After reading BT's full review of 216 and that QNAP article last week, I skipped your article to the conclusion. Sorry.

    But seems like it's a good purchase for what I need?
     
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