Build or Buy NAS ?
I'm currently into buying either the 218+ or 918+ synology, unsure if ill regret not having 4 bays for expanding options?
Hows all yours set up?
#want want it to stream and work with photos and movies like a mediacenter aswell

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    Raspberry Pi + a few USB sticks are my NAS :P
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    I use a Proliant Microserver with FreeNAS
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    @filthyranter This is something I researched. Aren't the usb ports slow as fuck?
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    Synology NAS's are quite nice.
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    I have qnap ts-431p and I am quite happy about it. I can login using ssh and have root on it.
    It also have 4 bays, can stream to chromecast.
    Have mobile apps for it like backup my phone photos automatically or browse nas and get data from it to my phone.
    Supports time machine.
    There is also docker like containers on it but didn’t have time to check it out.

    My main requirements for device were mobile apps, root access via ssh, and time machine so it suits my needs.
    I didn’t wanted to waste time to manage another server so I was looking for dedicated device.

    First decide what are your requirements to buy such device.
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    @Jifuna Not that slow.
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    I went with a synology DS918+ and 4X6TB WD Red.
    Fullfills my space, remote and casting needs. Did lookup qnap, but thats mostly 1080p streaming, where synology did 4k and just some more features i gotta have :p thanks for all your input, was good for thought
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    Synology can be touchy about specific HD models.

    I plug mine in via the 1Gbit network port direct to PC, rather than go the USB route.

    They can also be surprisingly noisy.. (And bright..)

    And.. difficult to get your data off the HD's should the unit otherwise fail.

    But a cheap way to join lots of big HD's together. (At least, if you go via second hand Ebay, I got one for $30, only a little dented, but functional. :-) )
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    Googling, I get:


    However, the real game-changing part of the DS918+ is that newly included NVMe SSD Cache port. This is a completely new idea in desktop NAS and although it has been included as an optional PCIe card by other vendors, Synology is the first to include it as a default part of the hardware. By installing 1 or 2 M2 SSDs in the blots at the base of the unit, you can VASTLY improve your read-write speeds and internal operations that are resource hungry or require much higher iOPs. Things like mass thumbnail generation, Virtual machines, mass backups and pretty much anything that taxes the CPU on a given day.


    From this link:

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