Thoughts - NAS - is it worth having some?
Written by: tzzsmk - 11:52 Mar-27-2018

Hello everyone,

recently I ran across some stuff about NAS (network attached storage) and I got quite curious whether it is worth it having some,

after learned some info about what these devices are capable of, I'm thinking about buying or building some - what are the reasons you may ask?

well, having a dedicated device which can serve as personal "cloud" storage, audio/video/image media server, backup server, web server or even virtual machine host, being able to run 24/7 at very low power consumption (20-40W depending on HDDs) supporting hotswap failover RAID solution, so no data is lost if one of drives dies....that's something I consider a useful rig for a small business or moderate household...

my research led me to conclusion a 4-bay (4 HDDs) NAS offers reasonable price/capacity/reliability, and either I can setup own rig from "regular" hardware components and install freeNAS OS (linux-based) or buy a dedicated NAS

I'm yet to decide if it's "worth" spending/wasting weeks (or months) or buy something "pre-made", honestly the latter option is more appealing to me :D

so, browsing through favorably-priced range of NAS rigs, I figured out the best offer is Synology DS918+, 4-bay NAS featuring 4-core Intel Celeron J3455 (which can boost up to 2.3GHz), 4GB DDR3L ram (can be expanded by another 4GB stick), offers pair of NVMe M.2 slots for SSD read/write caching, features eSATA port for additional storage expansion, pair of Gbit LAN ports (redundancy or speed aggregation), supports hardware transcoding of H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2, VC-1 of max resolution 4096x2160 at 30fps, running dedicated Synology operating system which also offers hybrid raid mode (somewhat improved RAID5 which allows drives of varied capacity be used)

Synology DS918+

price-wise, the base DS918+ (without additional 4GB ram and no SSD drives for caching) equipped with four 4TB Seagate IronWolf drives would cost me roughly 1024€, it's definitely not cheap, but should withstand in the long run hopefully...

What are your thoughts? Do you use NAS yourself? Or do you consider it an unworthy investment? let me know what you think :) 

 

 

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20:16 Apr-06-2018

huh, so apparently I bought it xD
DS918+ and 4x4TB Ironwolves here we goooo :3

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22:44 Apr-13-2018

HAHA good man, paying out decent money for the quality items, a man after my own heart lol.


Buddy you will not be disappointed with it!! And if you have any questions about certain any of the DSM packages feel free to run them by me mate. And if I can help with any of them I will.


Let me know your thoughts on it so far.. In fact have you setup a QuickConnect ID yet ?

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23:13 Apr-13-2018

so far I'm disappointed with my internet speeds haha,
apart from that I'm stunned, transfer speeds over lan are around 110MB/s, there are tons of apps I'm going through nowadays, quickconnect is incredibly handy as I have dynamic ip address,
now I just need to figure out howto run java-based freerapid downloader (or some other serious downloader utility) there :D

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01:02 Apr-14-2018

What's the situation with your internet speed ? Is it a case of you have a slow connection speed according to your ISP Price Package ??

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20:30 Apr-14-2018

roughly 650kB/s download and 45kB/s upload,
problem is with household aggregation on the edge of capital city, regardless of internet provider

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16:25 Mar-31-2018

Hey pal, I personally have 2 Synology NAS's the DS115j & DS212j older models but they still work perfectly and I have access to them any time from anywhere with the QuickConnect feature form Synology (I love it)


When transferring files to & from the NAS I get 60MBps / 480Mbps because I use a Netgear GS108 Gigabyte Network Switch to connect everything. Personally I think they are well worth it

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18:14 Mar-31-2018

hmm, regarding your previous experience, if you take a look at DS918+ I'm thinking to buy, do you think the specs are decent enough and even futureproof?

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20:17 Mar-31-2018

Ok, I have looked into the DS918+ and this is an excellent NAS and i would personally very much like to own one!!


This NAS will cover all your storage needs for RAID & JBOD (normal Windows SMB based file sharing) Plus this NAS will move data at over 100MBps / 800Mbps that's plenty of speed for loading all games nice and fast if you plan to store some games on one of the HDD's.

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20:21 Mar-31-2018

I would say this NAS is defiantly "future-proof" in my opinion and a very good investment!!
I have my own Personal Cloud Service and I can connect to it from any internet connected device using Synology's QuickConnect service PLUS there are apps your NAS on the App Store (Apple) and im sure there will also be some on the GooleStore too if you use Android

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20:27 Mar-31-2018

When you load the NAS up using there own operating system called DSM you will be offered the change to download apps for the NAS itself, im currently using Synology Cloud Station Backup this is used to back up all my different PC's to a certain place and you can control exactly what it back's up too.
You can do so much with one it will take too long to list them all mate, but I would go for it!!

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23:10 Mar-31-2018

I would probably use it as a backup for my projects, some music and videos, perhaps installers etc..maybe even website host/mirror, plus I might give a try to light virtual machine on nas :))
I checked DSM and it looked familiar to me, I guess we use it at work on some minor server storage too,
I wonder, what drives would you reecommend? I'm pretty much decided to go for 4x 4TB, and just need to decide between Seagate IronWolf and WD Red - particularly comparing 4TB models, Seagate surprisingly IS better AND cheaper (unlike any other capacity models, where WD Red wins), what do you think?

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05:56 Apr-01-2018

All those brands are good so I would not worry too much about that but if i had to choose WD-Red is the best.
I realize everyone say you should use Red version of HDD's but you can use a non-Red HDD without any problem too.
I am sure if you decide to get one you will not be disappointed with it, I use mine all the time and I am very glad to have them both !

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01:30 Mar-29-2018

I'd go for the 6-8 bay system myself for longevity and capacity/speed, I guess, but at the moment I don't even use a NAS. Got a RAID box with a pair of 6TB drives in there where I back up and disconnect, then place the drives in shock-proof cases and store offline. A bit more manual than a NAS, but it works. Technically you could say I USE a NAS, because I have an old laptop that I use as a Windows server with some external drives in it, but it's mainly for PLEX and storage of software/games/etc.

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01:32 Mar-29-2018

By the way, the way I stream is a funny one. My PLEX server currently is my desktop rig, but the mapped network drives are where it pulls the data from and sends it off wherever. Works wonders :)
I do this because the ol'e lappy couldn't handle transcoding for devices that don't support certain formats, which my PC can handle with ease due to specs.

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11:03 Mar-29-2018

hmm 6-8 bays is more expensive stuff, I think I'd be fine with just 4 bays, redundancy is pretty decent with 4 drives already, and the reasonable-priced 4TB or later even 8TB would offer enough storage for some time I guess, and eventually get different NAS 10 years later xD

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02:37 Mar-30-2018

True, I too thought that a different NAS box would come in handy in a number of years, but then again - how much compute power do you really need for a file storage? I use PLEX, so that's an entirely different thing, but I can always move the PLEX server onto my PC rig when the Synology box becomes too slow. Yet as a NAS it will always work fine. Would you really replace it soon..?

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11:56 Mar-30-2018

I'm used to selling things further when I don't need them anymore xD

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15:37 Mar-30-2018

I like to drive stuff into the ground :D
Unless it performas badly.

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00:42 Mar-29-2018

You the type to take alot of pictures/videos like no tomorrow with phone that has high res images all of the flagships pretty much
it would be useful i my self dont feel need for it but everyone is different
and make sure its raid 10 i believe where your data is cloned if u want 100 data safety
if u use it as storage and you can make it so ur family can use it too

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10:56 Mar-29-2018

I think I'd be fine with RAID with one drive possible to die, having 50/50 seems like too much storage space burden for me

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00:36 Mar-28-2018

Poor mans NAS.... Any halfway modern Router that has a USB port and firmware that allows attached storage(Any of the Linksys AC range for instance) with a USB HDD plugged into it...... you're welcome :P
Seriously, unless you have very specific needs, this is literally all you need, it's fast enough to transer files, stream movies, music, etc.

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11:05 Mar-28-2018

usb-attached drive to router has no redundancy in case of failure, let's say I'm considering no less than 8TB storage (in fact 16TB in total as optimal, of which perhaps 1/4 is backup) then it's a lot of data to loose in case of drive failure,
and the streaming and web server would be nice addition I'd definitely give a try to :)

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11:18 Mar-28-2018

From the wording of your blog, it seemed like you were more wanting to do this on a whim rather than something you actually needed..... which is why I suggested the least expensive option.

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11:30 Mar-28-2018

well, whims can become serious ya know xD

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12:07 Mar-27-2018

It's worth it if you actually need it and you need it when you want to access the same data(and a lot of it) from many devices.


So why NOT a server? Well because this is meant for pure data, no calculations and that's why it's so cheap in comparison to a server.

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13:09 Mar-27-2018

thx for feedback,
I'm still considering building a server of some older PC though, would be cheaper and more powerful, but I have yet to decide what I need it for :D

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15:06 Mar-27-2018

every server can be a NAS, but a NAS can NOT be a server(at least 99% of them, some are just marketed as ones, but are really just servers with some dedicated OS)

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17:07 Mar-27-2018

that DS918+ can be a server somewhat, it has x86 compatible quad core cpu, and can handle at least 8GB ram, and can run virtual OS(es), so it can be used as moderate server :)

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19:00 Mar-27-2018

yeah, but that CPU has difficulties streaming 1080p and above yotube videos, let alone doing anything more demanding XD

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21:11 Mar-27-2018

true true :)

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18:27 Mar-28-2018

you have any spare parts lying around?

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22:08 Mar-28-2018

maybe I do ;) ;)

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