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neohelp    2

Im thinking about getting a dedicated NAS server. I usually place my documents, desktop, music, etc on my current setup on another drive so Ill problably go the iSCSI route so it thinks it is a drive connected directly to my system. Other than that, I use my current setup to stream movies and music to other devices in my home (a TV, using WMP's library feature).

 

I want something "premade"; I perfer not to go thru a FreeNAS type setup as this way it is lesstime consuming.

 

Other than this, Im not sure what else to ask. If any questions, please ask.

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+Fahim S.    906

How much storage are you looking for?  How much more stuff do you add year-on-year?

What does your network look like?

Do you need any other capabilities such as DLNA etc?

How many devices will access the NAS?

What's your budget?

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RottGutt    67

Any one of the many Synology models would do the trick.

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greenwizard88    466

I second the Synology models.

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TPreston    5,387

2-4 drives and no plans of adding more > Low power ARM device

More than 4 drives and plans to add more in future > Rack Case and RAID card like p800

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neohelp    2

2-4 drives and no plans of adding more > Low power ARM device

More than 4 drives and plans to add more in future > Rack Case and RAID card like p800

Yup, I plan going 4 drives max :) nothing else.

BTW, this will mostly like only be used by me and at tops 3 other users.

What Synology model do you guys recommend?

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Dutchie64    487

I know you're looking for pre-made, but have a look at the latest Windows Essentials (aka Home Server).

If you're running a Windows based household, there's lot of goodies in there to tie it all together.

 

Maybe you can have have someone build you a rig?

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neohelp    2

I know you're looking for pre-made, but have a look at the latest Windows Essentials (aka Home Server).

If you're running a Windows based household, there's lot of goodies in there to tie it all together.

 

Maybe you can have have someone build you a rig?

I dont mean to be rude but I am not intrested nor can I get anyone to build me a rig.

Thank you anyways.

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tsupersonic    1,351

Synology hands down for a NAS - easy to use, and offers plenty of functionality. If you want 4-bay models, look at the DS413, or DS413J

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Dutchie64    487

No offence taken, just added the suggestion.

NAS it is ;-)

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neohelp    2

The DS413 looks nice as it has USB 3.0 and eSATA.

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tsupersonic    1,351

The DS413 looks nice as it has USB 3.0 and eSATA.

My coworker has that, and it's nice. I have the DS213 - which is a 2 bay unit. I'm very happy with it. Synology also has a live demo of the interface you can try.

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