I would like a NAS for my home to consolidate all my data in 1 place so it is accessible to all our family devices. Videos to 2 TVs and Laptop, Photos from DSLR and other data would be safe and backed in case anything happens.
With regards to setup, I have 1 Sony TV that will always be receiving data over wifi. If I decide to go with Plex it supports it. 1 other TV doesn’t support Plex but I think I would be able to feed it via my RaspberryPi2 and Ras Plex. Do you know if, without Plex, QNAP would still be able to stream videos etc to tv’s? Or is it mandatory to have a software media server and client?
When it comes to Synology vs QNAP (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54nud-fm3yk) from this vid, I feel I identify more with QNAP.
The model I had in mind was the TS251A in fact, which has been reviewed as quite a good model. Some uncertainties I have:
2 vs 4 bay, I haven’t decided – I prefer a very good 2 bay than a 4 bay, but if the same version 4 bay is withing my budget I will go for that.
For the TS251A I have a feeling even if in 2018 it is still being featured in top 10 it’s kind of old? (processer from Q1 2015). Was trying to find something similar and was looking at TS251+ (but maybe its older..) and the TS253A Difference between these is not exactly clear to me. Processor-wise I couldn’t find any one that jumped at me, and I am not sure about 2 points – What the impact of having 4Gb Flash on the TS251A has, and if it can be upgraded to 8Gb Ram (or only 4)
In 1 review I read that the TS251A had problems transcoding 4k, and sometimes even 1080p. Does this mean that if I have a 1080p or 4k file I might not be able to see it on one of the TV’s for example over wifi?At the moment,
4k is not a requirement but I would like to know clearly the limitations
There are only 2 options for you- TS-251A (or 451A) or TS-253B (453B). Bith NAS have memory card slot and direct connectivity. They also come with a remote and HDMI port for uninterrupted streaming even 4K files. They also work as DLNA server – so that all your home devices will be able to see media files and easily stream from it. They also support Plex media server if you decide to have it. About problems with 1080p or other file streaming depends on the test file, sometimes in order to push a NAS to its limits product testers use some really heavy files which you will never use in real life situation (you can make any NAS or computer struggle eb=ven with 460p video).
So if you want the latest model than TS-253B or 4 bay option is for you and do all you need with no problem. And you can also save some money and get older model TS-251A which also will do all these tasks but costs less because Qnap wants to sell new models to make money. Both NAS models can be upgraded to bigger RAM sticks officialy and even higher with crucial RAM.
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