Freenas alternative

So I currently own a Freenas server that I built myself and it generally works pretty well, probably transcode 4k/compressed 1080 but mostly ok. What I mainly dislike is the maintance required when upgrading etc, can be a maintain if you break permissions etc.

This is why I would like to move to a more consumer orientated NAS and have the ability for IP cameras etc.

The primary use for the server will the following.

1. Most importantly a Media/ Plex server so needs to have good transcoding facilities

2. Be able to use programs like Syncthing, Sickrage, Radarr, Plex etc

3. Have the ability to host IP camera’s, around 4.

4. I would preferably like the ability to be Mount this in a Rack if possible.

5. Have good privacy/ encryption.

6. Be reasonably future proof

Once you have used FreeNAS, you might like to have extra functionality offered by Qnap. You get all this simplicity and automation with basic NAS functions, but also you will be able to configure many things the way you like. When talking Plex transcoding, you always think about video transcoding engines. Intel series, especially inter core i5/ i7 are the ones able to cope with 1080p and 4K videos. Rackmount series of this spec will cost a fortune, unlike desktop models.

The absolute minimum would be TVS-682-i3 and the best TVS-1282 i7. The golden middle way is  TVS-882 i5 which a capable of transcoding all 1080 media and majority of 4K. And on top of that, it even comes with HDMI connectivity for direct playback.

You can install all popular apps and more than 20 cameras (includes quite a few free licenses). It also lets you not only encrypt folders but entire volume. This is for those who need top-level security. You can place it in the rack cabinet on a sliding rackmount shelf.

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