I need some help purchasing preferably a qnap nas (I already own a qnap ts 453a and it would be alot easier for me).
I have 29tb’s of movies, tv shows, documentaries and more. Majority of which are in full 1080p and i am upgrading the rest. I eventually would like 4k. My current nas can not handle the transcoding so i want use it as a backup.
I need a nas that can handle 2-3 stream at home in full hd on nvidia shield but also on phones and tablets. I also need it to be able to this this without straining and have enough storage space for more media. My films alone are 21tb and increasing.
If you want future proof 4K transcoding NAS then you need to look at TVS-882 with i5 or i7 processor. But if it is too expensive, then you can compromise on few things and get TS-653B. You won’t be able to transcode every 4K stream (none in plex just Video app) but most of them you will. Also no problem with Full HD transcoding at all. We tried few tests on 5 computers and it didn’t even struggle. Using old NAS as a backup is a very good idea, especially if you place it in the basement or some other remote location (Disaster backups solution). With a 6 bay NAS you can first fill it with 4 drives and add few more later- if budget is the problem. Both NAS system comes with HDMI connectivity as well- for some super heavy 4K h265 videos. It puts the mind at ease knowing that there is a way to get extra out of the NAS if needed.
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What can I connect to a NAS?
Wireless Speaker Sonos
The great thing about Sonos is that you don't need to pay for music subscription service. With the cheapest NAS at home like DS115j or any other, you can have your backups done for all of your devices and still use your network drive as a Sonos music library. Sonos will connect to your NAS via your network and let access your provided music library. If you have little more of IT knowledge, you can even set up your Alexa or Sonos with Alexa built in to play music on your voice commands ("Alexa! Ask DS Audio to Play Music!").
Nowadays it is so cheap to upgrade your old TV and make it smart. All you need is Google Chrome or EZcast alternative plugged into your HDMI port at the back of your TV. Now you have great functionality added to your TV to send a video file directly from your NAS to a TV. No need for wires and chargers and other mess. You can use your phone as a remote to go to your movies or family videos and cast that content on your TV during family or friend gatherings.
Amazon Fire TV
You may not have a smartphone, or you just simply prefer to control your content with a remote in that case Amazon Fire TV will be a great addon to get to your TV. It also plugs into your HDMI port and will play content from your NAS to a TV. No wires no mess.
nVidia Shield TV
It gets even better! If you want some more entertainment and all previously mentioned functions - nVidia TV is a great thing to get. You can use it for playing games and watching movies from your NAS. The greatest thing is - shield TV does video transcoding. So even if you have a cheap NAS with a weak CPU, in a combination of shield TV you can now automatically on the fly change video file size and format for a destination device. It is a great way to reduce network load and let older devices to play video content which normally was not supported on the device.