Multiple 4K Plex streamer NAS and fastest 2 bays NAS

I ended up ordering the new qnap switch for my house but realize I probably would have been better off with a managed switch with link aggregation. This is for my home drive and speed is important. I am hoping to connect through 10gbe and a drive with link aggregation. But I also realize that as networks and drives get faster in the near future I will probably pass this drive onto one of my photographers and upgrade to something faster. What would you recommend in the neighbourhood of four drive bays… I don’t mind purchasing the dual nvme with 10gbe (I would have thought they would have one that had 2 x 10gbe). This drive will only host media for Plex. I will have a separate Plex server. I do want to be able to stream several 4K feeds but have put together a great media server so far.

#2 My photographers need to have a NAS device that we can put dropbox on in order to sync files between all of our computers. Each of us works from a separate locations forgot to mention that before) because all of the files will be synced between our computers it is not essential for the drive to be in a raid 5 set up As we will have back ups. I would like however the fastest possible set up over gigabit ethernet (not 10g) either one drive or two drives in a raid zero… and it will be needed to connect to their home router.

 

Qnap switch indeed cannot be used for link aggregation, but it does load balancing which is very useful too. With link aggregation, all connected devices will need to have dual-port network cards and aggregation function (sometimes requires professional Windows version). Otherwise, load balancing might do a pretty good job by using two LAN connections to distribute data transfer stream equally.

In order to stream several 4K feeds single 10GbE connection to the switch will be enough. You can go double with load balancing if you think you might need to push the NAS to the limits. For streaming only and not transcoding you should be ok with any of Qnap X models which come with 10GbE built in. For transcoding you will need TVS-882 or TVS1282 i7 NAS.

The TS-253Be will be cheapest and laso potentially fasted 2 bay NAS with a option to install 10GbE card if necessary as well as NVMe cacheor even storage. Eveven if 10GbE is not needed, you can still benefit from dual LAN bandwidth and SSD caching.

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