Choosing the Right NAS for Media and Backups
Looking at Synology to set up a home NAS for 2 reasons. 1) use to backup four Windows
computers (typically never more than two computers in use at one time) in real time.
Also have this set up as RAID 1 and be able to copy it off for an additional off-site storage.
2) use as a movie/TV show server (normally only one user at a time). I have multiple movies
in ISO format as well as some TV series currently on hard drives (around 4-5 TB). Would like
to have a way to server those to a TV, but am a little fuzzy on what is needed to do this and
which NAS to start with that will not lock me in too much down the road.
Thank you for your email. I would certainly recommend a QNAP NAS for your needs. This is largely because:
1) The QNAP QSync Application for Windows, Mac, Android and mobile equivalents is both free and VERY
versatile (live SYnc, multiple folder/file level back up options, day-to-day backups in
different directories and more.
2) You have a much more diverse level of media file support as well as HDMI as an option. So you can
use a direct connection to your TV or network access over DLNA.
3) As some of your media files are ISO, you will need to use a few more 3rd party
applications (PLEX, Emby, KODI and more) in the NAS app
center to play them. QNAP and Asustor have the best support for this.
I would recommend the following NAS for your needs:
The Best Plex NAS in that budget (no HDMI but includes 4TB) – WD My Cloud Pro PR2100 – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GLRX674/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=na0107-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01GLRX674&linkId=294b92702abf3fa879d965143b9fed07
Article on that device – https://nascompares.com/tag/pr2100/
The Good Plex NAS with HDMI and Best Backups in that budget – QNAP TS-251+ – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015VNLEOQ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=na0107-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B015VNLEOQ&linkId=7a1a46ada0d41fc92379bd0b070a2ee1
Article on that device – https://nascompares.com/tag/ts-251-nas/
The Good Plex NAS and very best media App support in that budget with HDMI 2.0 (true 4K) – Asustor AS6302T – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079GCS384/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=na0107-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B079GCS384&linkId=921e9e5d90c5eeb877d224e62fdc67c5
Article on that device – https://nascompares.com/nas-that-feature-hdmi-2-0-ports-in-2018/
The answer to your needs is one of these three. Again, there are better options and if you can spend a little more, check out here – https://nascompares.com/guide/best-plex-media-server-nas-2018/
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