One centralized NAS vs several NAS syncronised

I`m currently running 3 separate NAS boxes – 1 Synology 215j, 1 x Synology 213air and one WD. All have two HDD`s each and running RAID1.

The backup strategy is to have backup done on all three 0 Full, incremental and differential, which is also done by different software (Overkill for sure but I`m a little paranoid).

I`d like to replace the three systems with a single backup solution – probably multi-bay which will also allow me the various backup strategies.

If we are talking backup – the more means better. You always need to think about the possibility of fire, flood, burglary etc. So more backups especially if they are kept in a different location will mean more security. If you prefer to keep everything centralized then you need 6-bay like DS1618+. You can create 3 separate RAIDs on a single NAS. You can then back things up between the created volumes.

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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!").

Casting devices

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.


Apple TV

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.

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