Remote multimedia NAS ts-453b and alternative

Looking to buy NAS for my SOHO. Here is what I need:
1 – Access all data via internet from anywhere
2 – Able to store recent photos as well as look at files in storage, full read/write
3 – Media is mostly photo, music and doc files only a few video
3 – Stream “slide show” of my photo files to devices on
network at home and via internet anywhere
4 – Looked at TS453B as the best way to go. Then as I understand it, the 453B was discontinued?
5 – I like Plex too, seems a use feature to have.
TS453B 8gb are still available. I am ready to purchase today. The “Be” model could be 2nd option. Not as good but not sure what other Qnap NAS models to consider and are available. Your great comparisons on YouTube are clear and sold me on the TS453B. This model seems to have it all and will be strong for years to come.

It looks like an avalanche effect. Once Qnap released Be budget series, everyone presumed that this is replacing standard B series. The 53B is not discontinued despite so many retailers saying it is. If they are unavailable it could be a stock issue. There is plenty of stock in UK and Europe ( product/61410).

And now back to the question. The B or Be series will do all of these tasks and more. Synology alternative with the same processor is DS918+ which will be slightly more expensive. But with a higher price tag, you get more and better apps on your NAS and mobile. It comes with easy to use user interface on the NAS as well as mobiles. But if you need SSD card slot, direct connectivity and PCIe slot the only way to go is 453B.

Both NAS will allow you to access content over the internet as well as local network. Synology multimedia apps will have better filtering and things like GEO tagging, face, landscape/food recognition as well as Dropbox-like file version control. You can have photo slideshows over the internet on both NAS systems. You can also install Plex on both to organize your multimedia in a quick and easily accessible way.

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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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