Synology DS3617xs NAS and surveillance station

Right Synology NAS for Plex and Surveillance – DS3617xs?

Will the DS3617xs run as a plex server and surveillance station at the same time? I will have 8 to 10 cameras but there will not be a heavy movie / streaming load for plex. Probably just one tv at a time. Thank you. Kip


Plex, DS3617xs and Surveillance

Thank you for your message, I hope I can help (spot of British modesty there). I apologise for any typos in my reply, this is being composed whilst on the move. Additionally, forgive the slight delaying my reply, this is a one-man show and as I am sure you can appreciate, everyone loves a bit of free support. Anyway, moving this rather stereotypical English apologetic introduction aside, on to your question.

I pleased to confirm that this device (one fo the top 3 NAS of the year I might add!) will perform incredibly well as a Plex Media Server and also support up to 80 Cameras in the Surveillance Station software. If you were using the Plex Media Server software and transcoding a particularly dense piece of footage (a 4K Fully feature movie perhaps in H.264) then you might see a drop in surveillance performance if you had the full 80x cameras running – but you would have at least 30-40 cameras running perfectly well. Either way, given your setup and requirements, you would struggle to find a superior NAS to this device. If you don’t mind me asking, what made you focus on this device? Most users tend to set their sites a little lower (to their disappointment usually) and it is a refreshing change to see this kind of NAS being used in the mainstream.

I have covered this device is several ways, use the links below to learn more.

Best Plex NAS of the Year

Synology Plex Media Server NAS Guide

Plex Synology NAS Guide 2018

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