Plex Synology NAS Performance List 2018

What is the Best Synology NAS for a Plex Media Server? Plex has fast become the most popular media server software for home users in 2018. With a slick user interface, smart organization, relevant media images and descriptions sourced from many online sources applied automatically and clever show recommendations and watched records, it is easy […]

Best NAS for Photographers and Post Production

Why use a NAS for your Photography and Video Editing NAS has fast become the go-to storage medium for both home and working professionals in 2018. Photo and video editors the world over are turning to network attached storage to bolster and improve their workflow. Gone are the days when a photo and video editors […]

A 2018 Update on IP Cameras NAS Compatibility

IP Camera Compatibility and NAS in 2018 The subject of IP Cameras and NAS is a really tricky one to stay on top of. Despite my best efforts, the near weekly firmware updates that are rolled out by both Synology and QNAP on their own operating platforms, the individual Surveillance software and the cameras themselves, […]

New DS1618+ NAS from Synology

Brand new 6-Bay for 2018 Information regarding a brand new Synology NAS for 2018 has been uncovered (excellent work by iDomiX here) and it looks like we are finally going to see a REAL player to join the DS1817+ and DS1517+ NAS. I think it is fair to say that when the Synology flagship 5-Bay […]

QNAP TVS-473e NAS PLEX Media Server Transcoding 4K and 1080p Test featuring H.264 and H.265

Transcoding 4K Media on the QNAP TVS-473e NAS Plex Media Server? Transcoding on a NAS such as the QNAP TVS-473 device is the ability for a multimedia file to be changed from it’s existing format or codec to one that is better suited to the destination device. In this file access, the QNAP TVS-473 NAS is […]

Should you Buy the Synology DS118 or the Synology DS116 NAS?

Synology DS118 versus the DS116 – Which NAS should you buy? Synology has become pretty much the go-to name in network attached storage over the years for home users who just want a solution that can be setup easily, filled up with data and then largely ignored. They are not the only NAS brand out […]

What is NAS? An Idiot’s Guide to Network Attached Storage

What is NAS? I know it seems like a bloody obvious question to many of you, but all to often people find themselves in a position that they are required to buy one, without really know what a NAS actually is. There is no shame in not knowing about NAS (Network Attached Storage) till now […]

NAS Frequently Asked Questions – SOLVED

Frequently Asked Questions about NAS Network Attached Storage, or NAS, has been around for quite a few years now and has grown in popularity year on year. The appeal of cloud platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 and iCloud has dwindled and decreased as overall costs after even a couple of years are […]

Best NAS for KODI in 2018 – Asustor, Thecus and QNAP

What is the best NAS for Kodi 2018 If you are buying a NAS in 2018 for KODI, there is good news and bad news. Kodi on a network attached storage device used to be so so simple. As little as two years ago having both Plex and Kodi on your NAS was very common […]

QNAP TS-253A NAS Transcode 4K and 1080p Performance Test featuring H.264 and H.265

Transcoding 4K Media on the QNAP TS-253A NAS Server? Transcoding on a NAS such as the QNAP TS-253A device is the ability for a multimedia file to be changed from it’s existing format or codec to one that is better suited to the destination device. In this file access, the QNAP TS-253A NAS is the host […]

QNAP TVS-471 NAS Transcode 4K and 1080p Performance Test featuring H.264 and H.265

Transcoding 4K Media on the QNAP TVS-471 NAS Server? Transcoding on a NAS such as the QNAP TVS-471 device is the ability for a multimedia file to be changed from it’s existing format or codec to one that is better suited to the destination device. In this file access, the QNAP TVS-471 NAS is the host […]

QNAP TVS-682 NAS Transcode 4K and 1080p Performance Test featuring H.264 and H.265

Transcoding 4K Media on the QNAP TVS-682 NAS Server? Transcoding on a NAS such as the QNAP TVS-682 device is the ability for a multimedia file to be changed from it’s existing format or codec to one that is better suited to the destination device. In this file access, the QNAP TVS-682 NAS is the host […]

Play Music from your Synology NAS to Amazon Echo Alexa Speaker

Playing music from your Synology NAS to your Amazon Echo Speaker The Amazon Echo has been around for almost 3 years now and many of you out there want to be able to play the music that lives on your Synology NAS server, simply by asking Alexa to play it for you. The Amazon Alexa […]

The Best 1-Bay NAS of the Year from Synology and QNAP

Why Buy A 1-Bay NAS? A 1 Bay NAS is often overlooked as a sensible backup option. The main reason being that even though you’ve got network access to a whole hard drive’s worth of data, the issue lies in the subject of RAID. RAID, or redundant array of independent disks, is the ability to […]

Which NAS for Shield TV? – Choosing the Right Multimedia Centre

Choosing the Right NAS for my Nvidia Shield I recently received a message in our popular advice section and it was a common enough question that I thought it would be good to highlight it here for those that either own or are on the verge of buying the Nvidia Shield. It is a fantastic […]

QBoat IoT Server from QNAP Unboxing – What is IoT and Smart Home?

What is the Internet of Things and Why is the QNAP QBoat important? QNAP has really made a name for themselves in the field of the internet of things (IoT). For a long time, on their NAS platform,  QTS has already supported many applications for fast and easy deployment in their container station software. But […]

DS218+ NAS Transcode 4K and 1080p Performance Test featuring H.264 and H.265

Transcoding 4K Media on the DS218+ NAS Server? Transcoding on a NAS such as the DS218+ device is the ability for a multimedia file to be changed from it’s existing format or codec to one that is better suited to the destination device. In this file access, the DS218+ NAS is the host device and the […]

Should you buy the DS218play or the DS216play Synology NAS in 2017/2018

Choosing which Synology NAS to buy – DS218play or DS216play? A recent poll on NASCompares was made to ask NAS users, new and old, what was the intended reason they purchased a network attached storage device. With over 1000 opinions provided, over 74% purchased there NAS because they primarily wanted to use the NAS as […]

The Top NAS for Video Transcoding 2017

Recommended NAS for Transcoding via Plex and DLNA With the rise in popularity of Network Attached Storage (NAS) it is becoming all too common to consider a Synology NAS, QNAP NAS or WD My Cloud server as the perfect storage of all of your multimedia. From the compact nature of it’s design to the sheer […]

OFFICIALLY the Best NAS for A Plex Media Server of 2017

What is the best NAS for a Plex Media Server of 2017 Many users who have large collections of media (photos, music, photos and more) will want to invest is a solid backbone to centralize their files in a single location. The most common reasons for this are to prevent file duplication, to backup sensibly […]