My Synology DS212 is getting slow and has crashed and the WD Red drives keep showing bad sectors. I figured it was time to get a new NAS. I’ve been watching your videos (brilliant), but am still confused by what’s available. I am used to Synology, by frustrated by some of the ways they do things, so open to QNAP (having read the good things you’ve said).
My NAS needs to be used for access to documents, large numbers of (very) high-res photos, and videos. I looked at the DS218, QNAP TS-231P2, and a few others, but am now getting more confused than ever.
The DS212 is very old plus series NAS from Synology. The new replaced model is indeed DS218. Plus series generally means that it will cope with the latest technology available to the public. So in this case, it comes with transcoding engine built in letting you stream and transcode even 4K video files. It also features USB3 ports for fast backups. Synology have invested a great amount of time and money into the software development. It now competes with cloud service like Dropbox with their free ap Synology Drive. Moments app is also amazing with face recognition function built in. There are many more functions and app – all included in the price.
TS-231P2 is very different and much worse spec NAS. If you need something comparable to DS218+ then you can look at TS-253Be which will perform equally good. But if you have used Synology for so long time, Qnap might feel a bit too complicated.
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