Best NAS solution?

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  1. Beechus

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    Hey people,



    I'm looking at buying a NAS device for my home. My main problem is i hate having external drives plugged into a machine which are not RAID.

    My basic requirements are:

    4 bays
    RAID
    NAS (Gigabit)

    I've seen a couple of items, such as the Drobo (Data Robotics, Inc.) and the EdgeStore (Amazon.co.uk: EdgeStore 4 bay NAS Chassis: Electronics & Photo) but i was looking for something more affordable.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Tom
     
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    Have a look at the D-Link DNS-343, not sure when they will release it in Europe though:
    D-Link DNS-343 4-Bay Network Storage Enclosure

    It fills all of your requirements.

    I have the 2 bay model(DNS-323) which absolutely kicks ass, you can really easily mod it by adding Linux software to it. On my NAS box I run the following services:
    - lighttpd with php
    - FTP/TLS server
    - Normal Windows filesharing
    - UPNP DLNA server which lets me stream my videos to my PS3/Xbox360

    The D-Link DNS-3X3 NAS boxes have a fairly big community as well, see the links below:
    DSM-G600, DNS-323 and TS-I300 Hack Forum
    start - DNS323Wiki
     
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    Check out the NAS Performance charts on smallnetbuilder, which is something I wish I'd seen before I bought my Thecus N4100+.

    The problem with *afforadable* 4 bay NASes is that they tend to have week embedded processors that can't handle the throughput and they also get worse when you add Raid to the equation. Even though most of them come with gigabit ethernet, you'll never get anywhere near gigabit transfer speeds.

    When I first got the Thecus, at best I was getting 8Mbps read and 4Mbps write across a gigabit network with Cat6 cables, tried lots of things including jumbo frames and it never got any better. Recently I purchased some Intel PRO/1000 GT network adapters for all my machines, enabled jumbo frames and now I'm getting 20Mbps reads and 10Mbps writes so I'm much happier than I was, but this is still well below the PC-to-PC transfers I get (around 45Mbps write).

    From the smallnetbuilder charts and from what I've been reading recently, the Synology cube station CS407 looks like a good buy, beware the cheaper CS407e though which has a weaker processor and hence will suffer from the same throughput problems!

    Bagal.
     
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    Hi there,

    buy a synology an you´ll see that´s the greatest deal in your life...

    SEA
     
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    I´ve been using NAS Devices for some time now and there`s one suggestion I can give: don´t .

    They are not really performant and are mostly just standing around doing nothing.

    About a year ago, I switched to a real server (w2003) and I´m really happy about it. Fast, silent and uses less energy than my five NAS devices did. And you can use the server for several other things, you can`t use a NAS for. Extending space is no longer a problem, just put in a new disk (replace one or add one) and you're done.

    So my suggestion is: use a server, you can get one for about the same money...
     
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    i've researched this quite a bit, and i am going to buy a Drobo. the main reason is online expansion.

    with the drobo, when the disks are full, just pull out one and insert a new drive of larger capacity and the drobo expands the array automatically. it will support up to 4x 4TB drives for 12TB of usable raid space.

    I have 4x 1TB drives at the moment, and just waiting for my performance bonus so i can buy it.
     
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    I've just been through this myself. I looked at products from Buffalo,Synology,Thecus,Drobo & Netgear. I've ended up with the Synology CS407, and I'm very pleased with it. The sugguestion to look at the NAS performance charts is exactly what I did, and I found the synology box to be the fastest at reasonable cost. Home NAS boxes tend to be slow performers.

    Personally I think the Drobo isn't that great. By default it isn't actually a nas, without the DroboShare. Combined it costs about £550, which I think is pretty exspensive, as the CS407 is about £350, and has better performance over the network.

    The online exspansion isn't limited to the Drobo either. My Synology can grow on to bigger disks, and the other manufacturers has similiar things such as X-Raid which allows you do something simliar. I think the Drobo probably handles different disk sizes more efficiently, but most people recommend using the same disks in a nas box for consistancy and performance reasons. These days £200 will buy you a lot of new hard disks.

    cheers

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    I dont understand why people buy a nas over building a home file server.

    Most of those above are $400-$500 without hard drives, thats nuts. Just build a system and the hdds and connect it to the network.
     
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    thats what i did !! also because i wanted multiseat tvserver, torrent, and a few other things.

    i guess people buy that because its plug and play and u dont have to do the raid yourself. I must admit i have not got into raid yet but because i dont have enough harddrives.
     
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