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QNAP TS-251+-2G-US with Controller 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS - $280 AC

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QNAP TS-251+-2G-US 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS with HDMI Output. DLNA, AirPlay and PLEX Support Black Case, Remote Control Included

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great deal. just paid 250 for the normal 251 because I was impatient. I was shocked how much power just the 251 had. I can't imagine how much this 251+ can handle.
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If you don't have beginner to intermediate server experience, and plan to use this for mostly 1080p video transcoding at below 10k bit rate, then this may be a slick deal for you. But if you're more toward intermediate/expert networking level, and are already investing in 4k transcoding and require multiple drive bays; then this may be an obvious pass.
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If you don't have beginner to intermediate server experience, and plan to use this for mostly 1080p video transcoding at below 10k bit rate, then this may be a slick deal for you. But if you're more toward intermediate/expert networking level, and are already investing in 4k transcoding and require multiple drive bays; then this may be an obvious pass.
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If you don't have beginner to intermediate server experience, and plan to use this for mostly 1080p video transcoding at below 10k bit rate, then this may be a slick deal for you. But if you're more toward intermediate/expert networking level, and are already investing in 4k transcoding and require multiple drive bays; then this may be an obvious pass.
Hi, i'm in the market for a dedicated server with Plex built-in that way I don't have a separate PC running for the Plex server. I currently have 1080p movies (mkv, mts) from my old WHS server. 4K might be coming (already have 80" Sony 4K TV, lol) What would be a good server to look into? TIA.
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Hi, i'm in the market for a dedicated server with Plex built-in that way I don't have a separate PC running for the Plex server. I currently have 1080p movies (mkv, mts) from my old WHS server. 4K might be coming (already have 80" Sony 4K TV, lol) What would be a good server to look into? TIA.
The next step up from this serves that purpose. Check the Q&A and Review sections of competing products and go from there. You'll learn more that way than just taking one suggestion from an SD'er. Good luck and enjoy!
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The worst part about 2 bays is the lack of scalability. This is a solid machine for up to 16 Tb of storage. If you plan on Raiding forget about it
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I'm looking at implementing a NAS for my home setup primarily for storage, but optimally I'd also like the option to stream video media directly from the NAS to my TV though either a Chromcast or Fire TV Stick (I'd prefer to avoid having to build a full HTPC).

Would this QNAP NAS serve my purposes? I don't have a gigantic library, just select movies, and am not planning on upgrading my TV to 4k anytime soon.

Also for anyone with direct experience, how loud is this unit?

Thanks!
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This is a great option as it is running dual core intel CPUs for transcoding. I would buy this and upgrade the RAM.
Actually it's a quad core Celeron with 2GB RAM.

Memory is upgradable. This is a pretty decent spec'd mini computer. Not sure about transcoding power for 4K, but plenty for 1080p content.
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I have this and sometimes it struggles to transcode my MVKs (1080p). I added the 8GB memory just in case but still it stutters more often than I'd like to.
Also, 4 years after I'm limited to the 2 bays and the 3gb I put back then. If I were to upgrade the HDs I'd need to move a lot of things around, so I'll just wait for another good deal in a 4+bay.
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The worst part about 2 bays is the lack of scalability. This is a solid machine for up to 16 Tb of storage. If you plan on Raiding forget about it
You can always make a storage pool with external devices, or buy the expansion bay if you want more scalability this is a great starting point.
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Been running the 251 for a couple years now. Great NAS, and general purpose server for many tasks. The 251 has a dual core CPU, and this (251+) has a quad core CPU, as well as includes a remote control.

It can run a virtual machine (Virtualization Station), Linux container with GUI (Linux Station), and any docker image (Container Station). the VM and Linux can be output through HDMI, also.

I have it running "pi-hole" docker image after hearing about it on the Pi deals, and thought this was a better system to run it, as well as duckdns docker image to update my duckdns record (not using anymore since my router is doing it).

There used to be native apps for Transmission (torrent) and Kodi (media player through built in HDMI), but the new OS is 64-bit only and those have been scrapped. There are ways to get qpkg from third-parties to add these.

EDIT: This model includes 2GB RAM, which should be good for basic VMs and things, but recommend upgrading to 8GB .
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How is it compared with QNAP TS 431 P , which has four bays?

I just need one to store personal data, songs, movies etc and mirror them to another drive. I might use plex to listen to songs from other devices.
Looks like 431 is cheaper than this 251 + . Any recommendation ?. Thanks !
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How is it compared with QNAP TS 431 P , which has four bays?

I just need one to store personal data, songs, movies etc and mirror them to another drive. I might use plex to listen to songs from other devices.
Looks like 431 is cheaper than this 251 + . Any recommendation ?. Thanks !
The 431 is slower, but if all you need is storage and music streaming it will best suit you. But if you decide that you want to stream movies too (w/plex) then it won't work for you.
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Found a 251a locally but I already bought the 231p for 170
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