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  • Intel Celeron J3455 Quad-core 1.5 GHz
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 4x Drive bays (9x w/ DX517 expansion unit)
  • 2x 1GbE LAN Ports (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • Transcoding:
    • H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frames per second (FPS): 30
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This is the lowest its been in a long time, good price if you need a NAS. This is one of the best NAS systems around, and probably the best one with 4 hard drive bays.
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FWIW - A word of caution here, based on personal experience. DO NOT ENTRUST ALL YOUR IMPORTANT DATA TO ONE DEVICE, FILE SERVER OR NOT! It doesn't matter if your server has 2 drives or 10 drives - don't do it!

Full disclosure: I live in north Florida, and we are subject to severe weather here, including lightning.

I used to have a file server (not a Synology, but it doesn't matter) on which I had virtually all my info. It being a mirrored system I thought my data was safe as everything was automatically mirrored to the other drive (two 3 tb WD Reds). Also, all of my devices were powered through UPS's.

My internet service is Comcast. Lightning struck near my house. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that was connected by an ethernet cable to the cable modem was fried, including the file server (including the WD drives), a couple of switches, a security camera, and 2 computers. I also lost a couple of tv's through the power line surge (I still don't understand why more of my stuff wasn't fried through the power wiring, but I'm grateful they weren't).

So, yes, I thought I was protected against data loss, but I was wrong.

I now have ditched the idea of a file server and use a couple of external USB drives. I back up religiously and never (except for the few minutes it takes to mirror one of the USB drives to the other) have both my backup drives connected to a computer at the same time. I also now run everything wirelessly from my cable modem (except for a couple of devices that I can live without).

I got lucky in that my secondary computer was wirelessly connected to my cable modem, so not everything was lost - but I lost enough to teach me a lesson. Yes, homeowners did cover the loss (minus deductible of course), so I wasn't out a huge amount of money, but the frustration of dealing with everything is horrendous. NB - Save your receipts for everything!

File servers are great devices, and I really liked mine; it worked flawlessly right up to the end! Just be aware of your vulnerabilities.
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Yes, I have one running plex and pi hole for a month now, so far I'm pretty happy with it, if you have plex pass you can enable hardware transcoding. Also, grab a couple of WD element drives and shuck them, they are on sale as well.
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This is the lowest its been in a long time, good price if you need a NAS. This is one of the best NAS systems around, and probably the best one with 4 hard drive bays.
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I own this and love it. Great system and good performance.
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Good for plex?
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This unit or the 4-bay Q-Nap TS-453Be?
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This unit or the 4-bay Q-Nap TS-453Be?
This cause Synology has SHR. Yes this is perfect for Plex.
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Good for plex?
Yes, I have one running plex and pi hole for a month now, so far I'm pretty happy with it, if you have plex pass you can enable hardware transcoding. Also, grab a couple of WD element drives and shuck them, they are on sale as well.
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This cause Synology has SHR. Yes this is perfect for Plex.
Is it that important to be able to mix drives if I already have (4) 10TB Red drives and not likely fill them up for years to come?
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This unit or the 4-bay Q-Nap TS-453Be?
I bought this NAS last year. Absolutely love it. I was also in the same boat to decide between QNAP and Synology. I went with Synology after reading a lot of reviews and articles. I think Synology is a leader in NAS (I would say home and small office NAS). Almost 6-8 months using it and I love it.

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Yes, I have one running plex and pi hole for a month now, so far I'm pretty happy with it, if you have plex pass you can enable hardware transcoding. Also, grab a couple of WD element drives and shuck them, they are on sale as well.
Thank you for sharing pi hole. I did not know about it but after reading i found it good and useful. How did you set up it in your Synology?
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Dumb question, but what are the main benefits of a NAS over purchasing more cloud storage from say Gdrive or OneDrive? I guess it's cheaper in the long run and also assuming it is significantly faster.
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Dumb question, but what are the main benefits of a NAS over purchasing more cloud storage from say Gdrive or OneDrive? I guess it's cheaper in the long run and also assuming it is significantly faster.
Not to mention that you control your data and not some sleazy company and their $5 a day employees in Asia.
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In for one, thanks OP!
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