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Synology DiskStation 16TB DS418 NAS Enclosure Kit with WD NAS Drives (4 x 4TB) $549.95

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Would skip any deal that doesn't have intel with hardware transcoding built in for plex.
Ya whatever.

This is still a great deal for people who do real work and want quality products.

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Would skip any deal that doesn't have intel with hardware transcoding built in for plex.
Don't discourage people because this box doesn't do what you want. Maybe someone needs a real nas not a home media server. If you base your decision around it not having a intel processor that's on you.. you can always buy a intel nuc that will have a way stronger processor than anything synology will give you and it can run Plex and pull files from your NAS!
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Would skip any deal that doesn't have intel with hardware transcoding built in for plex.
This is a great deal for those who use Kodi though, since with Kodi the client does all the heavy lifting.
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Would skip any deal that doesn't have intel with hardware transcoding built in for plex.
There's a hundred uses for these devices that have nothing to do with Plex, step outside your bubble.
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Don't discourage people because this box doesn't do what you want. Maybe someone needs a real nas not a home media server. If you base your decision around it not having a intel processor that's on you.. you can always buy a intel nuc that will have a way stronger processor than anything synology will give you and it can run Plex and pull files from your NAS!
Agree with your comment but Plex library updates aren't dynamic over network share. It still needs a motherboard with hardware controller if you are impatient.... Not that this is me or anything...
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I use mine for a lot more than a plex server. I use the container station (docker), virtualization station (virtual machines), and a lot more.

The point is that this is a RealTek processor, and it's not just Plex that requires Intel. It was the users first post, and with that, I wasn't sure of his NAS knowledge. I'm only suggesting to look at some of the other sales today as well, like the QNAP 253BE, or competing products from Synology.

If you look at the deal as almost getting a free NAS box when you purchase four WD Red drives, then the user would have the option of upgrading later if they need the extra functionality.

With that said, I'm a software DEV, and I use the NAS to it's fullest potential. A lot of people here are looking for Plex server boxes and not using the other functionality. If you are just backing up personal files, then the cloud really is better than local storage. Who has 16TB of personal files that doesn't need Plex?
Call me old school but I don't use Plex. I treasure my family photos and videos and just wanted a solution that can keep them safe, locally. Sure cloud storage is safer, but for some people, they don't want their person photos, videos, tax returns, etc sitting in an unknown server where they are being scanned by AI (even if they don't collect the file content). And if you are doing 16TB storage on this solution, then you are doing it wrong, might as well get 4 external hard drives.
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Agree with your comment but Plex library updates aren't dynamic over network share. It still needs a motherboard with hardware controller if you are impatient.... Not that this is me or anything...
so you saying youd have to set it to scan every hour.... not a big deal... also thats not a issue anyway if you push it with sonarr or radarr connect Wink it will scan on import
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I use mine for a lot more than a plex server. I use the container station (docker), virtualization station (virtual machines), and a lot more.

The point is that this is a RealTek processor, and it's not just Plex that requires Intel. It was the users first post, and with that, I wasn't sure of his NAS knowledge. I'm only suggesting to look at some of the other sales today as well, like the QNAP 253BE, or competing products from Synology.

If you look at the deal as almost getting a free NAS box when you purchase four WD Red drives, then the user would have the option of upgrading later if they need the extra functionality.

With that said, I'm a software DEV, and I use the NAS to it's fullest potential. A lot of people here are looking for Plex server boxes and not using the other functionality. If you are just backing up personal files, then the cloud really is better than local storage. Who has 16TB of personal files that doesn't need Plex?
Photographers, pros and amateurs alike, need big storage. I literally have terabytes of pictures and videos from the last decade. Heck the 4K video that my Nikon Z6 takes uses up insane storage amounts. It would put Plex storage needs to shame. Uncompressed 4K out of the camera is nuts. I just had a 2.59GB file from like a 10 minute video...lol. The quality is amazing though.

I use a Core i7 Intel NUC for my Plex server. Why? Because the computer needs to also run Adobe Lightroom and what not. I don't need an Intel based NAS. I also use the same machine when I work from home (development). I just want a NAS for storage. So in my case, and I assume many cases, an Intel based NAS is not needed. My main worry with this offer is having only 4TB drives in it. I was sort of wondering if it would be beneficial to do Raid in my situation which would mean I'd probably want to go to 10 or 12GB drives. I do keep my pics in the cloud too between Amazon Photos and Google Photos. Right now I use just two USB WD drives (8TB and 10TB backing it up nightly). That's worked out okay for now. But what happens when I need more? I was thinking a NAS would be more beneficial.
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I use mine for a lot more than a plex server. I use the container station (docker), virtualization station (virtual machines), and a lot more.

The point is that this is a RealTek processor, and it's not just Plex that requires Intel. It was the users first post, and with that, I wasn't sure of his NAS knowledge. I'm only suggesting to look at some of the other sales today as well, like the QNAP 253BE, or competing products from Synology.

If you look at the deal as almost getting a free NAS box when you purchase four WD Red drives, then the user would have the option of upgrading later if they need the extra functionality.

With that said, I'm a software DEV, and I use the NAS to it's fullest potential. A lot of people here are looking for Plex server boxes and not using the other functionality. If you are just backing up personal files, then the cloud really is better than local storage. Who has 16TB of personal files that doesn't need Plex?
What does plex do that the Synology apps doesn't do? Or does it just do it better? Is it a pay service? I browsed the website, it seems like it organizes everything "prettier". I use mine to stream to (Samsung) various TV's, I don't have any issues 98% of the time. I also stream music to my phone via DS Audio app, store photos and use the DS photo app, use it for CCTV as well as store data.
I picked up the 418 last week from B&H, on sale. Contemplated the 418Play for the additional RAM and Intel CPU, but ultimately went with the 418, figured it s big upgrade from the 213J I had.
Thanks.

Edit: Nevermind, I found a YouTube video on plex. It's nice. Not sure if my TV has the app available. Will have to look into.
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Question, when would need transcoding on NAS side? I bought the DS718+ but this popped up this morning. 16TB is tempting for an extra $160.

I'll be mainly backuping up media, and streaming to Android Devices (mobile and nVidia Shield, and maybe a local Chromecast/FireStick).

Main use is backup, streaming remotely rarely.
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