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QNAP TS-230 2-Bay NAS: Realtek RTD1296, 2GB DDR4, 4GB Flash EXPIRED

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  • Realtek RTD1296 Quad-Core 1.4GHz Processor (64-bit ARM)
  • 2GB DDR4 Memory (not expandable)
  • 4GB Flash Memory (Dual boot OS protection)
  • Drive Bays: 2x 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s
    • Compatible with 3.5" & 2.5" SATA hard disk drives + 2.5" SATA solid state drives
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1
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Be aware of Qnap has had ongoing mailware problems Just google "QSnatch malware"
it's 2-bay, so your option is either raid 0 or raid 1. from the website (https://www.qnap.com/en-us/produc...s/software)

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Supported RAID types: 2-bay: RAID 0, 1, JBOD, Single
I did some leg work for you, since I did not see a M2 slot, yes you would have to use one of the bays for SSD and one for a HD which means no RAID. Its worth it though for performance applications. Here is a video on the differences in performances. Just make sure you back up the main drive to a USB external at a minimum for data redundancy.

Long video but covers all the configurations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sprGbF9Grc0



This a entry level NAS but I have used older version of these before, they are user friendly and great for people who are just backing up files and streaming content within or to external devices which does not require trans coding. I would definitely go with these over something that expensive to gauge actual usage in the long run. No point of spending that much if your needs are basic. You cant really compare this to the 720 the processors and additional features are a whole different ball park so not comparable.



Off course I use their movie player and nas management apps on my samsung constantly.



I cant find bench mark comparisons for the CPU but if I had to guess I would have to say significant in read/write speeds. Why you ask cause integrated SoC CPU's have made big jumps year after year. If you are still using stock ram that alone will make the whole NAS run a lot more fluid compared to the 212P (2Gig vs 512MB). If you are just doing basic file backups and file sharing within a network probably not worth it for you yet if its all working properly.

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Do you think the price for a 2 bay NAS will be any cheaper on Black Friday?
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cool color and nice design. would make a great case in itx/matx size.
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Can't for the life of me find raid options on this, does anyone know?
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Can't for the life of me find raid options on this, does anyone know?
it's 2-bay, so your option is either raid 0 or raid 1. from the website (https://www.qnap.com/en-us/produc...s/software)

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Supported RAID types: 2-bay: RAID 0, 1, JBOD, Single
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I bought this Nas and set it up today. I only have one 4tb ironwolf drive in it so far. So far it's been fun and easy to setup being my first Nas. Good little machine.
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Plex capable, errr nah?
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I have been using synology ds216se mainly use for plex and photo backup the performance has been not very good as it has just 512 mb ram - do you guys think its a upgrade this machine?
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Plex capable, errr nah?
In for one!
https://forums.plex.tv/t/qnap-ts-...ing/600849
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Be aware of Qnap has had ongoing mailware problems Just google "QSnatch malware"
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I have the QNAP TS-231P-US which only has 1GB of ram and running plex on local lan works fine. 1080p and 4k streams running well, no lag to web broswer and fire stick 4k. Cant say of the performance when running multiple streams.
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Plex capable, errr nah?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cVCJxf-ZH0

This review said no. Was looking at it since it had more memory then my Synology DS220j I just bought but I guess it's not more powerful then the one I already got so I'll prob keep it. I'm mainly just using it for Time Machine backups (+ more storage) since my Unraid Tower seems like it stopped supporting it. I do like the front USB port and copy button, which my Synology doesn't have, but I just bought a USB extension cable to give me front port access.
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Plex capable, errr nah?
I have a 231 that I used to run Plex on. But I eventually put it on a 253 because the 23x doesn't have the horses needed for the current Plex demands. It just wasn't terribly reliable.I also ran the downloads etc on the 23q so the combination just might have been too much.
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