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  3. Jason

    Attempting to cut cord (TiVo)

    Success so far. Cancelled cable today. Liberating. TiVo Bolt OTA with antenna working great for network TV DVRing. Disappointing that TiVo doesn’t support Hulu Live; I understand that may be a conflict of interest. Keeping my cablecard equipment in the event I do need to go crawling back to my cable provider though... That’s not to say this will be an easy transition. Expect this to be quite an adjustment for our kids. Wife and I watch little to no TV. If anything, Netflix.
  4. Dave

    ASUStor AS4004T 10Gbe NAS Review

    ASUStor AS4004T NAS - Short and Sweet Review AS4004T Spec Page - https://www.asustor.com/product/spec?p_id=57 $359 at NewEgg - https://fave.co/2EkJDKa I think it's important to put the price of this box up front as I'm going to refer back to that often. The ASUStor AS4004T is $359 and has a 10Gbe port on the back of it. That is a tremendous value for anyone building out a 10Gb network right now. Setup was very easy. Tool-less disk caddies and it will take the latest 14TB drives for an overall 56TB System. All your favorites are here. RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD. I didn't see an option for SSD cacheing but that's a touchy subject on a 4 bay NAS. If this was a 6 or 8 bay system it would absolutely have to be an option. It looks fantastic. Hey, that's important to me! It's all plastic but that is not a big deal. The disk caddies are all plastic and tool-less but seemed a little less refined than ones I have used before. The LED's are nice. I prefer their look over other systems that have external lighting. You can control them in settings. Brightness, disabled, night mode, etc. The CD install and English quick start guide were not as refined a process as I would like to see. No URL to start the install process. App installed to folder named control center so was hard to find but it is the app that discovers the NAS on the LAN and shows you the details of it. Also allows to launch a browser to its IP address. The setup process was guided and very easy. 1 click setup or custom setup Name of NAS Password Time server Link aggregation setup DNS Static IP assignment or DHCP Raid level setting Sign up for ASUS ID Package installs Starts the NAS UI The user experience is most like any other NAS i've used with one exception. It looks like an iPad and I don't like it! I don't like having multiple screens of app icons. I don't want to "swipe" over to get to another icon. You can adjust the size and look but I still didn't like it. I would rather it look like a desktop but that is just my nit-picky wants. However, all the apps seem to be very zippy. No lag, no hesitation. I liked that a lot! I can put up with the icon arrangement for that. Having said that, the settings app and storage manager app is where you spend a lot of time and they both act and look the same as any other NAS! You will not have to relearn anything. How does it backup? That's the important part right? Here are the options I found. Remote Sync FTP backup Folder to Folder External Disk - To and from. Backup Now, schedule. One Touch - Button on front, USB to NAS, or NAS to USB, configure and then go. Cloud is only Amazon S3 There is a Sync app for computers to the NAS. Also, phones. I was able to easily add an external USB3 HDD and create a scheduled backup routine from NAS to USB drive. There was also an option to backup from the drive to the NAS and that can be handy at times. The PC app was only a Sync app. I would suggest finding a different option if you need to keep file history. The ASUStor Backup Plan software looked good for file backups, changes, etc. but perhaps I missed the option of history. I prefer the history changes be held on the NAS. Cloud backup and sync options were abundant. Dropbox OneDrive Google CrashPlan! OwnCloud NextCloud Duplicati which is cool. This app allows you to encrypt and then store on cloud providers. Plex? No! It's an ARM processor and I'm assuming lower end. If you want to stream and transcode you will need a core processor or at least an intel processor of some strength on it. You can find the Plex app in the app store under the beta tab. I'm not real sure how good its going to perform for you though. If you are not transcoding or only need to provide minimal streams it may work ok. I have a love/hate relationship with this app on NAS. I don't typically push the app to its limits on the NAS so I would always say it works fine. Then you have those that have 4 screens around a house and they try to push video to each one and it falls on its face. I'll stick by my recommendation however. If you want to stream a lot of video then build a NAS or a box for that task. Power! I did find something that was awesome when it came to video files. In the file explorer if you double click an MP4 it runs immediately in a preview window. I mean, BAM! Click, and then watch. It's fast and that is nice when you are browsing for a video from a vacation or something like that. Mobile Apps? Yes, tons. I didn't try any. I'm on a new Pixel 3 XL and didn't want to install them. I assume, like many NAS apps, they are all mediocre at best, and you are better off using OneDrive or other options. Use these if you have to. I didn't do speed tests. I looked up the costs of a 10Gig card and switch and decided I wasn't going to go there. I could have returned it but I do enough returns already. I did transfers and they all performed at or near any NAS I've used. Reviewers that actually have 10GbE gear have said that the 10Gb port was not as fast as higher end gear and the 1Gb ports were comparable. I'll leave it at that and remind you of the price. Conclusion It's a low cost 10GbE alternative. It's not going to beat the speeds and features of the more expensive boxes that have 10Gb service however if you compare it to other typical 4 bay NAS units it compares quite nicely. The differentiator is the 10Gb port. It get's in you into the game without all the cost of comparable Synology, ReadyNAS, and QNAP systems. I think this 10Gb port would be better served on a different processor but its price is hard to beat. Don't buy it for Plex buy it for storage. Four bays should be plenty for most everybody. This is a good price for 4 bays regardless of the network ports on it. Recommend? Yes. I would run this at my house. TLDR - Four bay NAS. As fast as most on 1Gbe. Not as fast as more expensive 10Gbe but faster than 1Gbe. Plenty of backup options. Roll your own PC/Mac to NAS. Cloud Sync. Plex is Beta and not recommended on ARM. Tool-less. Good looking. Great price for a 10Gbe NAS. More thoughts on RESET Podcast. RESET 55 - ASUStor AS4004T 10Gbe NAS Review
  5. stretch

    HP Gen 8 which raid card?

    Seem to be so many? https://support.hpe.com/hpesc/public/home/driverHome?sp4ts.oid=5212599 just the latest "os independent" one?
  6. Hello, I was hoping for some additional insight to an issue that I am having with "shucked" 10TB WD White/Red disks. Is anyone successfully using these 10TB drives in their Gen8 with the standard on-board controller? I am having some issues that I believe are related to incompatibility of these drives and the standard controller/firmware. I am currently on firmware (J06 11/02/2015) since I purchased this used and don't have a contract with HP to provide me with the current updates. I am using the latest version of UnRaid (v6.6.6) and took advantage of Best Buy's black Friday deals on the WD EasyStore 10TB drives. After extracting the drives and running the suggested UnRaid PreClear script (2 full passes) I started out by replacing the parity drive, which took a normal amount of time for a drive of that size to rebuild. After having that success I began the process of preclearing the additional drives, with the plan of moving them over one at a time (allowing the data drive re-build). The issue now is that the re-build of one single data drive is moving at a rate that estimates a completion time of 150+ days. I am just hoping that other users of the Gen8 have tried this out with or without success so that I can stop beating my head against the wall. Thank you for any assistance.
  7. RESET 55 - ASUStor AS4004T 10Gbe NAS Review
  8. shadox

    HP Microserver Gen8 Processor FAQ

    Thanks for the comments! its for home use, media collection and backup for everything important. Yeah maybe you are right. The raid might be overkill and it will still be gone in case of fire. Maybe instead go for backblaze backup I red somewhere you can get for 50 bucks a year?
  9. pumo

    ESXi notes

    So after installing scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88OEM.550.0.0.1331820.x86_64.vib esxi 6.7 is usable?
  10. Funny thing is it says first come first served in the employee handbook, now, I've been told by the MD that its in line with whatever is fair and for the good of the company....
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  12. Jason

    Attempting to cut cord (TiVo)

    Just used a Bolt OTA with a Winegard flat, amplified antenna and got crystal clear HD network channels. All I was hoping. While these indoor antennas are all eyesores, can now watch infrequent network TV for free and stream the rest. Cord cutting certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Depending on rest of family’s tolerance for pain, we may be resubscribing to cable again in future. Let’s hope not!
  13. 😲 That's worse than the NHS (I have a friend who works there, and is always getting screwed on holidays because they take so long to approve leave). Sorry to hear that you got so shafted.
  14. Only got my holiday form back signed yesterday, I put it in in July, got the holidays signed off yesterday, needless to say its a bit late as we were going to book tickets in November... Planning on going over mid year next year..
  15. Did not do the outside this year. But have the tree on an Insteon switch and the village on a TP-Link Kasa switch. Both scheduled to come on at dusk and go out later in the evening.
  16. sandis

    HP Microserver Gen8 Processor FAQ

    I think the 1265L v2 is the way to go and 16GB ECC RAM too. I would reconsider creating a Raid array. For home use (is it home use right?) it may be considerable from some point of view, but I always say, no Raid will save you in case of disaster. If you want to be sure, you need to have your important data saved on a different location (Cloud, other server, Bluray media...). I think, that wasting storage by creating a Raid array makes no sense in this case. I have never tried to get data from a broken XPenology Raid, but in case of broken Raids, I was rarely successful. Many people may disagree with me, but this is my comment, take it or leave it :)
  17. Also interested if it's still possible! Or maybe you have left the US already. 😃
  18. GabonPhil

    Synology DS119j

    Thanks for those responses ShadowPeo and Dave. Doesn't seem like my idea of transferring the Surveillance Station licenses to my NAS and giving the donor NAS away is realistic.
  19. shadox

    HP Microserver Gen8 Processor FAQ

    So finally got my hard drives to put in my HP ProLiant Gen8 G1610T MicroServer. 1 x Crucial BX500 120GB Serial ATA-600 as system disk 4 x WD Red SOHO NAS 4TB 3.5" Serial ATA-600 Now i just need RAM's and a CPU. What are the best ones available? Scanning fast trough the thread i see 1265L v2 and 16 GB ECC RAM is the way to go? Thinking of maybe running FreeNAS or similar setup, depending on which have all the features i want. Kinda new to linux tho so recommendations for OS is also helpful. Planning to run a Plex server and storage mainly on it, with rar2fs. also want to be have some kind of backup system (raid) just to be sure. Any advices and hints are much appreciated!
  20. PegLeg

    FreeNAS on Gen8

    Once bitten ... Saw this on the FreeNAS forum re: booting FN11.2 with a usb mem stick with grub configured to chainload FN11.2 on an SSD in the ODD slot and I assume the B120I controller set to pure AHCI. https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/11-2-who-has-installed.71696/page-6#post-498218 In this setup the usb mem stick is write once and read many times, as the grub config shouldn't need updating when and if FN11.2 is updated.
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  22. Paulwarwicker

    FreeNAS on Gen8

    Bought either instore from Tesco or online from Amazon. -paul
  23. schoondoggy

    HP Gen 8 which raid card?

    Latest firmware would be the best.
  24. stretch

    HP Gen 8 which raid card?

    Many thanks is there a known good firmware or just use latest? And sorry posted this in wrong section was meant to be under ml310 gen 8
  25. schoondoggy

    32GB RAM in HP Microserver gen8

    If you research the HP part number listed in the eBay ad 647897-B21 the specs say it is registered memory. Registered memory does not work in the MS Gen8. The picture in the eBay ad does not look accurate. Can you post a picture of the modules, both sides, that you received?
  26. PegLeg

    FreeNAS on Gen8

    I agree an internal SSD is the better option. It's a pity HP did not produce a BIOS where the ODD port could be set in the boot order, it would have save a lot of messing around. SanDisk was/is a favoured brand, but seems there e a lot of fakes around and a fair few failure reports. I just stuck to Kingston USB2 sticks. I'll experiment with the ODD port when I get a chance.
  27. JROrtiz

    Attempting to cut cord (TiVo)

    I have a couple of the Roamio OTA units at my parent's place and they are extremely happy with them (which means I'm happy since I'm their tech support).
  28. JROrtiz

    Christmas List

    I'm very much in that situation where I just end up buying the things I want for myself. That being said, I did get a nice LG OLED a couple of years ago so I'm always waiting to see what else she might have up her sleeve.
  29. Paulwarwicker

    FreeNAS on Gen8

    Yes, which is why it probably works for some. I had repeated bad experience when booting from USB memory sticks with FreeNAS. Maybe it was the brand I used but I always use a decent named brand, SanDisk. I went through 4 mirrored USB thumb drives of two different models which failed after weeks of use, in one case less than one week. Moved to an internal SSD and never had a problem after that. -paul
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