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Hello to all!


New to the forum and have a question about a home NAS I'm wanting to install/use.


Firstly, my requirements:

1. Store all media files and some personal documents

2. Stream to Smart TV and media devices (Samsung Tab, iPad, etc)

3. 2 HDD bays (or 4 for room to grow if required)

4. Quietish (will be placed in the study under desk so doesn't need to be whisper quiet)

5. Lowish Power (but enough for some transcoding if required)

6. RAID not a necessity (have read pros and cons on this and other solutions for back-up/sage-guard of data)


My back-ground/skillset:

I can put things together (have built a few PCs and HTPCs).

I do have some exposure to Linux but not BSD.


I have the following as options:

1. Synology 216+ 2 bay


-- Ready to go, add 2 x 3TB WD Reds HDDs to be purchased

-- Seems to have enough grunt

-- Good add-ins

-- Easyish setup

-- Expandable storage by using other Synology DX products

-- Very positive reviews

-- DSM software is very good with loads of plug-ins/apps across various devices (althogh not sure I'd even use them!)



-- Need to apply for a new mortgage to get this ;-) Is a nice unit and have read good things about Synology products by price is steep and then the HDDs on top

-- ??


2. DNAP TS-251 (or TS-251+)

-- Ready to go, add 2 x 3TB WD Reds HDDs to be purchased

-- Seems to have enough grunt and the 251+ with 2G has some serious grunt

-- Expandable RAM

-- Good add-ins

-- Easyish setup

-- Reviews have been ultra positive (especially on + version)

-- loads of plug-ins/apps across various devices (althogh not sure I'd even use them!)



-- Need to sell my 2nd child as well as refinance the house.

-- Various reports of not being up to build quality of Synology offerings but QST software is good (if not as polished as DSM)



3. HP N54L


-- Not too underpowered (but then not a beast as well) AMD Turion II with 4GB RAM

-- Very low noise and low power (moreso when case fan is changed for a more silent one, which I already have in my hardware collection)

-- 4 HDDs plus OS hardware (USB, 2.5" or 3.5")

-- Lot of resources online

-- Cost is good (Adding 2 WD Reds is only slighty more than buying QNAP/Synology offerings without HDDs!)

-- Can install OMV (with plug-ins) [Not sure if NAS4Free or FreeNAS is suitable, might need more RAM and ECC at that]. Any other OS??? Not Windows..



-- Might be getting a little old now?

-- Needs USB 3 for transfer/back-up to/from other drives (that said can get USB 3 PCI-e card for this)

-- Any others?


4. HP Gen 8 MS

-- Powered is OK (more than N54L) Celereno G1610T with 2GB RAM)

-- Low noise and low power - although have read lots of posts about loud fan noise if you don't use the RAID of built in controller

-- 4 HDDs plus OS hardware (USB, 2.5" or 3.5")

-- Lot of resources online

-- Cost is slightly more than N54L



-- Fan noise issue: Not sure how to configure the internal RAID controller so first disak is set as RAIDO and then what do I do? That is, I'm unfamiliar with how this will work with the OS???

-- Not sure which OS - NAS4Free or FreeNAS would be suitable but needs more RAM and ECC at that].



5. A Silverstone SG06 case (was used as an HTPC before but hardware died)


-- New hardware!

-- Looking at ASRock N3150 with passive heat-sink

-- Can install RAM at good price (up to mobo limit)

-- Quiet and lowish power (should be enough for NAS and transcoding needs)

-- Use external powerbrick (90W max) so no PSU fan noise.. although I have a very quiet Corsair and Seasonic that can be used)

-- SSD for OS



-- Case is mATX - limited room for hard-disks (although 2 5.25" front-bays can be converted to 3.5" bays so can be up-to 4 HDDs)

-- OS?


Any advice/recommendations? The QNAP/Synology seem to be great products and will be set-and-forget but price point is high and yet the add-in apps seem endless...





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