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Sorry its taking so long for me to get back to you, Based on your response and my lack of time I am trying to figure out how to respond in a way you will understand. I think my response is going to be in many parts so please bear with me.

 

Thanks for the detailed response. Its now clear to me your not an average user like most of us hear (reinforcing you should not go cheap). If you don't mind me asking what roll does MyMovies play in your setup?

 

It is no secrete the Synology & QNAP are the leaders in this space and for very good reason and unless you know some of the basics as to what separates one from the other it can be very confusing so I am going to try and break it down in simple form for you, See below-

 

1. It was once said that QNAP had more powerful hardware at a similar price point but Synology is quickly closing that gap

2. If your looking to run VM's on your NAS then QNAP is your NAS.

3. If your looking for the most powerful file system then Synology + models are what you want. Synology supports the new btrfs file system on the X86 models and it is well worth it over the aging ext4 file system, See this link for the comparison https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/Btrfs and this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er0889N40Ko

4. In my humble opinion Synology has the best user interface and the most apps in the package center.

5. From what you have told me and if you want to stick to Synology then stick to the DSXX15+ series as they are more powerful then there latest DSXX17+ models. They use all use an Intel Atom C2550 running at 2.40GHz with a CPU beanch mark of 2329 according to this link http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Atom+C2550+%40+2.40GHz This is the same CPU that is used in my 1815+ and with many applications including 6 IP cameras both 3 and 4MP it ran very well.

 

6. Synology and QNAP both have live demo sites, See links below. Take a look around in both and also checkout the package centers of each to compare and see what you like best, Just to not one package I use from Synology is the DNS server, This is a caching server so it helps speed up the lookup times. QNAP did not offer this last time I looked. Both Synology & QNAP include two free camera licenses for Surveillance Station, Though both company call it Surveillance Station they are not the same.

 

Synology Demo https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/live_demo

QNAP Demo https://www.qnap.com/en/support/con_show.php?op=showone&cid=8

 

7. I know you said you where thinking a 4 bay, I would say consider more bays if you can afford it? Because it will give you more options such as you can create a 2nd volume on the NAS and run the built-in backup of the NAS and use that volume for the local backup, This makes restoring faster then pulling it across the LAN. You can also add SSD caching if you feel you need it. Those are just some of the options you will have with more bays and you can centralize all your storage instead of spitting it up on multiple systems.

 

8. Here is a good read comparing Synology vs QNAP http://nascompares.com/2016/06/23/synology-vs-qnap-which-is-the-best-nas-for-you/

 

Thanks for the additional details. Work has been quite busy this week, so delayed/shortened responses.

 

I'm running MyMovies application to manage the metadata for the ripped blurays. I also have the MyMovies plugin on my MediaCenter htpc. I'm using ArcSoft TotalMediaTheater to play the content back over the lan.

 

I also remembered that I'm running Cloudberry on the WHS2011 box to back up to Amazon each night.

 

You've given me a lot to digest. That will keep me busy for the next week or so.

 

You make a good point with the extra bays. I'll look into that as well.

 

I'm leaning Synology, based on your information. I'll check out the models you recommend.

 

Thanks again for the help!

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Is anyone interested in a presentation on HDTV calibration? I can bring my sensor and laptop with CalMan software and explain/demo on the presentation tv (or VinylFreak's tv if he brings it again).  

Meetup ticket purchased.   Room reserved at the Hyatt.   I will see everyone there!!!   Coming in Friday afternoon !!    

Dave gave me the go-ahead on the HDTV calibration presentation! I finished up my slides yesterday. Looking forward to sharing with the group.

Hey everyone,

 

Last follow up on Meetup 2016.  Phil gave us a great write up of the 3 Pack of Lumas that he won at Meetup.  If anyone else want's to drop a few lines in the forums about their winnings that would be cool.  The single Luma, the ADATA SSD, Synology Router, Almond gear, etc.  You guys disappeared!  Let me know how it is going with the gear!

 

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I just got the Luma set up while my wife is taking a nap. We'll see if she notices any differences! :)

My domain controller doesn't seem to be happy about using Luma for DNS. All my wired Ethernet devices run through that, but I'm the only one that uses anything wired so I'm the only one that might be bothered by that.

 

I'll keep you updated!

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Thanks for the additional details. Work has been quite busy this week, so delayed/shortened responses.

 

I'm running MyMovies application to manage the metadata for the ripped blurays. I also have the MyMovies plugin on my MediaCenter htpc. I'm using ArcSoft TotalMediaTheater to play the content back over the lan.

 

I also remembered that I'm running Cloudberry on the WHS2011 box to back up to Amazon each night.

 

You've given me a lot to digest. That will keep me busy for the next week or so.

 

You make a good point with the extra bays. I'll look into that as well.

 

I'm leaning Synology, based on your information. I'll check out the models you recommend.

 

Thanks again for the help!

ItGeeks,

 

If you could provide a little more advice:

 

Given what I've described above, and also looking for flexibility in the future, I'm wondering if either the DS416play or the DS916+ is the way to go. The DS916+ is definitely more expandable and powerful. I can't imagine that I would ever need more than that anytime soon. The DS416play is $150 cheaper. My thought is to store my bluray rips on this and play a little with IP cameras. I plan to continue to run Plex on my WHS2011 box and pull the video from the Synology if it ever needs to be transcoded/streamed. That would be done by the WHS2011 box. I right now I do have three 5TB drives that I was going to RAID5. Is my thinking correct here?

 

Would you suggest a different path to consider?

 

Thanks for all your help and guidance. Definitely love the HSS forums!

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