Exploring Synology NAS 918+

My last NAS drive was the NetGear Stora [eons ago], and with all the changes in technology, drive space, 4k transcoding, plex, VM support l was due for an upgrade.

Enter the Synology NAS DS918+ which l settled for after lots of research over the QNap equivalent.

Below are some pictures and notes.Started off with just one 6Tb Seagate Barracuda Pro 128Mb cache 7200rpm drive that was on sale on amazon prime day.

Note, the transfer speed from external USB [WD 4TB external] into the NAS is about 55-68Mbs, if the External isnt accessible on the file station, you might need to reboot the NAS

For somereason l could not get it to see the contents of my Sandisk ExtremeSSD for quick copy into the NAS via the USB ports it came with, but it did see the contents of my WD External 4Tb usb drive.

This home/business NAS does offer a lot of applications – including:

  • Plex [ one core app l need]
  • VM hosting – OS independent, you can run Windows VM, Linux VM etc
  • drupal, github, wordpress, apache etc
  • Streaming media – photos, videos, documents work great – on all my PC’s, Samsung TV, PS3, XBoxOne, wireless devices on my internal home network etc.

Its really impressive how a modern day NAS is now a dedicated Linux machine with webhosting, network security, antivirus apps etc.


Screen shots as l added 2 x 3Tb drives and mirrored them, and an additional 1Tb drive l had

 

Network Addressed Storage.. [NAS]

Looking for a NAS, with gigabit interface (l’m done with slow access speeds via usb interface to my internal gigabit network) so as to speed up my rendering server farm file access, and expandable with support for additional sata drives and affordable. Finally settled for the DLINK DNS-321 for $130 and bought justĀ one 1Tb SATA drive that was on sale for $87 – a Samsung 10,000rpm 32Mb buffer drive. As sata drives fall in price and l get more bang for a buck l can add to this unit. I can mirror a drive, but the unit doesnt support ntfs etc – which is fine for me since my shared files on this will be media files, mp3 and rendered jpeg pictures. It has a web interface control and can be accessed remotely via ftp anywhere on the net. This system is built on a GPL / Linux based system, and will format your drive to ext2 format. There might be a hack out there for a more native windows file system support.

Update: 5/14/09. I’m returning this item. The file transfer time to and fro ext2 to my ntfs formatted drives is so so slow, about 10-20x (even by Windows wrong estimates). The gigabit connectivity makes no noticable difference, even when on the same Cisco 5 port Gigabit switch as my server. I’ve ended up overloading my faithful dell sc430 server by “creatively” adding this 1Tb drive to it, the server is designed to support only 2 sata hard drives. See picture below.

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See this website on links for DNS-321 NAS Hacking

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