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tpirovol wrote: Hi Everyone,

Did anyone end up getting the Shuttle Omninas KD20?? If so how is it and how does it compare to the DNS-323 and others? Are there any other ones under $100 that would be better?

I am looking for one and any help would be appreciated.
Thanks T
Based in lots of reading it seems the netgear readynas duo v2 seems like the best for the $100 range. Currently at ncix for $109.99. I'm tempted to try it
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I'm a cord cutter with a large library, so I want a NAS to use as a media server for my movies, tv shows and photos. Synology just announced the 214play which geared for this purpose.

http://www.synology.com/products/produc ... ay&lang=us
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas- ... soho-nases

For real life use, is this that much more superior to using a 213j to justify the price?
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It looks the exact same as the 213+ I just bought but has a slightly faster CPU frequency and 1 Gb or system memory. I guess I am okay with this for a while...


ndiniwachojeff wrote: I'm a cord cutter with a large library, so I want a NAS to use as a media server for my movies, tv shows and photos. Synology just announced the 214play which geared for this purpose.

http://www.synology.com/products/produc ... ay&lang=us
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas- ... soho-nases

For real life use, is this that much more superior to using a 213j to justify the price?
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Lumber-jack wrote: It looks the exact same as the 213+ I just bought but has a slightly faster CPU frequency and 1 Gb or system memory. I guess I am okay with this for a while...
how are the real world speeds on it? I have to dump my existing setup soon and have been mulling over options.
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shopper-X wrote: Any good deals on a Synology or QNAP? I think it's time to repurpose the DNS-320 to a Network Backup and get a better NAS.
All I can find is NCIX w/DS212J for $199.99.
I'm in the market for the 213J. It was on sale at Canada Computers last week for $218. A savings of.... $4!!!! :cheesygri

Yeah, I'm waiting for a better price...
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ahsun wrote: I'm in the market for the 213J. It was on sale at Canada Computers last week for $218. A savings of.... $4!!!! :cheesygri

Yeah, I'm waiting for a better price...
Will the 213J run Plex well?
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i think I'm going after a 413 I see it under 500 so it's really tempting to pull the trigger. I have to think on it since i'd be fine with a 213 or 212 I think.


I was wondering in a raid 5 on synology can you use 3 disks and have a 4th disk outside the raid on this device?
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Haven't had it long enough and just swapped them out. I do like the fact that the front cover has vents for more cooling, 2 USB 3 ports in back and 1 USB in front, and a SDHC that I probably wont ever use. If you haven't used a Synology honestly you can't go wrong with any of them. Even my technician at the office said he like the one I swapped out for the Lacie that has died twice under warranty.
ahsun wrote: I'm in the market for the 213J. It was on sale at Canada Computers last week for $218. A savings of.... $4!!!! :cheesygri

Yeah, I'm waiting for a better price...
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I'm looking for the best deal on an 8 bay enclosure. I don't need the raid capability built in as I prefer to use a software based solution in flexraid. I think that will require it each disk to be read individually though. This seems to be the cheapest for what I can find.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.as ... 11054640:s

Other suggestions?
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Software RAID is nowhere as good. Perhaps you don't need an 8 bay RAID and can simply add RAID enclosures to the NAS to get more space.
superskid wrote: I'm looking for the best deal on an 8 bay enclosure. I don't need the raid capability built in as I prefer to use a software based solution in flexraid. I think that will require it each disk to be read individually though. This seems to be the cheapest for what I can find.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.as ... 11054640:s

Other suggestions?
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superskid wrote: I'm looking for the best deal on an 8 bay enclosure. I don't need the raid capability built in as I prefer to use a software based solution in flexraid. I think that will require it each disk to be read individually though. This seems to be the cheapest for what I can find.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.as ... 11054640:s

Other suggestions?
Personally I've had nothing but problems with MediaSonic. Their support forum is active and their workers do reply, the problem is they don't help, lol. I'd suggest a Sans Digital 8Bay enclosure (specifically their TR8U+). It's a little bit more ($360 on Amazon now, but price goes down to $320 occasionally), but isn't as horrible...
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I like MediaSonic. I emailed them for a screw missing and they sent me some to my door in days. NE.com had a really good deal on the 4 bay about a month or two ago (about $100 off) and I have seen it in the past even cheaper.
SonicSam wrote: Personally I've had nothing but problems with MediaSonic. Their support forum is active and their workers do reply, the problem is they don't help, lol. I'd suggest a Sans Digital 8Bay enclosure (specifically their TR8U+). It's a little bit more ($360 on Amazon now, but price goes down to $320 occasionally), but isn't as horrible...
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Lumber-jack wrote: I like MediaSonic. I emailed them for a screw missing and they sent me some to my door in days. NE.com had a really good deal on the 4 bay about a month or two ago (about $100 off) and I have seen it in the past even cheaper.
We also have been using MediaSonic products for many years without issue, we have 10+. I did break a 4 bay door, sent them a note and a replacement door soon arrived. Their 8 bays are fantastic, where else can you get an 8bay for under $300.00
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superskid wrote: I'm looking for the best deal on an 8 bay enclosure. I don't need the raid capability built in as I prefer to use a software based solution in flexraid. I think that will require it each disk to be read individually though. This seems to be the cheapest for what I can find.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.as ... 11054640:s

Other suggestions?
Well I do need an 8 bay enclosure as I currently have 6 2TB drives with 1 drive used as a parity on my software raid.

How come software raid isn't as good? I find flexraid works great and I never worry about drives falling out of the raid etc.. also combining all the drives into one drive letter is great. What raid would you recommend, and does the mediasonic have this raid?

It is just used to store media and stream it to the various players in my house.

Thanks,
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Software is never as good as hardware for anything. With 6 2Tb drives perhaps it would be better to get some 4Tb (or 5Tb soon) drives instead and use a smaller enclose? That will save you $200 right there and pay for a 4Tb drive. IMO you don't need a 8 bay enclosure. I would recommend RAID 5 as it will maximize your HD while giving you parity. Note 5 is not as good for parity as 1 and you may have errors recovering everything but it is acceptable IMO for non critical files.
superskid wrote: Well I do need an 8 bay enclosure as I currently have 6 2TB drives with 1 drive used as a parity on my software raid.

How come software raid isn't as good? I find flexraid works great and I never worry about drives falling out of the raid etc.. also combining all the drives into one drive letter is great. What raid would you recommend, and does the mediasonic have this raid?

It is just used to store media and stream it to the various players in my house.

Thanks,
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