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[NCIX] QNAP TS-431+-US 4BAY Personal Cloud NAS - $319.99

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[NCIX] QNAP TS-431+-US 4BAY Personal Cloud NAS - $319.99

NCIX selling QNAP TS-431+ for $319.99. I think it's a decent price on par with B&H photovideo after customs/shipping.

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The TS-431+ is a powerful yet easy-to-use network storage center for backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment. With the Notes Station, you can easily create digital notes on a secure private cloud and share with colleagues and friends at no extra cost. Powered by an advanced ARM® Cortex®-A15 dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, the TS-431+ delivers outstanding multitasking performance as a SOHO NAS featuring three USB 3.0 and dual LAN ports. See how TS-431+ can enhance your working productivity & digital life.

Build a private cloud-based notebook to share with colleagues and friends with the Notes Station 2.0 and Qnotes mobile app
Organize & manage files and backup tasks in one centralized location
Full NAS encryption by volume-based technology and hardware acceleration
Synchronize files between computers, laptops, and mobile devices
create a 24/7 surveillance center for your home/small office
Stream your multimedia library via DLNA, AirPlay & Chromcast and play on TV
Transcode videos offline and enjoy smooth video streaming even with restricted network connection

http://www.ncix.com/detail/qnap-ts-431- ... omoid=1918
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I looked at this model yesterday, but ended up buying the TS-251+ due to the better processing and RAM. It's also a great deal at NCIX for $379.99.
http://www.ncix.com/detail/qnap-ts-251- ... omoid=1714
Spreadsheet shows it might struggle with some higher bitrate 1080p content, but for an entry level NAS, I can live with that.

I realize it's a bit of an apples vs. oranges comparison with the two vs. four drive bays, but as they also had the Seagate Ironwolf 4TB drives on for $169.99 (price now back up to $204.82), it gives me all the storage I need with a pretty decent set of features.

edit: Looks like the 4TB Ironwolf is still avail at $169.99. (http://www.ncix.com/detail/seagate-iron ... 135303.htm)
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Wish we can use our 10k points against this or other purchases. :)
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ops69 wrote: I looked at this model yesterday, but ended up buying the TS-251+ due to the better processing and RAM. It's also a great deal at NCIX for $379.99.
http://www.ncix.com/detail/qnap-ts-251- ... omoid=1714
Spreadsheet shows it might struggle with some higher bitrate 1080p content, but for an entry level NAS, I can live with that.

I realize it's a bit of an apples vs. oranges comparison with the two vs. four drive bays, but as they also had the Seagate Ironwolf 4TB drives on for $169.99 (price now back up to $204.82), it gives me all the storage I need with a pretty decent set of features.

edit: Looks like the 4TB Ironwolf is still avail at $169.99. (http://www.ncix.com/detail/seagate-iron ... 135303.htm)
2 bay vs 4 bay man, what is this HDMI trans-coding?
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Want to get a NAs for church 5 users with mostly files, maybe some video. I am on the fence also on which nas to get.

Looking at the

Qnap ts-251+
Qnap-ts-251A
Qnap Ts-431+
Synology D216+II

According to the qnap compare products they use the same proccessor.

https://www.qnap.com/en/product/contras ... t_overview

Before buying the 251+ did you look at the 251A at all?



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bryonfriesen wrote: Want to get a NAs for church 5 users with mostly files, maybe some video. I am on the fence also on which nas to get.

Looking at the

Qnap ts-251+
Qnap-ts-251A
Qnap Ts-431+
Synology D216+II

According to the qnap compare products they use the same proccessor.

https://www.qnap.com/en/product/contras ... t_overview
I don't know much about NAS differences with manufactures, but all of the research I did pointed to QNAP being the better for included features (security camera licenses, includes multimedia remote, direct usb file access, direct copy from SD / USB keys), but pricier. I settled on the 251A, which was $399-$50 coupon+shipping at Newegg (now its $419-$50 coupon free ship):

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.as ... nt-_-text-_-

251A has 4k output as well which might come in handy for you if you're running it up directly?

Here's the kicker though - 20x airmilesshops event gives you about $40 in cash miles, or $100 in travel miles-ish back with 400 airmiles - so if you collect miles it could be your best option for value.
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Biggest difference is the 251+ is quad core, while the 251A and 431+ are dual core. Main benefit of the 251A is the front panel connectivity (Direct USB backup & SD card), but the 251+ has more horsepower.

There is a couple good online comparison of the 216+II vs. the 251+, and it highlights the CPU/RAM advantages of the 251+, as well as Plex compatibility.
(216+ll has slower dual core CPU and max 1GB RAM)

http://mobile.pcauthority.com.au/Featur ... y-nas.aspx

...and



There is also a comparison of the 216+ll and the 251+.



Bottom line is a recommendation of 216+ll over the 251A, and 251+ over the 216+ll. (Subject of course to your needs.)

With the great price on the 251+, that was the choice for me.
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This is a pretty good deal on the 431+ model - its a noticeable upgrade from the basic 431 model, which actually was about this same price on black friday. The 431+ has a faster processor and more ram (A15 dual core ARM vs A9 and 1gb ram vs 512mb). They're probably clearing this model out because the new version, TS-431p is about to come into stock. It's almost exactly the same as the 431+ but has a processor speed bump - from 1.4 to 1.7Ghz on the CPU, and will retail at ~$395 in 2 weeks or so.

If we could only use our 10,000 points on this it would superhot.

Bryon - This NAS would be a good choice if you wanted a 4-bay one you could run in RAID 5. Not a full backup solution by any means, but one good option. You could also run it as two stores of RAID 1 (mirrored drives). Supports hardware encryption also.
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OP edit your link to http://www.ncix.com/detail/qnap-ts-431- ... 105652.htm.

currently i have subscription with crashplan and looking for NAS to store a local backup copy.

I think I will go with http://www.ncix.com/detail/qnap-ts-431- ... 105652.htm and 3 of each hard drive and make raid 5 http://www.ncix.com/detail/seagate-iron ... 135303.htm
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251A vs 251+

Quad core doesn't automatically mean faster. I believe the A is newer and therefore the better product. Another hint at it being superior is it supports the much more demanding 4K.
Bonus, it's less expensive.

These QNAP models can also have an enclosure added in the future if you ever need more bays.

They can also do KODI and run VMs (probably need more ram for VM's though).
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I believe the A is newer and therefore the better product.
...just as "newer" doesn't always mean "better".

Quad core AND a higher clock speed AND more memory almost universally translates into higher performance.

The niche for the 251A is the easy access connectivity options. Just because it is tailored to support 4K, doesn't mean it isn't lacking in other areas.

All depends on your needs.
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I am curious to know how to recover data if there is a problem.
I am using MS Server and twice (RAW and SMART problems) I had to use recovery software with some success but I am skeptical anything could be done with the above or FreeNAS. Eventually, I will have to migrate to a smaller more efficient server.
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ops69 wrote: ...just as "newer" doesn't always mean "better".

Quad core AND a higher clock speed AND more memory almost universally translates into higher performance.

The niche for the 251A is the easy access connectivity options. Just because it is tailored to support 4K, doesn't mean it isn't lacking in other areas.

All depends on your needs.
They both have the same amount of RAM.

Anyways I decided to actually check the difference.

The A
Processor N3060 released Q1 2016. Target is mobile.
4-6watts
Faster RAM
Better GPU
built in hardware encoding decoding:Codec h264,Codec JPEG,Codec h265 8bit,Codec VP8,Codec VC-1,Codec AVC
Faster at encryption built in hardware AES-NI
Single core passmark : 536
Total passmark score:947
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu ... Hz&id=2762


The +
Processor J1900 released Q4 2013. Target is Desktop
10watts
Slower single core passmark: 533
Completely destroys A in multicore total score by passmark:1879
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu ... Hz&id=2131

Hard to say if the extra hardware built-in capability of the A model doesn't get wiped out by the multicore strength of the +. Because the processor is so much more powerful when using all cores.
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andreid wrote: I am curious to know how to recover data if there is a problem.
I am using MS Server and twice (RAW and SMART problems) I had to use recovery software with some success but I am skeptical anything could be done with the above or FreeNAS. Eventually, I will have to migrate to a smaller more efficient server.
You have to RAID your drives to assure that the local copy always remains functional even with some hardware failure.
Ideally you have an offsite back up of the important stuff if something catastrophic occurs to your NAS or it's data.

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