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[eBay Plus] Synology DS220+ 2 Bay NAS $494.80 Delivered @ Scorptec eBay

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Seems like a relatively cheap price… is the lowest I've seen recently anyway.

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  • +12

    $500? Wtf?

    2 bays is not useful to the tune of $500..

    • i had exactly the same response…

    • Agreed. Love synology but when qnaps w/ 2 bays are 200 then you can't justify

      • which models of qnap is $200, care to share? looking for a cheaper alternative, but not terra master

      • +2

        I've had WD, QNAP and Synology. You couldn't pay me to run a QNAP NAS after the "support" QNAP provided - very friendly but useless and wasted more of my time than the device was worth.

    • Seems ridiculous doesn't it. However this is the cheapest current Synology model which runs its Office 365 backup application, which is what I need.

  • +2

    I gotta say, I don't see the use case for this. If it's just for basic home file sharing then a RPi4 with an Oricom 2 bay HDD USB enclosure will be much cheaper and still be able to saturate a gigabit connection.

    Sure, you'll get more throughput with link aggregation over the two NICs on the Synology, bit that assumes you have hardware that supports it - if you do, you'll probably already have something much more capable anyway.

    If you're wanting to use this as a server (eg Plex) that CPU is nowhere near powerful enough for anything other than direct streaming - again something that a much cheaper RPi4 can do without a problem.

    It's not that is a bad unit, just that it seems to be trying a niche that doesn't exist. It's too expensive to compete with light usage, too slow to compete with heavy usage.

    • Curious because I've been out of the NAS game for over a decade now and generally just use my old 4 bay Linkstation one for data storage / redundancy, especially since I stream all data online.

      Can you set up a pi with a basic 2x HDD enclosure like you say with a RAID 0 mirror setup? Mostly just thinking of having all my important data (photos etc) backed up locally as well as on a webserver for ultimate redundancy.

      • I've not tried it myself, but I can't see any reason why not. Assuming that the enclosure presents as two distinct drives there should be no reason you can't setup software RAID. Even if there's no kernel support in the Raspberry Pi OS, there's plenty of other distros. Can't speak to performance as I've never tried but I can't imagine it would add that much overhead. Just steer clear of NTFS. The RPi4 will do it, but it's much less efficient than EXT4 or something like that.

        • USB RAID = Bad Idea. Lots of info on the net about this.

    • This CPU can transcode 1080p

      • +1

        Depending on bitrate and codec maybe. X265 might be a stretch. That said, I realised that the J4005 is a Gemini Lake model with pretty good QSV support.

        https://forums.plex.tv/t/faq-26-for-synology-ds220-has-made-...

        Looks like with the updated drivers it can comfortably transcode even a couple of x265 4k HDR > x264. Assumes of course that you
        A) have paid for Plex pass or use jellyfin
        B) don't need to burn in any subtitles (client dependant). Keep in mind that even if it's just forced subtitles for foreign language sections of an English movie, it'll still drop down to software transcoding for the entire file.

        It'll do it, but there's probably better value options for a cheap Plex server. Again, find a cheap Gemini Lake NUC ($139 on here last week) and add a USB HDD enclosure and it'll be much more powerful and still cheaper.

        • B) don't need to burn in any subtitles (client dependant).

          Can you please elaborate on this? I'm building a client shortly, and undecided on Plex + Pass or Jellyfin. Have heard of people having issues with subs and hardware decoding. What are these issues, exactly? Thank you

          • @Morien: Most clients can't deal with image based subtitles, and a few really shit ones can't even do SRT. In this case the server needs to "burn" then into the image.

            Source > decode > add subs to image > encode > final stream

            Most recent Intel CPUs can normally do the encode in hardware, but not if processing subs.

            • @ashanrath: Hmm. I see. This is an issue with Plex or Jellyfin, yeah?

              Thanks for your help!

          • @Morien: If you're not settled on Plex yet, Emby might make a good alternative as you can at least decide which clients are allowed to transcode or not. (NB. Emby still suffers the same issue with some subtitles, though.)

            • @mingofmongo: I've been using Plex on my server up until now, but no transcoding. I don't mind using something else.

              I'll give Emby a look as well then. Does the Emby premium go on sale like the Plex seems to do so regularly?

              • @Morien: I'm afraid not - once a year, in November, I think.

                I had Plex but hated the way you couldn't prevent transcoding. Emby isn't as polished as Plex perhaps, but it does give you more control.

                I store all (well, most) my DVD files in their native MP3 format and that's what I want streamed to client devices, not a transcoded MP4 file. Exception is special features from DVDs which I pre-transcode using handbrake.