Windows 7 Qnap or Synology? Which is better?

badrobot

Senior Member
#1
I want to get an entry level network attached storage at around $300 only (diskless 2-bay systems). Any thoughts between the 2 brands?

As of the moment I am only using the 2-USB 3.0 ports on my ASUS RT-N65U dual band router to share 2 hard drives on my home network. I just I wanna go 1 level up.

For Qnap I am looking at this one: (Qnap TS-220) http://www.qnap.com/en/index.php?sn=822&c=351&sc=514&t=523&n=18374&g=1






For Synology I am looking at this: http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/spec/DS213j







Or if someone has any good recommendation within the budget I will appreciate it. Thanks!
 


badrobot

Senior Member
#2
I suppose not a lot of people here are using a NAS or the brands I was asking about. Anyway, I ordered the Qnap TS-220 as the Synology is not readily available.

Cheers!
 


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badrobot

Senior Member
#3
Although I didn't get any help about making a decision between these 2 brands, it turns out that I didn't have a choice but to get the Qnap as the Synology model that I wanted is not available in my area. After setting the Qnap up (and it was really painless and easy), I am so glad to say that Qnap exceeded my expectations! Everything that I wanted for an entry level NAS in terms of setup, speed and expandability. I have 2 internal hard drives (on RAID 1) installed and 3 USB hard drives attached and visible on all PCs. All of my 3 PCs have synchronized folders and my files are accessible anywhere I want (inside and outside my network).

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Having the USB drives attached to the NAS instead of direct to the PC prevents slowing down of the PCs on boot up. Transfer rate from attached external USB hard drives is 50MBps on the average (10x faster than my previous setup--- USB hard drive attached to router). Not bad.


Cheers!


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