I'm looking to get my hands on a NAS soon... right now the #1 candidate is one of the Synology DS211 line (DS211 or DS211+), but was hoping you guys might have some other suggestions, or perhaps a better one?
Additionally, what kind of performance impact within the DS211 line is there with the 211j having less memory and a slower processor compared to each step up in the line? Would I be just as well off with the 211j vs the 211/211+?
It seems that the only difference between the 211j and 211 are the memory and processor, but the 211+ has additional features that I've had difficulty narrowing down exactly what they are?
The NAS will regularly be streaming content to a very small gigabit LAN (<5 hosts), I'd like it to have a built in FTP server so that I can remotely administer and access the files held on it, and that's the biggest feature I'd desire.
EXT4 file system support would be ideal with a 2 bay enclosure (RAID isn't necessary).
Built-in BitTorrent and RSS support would be nice, but I'm unfamiliar with the quality of the implementation on these NAS devices and ultimately it may end up being a useless feature.
As far as price point goes, somewhere around that 200-300 dollar mark would be ideal.
I helped a friend of mine install a Netgear ReadyNAS duo. 2 drive bays (1, 1tb drive) $250 and I believe it has all the features you want. The Ipod streaming server was neat too. He loves it. I don't remember FTP access, but you can definitely access the files via HTTP and set up security groups.
I have had mixed experiences with WD NAS boxes (I love their drives though).