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Synology DS412+ or a homebuilt Server

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July 28, 2012 4:35:49 AM

Hey!

I think im going to get some sort of server for myself so I dont have to have alot of harddrives in my gaming rig.

At first I was going to go for the Synology DS412+, I know its mainly for small businesses and the pracetag is quite noticeable, but the fact that it holds 4 drives, the design and the nice applications and functions just made me want that one.
BUT now I am considering getting a small formfactor case (maybe the BitFenix Prodegy) and make a media server with that instead, so I was hoping some of you guys would come with some suggestoins or something?

Also I would like if someone could share some experiences on using the DLNA function on the DS412+ :) 

And one small thing at the end, can anyone direct me to a good guide on RAID and the different types - I dont really know what it is so I would just like to expand my knowledge.. :) 

Thanks in advance
July 29, 2012 12:51:37 PM

Hey Winther,

Building your own would sure be cheaper from what I can see. Small form factor are nice but don't leave a lot of room for further expansion.

A nice raid guide:
http://www.icc-usa.com/raid-calculator.php

I was using a netgear stora at one point and the web interface stopped working on it for some reason, so I saw it as a blessing in disguise and decided to build my own using nas4free.

Sorry I can't tell you anything about DLNA, it A feature I have but don't use much!

If you need help being pointed in the right direction for hardware let me know.

Kind regards,

Jerwal
July 29, 2012 6:29:13 PM

thanks for your answer!

well if you have a little time to find some good suggestions for hardware then I would apreciate it!

But, I would like it to me smaller than normal ATX borads, preferably mATX so that its small but still have 6 sata ports and the possibility to expand. also prefferably a good 7.1 onboard soundcard.
Right now im thinking about the ASUS Maximus V Gene. the color scheme fits my new idea great and it has a good onboard soundcard.
other than that I think about a 3570k processor (becasue I want to use the graphics unit in the CPU)

and btw, it should also be able to play 1080p video so that I use it as mediacenter. so really I need something that is good for both a small homeserver AND meadiacenter.

If there are other cheaper/better options then please let me know! :) 
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July 30, 2012 11:32:56 AM

Hi,

Joanne from Synology here. If you are wanting a 4-bay NAS but something a little smaller, take a look at the DS411slim. A 4-bay compact NAS.

Very cute with high performance power!
July 30, 2012 2:30:46 PM

I have considered that one, but it only holds slim or 2.5" harddrives right?

that point is that I already have 4 good drives, and they are 3,5" drives..
August 31, 2012 8:35:11 AM

Quote:
Hi,

Joanne from Synology here. If you are wanting a 4-bay NAS but something a little smaller, take a look at the DS411slim. A 4-bay compact NAS.

Very cute with high performance power!


Hi Joanne, I was looking at getting a ds412+ mostly for its media capabilities in particular streaming video (Hi-def, incl. some bluray rips with high bitrate). I realise it is aimed particularly at business users but the multimedia isn't talked up as much as other aspects. I am just wondering how well it would cope streaming these especially when wrapped in MKV?
Thanks :) 
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