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Qnap 231p2 vs synology 218play

Discussion in 'NAS Buying Advice' started by AlexHaden, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. AlexHaden

    AlexHaden New Around Here

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    evening all

    Been away from the NAS scence since dabbling with an LG nas a few years back, so looking to start again, small(ish) 2 bay NAS

    Use is really only file storage, music shares for sonos, and streaming my movie collection to various devices, not too worried about transcoding, as I tend to store my films in something most of my devices can play.

    Need to be able to sync with one drive, not too worried about resilience/redundancy, I’ll also be backing up to a separate DAS I have on my PC.

    Kind of bouncing between the qnap and synology here, about to pull the trigger on the qnap as i can expand in the future with its addons, plus I can upgrade the ram if I need to, so feels more flexible.

    The synology 218play, has a 64 bit processor, that’s a bit slower - so that’s made me think, is it that much better?

    The 218 can allegedly transcode 4K, and while I won’t use it, it’s a nice to have for the same price as the qnap 231p2

    I’m useless at deciding, can anyone tip me one way or the other?
     
  2. AlexHaden

    AlexHaden New Around Here

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    Or save up another 100£ and get the

    QNAP TS-251B-2G?


     
  3. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    Between the two choices, I would stick with my preferred QNAP. :) Even when it comes at a price disadvantage like it does here (from the prices I'm seeing locally).

    I would normally recommend a 3 bay or more configuration but in this case, this QNAP with an 8GB RAM stick and the quad-core 1.7GHz CPU combination will be noticeably more responsive than the Synology which seems limited to 1GB RAM, even with a 64bit processor.

    So, did you order your QNAP and RAM yet? :)
     
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  4. AlexHaden

    AlexHaden New Around Here

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    Lol, yes...the expandability sold it

    Just ordered the 231p2.

    Figure if I don’t need to spend another £100 on the 251, that’s a new iron wolf for my new Nas
     
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  5. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Both are good choices - really comes down to user preference with the WebUI...
     
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  6. AlexHaden

    AlexHaden New Around Here

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    Thanks both, appreciate the advice, loving the qnap