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QNAP TS-112 versus Synology DS-112J (Help me Choose)

by mamontano / February 22, 2013 12:36 AM PST

1st time venturing into using NAS for basic backup. My choices have come down to these 2 units. Any advice on which one to buy?

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Both should work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2013 1:02 AM PST

The only downfall I ever encounter are folks that expected such to work quickly. Let's hope you know to wire these to your router. WiFi NAS is, well, what it is.
Bob

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Looking for quicker backup over current usb 2.0 drive.
by mamontano / February 22, 2013 2:17 AM PST
In reply to: Both should work.

All other features would be a plus. Researched around for a bit and was led to these 2 entry level units from Cnet's top NAS manufacturers and amazon reviews. I have a gigabit router (cisco e4200) wired to my laptop.
I go wired unless absolutely neccessary. This Nas will be connected to the router and will provide me a quicker backup storage solution over my current usb 500 gb seagate. I'll worry about media serving, raid, etc down the road. Seems the QNAP has better hardware specs and additional ports and features over the Synology but heard the Synology GUI was easier. Just pinging people to get their thoughts. Both our around the same price range of $150. WD 1TB red drive around $85. Thought about getting a wd, buffalo, or seagate type unit which comes with it's own hard drive for around $120 but thought i would step it up a notch.

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Then you won't do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2013 2:31 AM PST

If you have read reviews you should discover such things are slower than an attached USB 2.0 drive.

Don't take my word on this. Go get the reviews.

The reason you do this is not for speed. It's for convenience. That is, while you use your PC, it can be syncing with the drives off on the network.
Bob

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Guess i need to do more homework
by mamontano / February 22, 2013 4:10 AM PST

I was going to do a more manual approach like i do with my usb drive. Every once and awhile and not have it constantly syncing. I plug my usb drive in on occasion to make sure i have my important info in case of a crash.

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Similar plan here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 12:08 AM PST

I sync up with tools like SyncBack, GoodSync and looking at using BlinkSync on demand.

I use more than one drive because if you had only one backup copy, well, that's no backup.
Bob

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