2-Bay Stories April 13, 2016

expiredQNAP 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS w/ DLNA & PLEX: $139 shipped (Reg. $179)

Newegg Flash offers the QNAP TS-231 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS w/ DLNA and PLEX for $178.99. Adding coupon code NEFPRFT40 at checkout drops the price to $139 shipped. That’s good for $121 off the original listing, down $40 from most online retailers including Amazon, within a few dollars of the all-time low price and the best available. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Features include:

  • Build a private cloud-based notebook and share with friends and colleagues with the Notes Station and Qnotes mobile app
  • Organize & manage files and backup tasks in one centralized location
  • Synchronize files between computers, laptops, and mobile devices
  • Archive, manage, enjoy and share media collections with the dedicated Photo Station, Video Station and Music Station apps
  • Enjoy family videos, movies, music, and photos on your TV with DLNA and AirPlay streaming
  • Transcode videos offline and enjoy smooth video streaming even when your network connection is restricted

2-Bay Stories January 20, 2016

expiredQNAP TS-231 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS w/ AirPlay Streaming $136 shipped (Reg. $176)

Newegg Flash offers the QNAP (TS-231) 2-bay Personal Cloud NAS for $135.60 shipped. That’s $40 off the regular sale price/ Amazon’s current listing, $14 less than our previous mention and the lowest we can find for it. With this QNAP you can “archive, manage, enjoy and share media collections with the dedicated Photo Station, Video Station and Music Station apps.”

Additional features include: 

  • Build a private cloud-based notebook and share with friends and colleagues
  • Organize & manage files and backup tasks 
  • Synchronize files between computers, laptops, and mobile devices
  • Enjoy family videos, movies, music, and photos on your TV with AirPlay streaming
  • Transcode videos offline and enjoy smooth video streaming even when your network connection is restricted
  • Create a 24/7 surveillance center for your home/small office

Rated 4.1/5 stars from over 100 Amazon shoppers.

You may also want to look at Amazon’s selection of WD Red NAS optimized hard disk drives since this QNAP ships diskless. We’d recommend going with at least a pair of 3TB drives.

Also, B&H (and matched at Amazon or  Newegg) offers the Synology DS216play Network Storage for $249.99 shipped. That’s $50 off the original list price and the lowest we’ve seen. It features:

  • 4K Ultra HD Video Transcoding
  • Two Bay NAS Enclosure
  • Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Processor
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Data Read Speed: Up to 107.7 MB/s
  • Data Write Speed: Up to 91.47 MB/s
  • Up to 16TB Storage Capacity
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Port / 1 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN Port
  • DLNA Certified

2-Bay Stories August 25, 2015

expiredQNAP HS-210 2-bay fanless “noise-free” NAS w/ AirPlay $155 shipped (Orig. $290), more

Woot has a few nice Network Attached Storage deals today including the QNAP HS-210 2-bay Fanless Quiet NAS for $149.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping. That’s $140 under the original price tag, $50 below Amazon and the best price we can find.

This is a set-top designed NAS that is “absolutely noise-free”. It has mobile app functionality, AirPlay support, can act as a multimedia hub for your home entertainment center and can sync files across computers, tablets and mobile devices. It has a 4.2/5 star rating from over 30 Amazon customers.

More NAS deals from Woot:

You’ll also want to check out Western Digital’s Red drives, which are specifically designed to handle Network Attached Storage use and are among our favorite options.

2-Bay Stories August 14, 2015

expiredSynology DiskStation 2-Bay Network Attached Storage $300 shipped (Reg. $350+)

NeweggFlash is offering the Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS214play) for $299.99 shipped. That’s $80 under the original listing, $50 better than Amazon and the best price we can find. For those that have Visa checkout access, use code VCO2015BTS (can only be used once per customer) to drop your total down to $274.99 shipped. Either way, these are the best prices available.

Features:

  • 1080p Full HD Video Transcoding on the Fly.
  • Dual Core CPU Powered by Floating-Point Unit.
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0. DLNA Ready Media Server.
  • Screwless Drive Bay Design and Hot-swappable Support.
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM).

Not only are Synology NAS options among our favorite, this model has a 4.5/5 star rating from over 120 Amazon customers. These NAS don’t come with drives inside, but we highly recommend the WD Red drives that are specifically designed for this kind of high intensity application.

2-Bay Stories July 28, 2015

expiredQNAP 2-Bay Cloud Network Attached Storage w/ AirPlay and PLEX support: $219 shipped (Reg. $300+)

Newegg offers the QNAP (TS-251-US) 2-bay Could Network Attached Storage (NAS) for $249. Applying coupon code 0728UWN23 drops the final price down to $219 shipped. That’s a savings of $100 off the original list price, $81 better than Amazon’s current listing and the lowest offering we can find. Amazon users rate this model 4.5/5 stars.

Features:

  • Transcode Full HD videos on-the-fly or offline.Play 1080p videos with 7.1 channel surround sound pass-through via HDMI output
  • AirPlay and PLEX support
  • 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port1 x HDMI2 x USB 3.0 port (Front: 1, Rear: 1)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 port (Rear: 2)
  • Centralize your file storage, sharing and backup
  • Run a virtual machine and extend the functionality of the NAS with an integrated virtualization solution

Pair this NAS with WD’s Red hard drives for a complete storage solution.

2-Bay Stories July 6, 2015

expiredQNAP 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS $149 shipped (Orig. $259)

Walmart is offering the QNAP (TS-231) 2-bay Personal Cloud NAS for a low $149 shipped. That’s $110 off the original list price, $46 less than Amazon, and within a few dollars of the lowest price we’ve seen for it. Features include: 

  • Build a private cloud-based notebook and share with friends and colleagues 
  • Organize & manage files and backup tasks in one centralized location
  • Synchronize files between computers, laptops, and mobile devices
  • Archive, manage, enjoy and share media collections 
  • Enjoy family videos, movies, music, and photos on your TV
  • Transcode videos offline and enjoy smooth video streaming
  • Create a 24/7 surveillance center for your home/small office

Amazon shoppers gave it a 4.4/5 star rating and excellent reviews.

You may also want to check out Amazon’s selection of WD Red hard disk drives. We recommend the 2TB for $95.99, and the 4TB for $154.

 

 

2-Bay Stories May 12, 2015

Seagate 2-Bay Network Attached Storage $100 shipped (Reg. $170), more

Update (5/12 3:00pm): Newegg has the QNAP TS-431 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS Diskless System with DLNA for $219.99 shipped (Reg. $288, current low) using code 0512SCHGM46 during checkout.

NeweggFlash is offering a couple notable deals on Seagate NAS solutions today. The Seagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage drive (STCT100) is available for $99.99 shipped. That’s nearly $70 under the average selling price, $20 under Amazon, matching our previous mention and the best price we can find.

Features:

  • PC, Mac and mobile devices in your business to access, collaborate and share files
  • Backup all your PC and Mac computers to a single, centralized location
  • Up to 100BM/s file transfer performance
  • 1.2GHz ARM processor, with 512MB of RAM

This model ships with a 3 year limited warranty and a 4.2/5 star rating from over 60 Amazon customers.

If you need more storage than the max 10TB the above model offers, NeweggFlash also has the Seagate NAS 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage Drive (STCU100) for $199.99 shipped (matched at B&H). That’s the best price we can find and within $20 of the lowest we’ve seen, which was a one day sale.

WD’s Red drives are among our favorite options and are specifically designed for internal NAS use. You can pickup a 3TB model for $108 shipped right now on Newegg using code EMCASAV23 in the cart (Reg. $120, current low) or grab the 5TB for $179.99 shipped (Reg. $220+, $10 under previous mention).

Seagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage drive (STCT100):

Seagate NAS 2-bay is a full-featured network storage solution offering the easiest setup and the industry’s most intuitive interface. The NAS 2-bay features hardware, software and Seagate drives designed to work together seamlessly, which reduces your setup time to just a few minutes and delivers reliable performance for years to come. In addition, Seagate runs hours of extensive tests on every NAS 2-bay before it leaves our manufacturing facility, to further ensure the system is running at its best.

The NAS 2-bay runs Seagate NAS OS 4 software, completely designed from the ground up to deliver ease of use, performance, reliability and a flexible platform for running add-on apps, enabling you to do more with your NAS. With theApp Manager in NAS OS 4, you can choose to install apps that enhance the functionality of the NAS, such as our surveillance app that turns the NAS into are cording solution for IP cameras or our anti-virus app that can scan files and identify potential threats before it’s too late.

Drives are the core of any high-capacity storage solution and Seagate delivers a specialized drive specifically for NAS systems. Seagate NAS HDD drives, included with the NAS 2-bay, are engineered to run 24×7 to deliver the performance needed by various business applications. NAS HDD drives are rated for higher reliability than a standard desktop drive, offering more protection for your business’s critical files. System Requirements: Local area network (LAN), Latest version of Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, wired router with an available 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9, Internet connection (for system updates and Web access), latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome.

2-Bay Stories March 19, 2015

expiredSeagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage $100 shipped (Reg. $170)

Update (3/19 5:00pm): Newegg is offering the 3TB WD Red internal NAS drive for $109.99 shipped right now (Reg. $120+, current lowest price we can find).

NeweggFlash is offering the Seagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage drive (STCT100) for $99.99 shipped. That’s $70 under the average selling price, $37 under Amazon and the best price we can find.

Features:

  • PC, Mac and mobile devices in your business to access, collaborate and share files
  • Backup all your PC and Mac computers to a single, centralized location
  • Up to 100BM/s file transfer performance
  • 1.2GHz ARM processor, with 512MB of RAM

This model ships with a 3 year limited warranty and a 4.2/5 star rating from over 50 Amazon customers. WD’s Red drives are our favorite option and are specifically designed for internal NAS use.

More:

Seagate NAS 2-bay is a full-featured network storage solution offering the easiest setup and the industry’s most intuitive interface. The NAS 2-bay features hardware, software and Seagate drives designed to work together seamlessly, which reduces your setup time to just a few minutes and delivers reliable performance for years to come. In addition, Seagate runs hours of extensive tests on every NAS 2-bay before it leaves our manufacturing facility, to further ensure the system is running at its best.

The NAS 2-bay runs Seagate NAS OS 4 software, completely designed from the ground up to deliver ease of use, performance, reliability and a flexible platform for running add-on apps, enabling you to do more with your NAS. With theApp Manager in NAS OS 4, you can choose to install apps that enhance the functionality of the NAS, such as our surveillance app that turns the NAS into are cording solution for IP cameras or our anti-virus app that can scan files and identify potential threats before it’s too late.

Drives are the core of any high-capacity storage solution and Seagate delivers a specialized drive specifically for NAS systems. Seagate NAS HDD drives, included with the NAS 2-bay, are engineered to run 24×7 to deliver the performance needed by various business applications. NAS HDD drives are rated for higher reliability than a standard desktop drive, offering more protection for your business’s critical files. System Requirements: Local area network (LAN), Latest version of Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, wired router with an available 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9, Internet connection (for system updates and Web access), latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome.

2-Bay Stories January 12, 2015

expiredQNAP 2-Bay 2.41GHz Dual Core Personal Cloud NAS w/ AirPlay and Plex $257 shipped (Reg. $350+)

Newegg has the QNAP TS-251-US 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS for $334.99, but using code JANSAV2 will drop your total down to $256.99 shipped. That’s more than $143 under the original listing, $78 below Amazon (and the average selling price), and the best price we’ve seen it go for.

This model packs an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor with 4 USB ports and HDMI out allowing users to stream stored content directly from the cloud. Along with full media content support, users also have access to DLNA, AirPlay and Plex options.

Powered by the advanced QTS operating system, the TS-251 performs as an easy-to-use yet powerful NAS for data backup, file synchronization, remote access, home entertainment, and is ideal for users to build a personal cloud to access their data easily.

It has received a 4.7/5 star rating from 24 customers on Amazon. You might also want to check out some of the 2-bay options from Synology (which come in at under $200 in some cases) and be sure to look into our favorite NAS drives courtesy of WD’s Red line.

More from QNAP:

HIGH PERFORMANCE

Powered by a new 22nm 64-bit dual-core Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz processor with 1GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (upgradable up to 8GB), coupled with the support of dual LAN ports and HDMI connectivity, the NAS is a powerful home NAS with supreme value and great performance to deliver up to 220MB/s read & write speeds. The NAS can also automatically increase the processor’s clock rate from 2.41GHz to 2.58GHz when needed for CPU-intensive tasks. The NAS’s fast encryption and decryption performance provides transfer speeds of up to 68MB/s with AES-256 bit volume encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive personal data stored in the NAS. When installed with the latest dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi network card, the NAS can offer remarkably high speeds for transferring large amount of files and streaming bandwidth-consuming multimedia.

QTS – SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT

Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, system operations of the NAS are smooth and handy. Its intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater operating efficiency.

EASILY BUILD YOUR PERSONAL CLOUD AND ACCESS ANYWHERE

QNAP’s myQNAPcloud provides an always-connected infrastructure for business and home users to build their private or personal cloud with ease. Through any web browser or the free mobile app the NAS becomes your personal cloud so you are always connected to your data. Take advantage of the myQNAPcloud service, which allows you to remotely access your NAS wherever you are. Instantly stream or share your multimedia contents and share them with your friends.

REAL-TIME & OFFLINE HD VIDEO TRANSCODING

The NAS delivers superior real-time Full HD video transcoding to convert your videos to formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. It allows for up to 5 devices to simultaneously view different videos stored on the NAS with on-the-fly hardware accelerated transcoding. The NAS allows you to enjoy instant videos on multiple devices – even those that lack computing power or have limited file format support – without the need for complicated and time-consuming file conversion.

With the benefit of offline transcoding, if you can only connect to an Internet connection with limited/restricted bandwidth, you can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile app for iOS & Android without affecting the NAS’s performance running other applications. This also allows more people to play videos via streaming. The NAS also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.

2-Bay Stories December 18, 2014

expiredNAS: QNAP TS-212 2-bay diskless $90 (orig. $150), BUFFALO LinkStation 4-bay diskless $129 (Reg. $249)

Newegg offers the QNAP 2-Bay Diskless System Network Attached Storage (TS-212-E) for $109.99, but using code 24HRS2SAVE5 brings the total down to $89.99 shipped. That’s $60 under the original listing, the best price we can find by around $20 and matching the all-time low from Black Friday.

Features:

  • 2 Bay Home & SOHO NAS
  • Multi-window, multi-tasking GUI
  • Data storage, backup, sharing and disaster recovery
  • Rich multimedia applications for entertainment
  • Dropbox like file synchronization
  • 2 x USB3.0 + 1 x USB2.0
  • 2 year warranty

This particular model has received 4 out of 5 eggs on Newegg and very similar models have received 4+ star ratings among Amazon customers.

If you’re looking for something with more internal bays, Newegg also has the BUFFALO Diskless System LinkStation Pro Quad Network Storage (LS-QVLE) for $129 shipped (Reg. $249) using code 24HRS2SAVE7 during checkout. While we have seen this model go for about $20 less, this is the lowest current price we can find. Reviews aren’t easy to come by, but 6 Newegg customers rate it 4 out of 5 eggs.

As usual, we recommend WD’s Red internal drives for NAS solutions, as they tend to offer great performance for the money starting at $67 or less.

More from QNAP:

Introducing the QNAP TS-212 NAS server for home use, an easy to use networked storage center for the ultimate digital home entertainment experience. QNAP Turbo NAS servers are a new approach for sharing digital photos, music, and movies/videos, and keeping home computers backed up. You can easily view photos, listen to music, and even watch Full HD 1080p movies on a widescreen TV or projector streamed from the NAS over the network through PS3, Xbox 360, or other network media players.

You can share multimedia content with family and friends wherever they are on the Internet by web browsers. iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and Android users can browse shared photos or listen to their music collections anywhere with 3G or Wi-Fi connection by streaming content directly to the device no sync required. QNAP NAS brings to life the ultimate in digital home theater enjoyment.

2-Bay Stories July 11, 2013

Synology DiskStation 2-Bay NAS Server $170 Shipped (Reg. $189)

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B&H is offering the Synology DiskStation 2-Bay NAS Server for only $169.99 Shipped (Reg. $189). That’s the lowest total cost we could find it for by $20.  This Diskstation is a high-performance, backup storage and server solution for home and office. While no drives are included with the DiskStation, it supports a max capacity of 6TB.

With the included Gigabit LAN port, you can connect the DiskStation to your router and access it locally on your network and it supports cross-platform file sharing between Ubuntu, Mac and Windows computers.

The DiskStation can function as a variety of different servers, whether you need it to store and stream photos, video, audio or data within your office or over the internet. You can use it as a server for FTP, Mail, UPnP media devices, printing, iTunes, photos, videos, hosting websites, operating surveillance webcams or downloading bit torrent, http, FTP or eMule files.

Additional Specs: 

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