nas Stories October 20, 2017

How to: Connect a Synology NAS to your network wirelessly [Video]

I use a Synology NAS in my daily workflow to store high quality versions of my YouTube videos for archival purposes. Yet, I’ve been wanting to relocate the NAS to a shelf in the back of my office to save space on my desktop. Unfortunately, access to Ethernet from my shelf wouldn’t be easy. I didn’t want to go through the process of running cable from my router to my NAS, so a wireless solution seemed like the obvious choice.

nas Stories October 13, 2016

Amazon is offering the Synology Disk Station 4-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS415play) for $335.75 shipped – It might take awhile to ship, but you can get it direct next day from Synology for $399 – still $100 less than usual. This Drive rarely dips below $500 so today’s probably the day to snap one up.

The DS415play can support up to 24TB of multimedia files with 4x6TB drives, supports 1080p Full HD video transcoding, and with Synology’s host of mobile apps it becomes even easier to watch your videos from your phone or tablet. Rated 4.2/5 stars by Amazon shoppers.

You’ll need some drives to start you off. With this NAS ready WD Red 6TB Hard Disk Drive for $235 you’ll be on your way to building your multimedia collection.

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nas Stories May 13, 2016

QNAP 4-Bay NAS w/ HDMI, AirPlay & PLEX: $349 shipped (Orig. $480)

Newegg offers the QNAP TS-451-US Diskless 4-bay Personal Cloud NAS w/ HDMI & AirPlay for $349 shipped. For comparison, it originally retailed for $480 but typically sells for around $400 now. Today’s deal is $15 less than B&H’s current low sale price, $5 less than our previous mention and the best available.

nas 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

nas Stories March 9, 2016

expiredNETGEAR routers, modems & storage up to 60% off from $30: 2-bay NAS + 4TB storage $320 (Reg. $400), more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering up to 60% off a selection of Wi-Fi routers, modems, NAS drives, security cams and more. There are a number of notable deals from Netgear and more starting from $29.99. Everything in the sale ships free for Prime members or in orders over $49.

One standout deal is the NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem (CM600-100NAS) for $99.99 shipped. That’s $30 under the going rate, the lowest Amazon has offered it and $20+ below the next best price from a trusted retailer. It features speeds up to 960 Mbps and is “certified for XFINITY from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and more”. Rated 4+ stars from over 150 Amazon customers. You can find out more details on how purchasing your own cable modem can save you money in the long run right here.

More Top Picks from Today’s Sale:

nas 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

nas Stories December 4, 2015

expiredSony 1TB Personal Content Station: $25 Prime Shipped (92% off list)

Amazon offers the 1TB Sony Personal Content Station (Model LLS201)  for $24.99 with free Prime shipping. That’s a whopping $275 (92%)off of list price for this combination media player and NAS storage device. Inside is a 1TB hard drive and it is controllable by Android or iOS devices to play music, videos and pictures either on the local device or through HDMI to a TV.

nas Stories November 23, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box — Routers & NAS up to 50% off: WD 4TB My Cloud $150, Drobo 4-Bay $200, more

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up to 50% off select networking and storage products. All of the discounted items are from trusted brands including WD, TP-LINK, Linksys, Seagate, and Drobo. Prime members (free trial) and anyone spending at least $35 will receive free shipping.

Our top pick from this sale is the WD 4TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage for $149.99 with free shipping. That’s well under its list price of $220, about $20 better than the next lowest price we can find, and the cheapest ever on Amazon. However, there was a one-time deal on eBay a few months back where it was $10 less. This WD NAS features automatic backups, a USB 3.0 expansion port, and mobile device access via iOS/Android apps. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars from 2,782 Amazon reviewers.

Other notable deals from today’s sale include:

nas Stories November 4, 2015

expiredStorage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive $75 (Reg. $90+), WD Red 3TB NAS HDD $100 (Reg. $115)

Newegg offers the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $89.99. Applying coupon code AF15SAM113A drops the final price to $74.99 shipped. That’s good for $75 off the original price, $13 less than Amazon, a match of our previous low mention and the best current offering we can find.

This is the best-selling solid-state drive at Amazon, garnering a 4.7/5 star rating from over 5,850 customers. Features include read/write speeds of 540/520 MB/s, 3D V-NAND technology, 256-bit AES encryption and a five-year warranty.

Next up, Newegg has the WD Red 3TB Internal Hard Drive for $113.99. Coupon code ESCKKAR23 reduces the price to $99.99 shipped. This is 50% off the original MSRP, $10 less than Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the best price currently available. Rated 4.6/5 stars by over 2,700 Amazon customers. Features include a NAS-specific design, 6GB/s speeds, and a three-year warranty.

If you’re a PC gamer, be sure to check out this current Amazon promotion: buy a qualifying Samsung Solid-State Drive or Monitor and receive a free digital download of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate ($60 value). Our top pick would be the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $163.75.

nas Stories September 30, 2015

expiredWD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS $160 shipped (Orig. $220)

Buy (99.1% positive feedback from 3,093,439 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers the WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage (model WDBCTL0040HWT-NESN) for $159.99 with free shipping. That’s $60 below list, $26 better than Amazon, and the biggest discount we’ve ever seen.

Access 4TB of music, movies, backups and other data from anywhere with a computer (Mac/PC) or even mobile devices thanks to WD’s My Cloud apps. You can also use it to stream media to connected TVs, media players and other DLNA/UPnP devices. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars from 2,389 Amazon reviewers.

Need a little lot more storage with less connectivity? Newegg offers a Seagate 8TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive(STDT8000100) for $249.99. Coupon code EMCAXNR48 drops it to $199.99 with free shipping. That’s tied with our lowest price we’ve seen on an 8TB USB HDD.

nas Stories September 24, 2015

QNAP NAS w/ AirPlay: TS-131 1-Bay $135 (Orig. $215), HS-210 2-Bay Fanless $145 (Orig. $289), more

Woot is back at it again with the QNAP NAS deals. While Synology makes some great and affordable options as well, the well-rated QNAPs tend to come down even lower. Woot has the QNAP TS-131 1-bay Personal Cloud NAS for $129.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $80 under the original listing, between $18 and $31 under the next best prices/Amazon, matching our last mention and the best we can find.

You’ll be able to store all your most important files in the cloud and stream your content on the big screen with DLNA and AirPlay support. This model boasts an ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core at 1.2GHz with 512MB RAM, and USB 3.0 connectivity. It has a 4.4/5 star rating from nearly 100 Amazon customers.

The rest of today’s QNAP NAS deals from Woot (shipping costs included) can be found below. All of the models support AirPlay and are at the best prices we can find. The TS-231+ is matching our previous mention and the HS-210 2-Bay Fanless is actually $10 less today:

nas 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.

nas 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.

nas 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.

nas 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.

 

 

nas Stories June 17, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – up to 50% off HDDs + Networking: Seagate 1TB Portable $50, TP-LINK Wi-Fi Extender $40, more

Today only, as its Gold Box Deal of the Day, Amazon offers up to 50% off select hard drives and networking products. Prime members (free trial) receive free 2-day shipping on the lot, while non-members will need to spend at least $35 to lock in free standard shipping. There’s a total of 15 different items included in this sale, but that may change as the day progresses and the best deals sell out. Here are our top picks:

nas 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.

nas Stories April 29, 2015

expiredGet into Network Attached Storage today with these deals on QNAP and WD Red products

Update (4/29 1:30pm): Newegg also has the QNAP (TS-212P-US) Two-bay Personal Cloud NAS for $89.99 shipped. This storage system typically goes for $115 or more at retailers such as Amazon.

Whether you have a large library of media or simply are in need of a backup solution, Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a quality route to take to ensure your data is safe. Online cloud services certainly have benefits but ultimately the peace of mind that comes with storing data locally is often the best path to take. This allows users to access data whenever needed, some systems are even designed specifically for media playback on Apple TV or other streaming media players. Today, we have selected two deals at Newegg on a NAS system and hard drive to help get you started on safely backing up your data.

First up is the QNAP (TS-431) 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS Diskless System with DLNA and PLEX support for $289.99. Applying coupon code 0428DYUGD21 at checkout drops the price down to $219.99 shipped. That is $70 better than Amazon’s listing and the best current price.

The QNAP TS-431 gives you four bays for storage allowing users to create custom partitions based on backup and other needs. With built-in PLEX and offline on-the-fly transcoding, you’ll be able to stream music and movies to multiple devices at once. It also has three USB 3.0 and two LAN ports for flexible connectivity. QNAP includes a one-year warranty with purchase. Amazon users agree that this is a solid choice, rating it 4.3/5 stars.

Of course, if price isn’t an issue we highly recommend checking out the line of NAS products from Synology. In addition to many of its products garnering 4.5+/5 ratings on Amazon, these DiskStations are often noted for a dependable design that is easy to setup.

You’ll want to pair the QNAP with 3.5-inch hard drives that are designed for NAS storage. Newegg is currently offering the WD Red 4TB 3.5-inch internal hard drive for $160.99, but coupon code ESCARNX24 drops the final price down to $149.99 shipped, which is the best current offering.

These drives are specifically designed for NAS storage and include a three-year warranty. With a 4.5/5 rating from over 2,000 Amazon customers, this drive is the perfect companion to a new NAS setup.

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