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

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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

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