HP Microserver N54L £197.94 down to £97.94 (after £100 cash back) @ ServerPlus
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HP Microserver N54L £197.94 down to £97.94 (after £100 cash back) @ ServerPlus

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Found 5th Feb 2014
Finally somewhere has dropped below £100 again

Their site says cashback guaranteed

Free delivery code is MSFREENDUK

Detailed guide on installing XPEnology AKA Synology's DSM Operating System on the HP N54L: cyanlabs.co.uk/tut…ver

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You can also email the cashback form to promotions@out-bound.co.uk
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I also created a desktop application to manage DSM WebUI and SSH in a windows application rather than using a browser, It can be found here - cyanlabs.co.uk/app…dsm
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UPDATED GUIDE BY ME: cyanlabs.co.uk/new…sxi
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plainjane1983

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Its just they down include cashback in prices as its not 100% guarenteed

Original Poster

I've created a new deal with the link to the 3 year deal as the deal link as I don't want people to miss out on the better deal accidentally, this one can prob be removed

plainjane1983

I've created a new deal with the link to the 3 year deal as the deal link … I've created a new deal with the link to the 3 year deal as the deal link as I don't want people to miss out on the better deal accidentally, this one can prob be removed



Well no-one has. And I for one find it confusing

plainjane1983

I've created a new deal with the link to the 3 year deal as the deal link … I've created a new deal with the link to the 3 year deal as the deal link as I don't want people to miss out on the better deal accidentally, this one can prob be removed


Just expire this one

Great price, now I must resist as I already have 2 N40Ls

Just ordered. Didn't want the greater initial outlay - so I wouldn't expire this if I were you.

SuperEd

Deal still valid. Unexpired.

Tremendous deal. I thought it was a good buy when I got mine for just shy of 200 quid (after cashback) a couple of years ago.

So quick question, how easy would it be for me to take this and turn it into a server for games I play like Minecraft and Starbound?

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goonertillidie

Deal still valid. Unexpired.



The other one is a better deal, some cost (after cash back) with 3 years support

Can anyone recommend a good price on compatible memory for this. I think I'd want to go with 16GB.

Nope. Couldn't resist.

os server plus better than ebuyer in terms of delivery?

Rejoice People !! a retailer allowing the cash-back to actually work for the Customer and NOT the retailer!!!

(See ballicom HP Debacle for my meaning)

These are great, I've got 2 of them, an N40 and N54, and the N54 is much quicker, and better for serving plex.
I have WHS (which just about does the trick), Plex, UMS, utorrent. All run on sheduled tasks so I dont have to log in when the little thing starts up.
All you have to factor in is the price of HDD's, some extra RAM (8GB at least) and possibly a cheap low profile graphics card if you want an HDMI output. You can also get a cheap £20 wireless keyboard with built in mouse. Also USB sound output is around £2 on ebay or Amazon - which I've also bought and works fine.

I also have this plugged into the TV, and can run Sky GO so I can watch Sky sports, courtesy of a family member who lets me log in with his account. It works flawlessly.

The way I look at these, is that they are a nice little versatile file server with the bonus of being able to install virtually any OS on them, and can have up to 6 hard drives running at SATA 3GPS. A dedicated 4 bay NAS is obviously better for its purpose, but can end up costing a lot more.

I've got raid striping on 3 drives, which has a throughput of about 340MBs read/write, and the built in 1GB NIC maxes out at around 90-100MB network transfer speed via a Gigabit switch.
Edited by: "cxxr" 5th Feb 2014

wseed

Can anyone recommend a good price on compatible memory for this. I think … Can anyone recommend a good price on compatible memory for this. I think I'd want to go with 16GB.

I got 8gb used for less than 40 quid on eBay, should be possible to get 16 for 80-90 quid.

Just make sure if you buy ecc ram it's unbuffered as buffered (aka registered) ram wont boot.

jacksonliam

I got 8gb used for less than 40 quid on eBay, should be possible to get … I got 8gb used for less than 40 quid on eBay, should be possible to get 16 for 80-90 quid. Just make sure if you buy ecc ram it's unbuffered as buffered (aka registered) ram wont boot.


I've heard of a lot of people using non-ECC ram with the N54L and not having any issues.
There is a list of compatible ram on a wiki(a) somewhere.

jacksonliam

I got 8gb used for less than 40 quid on eBay, should be possible to get … I got 8gb used for less than 40 quid on eBay, should be possible to get 16 for 80-90 quid. Just make sure if you buy ecc ram it's unbuffered as buffered (aka registered) ram wont boot.



Not true, there are some types of non-ecc ram which work with the MicroServers. I have an N40L and am using this memory which works fine.
There is a new version of the bios out for these which enables windows 8.1 compatibility (doesn't boot with NIC enabled otherwise) which can be found here

cxxr

I also have this plugged into the TV, and can run Sky GO so I can watch … I also have this plugged into the TV, and can run Sky GO so I can watch Sky sports, courtesy of a family member who lets me log in with his account. It works flawlessly.


I want to do the same without the need to have a laptop sitting running next to the TV, something small - like this.

How noisy are these? Can the fans be replaced with better quality quieter fans with ease? Better still, fanless?

I also thought Sky Go blocked output via HDMI, or is that true only for the iOS/Android app?

Brilliant these haven't dropped sub-£100 for a while. I remember on the N40 they required a tweaked BIOS to support a 5th HDD on the ODD SATA port, do you need to do this on the N54 still?

joedastudd

I've heard of a lot of people using non-ECC ram with the N54L and not … I've heard of a lot of people using non-ECC ram with the N54L and not having any issues. There is a list of compatible ram on a wiki(a) somewhere.



marshalex

Not true, there are some types of non-ecc ram which work with the … Not true, there are some types of non-ecc ram which work with the MicroServers. I have an N40L and am using this memory which works fine.There is a new version of the bios out for these which enables windows 8.1 compatibility (doesn't boot with NIC enabled otherwise) which can be found here



I don't think either of you read what I wrote properly. I said if you get ecc, don't get buffered.

There are two types of ecc ram, buffered and unbuffered (aka registered). The registered stuff doesn't work in the Microserver.

I didn't mention Non-ecc ram - which also works, but you're still looking at 80-90 quid used for 16gb. Also be careful of big stupid heatsinks that some 'gamer' RAM has. Could be too tall for the case.

Edited by: "jacksonliam" 5th Feb 2014

Very tempted to go for this deal, but every time I try to read up on setting the thing up my head explodes with the tech-speak.

Currently run everything off my home PC with an extra drive for media streaming, but I expect this will be a much better and more energy efficient solution.

jacksonliam

Just make sure if you buy ecc ram it's unbuffered as buffered (aka … Just make sure if you buy ecc ram it's unbuffered as buffered (aka registered) ram wont boot.


jacksonliam

There are two types of ecc ram, buffered and unbuffered (aka registered). … There are two types of ecc ram, buffered and unbuffered (aka registered). The latter doesn't work in the Microserver.



Now who's getting confused? Make your mind up lol.


Edited by: "Northerner" 5th Feb 2014

GrantG182

I want to do the same without the need to have a laptop sitting running … I want to do the same without the need to have a laptop sitting running next to the TV, something small - like this.How noisy are these? Can the fans be replaced with better quality quieter fans with ease? Better still, fanless?I also thought Sky Go blocked output via HDMI, or is that true only for the iOS/Android app?



n54l not as noisy as n40l, but the 3.5 inch drives can be noisy. I wouldn't sleep in the same room as one though, just my ambient hearing is super sensitive. You can change the fan, but its a specific fan I believe. Don't know if you can go fanless as space is tight and the PSU is small.

Sky go is blocked from any mobile device to hdmi. No workarounds exist as far as I know. When you watch from a PC, you get the little monitor icon in the bottom right corner.

I have used NON ECC ram - ballistix sport 2x 4GB - but I've had a set replaced under warranty very quickly by crucial.

DJBenz

Very tempted to go for this deal, but every time I try to read up on … Very tempted to go for this deal, but every time I try to read up on setting the thing up my head explodes with the tech-speak. :(Currently run everything off my home PC with an extra drive for media streaming, but I expect this will be a much better and more energy efficient solution.



It's a cracking machine, and much more flexible than a straight NAS. Power consumption is around 50W so higher than a NAS or MiniITX but less than a desktop PC. However one fail is that none of the Microservers support for S3 standby, so any energy savings could be wiped out by it being on 24/7 and not going into deep sleep automatically when idle. You can use S4 hibernation but then you have to wait ages for the whole thing to shutdown or boot up each time you use it which might not be convenient.
Edited by: "Northerner" 5th Feb 2014

Just snaffled one of these. Can anyone point me in the cheapest direction for 8GB of compatible RAM?

Also has anyone turned one into a HTPC, currently browsing through GPU's, does it real make any difference what I get as long it's 1GB and low profile?
Edited by: "beeargpea" 5th Feb 2014

beeargpea

Just snaffled one of these. Can anyone point me in the cheapest direction … Just snaffled one of these. Can anyone point me in the cheapest direction for 8GB of compatible RAM?Also has anyone turned one into a HTPC, currently browsing through GPU's, does it real make any difference what I get as long it's 1GB and low profile?



1GB Low profile, and fanless preferably.

I got this:
amazon.co.uk/XFX…K7G

You could go cheaper than £29 if you look around (I paid £21.75 via Flubit last November).

USB Sound - is adequate ebay.co.uk/itm…f07

Edited by: "cxxr" 5th Feb 2014

Can I install this machine Win7? Other than the sound card what else is missing?

jacksonliam

Just make sure if you buy ecc ram it's unbuffered as buffered (aka … Just make sure if you buy ecc ram it's unbuffered as buffered (aka registered) ram wont boot.

jacksonliam

There are two types of ecc ram, buffered and unbuffered (aka … There are two types of ecc ram, buffered and unbuffered (aka registered). The latter doesn't work in the Microserver.

Well spotted! Typo corrected.
I'm just trying to stop people wasting their money on the wrong RAM, this site's all about saving money after all...
Edited by: "jacksonliam" 5th Feb 2014

3 year warranty back up to £293.94 inc VAT (£127.94 inc VAT after £166 Cash Back)

I ordered before it went back up!

cxxr

Sky go is blocked from any mobile device to hdmi. No workarounds exist as … Sky go is blocked from any mobile device to hdmi. No workarounds exist as far as I know. When you watch from a PC, you get the little monitor icon in the bottom right corner.


Thanks, think I'm pretty much sold on this one now. Are you using it with HDMI output to your TV to give 1080p? Or is this limited to lower specs?
Edited by: "GrantG182" 5th Feb 2014

GrantG182

Thanks, think I'm pretty much sold on this one now. Are you using it with … Thanks, think I'm pretty much sold on this one now. Are you using it with HDMI output to your TV to give 1080p? Or is this limited to lower specs?



HDMI is output at 1920x1080 and works fine with the GPU im using. Sky go's maximum res would be down sampled to a streamable level, and appear anti-aliased on your 1080p TV. The result is still very good, and watcheable - but not HD by any means.

I had it sitting in my basket waiting to confirm these details before committing to the purchase. The retailer has - as of "midday today" now "sold out of warranties which were in stock and so are now being bought in at the standard price so the new price reflects this". I added this to my cart about an hour or so ago at the deal price too.

The attitude of the ServerPlus sales rep sucked too, so will look for another retailer, even if I do pay more.

Can someone please provide link to build NAS from this for a person who is not too much into technical? thanks

Dealer41

Can someone please provide link to build NAS from this for a person who … Can someone please provide link to build NAS from this for a person who is not too much into technical? thanks



If you're "not too much into technical" then I'd leave this alone and buy a NAS, if you however were interested in learning more then simply Google Linux NAS micro server and I'm sure plenty of guides will show up... But the fun is in the configuration, "self building" and endless applications.
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