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QNAP TS-212P NAS for £87.90 delivered @ iBood
QNAP TS-212P NAS for £87.90 delivered @ iBood

QNAP TS-212P NAS for £87.90 delivered @ iBood

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A great price for a well reviewed NAS enclosure.

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Looks good

Don't forget Topcashback too. Thanks OP, was looking for a good price on a decent NAS to upgrade my old one.

iSCSI target might be useful for playing with VM's

Heat

Maybe stupid question:

I have a very low power (tiny) Atom nettop which is always on and acts as a basic server with VPN and shares its C drive where my music and other files live...... if I plug this NAS into that server via USB or network will it still behave as a dual RAID NAS with files still accessible via my mini server to all my other devices rather than using any qnas extra cloud software?

What I'd like is to add some bigger storage to my micro server and has some RAID capability for failure.... I appreciate the idea of a NAS is to not have to bother with a PC running but I quite like having the VPN capabilities of a remote windows PC.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 2nd Dec 2014

Tempted but iBood website looks a bit dodgy? Anyone had any experience with them?

Original Poster

They're legitimate but very slow.

Ibood are ****, avoid

These wre the recommended for plex???

landwomble

Ibood are ****, avoid



Thanks! I will.

From reading amazon reviews, does not appear to be very reliable. Combine that with iBood, and the only advice can be to steer clear.

I have an old dual core PC kicking about & was thinking of setting it up as a basic fileslinger.

What advantages would there be to getting one of these instead.

I can probably think of 2 - Size & power consumption.

Cheers for any advice.

I came here for a toaster

rdbradshaw

I came here for a toaster



I LOLed... Good one mate.

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montana78

These wre the recommended for plex???



No I wouldn't recommend for plex, marvell 1.6ghz single core cpu.
Transcoding pretty much out of the question, would struggle with high bitrate direct play as well
Edited by: "americanv8" 2nd Dec 2014

montana78

These wre the recommended for plex???



They work (sort of ok most of the time) if you can be bothered to wait the days and days it takes your files to be added to the plex library.

I have one that I use for storage of my music and movies that I stream across wdtv/ipad/mac/pc/xbmc no problems, it also has a built in DLNA and ITunes server, It does Time Machine backups too.

Lots of apps available including home surveillance etc.

I know its not the most powerful out there but as a starter NAS its pretty good value for money which are usually around £130 on the regular places.
Edited by: "milkmanchris" 2nd Dec 2014

This or Zyxel NSA325?

WyseGuy

This or Zyxel NSA325?



I replaced a 310 (1 bay zyxel) with this, although very similar in stats this is much better, have a look at the demo of the interface (QTS)

broadbandbuyer.co.uk/adv…mo/

milkmanchris

They work (sort of ok most of the time) if you can be bothered to wait … They work (sort of ok most of the time) if you can be bothered to wait the days and days it takes your files to be added to the plex library.I have one that I use for storage of my music and movies that I stream across wdtv/ipad/mac/pc/xbmc no problems, it also has a built in DLNA and ITunes server, It does Time Machine backups too.Lots of apps available including home surveillance etc.I know its not the most powerful out there but as a starter NAS its pretty good value for money which are usually around £130 on the regular places.



I have the black armor 440. Is it worth me keeping it or should i buy another?

Only accepts PayPal or Meastro card. Really?

How noisy are these?

milkmanchris

I replaced a 310 (1 bay zyxel) with this, although very similar in stats … I replaced a 310 (1 bay zyxel) with this, although very similar in stats this is much better, have a look at the demo of the interface (QTS)http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/advice/2090-qnap-turbo-nas-qts-4.1-live-demo/



Thanks, will check that out.

americanv8

CommentNo I wouldn't recommend for plex, marvell 1.6ghz single core … CommentNo I wouldn't recommend for plex, marvell 1.6ghz single core cpu.Transcoding pretty much out of the question, would struggle with high bitrate direct play as well



I have the 120 and its a 1.6ghz single core and it does not struggle one bit with direct play. Direct play is minimal cpu usage. Mines used a 24/7 plex server and works fines. The only thing as you mentioned is the transcoding issue.
Edited by: "mannin" 2nd Dec 2014

Original Poster

Is there a cheap NAS that can manage transcoding? It's a bit of a silly argument really if you're comparing it to products that are two or three times the price.
Edited by: "N1Andy" 2nd Dec 2014

N1Andy

Is there a cheap NAS that can manage transcoding? It's a bit of a silly … Is there a cheap NAS that can manage transcoding? It's a bit of a silly argument really if you're comparing it to products that are two or three times the price.



None that i have seen id class as cheap.

Sharpharp

How noisy are these?



No noise from the device itself apart from a small fan. The noise generated will come from whatever HDD's are installed by the user.
Edited by: "CJUK" 2nd Dec 2014

Original Poster

Actually, watching the Youtube review it shows that it is actually capable of transcoding, which surprises me hugely!
youtube.com/wat…6XE

CJUK

No noise from the device itself apart from a small fan. The noise … No noise from the device itself apart from a small fan. The noise generated will come from whatever HDD's are installed by the user.



In that case, is it possible to use SSDs in it to keep the noise down?

Just pulled the trigger....thanks OP.

Sharpharp

In that case, is it possible to use SSDs in it to keep the noise down?



You can use SSD's no problem, you just need the standard 3.5" to 2.5" bracket to mount in within the drive bays.

The device might be OK but QNAPs support and in particular its forum shows a complete lack of respect for consumers. For that reason I would avoid, they seem to have moved away from standard 'NAS' functionality and into the multi-purpose device space. Some of them have HD Station to support HDMI out/XBMC, QvPC (use your NAS as a desktop! Just add keyb/mouse/monitor), Virtualisation Station (run VMs on it!) - this has led to the standard NAS capabilities to suffer from neglect. Go check out the forum before you buy...thinks like QSync (to back up to/from your NAS) don't work properly, AD integration and ACLs are buggy, SMB support is basic.
Edited by: "zulfkar97" 2nd Dec 2014

markda2000

Only accepts PayPal or Meastro card. Really?



Seems like it. I need to pay by a debit card and I won't use paypal, so basically I can't buy it.

I think the problem with NAS, much like cyclists ...the genre attracts extreme enthusiasts! (being polite)

...I don't want to plex to transcode me slingbox via my chromecast at 1080p using ftp over wifi 802.11ac onto a linux platform running an SQL database...I just want to copy some photos onto a NAS where they'll be a lot safer than on my single drive PC!

At the end of the day, this looks like a good (genuine) reduction......sure BOOD reviews suck, but if they come good (however long it takes)....then this is a real bargain.

Edited by: "HankMcSpank" 2nd Dec 2014

ferrarian

Seems like it. I need to pay by a debit card and I won't use paypal, so … Seems like it. I need to pay by a debit card and I won't use paypal, so basically I can't buy it.



In the end I bit the bullet and loaded the card I wanted to pay with onto PayPal, then used the PayPal checkout.

Been watching some youtube reviews since and it seem very promising. Anyone want to buy my Buffalo Livestation?

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DO NOT ORDER FROM THESE THIEVES

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I finally gave up waiting for ANY reply to my many emails and phoned iBood in the Netherlands today, after holding on I am told they will never be shipping me £125 Shuttle PC as they don't have any stock.

I ordered 10.30am and another person I know ordered later that night (about 12 hours later) and they received it, so where is my item?

Don't waste your time with these thieves, who knows if I will ever get a refund..... after they have had my money for a month or so they are now saying I will need to provide bank account details to get a refund. Why? I paid by paypal by credit card.

Oh and of course they wouldn't tell me this on the phone, they pretended they knew nothing until I put the phone down then emailed me 1 minute later to tell me this, and now they don't reply to any emails about a refund!!!!!


Edited by: "Lexeus" 9th Dec 2014

When it comes to NAS there is only 1 winner. Synology everytime!

Others maybe cheaper but there is a reason for that. No tech support, rubbish UI etc better, zones, qnap are all as bad as each other

ZebbaD

When it comes to NAS there is only 1 winner. Synology everytime! Others … When it comes to NAS there is only 1 winner. Synology everytime! Others maybe cheaper but there is a reason for that. No tech support, rubbish UI etc better, zones, qnap are all as bad as each other



Well you're a happy happy! The QNAP has got good reviews.

markda2000

Well you're a happy happy! The QNAP has got good reviews.



I speak from experience and any company who doesn't have a uk support team is a no go area for me and my business

did anyone order & receive theirs? I ordered one but I'm abroad, my 'my Ibood' just says "confirmed" with an expected shipping date of 15 Dec! It doesn't bode well!

Just returned back to the UK myself and mine has not arrived.
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