QNAP TS-251+ -2G 4TB 2 Bay NAS | Installed with 2 x 2TB WD Red Drives - £299.82 @ Amazon - Prime Exclusive
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QNAP TS-251+ -2G 4TB 2 Bay NAS | Installed with 2 x 2TB WD Red Drives - £299.82 @ Amazon - Prime Exclusive

£299.82£461.9935%Amazon Deals
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Found 5th Jun
high end nas with intel celeron 2ghz processor with hdmi out and kodi also a powerful plex server. usual price £299 for just the enclosure, so essentially you are getting the 2x wd red 2tb drives for free

its hard to locate on amazon if you search for the nas you will only find the nas enclosure only £299, so please click 'get deal' link
only downside 2-5weeks delivery

first post so please be kind
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Hi I have a higher spec model and know the QNAP line of NAS. No Kodi on the QNAP store this has been withdrawn due to licensing issues. This model can not do Plex hardware trans-coding. I advise not buy this model as you are wasting your brass if a media server via Plex or Kodi is what your looking for.
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Welcome to HUKD @KSB85 - thanks for posting your first deal
Very nice heat added
very nice, and very tempting!
The bay on its own is 250 euros on amazon France at the mo.
Good for getting hacked :-)
Ah, FFS. I hate this bloody app
Tempting...
You can run VMs directly on this NAS. Think they also have a docker app. Best to check the QNAP website for full list of apps they have available.
Hi I have a higher spec model and know the QNAP line of NAS. No Kodi on the QNAP store this has been withdrawn due to licensing issues. This model can not do Plex hardware trans-coding. I advise not buy this model as you are wasting your brass if a media server via Plex or Kodi is what your looking for.
This NAS is x86 so the QNAP Club Kodi V17.5 should install, that's what I use on my TS-453A
The cheapest Synology 718+ is 400 quid without the disks. This is a steal with the disks. I am getting this and sending back synology.
I have this and it's a great box. Running Plex on it just fine. You can upgrade the RAM too if you need to run more memory intensive apps.
Qnap also has Linux Station at you can run Ubunbu + Kodi on a side and have it on the TV directly via HDMI. Only downside is h265 support or lack of it...i have 251A
I use this exact model with Kodi (custom QPKG here).

I switched from Plex as it couldn't handle hardware transcoding although I was led to believe that the capability had recently been added. Perhaps not with this model.

Anyway, works fine for Kodi with 1080P content. Ideally though, you would use the NAS just for media and run Plex/Kodi from an mini PC or Android box next to the TV - imo the fan is too noisy for a living room.
tweety32 m ago

This NAS is x86 so the QNAP Club Kodi V17.5 should install, that's what I …This NAS is x86 so the QNAP Club Kodi V17.5 should install, that's what I use on my TS-453A

just wanna ask how long thus it takes for your ts 253a to format the disk?mine started formatting the disk for 12hrs now
I have 453A, amazing kit
ontheqt2 h, 32 m ago

Hi I have a higher spec model and know the QNAP line of NAS. No Kodi on …Hi I have a higher spec model and know the QNAP line of NAS. No Kodi on the QNAP store this has been withdrawn due to licensing issues. This model can not do Plex hardware trans-coding. I advise not buy this model as you are wasting your brass if a media server via Plex or Kodi is what your looking for.


Made this mistake, description somewhere said able to handle multiple streams pants.
Wish I had made a server instead so I could host & Nas
Saying that it does the job now I've got a bunch of rokus & the lecy bills cheap
is this overkill for a home storage device to store high-res photos? Not really looking to use this as a media server but it would be a plus if it could. But it seems Plex doesnt work anyway, so not sure.
sdman7865 h, 37 m ago

is this overkill for a home storage device to store high-res photos? Not …is this overkill for a home storage device to store high-res photos? Not really looking to use this as a media server but it would be a plus if it could. But it seems Plex doesnt work anyway, so not sure.


Yes, save your money and get cloud storage online. No maintenance, no running costs and much cheaper if you are only storing your photos.
Google photos has unlimited photos storage for free. I believe it's up-to 16 megapixel for each photo, but don't quote me. So this should be fine for most people's photos.
Edited by: "g8ryj" 6th Jun
Ignore my ignorance but why transcode on a NAS? Are most devices such as shield, fire tv etc etc not hardware capable of playing most media files these days?
Edited by: "mrkang80" 6th Jun
Is the software on this as good as a synology?
mrkang801 h, 16 m ago

Ignore my ignorance but why transcode on a NAS? Are most devices such as …Ignore my ignorance but why transcode on a NAS? Are most devices such as shield, fire tv etc etc not hardware capable of playing most media files these days?



Most people use it to watch stuff on mobile phones and tablets. That is where transcoding helps.
LD2DVD10 m ago

Is the software on this as good as a synology?


It is a matter of taste, I would say the web interface is almost par. QNAP is a bit behind in terms of number of apps, however if you do a comparison between most used apps, they both have functionality offered one way or another. Synology has other things like quickconnect and better android/ios apps that QNAP is lagging behind. If it is going to be a NAS in the home to share stuff, then this deal will do it. I ordered a DSM 718+ and I will be returning that over this because the use case for me is covered by QNAP.
Ahkey10 h, 46 m ago

I use this exact model with Kodi (custom QPKG here). I switched from Plex …I use this exact model with Kodi (custom QPKG here). I switched from Plex as it couldn't handle hardware transcoding although I was led to believe that the capability had recently been added. Perhaps not with this model. Anyway, works fine for Kodi with 1080P content. Ideally though, you would use the NAS just for media and run Plex/Kodi from an mini PC or Android box next to the TV - imo the fan is too noisy for a living room.


Thanks for the advice.I have the 251+ model. Which version of kodi should i get for mine as i'm not using HD station? Thanks
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Good deal ?
not bad deal, but if you have 12TB of data and it is important then please use a 4 Bay version or have an offline backup option to go with it.
leemason2k325 m ago

[Image] Good deal ?


Nah, that looks pretty bad to me. BTW do you have a link??
leemason2k326 m ago

[Image] Good deal ?


If you are spending that sort of money, why not build a PC server with RAID 6. You can do a lot more with a PC !!!
Edited by: "g8ryj" 6th Jun
Pc using more power and drive like £280 each on good day keep checking amazon key word 24tb some orders do slip though:) amazon fulfilment only tho(nerd)
Edited by: "leemason2k3" 6th Jun
To say this model has problems with plex is misleading - I use it daily.
To say this model cant transcode media is misleading. - i use it daily.

To the people who say that this doesnt support these two functions, you must be using it wrong.

I hope this helps people who are looking at this because its one hell of a deal. The hard drives are essentially free.
heat from me.
andyroochoo41 m ago

To say this model has problems with plex is misleading - I use it …To say this model has problems with plex is misleading - I use it daily.To say this model cant transcode media is misleading. - i use it daily.To the people who say that this doesnt support these two functions, you must be using it wrong.I hope this helps people who are looking at this because its one hell of a deal. The hard drives are essentially free.heat from me.



Could I attach an external drive (I have an 8TB USB3 seagate one) and manage it from the QNAP ?
djfluff1 h, 42 m ago

Could I attach an external drive (I have an 8TB USB3 seagate one) and …Could I attach an external drive (I have an 8TB USB3 seagate one) and manage it from the QNAP ?


Pretty sure you can

External support: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+


I am very tempted by this. From what i can gather Hardware transcoding is possible with Plex Pass on the J1900.


The ONLY thing that is putting me of is the recent news about that Botnet and the 251 being mentioned (not sure if the 251+ is affected though), and therefore why it is possibly going cheap
Edited by: "Atheos" 6th Jun
Atheos43 m ago

Pretty sure you canExternal support: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+I am …Pretty sure you canExternal support: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+I am very tempted by this. From what i can gather Hardware transcoding is possible with Plex Pass on the J1900.The ONLY thing that is putting me of is the recent news about that Botnet and the 251 being mentioned (not sure if the 251+ is affected though), and therefore why it is possibly going cheap



I have looked a a NAS before to do this, but it would only let you use the external drive to backup the NAS itself and wouldn't present it as usable..
djfluff5 m ago

I have looked a a NAS before to do this, but it would only let you use the …I have looked a a NAS before to do this, but it would only let you use the external drive to backup the NAS itself and wouldn't present it as usable..


Ah, right. I assumed it was possible. My Bad.

This will be my first NAS if i go for it
andyroochoo3 h, 25 m ago

To say this model has problems with plex is misleading - I use it …To say this model has problems with plex is misleading - I use it daily.To say this model cant transcode media is misleading. - i use it daily.To the people who say that this doesnt support these two functions, you must be using it wrong.I hope this helps people who are looking at this because its one hell of a deal. The hard drives are essentially free.heat from me.


It "Just" about has enough grunt in the CPU department to support software transcoding a 1080p 10Mbps stream. It would be tight though and leaves no room for anything else. Sure, you could use hardware transcoding to help that but anyone who cares about video quality won't want to use it, as it degrades it.

This is definitely a good price for a Qnap - especially with the drives.. Then again, for £300 without drives you could build a far better FreeNAS box with 3x the performance. Also, the fact this is 2x 2TB drives people will (unless silly) have to run it mirrored, leaving 2TB usable space...
Edited by: "spritey" 6th Jun
33925081-GJySl.jpgup an running now after a day of formatting the 20tb drive😝
Software updates - slow and late. Added functionality - none.
This was 4 years ago - hope they have improved!!!
Needless to say - I sold mine and went for an alternative...
spritey7 h, 55 m ago

It "Just" about has enough grunt in the CPU department to support software …It "Just" about has enough grunt in the CPU department to support software transcoding a 1080p 10Mbps stream. It would be tight though and leaves no room for anything else. Sure, you could use hardware transcoding to help that but anyone who cares about video quality won't want to use it, as it degrades it.This is definitely a good price for a Qnap - especially with the drives.. Then again, for £300 without drives you could build a far better FreeNAS box with 3x the performance. Also, the fact this is 2x 2TB drives people will (unless silly) have to run it mirrored, leaving 2TB usable space...



Again misleading. The main purpose of transcoding is to reduce bandwidth, so of course quality degrades. Hardware transcoding requires a Plex pass.
I'd like some advice please if anyone can...

I want a NAS simply to store mainly pictures and videos - basically archiving.

I'm not bothered about Plex/Kodi or mobile apps or anything really - I just want to be able to do transfer over the network with cables and be able to stream the vids on the NAS onto my computer occasionally (normally 1080p vids).

I'm torn between this and the 4TB Buffalo deal here - the increased storage capacity (I'd probably RAID the QNAP) would be useful since I'm currently sitting at just over 1TB but that's with me being conservative.

So confused!
limegreenzx15 h, 9 m ago

Again misleading. The main purpose of transcoding is to reduce bandwidth, …Again misleading. The main purpose of transcoding is to reduce bandwidth, so of course quality degrades. Hardware transcoding requires a Plex pass.


No. The purpose of transcoding (by defintion) is to convert a format that can't be played natively on the client device into one that can (Nice try though.....). You could choose to lower the bitrate if you so desired.

Software transcoding is far superior to hardware transcoding, especially when it comes to video quality. So your CPU PassMark plays a significant part in a purchase decision if you wish to software transcode. Opposed to hardware where you can rely on the likes of QuickSync but experience significantly more degradation in quality.
Edited by: "spritey" 7th Jun
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