Zyxel NAS540 4-Bay Power Plus NAS Diskless - £99.99 Sold by Amazon
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Zyxel NAS540 4-Bay Power Plus NAS Diskless - £99.99 Sold by Amazon

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Found 27th Oct 2015
NAS540 4-Bay Personal Cloud Storage

Backup everything with complete protection
Blade-speed performance access to all your data
Create a personalized cloud for anywhere access

Create a personal cloud with ZyXEL's NAS540 4-Bay Personal Cloud Storage server. Enjoy the freedom to bring large amounts of documents and multimedia files along with your mobile devices where Internet connection is available. Sync your mobile devices easily with popular cloud platforms including Google Drive™**, Memopal, ownCloud or ZyXEL's new zCloud 2.0. Equipped with RAID-5 configuration and dual Ethernet ports for link aggregation support, the ZyXEL NAS540 can deliver up to 130 MB/sec of reading and 48 MB/sec writing speeds.

The 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM enables the ZyXEL NAS540 to handle intensive network data management tasks. The two Ethernet LAN ports with link aggregation capability deliver the best data transfer speeds on your network. The fast USB 3.0 ports provide external storage devices with data transfer rates of up to 4.8 Gbps, making backup tasks a snap. An SD card slot with the latest SDXC support is included for you to easily transfer new photos to the ZyXEL NAS540.

Some reviews I found last time it was posted @ £159.99

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I've had a 2 bay zyxel nas for years - durability/reliability has been excellent so hot from me.
I have one of these. It's very good and at this price it's a bargain.

DABS also have for 99.99 I believe.

i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be very naive to trust your data to the cloud however if its not too personal it may be a backup to hard drives. even so you can be sure the Americans and others have access to all your data . I am not comfortable with that , are you?
GuyFawk

i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be … i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be very naive to trust your data to the cloud however if its not too personal it may be a backup to hard drives. even so you can be sure the Americans and others have access to all your data . I am not comfortable with that , are you?


What next, do you propose to blow up the Houses of Parliament? You only have 8 days to plan for it.
Oneday77

What next, do you propose to blow up the Houses of Parliament? You only … What next, do you propose to blow up the Houses of Parliament? You only have 8 days to plan for it.



you are very naive if you trust the government. I was just pointing out the risks of cloud storage from my own experience. You obviously feel that there are no risks at all. however some other people may wish to consider the wisdom of storing data on US ( and other based ) cloud servers. people who use snapchat etc are also liable to be blackmailed , many celebs have uploaded risque photos to the cloud with inevitable results.
just warning the others, you are free to dismiss me if you wish
GuyFawk

i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be … i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be very naive to trust your data to the cloud however if its not too personal it may be a backup to hard drives. even so you can be sure the Americans and others have access to all your data . I am not comfortable with that , are you?



​Back it up to more than one cloud provider and encrypt it. Job's a goodun!
GuyFawk

you are very naive if you trust the government. I was just pointing out … you are very naive if you trust the government. I was just pointing out the risks of cloud storage from my own experience. You obviously feel that there are no risks at all. however some other people may wish to consider the wisdom of storing data on US ( and other based ) cloud servers. people who use snapchat etc are also liable to be blackmailed , many celebs have uploaded risque photos to the cloud with inevitable results. just warning the others, you are free to dismiss me if you wish


I'm not naive. I don't upload risqué photos anywhere, because I prefer real life. Who needs photos of it.
Secondly only a fool has one back up, everyone should have local backups with at least one other offsite backup.
100 years ago your secrets were discovered and shared by nosey parkers. The only difference today is some people choose to broadcast their life to the masses. Even if they don't they take unnecessary risks and produce more damaging gossip/revealing facades.

All you had to say was, this is a great deal. Get an onsite backup and don't just rely on cloud storage. There was no need for your tin hat opinion and scaremongering. We have the tabloids for that.
Will i have to mess with the head lock on the drives I put into this? I will have them as jbod not raid if that makes a difference. Thanks.
I have a 4 bay nas already, and a 4 bay Drobo. Still feel like I should get this :s
GuyFawk

i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be … i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be very naive to trust your data to the cloud however if its not too personal it may be a backup to hard drives. even so you can be sure the Americans and others have access to all your data . I am not comfortable with that , are you?



Yeah, if the US Government or any other government in the world want to take a look at my music collection including a few embarrassing glam rock albums, pictures of me on holiday and some documents relating to my house renovations they are welcome to it.

Seriously though, if you haven't got anything to hide why does it bother you? Besides if you haven't got anything suspicious you're not going to be targeted are you?
Oneday77

I'm not naive. I don't upload risqué photos anywhere, because I prefer … I'm not naive. I don't upload risqué photos anywhere, because I prefer real life. Who needs photos of it. Secondly only a fool has one back up, everyone should have local backups with at least one other offsite backup.100 years ago your secrets were discovered and shared by nosey parkers. The only difference today is some people choose to broadcast their life to the masses. Even if they don't they take unnecessary risks and produce more damaging gossip/revealing facades. All you had to say was, this is a great deal. Get an onsite backup and don't just rely on cloud storage. There was no need for your tin hat opinion and scaremongering. We have the tabloids for that.




sorry but you are using scripted jibes. its tin FOIL hat by the way ( at least get your insults in order) so far as tabloids are concerned its the very opposite of what you say. they suggest that everything is ok and one should focus on sport and celebs) i made a totally legitimate comment about the risks of cloud storage . Not everybody is as savvy as you claim to be so my remarks are not purely for your consumption. i related my own experience where I lost a huge amount of data on my YouTube and Gmail account , yet instead of saying fair point you chose to abuse me and claim that I am a conspiracy nutjob. fact is the government do spy on us . this may be ok with you but its not ok with me, what do others have to say about this because I am not comfortable living in a surveillance society ( but hey i have a tin foil hat right)
GuyFawk

i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be … i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be very naive to trust your data to the cloud however if its not too personal it may be a backup to hard drives. even so you can be sure the Americans and others have access to all your data . I am not comfortable with that , are you?



Why did they just remove it?
plewis00

Why did they just remove it?



i had a political channel on YouTube and i was being trolled, In fact Google was allowing it, i had 2 years of death threats and dozens of impersonation accounts, Google wanted to remove the evidence . what I say is the sober truth but far too many people dont know ( or want to know) whats going on behind the scenes
I've often wondered about just how much power a NAS drive takes, and even at idle / hibernation this is using 15 Watts (Min) with drives it uses more. That's 2.5 KWh a week even if it isn't used or 50p a week while active it uses 36.5 Watt, and that doesn't include any drives which uses approximately 10 Watts each. So a possible 80W which is 13.5 KWh a week. That's close to £100 a year in electricity

The running costs do seem to be rather high when compared to an external HDD or am I missing something?
the__cat

​Back it up to more than one cloud provider and encrypt it. Job's a g … ​Back it up to more than one cloud provider and encrypt it. Job's a goodun!


RSA keys are made available to the CIA, I suspect that a lot of encrption software has some sort of backdoors but I am no cryptologist. sorry to go a little off topic but after all the issue of backup is about security, if people dont think this is a valid topic they can just ignore it
the__cat

​Back it up to more than one cloud provider and encrypt it. Job's a g … ​Back it up to more than one cloud provider and encrypt it. Job's a goodun!



please note that when i opened my YouTube account i used the gmail account google suggested, at that point i had no way of knowing that Google would remove my gmail account at the same time as taking down my YouTube account. as a result I lost c 1000 uploads ( yes i have them on hard drive) and all the data from 2 years of comments etc. and get this my youtube channel was based in China ( I used a proxy) but was not taken down by China but by the USA that boasts about free speech , anyway i will say no more but if anybody is interested they can PM me . i do accept that my own issues are off topic
Noone mentioned microserver yet ?

Stop feeding the troll. This is not a politics forum.

Great price for a 4-bay.
Thoughtful

I've often wondered about just how much power a NAS drive takes, and even … I've often wondered about just how much power a NAS drive takes, and even at idle / hibernation this is using 15 Watts (Min) with drives it uses more. That's 2.5 KWh a week even if it isn't used or 50p a week while active it uses 36.5 Watt, and that doesn't include any drives which uses approximately 10 Watts each. So a possible 80W which is 13.5 KWh a week. That's close to £100 a year in electricity The running costs do seem to be rather high when compared to an external HDD or am I missing something?


My 2 bay Synology with 2 HDD's uses approx. 30watts (measured using a plug in power meter) is on 24/7 as it also records my IP cameras at 15p a unit of electricity costs 11p a day which is just less than £40 a year.
Thoughtful

I've often wondered about just how much power a NAS drive takes, and even … I've often wondered about just how much power a NAS drive takes, and even at idle / hibernation this is using 15 Watts (Min) with drives it uses more. That's 2.5 KWh a week even if it isn't used or 50p a week while active it uses 36.5 Watt, and that doesn't include any drives which uses approximately 10 Watts each. So a possible 80W which is 13.5 KWh a week. That's close to £100 a year in electricity The running costs do seem to be rather high when compared to an external HDD or am I missing something?




Is this did pull 80w underload 24/7 for a year, then at 15.2p/kWh it would use £106 or so. But 1) there is no way it will pull 80w even with 4 mechanical drives (my old 2 bay zytel pulls 24w peak upon first spinning drives up), 2) there is no way you'd be spinning all 4 drives 24/7 and if you do you've probably bought the wrong device or using it wrong. True costs even with hourly backups will more likely be half or less of what you calculated.
GuyFawk

RSA keys are made available to the CIA, I suspect that a lot of … RSA keys are made available to the CIA, I suspect that a lot of encrption software has some sort of backdoors but I am no cryptologist. sorry to go a little off topic but after all the issue of backup is about security, if people dont think this is a valid topic they can just ignore it


The majority of us have nothing to hide and realise the CIA/MI5 (or whatever) could get just about any information they wanted on us if they REALLY wanted to...it's the likes of Facebook, Google, and all these other companies that wanna snoop and share information for marketing purposes, forcing us to be 'catalogued' online etc that bothers me more tbh...
This looks like a great product and if definitely be interested if I didn't already have a HP MicroServer. Another 4 disks would be overkill for me. Voted hot!
GuyFawk

i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be … i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be very naive to trust your data to the cloud however if its not too personal it may be a backup to hard drives. even so you can be sure the Americans and others have access to all your data . I am not comfortable with that , are you?

Ch3rub43l

Stop feeding the troll. This is not a politics forum.Great price for a … Stop feeding the troll. This is not a politics forum.Great price for a 4-bay.



i suggest ist you who are the troll, anyway politics is all over hotuk, loads of stuff about Muslims, the EU and stuff made in Chine etc. I wouldnt be surprised if you post such stuff, annoying attempt to censor, just ignore it if you dont care about our remaining freedom


JoeSpur

The majority of us have nothing to hide and realise the CIA/MI5 (or … The majority of us have nothing to hide and realise the CIA/MI5 (or whatever) could get just about any information they wanted on us if they REALLY wanted to...it's the likes of Facebook, Google, and all these other companies that wanna snoop and share information for marketing purposes, forcing us to be 'catalogued' online etc that bothers me more tbh...


But that's in affect how you pay for those services. Facebook, Google etc. offer loads of services for 'free' so it's only right that you give them something in return for using said services.
paulj48

My 2 bay Synology with 2 HDD's uses approx. 30watts (measured using a … My 2 bay Synology with 2 HDD's uses approx. 30watts (measured using a plug in power meter) is on 24/7 as it also records my IP cameras at 15p a unit of electricity costs 11p a day which is just less than £40 a year.


Yes I follow your maths, but this unit uses more than 30 Watts without any drives in it! with 4 drives each using around 10 Watts, that consumption rises to 70 Watts, more than double yours, and that's where the £100 pa electricity costs come from.
4 device NAS with Link aggregation for £99? Hot!
The German review looks good too...
Thoughtful

Yes I follow your maths, but this unit uses more than 30 Watts without … Yes I follow your maths, but this unit uses more than 30 Watts without any drives in it! with 4 drives each using around 10 Watts, that consumption rises to 70 Watts, more than double yours, and that's where the £100 pa electricity costs come from.


not sure where you got the 70 watts from? but according to this zyxel.com/Pro…=en it uses 36.6W with 4 hard drives spinning and 14.8W with the hard drives spun down.
Add to that you don't need to run it 24/7 ( I have my 2 ReadyNas NAS Boxes set to switch off during the night) and that's at least 1/3rd of the energy saved, and in the remaining 16 hours, you're likely to utilise it for maybe 4 hours.
So that's 8 hours at 0W (or miniscule 0.2W in the case of my ReadyNas) = 1.6Wh
4 Hours at 36.6W = 146Wh
12 Hours at 14.8W = 177.6Wh

Grand Total per year = 118.7 KwH at 15pence per KwH = £17.80

Nowhere near £100 per year.
paulj48

not sure where you got the 70 watts from? but according to this … not sure where you got the 70 watts from? but according to this http://www.zyxel.com/ProductTab.shtml?pid=20131231165121&idx=11&c=gb&l=en it uses 36.6W with 4 hard drives spinning and 14.8W with the hard drives spun down.


No. It uses 36.6W without any drives in it! Because all drives are different and use different amounts of power they can't possibly give that figure, and it's actually less than four drives consume in any event, so unless they've worked out a way of reducing power consumption it had to be for the empty device - it's the only way the spec would make any sense.
charlesb224

Add to that you don't need to run it 24/7 ( I have my 2 ReadyNas NAS … Add to that you don't need to run it 24/7 ( I have my 2 ReadyNas NAS Boxes set to switch off during the night) and that's at least 1/3rd of the energy saved, and in the remaining 16 hours, you're likely to utilise it for maybe 4 hours.So that's 8 hours at 0W (or miniscule 0.2W in the case of my ReadyNas) = 1.6Wh4 Hours at 36.6W = 146Wh12 Hours at 14.8W = 177.6WhGrand Total per year = 118.7 KwH at 15pence per KwH = £17.80Nowhere near £100 per year.


Somebody please call Scott Steiner!
GuyFawk

i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be … i had my Google account with all its data removed by Google, you must be very naive to trust your data to the cloud however if its not too personal it may be a backup to hard drives. even so you can be sure the Americans and others have access to all your data . I am not comfortable with that , are you?



So what does that have to do with this NAS box exactly then?!
Thoughtful

No. It uses 36.6W without any drives in it! Because all drives are … No. It uses 36.6W without any drives in it! Because all drives are different and use different amounts of power they can't possibly give that figure, and it's actually less than four drives consume in any event, so unless they've worked out a way of reducing power consumption it had to be for the empty device - it's the only way the spec would make any sense.


Never in this world does this board within this nas take 36 watts
GuyFawk

RSA keys are made available to the CIA, I suspect that a lot of … RSA keys are made available to the CIA, I suspect that a lot of encrption software has some sort of backdoors but I am no cryptologist. sorry to go a little off topic but after all the issue of backup is about security, if people dont think this is a valid topic they can just ignore it



​Don't believe all you read on the interwebs. AES-256 is an approved US DoD encryption standard. It has never been cracked... ever.
GuyFawk

please note that when i opened my YouTube account i used the gmail … please note that when i opened my YouTube account i used the gmail account google suggested, at that point i had no way of knowing that Google would remove my gmail account at the same time as taking down my YouTube account. as a result I lost c 1000 uploads ( yes i have them on hard drive) and all the data from 2 years of comments etc. and get this my youtube channel was based in China ( I used a proxy) but was not taken down by China but by the USA that boasts about free speech , anyway i will say no more but if anybody is interested they can PM me . i do accept that my own issues are off topic



​I don't think you are nuts GuyFawk. Politics aside, your story demonstrates that we shouldn't trust our data to strangers. Google is really just a stranger that cares nought for your data, its integrity, security or ownership. Common sense really. You are not paying them, so they owe you nothing. Anyone doubting this business reality can read the Google conditions.

No harm in lobbing some data on Google if you really don't care about it. But know it isn't your data anymore. Personally I would recommend using Owncloud or simar and do it yourself. Storage is so cheap these days it would be rude not to.

I use Owncloud with low power Arm servers and flash storage to provide Dropbox-like service at less than 5 Watts. Sorry about this sanctimonious post!
the__cat

​Back it up to more than one cloud provider and encrypt it. Job's a g … ​Back it up to more than one cloud provider and encrypt it. Job's a goodun!



The average UK broadband upload speed is around 2.9Mbps which means backing up 1TB of data to one cloud will take your average broadband user more than 31 days. 1TB is probably 1/6th of what most people would plug into a 4 slot box like this. So a full box equivalent to two clouds would take a year. Not that TBs of cloud storage is cheap either.
Unless all of the data is changing constantly, only changes would need to be synchronised. Any reputable data backup service (I.e. not Dropbox, Google Drive etc) will accept a USB hard disk as an initial archive to prepare your storage for incremental changes. Upload over your internet connection will be minimal.
Ch3rub43l

Unless all of the data is changing constantly, only changes would need to … Unless all of the data is changing constantly, only changes would need to be synchronised. Any reputable data backup service (I.e. not Dropbox, Google Drive etc) will accept a USB hard disk as an initial archive to prepare your storage for incremental changes. Upload over your internet connection will be minimal.



By reputable you actually mean expensive? Anyhow, great, buy this NAS box and some drives so you can ship it to and back from your cloud provider to initialise your expensive cloud storage archive.
Solly92

The average UK broadband upload speed is around 2.9Mbps which means … The average UK broadband upload speed is around 2.9Mbps which means backing up 1TB of data to one cloud will take your average broadband user more than 31 days. 1TB is probably 1/6th of what most people would plug into a 4 slot box like this. So a full box equivalent to two clouds would take a year. Not that TBs of cloud storage is cheap either.



​You're preaching to the wrong guy, pal.
the amazon reviews dont mention raid 5 anyone got info?

Really would rather raid 5 than raid 1 tbh even for this price
and support 3Tb, 4TB and 5TB drive?
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