Zyxel NSA320 2-Bay Power NAS - £50.97 Delivered from DABS
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Zyxel NSA320 2-Bay Power NAS - £50.97 Delivered from DABS

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Found 9th May 2014
The ZyXEL Media Server is more than just a central home media library. You can effortlessly share and upload media stored on the NSA320S through mobile devices. Using the Polkast app on your mobile devices, you can access all the photos, music and videos stored on the NSA320S and share them with friends or family. You can synchronize photos on Facebook, Twitter or Flicker to your NSA320S through Polkast; stream music to play-zone and control them with a remote or mobile device wherever you go.

Organize media, photo, music and backups in one centralized location

Share contents in the home to any DLNA-certified device
Access files anywhere on mobile device using the Polkast app

Organize, media library with the built-in media server

Back and download files remotely to Dropbox from anywhere

Reduce power consumption with power scheduling and hibernation functions

*26 AVAILABLE AT QUOTED PRICE AS OF 10/06/2014*

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It came up as £69.99 for me when searching Dabs site but with your Quick Code it magically changed to £49.99 + 98p p&p.

Edited by: "anglo" 9th May 2014

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anglo

It came up as £69.99 for me when searching Dabs site but with your Quick … It came up as £69.99 for me when searching Dabs site but with your Quick Code it magically changed to £49.99 + 98p p&p.



The deal link is finally working now as well

Unless I'm mistaken (I often am at this time of nigth) this is a decent price for a 2-bay NAS. Except Zyxel...

Anyone have good words to say about Zyxel?

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Anyone have good words to say about Zyxel?



I've actually got the NSA310S single bay drive and I love it. I had a Western Digital "MyCloud" device, but I pulled the drive from that and stuck it in this.

The range of features for the price is excellent. It's got dropbox integration, a built in torrent client, various servers - FTP, Media, iTunes, Web Publishing e.t.c..

You can actually set it up to remotely start a torrent downloading - you basically save the torrent file to the specific folder in your dropbox account, the Zyxel picks it up and kicks off the download remotely.

There's also auto-uploading to Flickr and Youtube as well. The list of packages you can install also shows google drive integration, eMule integration and various other bits.

You can host your own Wordpress blog and also install their own cloud management software as well.

And obviously with the 2-Bay drive, you've got the RAID availability as well.

It's not the quickest drive out there, but so far that's not really been an issue for me.

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Jumpingphil

Shouldn't you unexpired your last thread for this? oO



I couldn't edit the URL, although having emailed the mods to get them to fix the URL in this thread, i suppose i could have done that for the last one ..

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Anyone have good words to say about Zyxel?



They have been around a long long time and thier stuff is usually very good. I would have no problem buying something from Zyxel.

Considering the functions of this NAs it must be a great deal at this price!

very tempted but the polkast app mentioned for remote access now needs a subscription

play.google.com/sto…ast

not a major detractor as this is still a great price for a NAS and i'm sure there are some remote access apps out there for mobile devices but worth mentioning. questioning if i really need one of these but seems cheapest way of making a DNLA file server in my home - i'm guessing it can handle HD content playback on tv/ps3 ok ?

The comparison is always with the HP microserver which although more costly (about £100 after discount) is a 'proper' pc, but without software. It's a four/five drive box.
If you are storing a large amount of data then it's the obvious choice. Also if something goes wrong with the Zyxel if it's storing the data in some strange format on the disks then your chances of retrieving it are low.
Using a conventional operating system, your chances are better.
If you've spent many years collecting films, videos etc and have terrabytes of data then it's got to be the microserver.

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format

very tempted but the polkast app mentioned for remote access now needs a … very tempted but the polkast app mentioned for remote access now needs a subscriptionhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.polkastnot a major detractor as this is still a great price for a NAS and i'm sure there are some remote access apps out there for mobile devices but worth mentioning. questioning if i really need one of these but seems cheapest way of making a DNLA file server in my home - i'm guessing it can handle HD content playback on tv/ps3 ok ?



It handles HD content just fine. I've never had any issues so far.

The zCloud app does work well enough for mobile access instead of polkast - it plays some video files and works with audio files as well but it is, to be fair, fairly limited. The media server on the drive is Twonky so with that, and the other remote access options, i'm sure there has to be a way of setting up some decent free remote streaming - i haven't personally looked in to it properly yet on mine, but i can't imagine it's completely impossible.
Edited by: "HankHandsome" 9th May 2014

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Unless I'm mistaken (I often am at this time of nigth) this is a decent … Unless I'm mistaken (I often am at this time of nigth) this is a decent price for a 2-bay NAS. Except Zyxel... Anyone have good words to say about Zyxel?

I've got a couple of single bay and a twin bay NAS from Zyxel. Never had any issue with them whatsoever and the oldest is probably 4 years old now. I found I had to format the HDD before putting it in the enclosure on the unpopulated one I bought...

jasee

The comparison is always with the HP microserver which although more … The comparison is always with the HP microserver which although more costly (about £100 after discount) is a 'proper' pc, but without software. It's a four/five drive box.If you are storing a large amount of data then it's the obvious choice. Also if something goes wrong with the Zyxel if it's storing the data in some strange format on the disks then your chances of retrieving it are low.Using a conventional operating system, your chances are better.If you've spent many years collecting films, videos etc and have terrabytes of data then it's got to be the microserver.



it uses linux file system so you can simply use a boot cd/usb and proper pc to retrieve data.

Will this run sickbeard?

Link seems to be dead...or has it sold out at the lower price? Can find the item on Dabs web site but showing as 69.99

maddogb

it uses linux file system so you can simply use a boot cd/usb and proper … it uses linux file system so you can simply use a boot cd/usb and proper pc to retrieve data.



Ok.
However there are plenty of cd with utilities to recover dos, fat32, ntfs file systems up to 2 terrabytes, I'm not familiar with those for the linux file systems. Except for dd (which I have used)
Whether the utilities will work with NTFS above 2 terrabytes though!?!
It is a only a two drive Nas.
The microserver is a lot more versatile

Link works for me, now showing as £49.99

Am a newbie with regard to NAS.

I want to put .avi files in this, so that my dad can access them from his home using his iPad. Is this possible?

What kind of HDD I need to put in this?

Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

pre-warning is its a SLOW transfer for moving stuff to it.

Oh yeah working now - cheers!

RHodgett

Will this run sickbeard?



no.

It has a pre-installed (crap) torrent client, but you can add two more; Transmission and eMule.

HankHandsome

I've actually got the NSA310S single bay drive and I love it. I had a … I've actually got the NSA310S single bay drive and I love it. I had a Western Digital "MyCloud" device, but I pulled the drive from that and stuck it in this.The range of features for the price is excellent. It's got dropbox integration, a built in torrent client, various servers - FTP, Media, iTunes, Web Publishing e.t.c..You can actually set it up to remotely start a torrent downloading - you basically save the torrent file to the specific folder in your dropbox account, the Zyxel picks it up and kicks off the download remotely.There's also auto-uploading to Flickr and Youtube as well. The list of packages you can install also shows google drive integration, eMule integration and various other bits.You can host your own Wordpress blog and also install their own cloud management software as well.And obviously with the 2-Bay drive, you've got the RAID availability as well. It's not the quickest drive out there, but so far that's not really been an issue for me.



I also have this. Can you recommend a torrent site to use with it? Cheers

Could u run Plex through this and a external drive I just want to stream movies without having to leave my laptop on all the time thank you in advance if u can help a noob out or point me in the right direction

rytrvs

Could u run Plex through this and a external drive I just want to stream … Could u run Plex through this and a external drive I just want to stream movies without having to leave my laptop on all the time thank you in advance if u can help a noob out or point me in the right direction

I doubt this would have the power to transcode on the fly that Plex needs, not at this price. Plex tends to be put on Mac minis or at least a decent Synology. You could do what you said (in fact, that's the whole point of NAS) but maybe not with Plex.
smitha

Am a newbie with regard to NAS.I want to put .avi files in this, so that … Am a newbie with regard to NAS.I want to put .avi files in this, so that my dad can access them from his home using his iPad. Is this possible?What kind of HDD I need to put in this?Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

Any desktop size HDD will be fine although some claim to be better suited for NAS (eg WD Red drives)

Should be able to stream to an iPad, probably need an app that can at least browse network files like this - no experience with iPads though, works flawlessly on my Nexus 7.

Had my NSA310 for almost 2 years now - no issues at all. Recent firmware update also finally updated NZBget so I'm very satisfied.
Using it with WD TV Live - 1080p without a problem.
As already mentioned - not the fastest NAS around, but does the job for me.

jasee

Ok.However there are plenty of cd with utilities to recover dos, fat32, … Ok.However there are plenty of cd with utilities to recover dos, fat32, ntfs file systems up to 2 terrabytes, I'm not familiar with those for the linux file systems. Except for dd (which I have used)Whether the utilities will work with NTFS above 2 terrabytes though!?!It is a only a two drive Nas.The microserver is a lot more versatile



yes it is but on time effort and money its not a viable solution for those that want a cheap reliable nas solution, the hp is a server and that's beyond the ken of most householders, this is not, bit like comparing peas and beans

Is there a limit to the size of the HDDs you can put in this? Or could I fill it with 2x 4TB hard drives?

A decent machine in its day, but that was 3 years ago. If your demand are modest then this should serve you well.

Hot for the price.

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Unless I'm mistaken (I often am at this time of nigth) this is a decent … Unless I'm mistaken (I often am at this time of nigth) this is a decent price for a 2-bay NAS. Except Zyxel... Anyone have good words to say about Zyxel?



Yes. I've had this for several years and I'm very happy with it. Paid about £99 with a 2TB (or 1TB) drive I think. The only down sides are that it won't switch back on automatically after a power cut and you can't over-ride the mobile version of the web interface.

Best features are Polkast, FTP server, Transmission, Logitech Squeezebox Server and the Broadcatching (use showrss.info to create a feed for your favourite TV shows).

They keep the firmware refreshed fairly regularly, even after all these years, which is commendable when most other companies just seem to leave older devices to rot. I had an update only last week.


Edited by: "mb1" 9th May 2014

adam_holcombe

no. It has a pre-installed (crap) torrent client, but you can add two … no. It has a pre-installed (crap) torrent client, but you can add two more; Transmission and eMule.



Actually yes it will. If you google how to install Fonz Fun Plug it allows you to install many 3rd party plugins - these are excellent little hackable boxes.

jnglizt

Is there a limit to the size of the HDDs you can put in this? Or could I … Is there a limit to the size of the HDDs you can put in this? Or could I fill it with 2x 4TB hard drives?



I know the 325 was updated to increase the limit...imagine the 320 was too..I'm currently using 2x 3tb in RAID

We have this NAS set up as a raid with 2 3TB drives (could do with 4TB now though!) loaded with all our films ripped as MKVs including HD & 3D content, it works brilliant over Ethernet to different TVs (one straight to the TV one to WD Live box) but struggled with streaming over the wireless! However it will stream SD over wireless fine, the HD files are just too big at 10-17GB each so drops out. I use it several times a day with playing episodes & films for my kids as well as us for film nights in so it's been very reliable & I'm so impressed with it, definitely worth the money. Just a shame it doesn't support m4a audio files otherwise I'd have all my music on there I've downloaded through iTunes over the years.
If anyone knows if you can password protect content on this type of NAS please let me know! The auto play the next file feature is a bit of a pain when it's playing something like Bolt for the kids then it moves onto braveheart!!

Edited by: "naypo" 9th May 2014

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Jonnyblock

I also have this. Can you recommend a torrent site to use with it? Cheers



I'm on an iPhone so I use the dolphin browser with lime torrents - dolphin handles a lot of the ad blocking which makes it easier and lime torrents is reasonably well laid out for mobile usage.

you can long-press on the torrent link and then go to the downloads section of dolphin browser and save the torrent file into the dropbox folder that the NAS picks up on

I ordered a Synology DS214se Yesterday, I'm starting to wonder if I should have gone for this instead

This is the NSA320S not the NSA320, the S makes a big difference as it has half the RAM! This would be a good deal if it was the non S version.

naypo

We have this NAS set up as a raid with 2 3TB drives (could do with 4TB … We have this NAS set up as a raid with 2 3TB drives (could do with 4TB now though!) loaded with all our films ripped as MKVs including HD & 3D content, it works brilliant over Ethernet to different TVs (one straight to the TV one to WD Live box) but struggled with streaming over the wireless! However it will stream SD over wireless fine, the HD files are just too big at 10-17GB each so drops out. I use it several times a day with playing episodes & films for my kids as well as us for film nights in so it's been very reliable & I'm so impressed with it, definitely worth the money. Just a shame it doesn't support m4a audio files otherwise I'd have all my music on there I've downloaded through iTunes over the years. If anyone knows if you can password protect content on this type of NAS please let me know! The auto play the next file feature is a bit of a pain when it's playing something like Bolt for the kids then it moves onto braveheart!!



So now you have run out of space, what can you do?. Maybe you can remove the disks and clone them, depending on how the ZyXEL has formatted them as a raid or jabod, but I wouldn't like to do it from/to any disk over 2 terrabytes.

My mum has a Nexus 10 - how would she stream films from this device to it?

got a single bay Zyxel nas and I'm pleased with it.

I've got All my films ripped SD and the Zyxel plays them perfectly.

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Ogre

My mum has a Nexus 10 - how would she stream films from this device to it?



you need to get an app that has DLNA functionality. there are quite a few for android - off the top of my head, bubbleuPnP is quite a good one and will handle most formats.

jasee

So now you have run out of space, what can you do?. Maybe you can remove … So now you have run out of space, what can you do?. Maybe you can remove the disks and clone them, depending on how the ZyXEL has formatted them as a raid or jabod, but I wouldn't like to do it from/to any disk over 2 terrabytes.



We have a backup external drive to keep off site so we'd just have to start from that and copy them all across again once the new drives are installed in the NAS, so not much of an issue, it'll just take some time to transfer them all across once we can afford to upgrade to the new drives!

Ogre

My mum has a Nexus 10 - how would she stream films from this device to it?

I use Es File Explorer and MX Player apps. You could also try XBMC app for a more user friendly, all-in-one approach.
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