ZyXEL NSA320S 2-Bay Power NAS Appliance Diskless £49.98 delivered at eBuyer
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ZyXEL NSA320S 2-Bay Power NAS Appliance Diskless £49.98 delivered at eBuyer

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Found 7th Jan 2015Made hot 8th Jan 2015
The ZyXEL NSA320S 2-Bay Media Server provides high performance for you to share multimedia files, backup data as well as to manage music, videos, photos in your personal cloud. The NSA320S offers fast multimedia streaming and sharing functions for multiple UPnP and DLNA-certified devices throughout the entire house.

Enjoy digital entertainment center everywhere at home

Powered by a 1.0 GHz CPU and 256 MB memory, the ZyXEL NSA320S 2-Bay Media Server works as your 24/7 personal cloud so you can quickly and easily share digital photos, music, and movies/videos, while keeping home computers backed up. The NSA320S is also a cloud download server that makes it easy to stream media to multiple UPnP and DLNA-certified devices including Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation or DLNA TV anywhere in your home.

Access, share and enjoy personal cloud everywhere

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.

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Original Poster

Was down this low about 7 months ago. Good starter NAS for a lot of people I think. And no, you can't run PLEX on it

Can this run plex





:-)

Original Poster

grommachine

Can this run plex:-)



Not sure, ask the guy who made the first post

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grommachine

Can this run plex:-)



I'm 90% sure it can, I have the NSA320, and my lord was Plex a bitch to install on it, mind you I am the novice of novices
Edited by: "BuzzDuraband" 7th Jan 2015

Original Poster

apparently there is a solution to run PLEX on it

forum.nas-central.org/vie…cca

but then i would have thought that having a NAS drive defeats the object of plex anyway as you can stream your media from the nas drive instead of having to leave your PC on.

i've got all my media on my Synology and use that and my DLNA enabled Bluray player. If i want a fancy front end, I can use the ds video app.

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HankHandsome

apparently there is a solution to run PLEX on it … apparently there is a solution to run PLEX on it http://forum.nas-central.org/viewtopic.php?f=249&t=7603&sid=302389be4c7bb37c0ceb75d7cb6abccabut then i would have thought that having a NAS drive defeats the object of plex anyway as you can stream your media from the nas drive instead of having to leave your PC on.i've got all my media on my Synology and use that and my DLNA enabled Bluray player. If i want a fancy front end, I can use the ds video app.



Yeah but, it was handy in a house full of Now TV boxes before the purchase of a WD TV.

If its Plex you want then you'd be far better asking a friend, relative, or looking at your local tip for any sort of poo pc that no one wants. Get linux (or Winodws if you have a legit version) installed on it, share the drive(s) install plex, and that crap pc has now become your plex media server and your nas.

I bought the next one up (325V2) of these purely for plex, then had a rare flash of inspiration and realised that a cheap PC with a big case would be better. and it has been.

If however you just want a NAS, then this is a decent enough price for one that not that straight forward to deal with

Major difference between 325 & 320 is not supports SATA-3...so think before invest...

The user manual put me off tbh

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0ARaLICQAAwU5I.png:large

Can I do lab work on this server ? Like installing VM etc .. ?

BuzzDuraband

I'm 90% sure it can, I have the NSA320, and my lord was Plex a bitch to … I'm 90% sure it can, I have the NSA320, and my lord was Plex a bitch to install on it, mind you I am the novice of novices



Hi mate can I use this NAS to do lab work ? Or learn VM ?

Sexyscorpion

Hi mate can I use this NAS to do lab work ? Or learn VM ?



when you say learn vm do you mean vmware? as there are quite a few flavours. ie vmware, citrix, hyper v, virtual box etc. for vmware I will say NO as this nas doesn't support NFS or iscsi. unless you use workstation and mount a network drive where you save your vmdk files in. If you planning on using vmware for vm learning i suggest you stick to workstation and use the nas as dir for vmdk files that way you can create a freenas vm and use the nas capacity as your quorum or lun. that's your only best hope.

Thetrout

If its Plex you want then you'd be far better asking a friend, relative, … If its Plex you want then you'd be far better asking a friend, relative, or looking at your local tip for any sort of poo pc that no one wants. Get linux (or Winodws if you have a legit version) installed on it, share the drive(s) install plex, and that crap pc has now become your plex media server and your nas. I bought the next one up (325V2) of these purely for plex, then had a rare flash of inspiration and realised that a cheap PC with a big case would be better. and it has been.If however you just want a NAS, then this is a decent enough price for one that not that straight forward to deal with



Congratulations on your hefty power bill.

paul_merton

The user manual put me off tbh



lol they're not getting their hands on my files!

I've had a couple of NAS boxes and to be honest you're much better off with a small cheap PC and Windows, Faster, more versatile and if you're careful your can build / buy one for the same price as a NAS.
Edited by: "pinchez" 8th Jan 2015

How's it compare to this one (£10 cheaper):

D-Link Sharecenter

I have the 325 v2 and I've yet to work out how to upload photos to flicker. it works well but not user friendly.

pinchez

I've had a couple of NAS boxes and to be honest you're much better off … I've had a couple of NAS boxes and to be honest you're much better off with a small cheap PC and Windows, Faster, more versatile and if you're careful your can build / buy one for the same price as a NAS.



So you can build a legal Windows PC without disk for £50?

A good NAS drive is small, quiet, always on, low power, low maintenance and serves files without fuss.

A Windows PC needs managing, is typically more power hungry, larger and careful or not, more expensive.

If you need file store available to all on your network a NAS is the ideal device.

This is a good price for a great product. Stable and reliable. Voted hot.

Can this run plex? Heat for a decent price.

Good find, Same price on Amazon.

pinchez

I've had a couple of NAS boxes and to be honest you're much better off … I've had a couple of NAS boxes and to be honest you're much better off with a small cheap PC and Windows, Faster, more versatile and if you're careful your can build / buy one for the same price as a NAS.



I have a NAS (a Synology Diskstation) and I wouldn't consider replacing it with a PC. It'd be nuts.

Would never buy from these muppets ever again. If you product develops a fault after 28 days then kiss your money goodbye.

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rogerh

I have a NAS (a Synology Diskstation) and I wouldn't consider replacing … I have a NAS (a Synology Diskstation) and I wouldn't consider replacing it with a PC. It'd be nuts.



I've got a Diskstation as well (a DS114) and I wouldn't replace it for the world. One of the best bits of kit i've bought in a long time.

And thanks for the heat nice people

I think people need to be very aware that getting plex to work is a whole different ball game to realising that if you have Plex doing the transcoding this will bring most NAS to it's knees.

for example, Synology do a NAS that runs Plex Server and it is 3 times the price of the standard version
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 8th Jan 2015

money1bags

Would never buy from these muppets ever again. If you product develops a … Would never buy from these muppets ever again. If you product develops a fault after 28 days then kiss your money goodbye.



then you contact Zyxel, who have very good customer service, they replaced an faulty nas, with a new model 325.v 2 for me, and its run happily ever since.

What is that? Is it a NAS enclosure? It says it has 2 bays so I am guessing that is what it is. However the description 'NAS Appliance Diskless' is confusing me.

I've mulled over getting a NAS box but decided I am not a big user of data. I have no digital TV and don't watch that much Freeview. I am behind on so many shows like Thrones and Walking Dead. I just torrent them when I need them. I could even just buy something cheap like a Chromecast and turn my TV into a Smart TV. That would suit me. Photos I can fit on a flash drive. Music I can re-download if i lose it. Games are all on Steam.

I agree with Pinchez. For someone like me I can setup one of my old PCs as a server. Fit with 2 HDDs. Setup with Server 2012 Core, RAID 1 and just backup to that with my current PC.

The everyday joe tends to stream everything nowadays. Music, movies, TV etc and media has become disposable. So why do most people need a NAS box if they stream everything? These NAS boxes are the first step to not actually owning anything. A good NAS setup is also quite expensive. Almost as expensive as a good gaming PC. Just look at QNap setups. Using a NAS in a small business makes good business sense. You need to protect your data and it is also a lot cheaper than a SAN.
Edited by: "seany1977" 8th Jan 2015

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paul_merton

The user manual put me off tbh



I don't get it?

manlikeronald

when you say learn vm do you mean vmware? as there are quite a few … when you say learn vm do you mean vmware? as there are quite a few flavours. ie vmware, citrix, hyper v, virtual box etc. for vmware I will say NO as this nas doesn't support NFS or iscsi. unless you use workstation and mount a network drive where you save your vmdk files in. If you planning on using vmware for vm learning i suggest you stick to workstation and use the nas as dir for vmdk files that way you can create a freenas vm and use the nas capacity as your quorum or lun. that's your only best hope.




yes learning vmware or anything and create a labs environment for practices my test on server?
so what is the best options to learn for creating labs environment like servers? i am welling to spend money but i dnt know where to start from please can you help me.

thank you

nagarenb

Major difference between 325 & 320 is not supports SATA-3...so think … Major difference between 325 & 320 is not supports SATA-3...so think before invest...


I doubt either can shove data across the LAN at SATA 3 speeds anyway so it likely makes no odds.

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paul_merton

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency



Ah....I get it now Thanks for explaining

I initially bought a Zyxel but even an entry level Synology is far superior (yes, and more costly). But if you're going to bother with a NAS don't bother with a slow one that can't cope with fairly basic stuff. Synology has a MUCH bigger community and app availability. A Synology is more expensive for a reason, powerful, fast, well supported and ultra reliable. As for streaming and manually downloading things, stick Sickbeard and Couch potato apps on your NAS and let it do all the leg work.

Synorules

I initially bought a Zyxel but even an entry level Synology is far … I initially bought a Zyxel but even an entry level Synology is far superior (yes, and more costly). But if you're going to bother with a NAS don't bother with a slow one that can't cope with fairly basic stuff. Synology has a MUCH bigger community and app availability. A Synology is more expensive for a reason, powerful, fast, well supported and ultra reliable. As for streaming and manually downloading things, stick Sickbeard and Couch potato apps on your NAS and let it do all the leg work.



A more cost effective solution is to use something like a microserver running xpenology. You get the sinology interface and reliability but with more options to modify and you can add many more disks. This can also be run as a VM so you can have a multifunction server taking care of all of your needs.

Mark

Original Poster

Synorules

I initially bought a Zyxel but even an entry level Synology is far … I initially bought a Zyxel but even an entry level Synology is far superior (yes, and more costly). But if you're going to bother with a NAS don't bother with a slow one that can't cope with fairly basic stuff. Synology has a MUCH bigger community and app availability. A Synology is more expensive for a reason, powerful, fast, well supported and ultra reliable. As for streaming and manually downloading things, stick Sickbeard and Couch potato apps on your NAS and let it do all the leg work.



I actually had sickbeard installed on mine and as nice as it was, i realised that it wasn't really doing anything that i wasn't already getting from the showRSS site and the custom RSS feed I had plugged in to the download station - for me personally, I actually found showRSS slightly more reliable as well.

I'm actually trying to get couch potato set up at the moment as well as it stands. it works well enough, but i've found out that there's a bug in it when it searches for films tagged with "DVDSCR" though, which is a pain.

This is a good value simple entry level NAS - good choice if you have no interest in IT.

If you want a better or bigger NAS then +1 for this:

A more cost effective solution is to use something like a microserver … A more cost effective solution is to use something like a microserver running xpenology. You get the sinology interface and reliability but with more options to modify and you can add many more disks. This can also be run as a VM so you can have a multifunction server taking care of all of your needs.


If you intend transcoding using Plex, then either as above or use a Windows PC with Xpenology (old Core 2 Duos can be had cheaply), but they won't be quiet and will eat electricity, so hunt for one with WoL (Wake on Lan) so it can turn on on demand.

For more than 4-5 drives, purpose build a machine and use unraid or xpenology. A Pentium or i3 will be more than enough.
We have Zyxel and Qnap 1 bay NASes, 3 microservers running xpenology, unraid and openindiana,, a server 2012 RAID array as a SAN and a 15TB unraid server.
We also have an electricity bill ...
Edited by: "Hootwo" 8th Jan 2015

Sexyscorpion

yes learning vmware or anything and create a labs environment for … yes learning vmware or anything and create a labs environment for practices my test on server?so what is the best options to learn for creating labs environment like servers? i am welling to spend money but i dnt know where to start from please can you help me.thank you




For vmware you have 2 options ie the bare metal type and hosted hypervisors type. vmware offer 60 days free trial of esxi and Vcenter etc. .. and also workstation you could sign up to an account on vmware website and download these free trial MSDN also offer 180days for windows os and freenas as the name suggests is free. If you have a desktop pc with more than 12gb ram, I suggest you go with the WS approach and maybe create a nested vm of esxi with a os installed on it. Then if you want a shared storage which a nas can accomplish, look up for nas with iscsi or NFS or better still the hp microserver does a great job for shared storage (freenas, wk12r2 iscsi, openfiler etc....). its all depends what you want to achieve from the lab. are you just wanting a vm or a full blown lab? If the later, then this nas is a straight no. The microserver or qnap or synology will do the trick for you as this is not compatible with the protocols vmware uses. If a bare metal approach, you will need at least 1 physical server and 2 if you want to use Vcenter, orchestrator, vcops and the lot. Plus a good networking knowledge to get the whole thing set up. DM me your email and I will be nice and send you a document on what's needed etc. I have been I your situation 7 years ago and here I am now speaking like a vmware architect lol. ps you can run a vmware lab from your laptop as well of you have more than 8gb and an ssd with at least 60-80gb free space


For vmware you have 2 options ie the bare metal type and hosted … For vmware you have 2 options ie the bare metal type and hosted hypervisors type. vmware offer 60 days free trial of esxi and Vcenter etc. .. and also workstation you could sign up to an account on vmware website and download these free trial MSDN also offer 180days for windows os and freenas as the name suggests is free. If you have a desktop pc with more than 12gb ram, I suggest you go with the WS approach and maybe create a nested vm of esxi with a os installed on it


Super post - thank you. Could you recommend a primer on getting the WS approach working with a nested vm of esxi with a os installed?

Hootwo

Super post - thank you. Could you recommend a primer on getting the WS … Super post - thank you. Could you recommend a primer on getting the WS approach working with a nested vm of esxi with a os installed?



There are loads of info on the web and youtube. A link from HowTo: wikihow.com/Ins…-PC gives you a basic overview and this from a VCP certified engineer : scribd.com/doc…lab gives you a high level overview. Both a equally good starting point. But please do a few googling before you start especially if you're new to networking as there can be some interference with your isp router when you have an AD set up with DNS and DHCP all up and running. I suggest you separate the network traffic from your local router. So maybe say if using a bridge nics, use the 10.10.X.X/24 (this can be created on the router with a specified gateway) or if you go with the 192.168.1.X/24 make sure the gateway and dns server settings are different from that of the local router (on the AD) plus your dhcp ipscope shouldn't overlap with that of the isp router which is normally from 192.168.1.X/24 from .60-253. or better still play it safe and use a NAT instead. which will be something like 192.168.174.x/24 etc.... Hope this helps.

what about building your own server using an atom/am1 based cpu/mobo and installing freenas on it?
How would that compare with the synology because I have no idea. Im guessing that DIY would be much more expensive though

... which will be something like 192.168.174.x/24 etc.... Hope this … ... which will be something like 192.168.174.x/24 etc.... Hope this helps.

You star! It certainly does. Many thanks (_;)
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