ZyXEL NSA325- V2 2 Bay Power Plus NAS (1.6GHz CPU ) with £50 1TB WD Red Free! From Ebuyer @ £99.99 Delivered
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ZyXEL NSA325- V2 2 Bay Power Plus NAS (1.6GHz CPU ) with £50 1TB WD Red Free! From Ebuyer @ £99.99 Delivered

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Found 28th Jul 2014
This seems a great price for a 2 Bay NAS, as a 1TB WD Red is thrown in for free! These drives are around £50 each!
Seems an OK spec for an entry level NAS

Full details from ebuyer site below;
The ZyXEL NSA325 v2 2-Bay Power Plus Media Server provides an easy way for you to stream, store and backup music, videos, photos and documents. The NSA325v2 lets save everything in one secure place at home and then access it from anywhere, at any time using any your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Key features:
Cloud storage for anywhere anytime access
The ZyXEL NSA325v2 works with a wide variety of public cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive and Memopal. Alternatively, you can create your own private cloud with ownCloud or Polkast for a secured private cloud data. These cloud services help enable you to access your files anytime anywhere.

Super-Fast performance
Powered by a super-fast 1.6 GHz CPU and 512 MB memory, plus with a USB 3.0 port, the ZyXEL NSA325 v2 Media Server gives you horsepower to make transferring and accessing files effortless whether you're at home, or on the go.

Intuitive user-interface
Technology shouldn't be a headache. That's why we've made the user interface of the NSA325 v2 easy to navigate, access and manage your files. No matter what your technology level is, we're confident you'll find using the NSA325v2 a breeze

Peace of mind for secure data backup
We've all got digital cameras, so keeping your photos and memories safe is really important. If you're one of the unlucky ones that have lost years of digital photos, you'll know the value of keeping an up to date backup. The NSA325v2 gives you the peace of mind that your valuable memories are safe, secure and backed up.

Watch without downloading
We all have more and more connected devices in our home. The NSA325v2 means you can easily share saved files to all those devices. This means if you or your kids are upstairs, you can easily stream saved movies and music directly to your tablet or smartphone from the NSA325v2.

Powered by a 1.6 GHz CPU and 512 MB memory, the ZyXEL NSA325 v2 2-Bay Power Plus Media Server works as your personal cloud so you can quickly and easily stream media to multiple UPnP- and DLNAcertified
devices such as Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation or DLNA TV in every room in your home.

The ZyXEL Media Server is more than just a central home media library. You can effortlessly share and upload media stored on the NSA325 v2 through mobile devices. Using the Polkast app on your mobile devices, you can access all the photos, music and videos stored on the NSA325 v2 and share them with friends or family. You can synchronize photos on Facebook, Twitter or Flicker to your NSA325 v2 through Polkast; stream music to play-zone and control them with a remote or mobile device wherever you go.

When you're at home, the zMedia mobile app allows you not only to enjoy videos, photos and music stored on the ZyXEL NSA325 v2, but also check the NSA325 v2 system, file download/upload status, and configure your NSA325 v2 easily and remotely without having to power up your PC or laptop

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Quality product, but a couple of annoying parts:

1. The fan on it is VERY loud
2. The 'power' light is exceptionally bright (blue)

Great device, but I'd recommend against keeping it in the same room as your TV because of the fan noise/light.

cbr6fx

Good price but £94.99 @ Dabs



£95.97

Can you install Plex on this, and if so, how will it cope?

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Wezi

Can you install Plex on this, and if so, how will it cope?



docs.google.com/spr…dit

dontasciime

£95.97



weird as this deal is more expensive yet it has hotter votes...is it because of the company?

dabs delivery times are crap.... ebuyer usually del next day....

Not sure why this is such a good deal - I bought the nas 320 with 1tb drive for £49 last week when flagged up on here, also from Ebuyer, admittedly it isn't a red NAS drive. However I can't see it justifies the extra £50 ?

Gedred - maybe because the nas320 deal has expired? I would have jumped on that, but unfortunately I was too late. You were one of the lucky ones! This is the next best deal though, either from Dabs or Ebuyer.

Gedred

Not sure why this is such a good deal - I bought the nas 320 with 1tb … Not sure why this is such a good deal - I bought the nas 320 with 1tb drive for £49 last week when flagged up on here, also from Ebuyer, admittedly it isn't a red NAS drive. However I can't see it justifies the extra £50 ?



Can you buy the 320 deal now. NO! Not sure why you want another nas device unless performance is an issue .

tyke-eng

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MfYoJkiwSqCXg8cm5-Ac4oOLPRtCkgUxU0jdj3tmMPc/edit#gid=314388488



I may be missing something?, but ..... this only gives a very inciteful short/brief overview of a lot of NAS Systems & Spec's, etc? .. how/where does Plex come into it?.

Is Plex Resource hungry?.

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amour3k

I may be missing something?, but ..... this only gives a very inciteful … I may be missing something?, but ..... this only gives a very inciteful short/brief overview of a lot of NAS Systems & Spec's, etc? .. how/where does Plex come into it?.Is Plex Resource hungry?.



having never heard of plex before I googled for a compatibility list and got this link
https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/201373803-NAS-Compatibility-List

Clicking the link on that page took me to what I can see as a spreadsheet that appears to be showing compatible hardware

or am I missing something?

Not seeing the free 1TB drive on the link? expired?

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lcassey

Not seeing the free 1TB drive on the link? expired?



if you click add to basket, and look in your basket, there are 2 items, the 2nd one is the hard drive
note at time of writing there are 118 NAS boxes, but only 99 hard drives :-)

here is the link I am using
ebuyer.com/579…_FS


Edited by: "tyke-eng" 28th Jul 2014

err it saying " > 99 in stock" .. so greater than 99 in stock .. problem solved

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taras

err it saying " 99 in stock" .. so greater than 99 in stock .. … err it saying " > 99 in stock" .. so greater than 99 in stock .. problem solved



Oh yes Speed reading as usual

Can fan be replaced without much unscrewing then? When it's loud obviously.

had one of these for a while
. I must have been lucky cos the fan on mine isn't that loud and I paid nearly this without the drive, so a good deal from me.

the v2 has a bigger fan so it should be quieter

Cold Cold Cold
I got the Dabs one and there Service has been great.
Got a previous NAS Returned and Getting this Exact Model from them.

Boogie83e

My ZyXEL NSA 310 and my BT Home Hub 3 don't get on, also NSA takes … My ZyXEL NSA 310 and my BT Home Hub 3 don't get on, also NSA takes over the network, and slows download internet access for other devices. :(Back to a low power Home Server for me. :)Heat for price/deal.




NSA takes over your network? You have bigger concerns me thinks :-D

tyke-eng

having never heard of plex before I googled for a compatibility list and … having never heard of plex before I googled for a compatibility list and got this linkhttps://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/201373803-NAS-Compatibility-ListClicking the link on that page took me to what I can see as a spreadsheet that appears to be showing compatible hardwareor am I missing something?



Neither of you are missing anything. It is the correct thing you are looking for.
It is a spreadsheet which says
Make, Model, CPU type that is in a variety of NAS devices - then the important stuff:
PMS Installable on NAS (Yes/No) - this is Plex Media Server
Audio Transcoding support - Does it manage to decode audio without issues
SD/HD support - Does it cope with sending HD material to a single Plex client

Zyxel isn't listed on there, BUT in the Plex forums someone states they have got it working and gives instructions for doing it:
https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/topic/75336-how-to-install-plex-on-a-nas-the-zyxel-nsa-325/?p=478974

Plex is pretty resource hungry, because it takes a video file from your drive and (if required by the device playing) re-encodes it on the fly so that it can be played back.
Things that run XBMC don't have that problem because the decoding is done on the client side by hardware locally.
I can only imagine that any of these Atom based NAS type devices would struggle to do 1080p decode/playback via Plex - if you look at the spreadsheet only ones listed that do appear to be full on PC processors like Quad Core Xeon and i3 based units, it doesn't look like any of them would have the power to do 720p either.
I would look elsewhere for a Plex solution if that is what you really need - but then it would be cheaper to buy a XBMC playback device and a cheap NAS for what it will run you to make a Plex capable box...

i have the lower spec zyxel nsa 310 with plex installed....took a bit of tinkering but all works fine with 1080p except no transcoding and can be slightly slow when first set up as the cpu isnt very powerfull. along as your source can directly play the format your streaming you will be fine.
Also was working perfectly fine right out the box with twonky media server that came standard but plex just looks pretty lol
Edited by: "jamatoke" 9th Aug 2014

I been using the 325 v1 for over a year and is a terrific NAS for the price. I wouldn't buy this deal though as the 1TB is probably too small for most and obviously isn't 'free' as I paid about £70 for the v1 disk free last year .

adam_holcombe

Quality product, but a couple of annoying parts:1. The fan on it is VERY … Quality product, but a couple of annoying parts:1. The fan on it is VERY loud2. The 'power' light is exceptionally bright (blue)Great device, but I'd recommend against keeping it in the same room as your TV because of the fan noise/light.



I had an Zyxel 310 before this one, I can barely hear the 325 in comparison, have no issues running it in the same room as the TV. Defo the quietest NAS i've ever owned.

fyberoptyx

I been using the 325 v1 for over a year and is a terrific NAS for the … I been using the 325 v1 for over a year and is a terrific NAS for the price. I wouldn't buy this deal though as the 1TB is probably too small for most and obviously isn't 'free' as I paid about £70 for the v1 disk free last year .



The DABS deal values the NAS as £62.82.
The reviews say the fan is quieter, I think.

Out of interest do any brands of NAS come supplied with Plex preinstalled?

Back up to £101 now and no mention of free hard drive

O2man

Back up to £101 now and no mention of free hard drive



check the DABS offer

Cholek3

Can fan be replaced without much unscrewing then? When it's loud … Can fan be replaced without much unscrewing then? When it's loud obviously.



The issue isn't the fan, it's the controller, which forces the fan to run at a relatively high speed even at low temperatures. A bigger fan will still run at the same minimum speed and could therefore be even louder.

O2man

Back up to £101 now and no mention of free hard drive



Added to the basket just now & the HDD is free so this deal is still active.

No8

The issue isn't the fan, it's the controller, which forces the fan to run … The issue isn't the fan, it's the controller, which forces the fan to run at a relatively high speed even at low temperatures. A bigger fan will still run at the same minimum speed and could therefore be even louder.



Fan is quiet on mine , bought mine over a year ago.

I did find there can be a slight rattle caused by something resonating at low frequency if the unit is at a funny angle.
I just sat it on thicker rubber feet and it cures it.
If yours rattles, gently push down on the top/check the door is closed properly.

The fan makes no more noise than my humax PVR so certainly isn't loud.

I've got this deal last week from Dabs. I've also bought a 4TB WD Red to go with it. Then I've found that the Disk 2 bay won't recognised any disk and had to send it back to Dabs. Anyone has this problem too ? Also, does anyone know a good forum for this device ? I've registered with the Zyxel official forum but they still have not approved my account.

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BigBlueDot

I've got this deal last week from Dabs. I've also bought a 4TB WD Red to … I've got this deal last week from Dabs. I've also bought a 4TB WD Red to go with it. Then I've found that the Disk 2 bay won't recognised any disk and had to send it back to Dabs. Anyone has this problem too ? Also, does anyone know a good forum for this device ? I've registered with the Zyxel official forum but they still have not approved my account.


I had the same problem with my D-Link product, so had to put the Free hard drive back in, then go online to upgrade the firmware so that it would recognise the bigger hard drives. I guess it could be the same with these products??

Can anyone recommend a quiet NAS? I'd be interested to know if anyone has a NAS setup using SSDs instead of Hard drives to further keep the noise down..

Good deal. I've got this nas and we have it on in the living room all the time and we don't notice it's there. Maybe some people have dodgy fans but ours is fine.

Has anyone used an SSD in these rather than HD?

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Its back down to £99.99 delivered again

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Sharpharp

Has anyone used an SSD in these rather than HD?


Although there should not be an issue, its an expensive way to get a network drive... yes it would be quiet, and cooler, but damd expensive.
My NAS is actually up in the loft where its nice and cool and safe from Burglers! Its been there for just about a year, never had to touch it, I do everything via the remote control software, ie upgrade firmware etc..because its up there, I never hear it... Its connected to my Network via a power line extender, works great. :-)

tyke-eng

Although there should not be an issue, its an expensive way to get a … Although there should not be an issue, its an expensive way to get a network drive... yes it would be quiet, and cooler, but damd expensive.My NAS is actually up in the loft where its nice and cool and safe from Burglers! Its been there for just about a year, never had to touch it, I do everything via the remote control software, ie upgrade firmware etc..because its up there, I never hear it... Its connected to my Network via a power line extender, works great. :-)



My loft is like an oven right now, when you put your nas up there was it winter.
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