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I have only been looking a few days, but have seen many different offerings in the NAS industry. Everything from n-bay server rack mounts to dual bay, 2.5" slim NAS cases. The prices range from $150 to $15,000. Obviously, if you start filling the devices with pre-configured RAID arrays and sophisticated software, the price leaps up. But I'm looking to fill one with my own existing storage drives.


The names that shined brightest in my search so far have been Qnap, Synology, and Western Digital. I have had bad experiences in the past with WD Caviar drives losing very important data, so points are immediately taken away from WD. In my opinion, Qnap has the superior styling; most with rugged, industrial builds whereas Synology looks like a clone of Apple products. All have great software, supporting server, desktop, and mobile platforms.


I'll be hooking this up to the Linksys WRT1900AC, which needs no introduction. It is simply the best. Should be no problems with throughput, compatibility, and reliability. Just looking for a 2 to 4 bay dedicated NAS solution.



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