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This review is from: Synology DS3615xs 12-Bay High Performance NAS, PCIe Slot, Expandable ECC RAM
Pros: I've been a fan of Synology NAS units for quite some time. We upgraded to this for the expansion and the ability to put a 10G Card in it. This unit is quick and easy to set up, it is fast and performs very well. We migrated an existing volume / drives from an older Synology NAS.
Easy to setup
Expansion Card Slot (we used for 10G) - Very easy to access.
Simple safe migration of RAID / Volume from other Synology
Cons: Cost -This is a very costly unit but very functional for the price.
Adding additional memory to this unit is nerve racking! Be sure to follow the Synology Instructions very carefully as you have to basically remove the motherboard to gain access to the memory slots so upgrade to as much as possible so you don't have to do it again.
Does not currently Support SMB3 Multi-Channel but hopefully will later this year.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this as well as many other Synology Products. They make a Rock Solid NAS that has lot of functionality and add on software modules to expand its capabilities.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: UbiQuiTi NanoStation LOCOM5 N150 Indoor/Outdoor AirMAX CPE
Pros: Price, Ease of Installation, Performance, Many Configuration Videos are available. LEDs on the back of the unit show status at a glance and also can be used for alignment.
Cons: Does NOT use Standard POE Connection without additional adapter.
Only Pole Mount is included.
Only 100Mb connection but says the wireless link is up to 300mbps between them.
Other Thoughts: I bought a Pair of These to bridge my network between two buildings. To say that I am very impressed with them is an understatement!
These units are relatively small, light weight and have an impressive software installed in them. Setting them up was a snap using their Alignment Option that uses a Beep that gets higher pitched as you are getting the best location signal.
Beware that these are POE but only with the included 24V Adapter, does not work with Standard POE Switches without an additional adapter which was a bit of an issue for us.
They are designed to be mounted on a pole, the mount can not be removed but additional mounts can be purchased. I ended up getting the Window / Wall Mounts which worked but not quite as expected.
Since the day they have been installed they have been working perfectly transferring security camera video without a single hiccup. I highly recommend these.
This review is from: Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Pros: I've been a fan of Seagate Drives for a long time, I've started out with their 320GB Drives and over the years went to the 750's then 1.5TB and the 3TB before going to the 4TB for my latest NAS. These drives are relatively inexpensive (when on sale) and are very fast.
Cons: I am not sure about their reliability, I bought 3 drives to start and one of them just failed after only about 9 Month (about 6400 Hours). What makes me a little more concerned is that when I tried to RMA The drive I got an e-mail saying there was going to be a delay as they don't have any in stock. Um What?
So be mindful of this since a lot of people are saying that these drives don't seem to last long. I am using a RAID 6 so hopefully I will never have 3 drives fail before I can get at least one of them replaced.
I am also very disappointed that Seagate lowered the warranty time from 5 years which was their standard for so many years to the 3 years it is now.
Other Thoughts: What else can you say, maybe I should have went with the WD Red Drives? Once I switch to the 8TB Drives I think that will be the direction I go as it seems like something has happened to the Seagate QC.READ FULL REVIEW