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RAID 1, appliance like behavior and multimedia centralization, it does it all. I had read and read and read many reviews on this company and competitive brands but settled on this. Some reviews I read scared me a little, but with some presales Q and A with QNAP and taking it easy to get up and running, everything fell into place. Within one week I went from a little fear and some doubts to full confidence and even went so far as to purchase the added RAM to max out the device. So advice, don't mistake slow smart TVs and poor codecs be a place of blame for your media needs, as I learned that this can vary on the age of the TV and the brand. I hope I do not find myself editing or adding a follow-up to this review with downsides, since at this time, I am impressed with the search and indexing speed, its novelty as a device and easy to use and access for my family to watch old photos and videos.
It's been one year and as a follow-up I can definitely say this is a great device and as long as you maintain the patching and the security you'll keep yourself from what seems to be a really crazy world that tries to attack these things and log in. Otherwise again I stand by my statement that if you have an older Smart TV or smart technology you're going to have some playback and viewability issues. I have a 2015 Samsung and I'm able to stream over Wi-Fi from this thing to the TV very well but there are some codec issues for some media formats I have and I still grunt a little when managing the directory structure through a simple Smart TV remote but that's to be expected.
I have installed and used several different NAS devices over the years, this is my first QNAP. My network found it immediately, the software easily installed on my iMac, then the setup process was relatively easy to get it partitioned, set up as RAID 1, and ready to accept data. Setting up a static IP was super easy as well. THEN, I was so happy when I plugged in my USB backup drive into the front, it recognized it immediately, and I was able to migrate the 1T of data in just a few hours. AND WAIT! THERE'S MORE! (LOL). Network access is as fast as if the drive was local, super fast and responsive. NO LAG, compared to my OLD My Book (2008-ish), My Cloud (2010-ish), and MyCloud Mirror (2016-ish), which could take a minute to pull up a folders sometimes! I can't tell you how happy I am with this RAID drive.
Hardware seems okay but wanted to use Plex for media files and the web site and product information make his out to be workable. Plex app doesn’t recognize any media files so far. Support is polite and responsive but just explain it isn’t directly supported and point me to web pages that don’t work either. The HD Station app this supported works but has a very slow interface. My issues may be with apples but if you’re going to play up the app since it is so popular, it needs to work apor at least have support to bt it sorted.