Need advice NAS acquisition advice for ekrider: home, 1500-2500 USD

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Need advice NAS acquisition advice for ekrider: home, 1500-2500 USD

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  1. iOS


Usage type: home

Preferred form factor DS (DiskStation)

Number of bays: 5-bays

Do you have any existing drives that you plan on using? No

Prefered RAID array setup for this NAS: RAID 6

This NAS will be used for: backup, multimedia, other: Family file server, music, movie, photo server

Max budget for this setup: 1500-2500 USD

Number of users that will utilize this NAS: 4

Any preferred network connectivity? 1G, 10G, other: The "house" part of the network is 1G, but the computer room will be 10G.

Where will this NAS be used: LAN and over the Internet

Any special network requirements: 10G

Special cloud provider connectivity: /

Additional information:
Our family owns 2 houses next to each other and both are on the network. While the NAS's main purpose will be a computer desk of 2-4 computers, there are 4-6 iPhones, a few iPads, etc. Also would like to use it as a movie and music server within the LAN, but would need some type of cloud storage to potentially upload photos while we travel, as well as show them on home tvs when we return home. Overall I can see 4-8 users with upwards of 20 total devices, but only 2 main computers, and 2 laptops.
ALL computers will store ALL their data on the NAS due to potential of hurricane evacuations. I want to grab the single NAS and leave vs multiple computers.
Surveillance cameras could also come in the future.
 
Welcome

Considering 5-bay is your target anything other then DS1522 will be either more or less bays. In terms of your requirements this device can cover all of those without any issues.

Investing in the 10G mini card will be a great asset with this model as it will also be compatible with several smaller and larger models as well.
 
While RAID 6 is supported you might find that using Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) with two drives resilience gives more flexibility. SHR is like RAID 1, 5, and 6 as you add drives and if you switch from one to two drive resilience. See the Help on selecting RAID:

The main benefit of SHR is that you don't have to replace all drives with bigger ones to increase storage, with SHR you just have to replace a minimum of two drives.

While expensive to cloud archive all NAS data, the Hyper Backup package supports a number of public cloud (and Synology's C2) storage for off-site backup... unless you want to setup another NAS elsewhere, in which case HB supports that too.
 
While RAID 6 is supported you might find that using Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) with two drives resilience gives more flexibility. SHR is like RAID 1, 5, and 6 as you add drives and if you switch from one to two drive resilience. See the Help on selecting RAID:

The main benefit of SHR is that you don't have to replace all drives with bigger ones to increase storage, with SHR you just have to replace a minimum of two drives.

While expensive to cloud archive all NAS data, the Hyper Backup package supports a number of public cloud (and Synology's C2) storage for off-site backup... unless you want to setup another NAS elsewhere, in which case HB supports that too.
Thanks! Good feedback!
 

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