Need advice NAS acquisition advice for rwarnmsn: home, 1000 USD

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Need advice NAS acquisition advice for rwarnmsn: home, 1000 USD

Operating system
  1. macOS
Mobile operating system
  1. iOS
Usage type: home

Preferred form factor DS (DiskStation)

Number of bays: 2-bays

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

Prefered RAID array setup for this NAS: not sure

This NAS will be used for: backup, multimedia, utilities (docker, VPN, reverse proxy, web hosting, etc.), downloads (torrents, USENET, WebDAV, FTP, etc.)

Max budget for this setup: 1000 USD

Number of users that will utilize this NAS: 1

Any preferred network connectivity? 1G

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

Any special network requirements: /

Special cloud provider connectivity: other: iCloud
For 1000 USD I think you'll be able to get whatever you need in the 2-bay format, which top two models are DS720+ and DS220+.

The DS720+ is the higher spec and for your extra (UK £90 inc vat) the main differences are:
CPUIntel Celeron quad core 2.0 GHz
(burst to 2.7 GHz)
Intel Celeron dual core 2.0 GHz
(burst to 2.9 GHz)
Can add DX517 5-bay expansion unit?YesNo
Has unpopulated M.2 drive slots for adding SSD read/write caching?YesNo
Warranty3 years, extendable to 52 years

The DS720+ higher performance comes from the CPU and the M.2 caching (if used and needed). Its extra storage capabilities come from being able to add a DX517, in which case getting a bigger bay'ed NAS is more cost effective.

Otherwise, they both have the same built-in 2GB and maximum 6GB RAM, and two 1G LAN ports.

If you have cash spare after getting the NAS and drives then I'd strongly recommend using it to buy a UPS. Plus backup storage.

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