Best NAS Storage 2016

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For those who don’t know NAS or Network Attached Storage is the modern type of network attached computer that doesn’t come with a keyboard, mouse, or even a display for that matter. The main purpose of NAS is to make sure that the user can store a large amount of files in the hard drives that are normally attached together in a RAID configuration.

A user can access the NAS remotely if the need for data arises. Perhaps one of the most important advantages of having a NAS is the fact that several people can actually have full access to files that are store on one NAS. Before NAS came into existence, people had to configure their own private servers in order to hose files, however, nowadays, you can simply bring and NAS and all your problems will go away.

Before we start, you should know that there are different type of NAS available in the market; you can opt for the very high end ones that cost a lot as well, or you can buy the ordinary one if you are looking for something that you want to have in your home, so everyone can have access to the necessary files in one place

With that out of the way, if you happen to be in the market looking for a new NAS for your home, you’d be surprised by the amount of diversity there is in the market. Every major brand is bringing in their own NAS to beat the rivals and provide more and more functions. Under such circumstances, it’s rather easy to get confused. To avoid that, we have compiled a list of some of the best NAS you can find in the market for home use. So without further ado, let’s take a look.

Best Network Attached Storage 2016

Synology DiskStation DS412+

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The first one on the list is the Synology DiskStation DS412+. For those who don’t know, this one happens to be one of the best, and highest rated NAS in the market. If you are wondering why is the case, that’s because the DiskStation DS412+ offers amazing speed, solid build quality, and a lot of options that will keep pretty much everyone satisfied. So without further ado, let’s take a look at it.

The Synology DiskStation DS412+ happens to be one of the fastest NAS we have used in a long time, it’s well built, and it’s extremely fast. The web interface was a breeze to use, and the NAS even offered support for USB 3.0. If that’s not all, you should know that the NAS comes with the ability to attach up to 20 IP cameras for the purpose of surveillance.

However, you should keep in mind that the NAS itself only has one license to add an IP camera and an additional one costs about $50, something that may be expensive for some people. You can buy the NAS with hard drives preinstalled or without the hard drives, going for the former will get you 4 hard drives set up in HybridRAID which is similar to RAID 5, but has better flexibility.

The only issue we have with this NAS is the price tag which maybe a bit too expensive for some, other than that, it’s a perfect device with a lot to offer.

WD My Cloud EX4

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It’s been a long time since Western Digital established itself as one of the leading names when it comes to providing storage solutions, apart from providing the usual storage devices like external and internal hard drives, Western Digital is also really good when it comes to providing other solutions just as network attached storages. Today, we are going to look at the My Cloud EX4 by Western Digital. So without further ado, let’s take a look.

Probably one of the most affordable NAS on the list, the My Cloud EX4 costs only about $290 and happens to be really good when it comes to being a NAS for your home use. Speaking of features, you won’t be getting the extensive list of features you get with some of the high-end NAS but the ones you get are more than enough. You can add up to 4 hard drives in it, and the NAS has the ability to run the hard drives in multiple RAID configurations, another good thing about it is that it has 2 power connectors.

Basically, it means that if one fails, the other will keep it operational and preventing any drive damage or data loss. Furthermore, we found out, in our testing, it was that the NAS gets only better when it comes to providing Windows Server Integration, and in addition to that, it’s also very, very amazing when it comes to having a wide range of personal cloud features.

Although amazing, the WD My Cloud EX4 does have some drawbacks; the biggest one being the fact that the NAS has a disappointing write speed, and the mobile app is very limited. Apart from these caveats, the NAS happens to be amazing at what it is supposed to be.

LaCie 5big NAS Pro

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The next one on the list is LaCie 5big NAS Pro, for those who don’t know, LaCie has been in the storage business for quite some time and is known for their wonderful external hard drives as well as some really great network attached storages. Today, we are going to look at the LaCie 5big NAS Pro, so without wasting any more time, let’s take a look.

Right out of the box, the NAS looks spectacular with a minimal design that will look good on pretty much any type of desk, or cabinet, another great thing about the design is that the NAS itself is not uncomfortably huge. With that said, it’s safe to say that anyone who is willing to invest in a NAS would expect a good performance.

You’d be glad to know that the performance on this puppy happens to be one of the best we have seen, in addition to giving an amazing performance, the NAS is also really, really good when it comes to having a spectacular storage bay. Last but not the least, the feature list is amazing too. You should keep in mind that the NAS is extremely easy to use, and display scaling can be done in just a few steps.

All good things aside, there’s one thing we would like to discuss. LaCie should have made it easier for the consumer to set up the hard drives easily. Other than that, this NAS is something anyone would want.

Buffalo TeraStation 5200DN (2TB)

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We’re now looking at the Buffalo TeraStation 5200DN (2TB). Just like the WD My Cloud EX4, the TeraStation is also a really affordable NAS too. It comes with an extensive list of features that makes it a perfect fit for home or office use. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at the NAS itself and see how it fairs against the competition.

Right from the start, this happens to be a NAS that is designed to be used at home, or a small office. It comes with two 1TB hard drives that are mirrored to avoid any data loss if one drive fails. There are a lot of amazing features about this NAS, one of the best one is the fact that it supports the use of UPS; this means that if there’s a sudden power loss, the device won’t be turned off. Another great thing about this NAS is that there happens to be an LCD panel on the front that is there to tell you the transfer speed. The TeraStation also happens to have a pretty respectable performance.

If you are wondering about downsides, then the only downside to this amazing NAS is the fact that there’s no front USB port.

QNAP TVS-463

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Next up on the list is the QNAP TVS-463, it’s safe to say that this NAS has an odd name, but it’s pretty powerful, and there’s no denying it. The TVS-463 isn’t as affordable as some of the other NAS in the list, but it’s pretty good nonetheless. Let’s take a look at what we found in QNAP TVS-463.

You should know that the TVS-463 is by no means, a looker. It’s a rather simple looking NAS, that is only looking to get the job done. Well, lucky for us, it gets the job done pretty well. For a NAS that costs $750, it happens to be a really good one. The performance in our testing was really good, and the transfer speed was respectable enough. Another good thing is that if you are running a Chromebook, the NAS won’t really have any problems with that.

Our only complain? We wish that the 4K playback was available for videos as well, but sadly, it’s only for the photos.

D-Link ShareCenter 2 Bay Cloud Network Storage Enclosure

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Almost everyone knows about D-Link because of how good they are at networking products, but for those who don’t know, D-Link is also known as making some of the finest NAS, and today, we are going to take a look at ShareCenter 2 Bay Cloud Network Storage Enclosure. To avoid confusions, it's also known as DNS-320L. Here's what we found about ShareCenter 2.

D-Link left no stones unturned when it comes to the construction of this NAS, it is one of the prettiest NAS we have seen in the list. The NAS is donned in black with white accents at the bottom, needless to say, the NAS looks pretty good. But we are not here to discuss the looks, are we? Well, you’d be glad to know that the NAS comes with a slew of features that will be appreciated by hardcore and casual users alike, in addition to that, another great thing about this is the ease of access. This happens to be one of the easiest NAS we have had the pleasure to use, and it gave an amazing value for money and performance.

There’s no downside this amazing NAS, but if we were to be nitpicky, then you should know that setting up hard drives can be a bit tricky if you opt for a version without the hard drives

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Next up, we are going to take a look at the Asustor AS604T. For those who may be wondering if this NAS is anyway associated with Asus, then you should know it’s not the case. Moving on, this happens to be one of the NAS that is amazing when it comes to home or office use. It’s not too heavy on the pocket, and will actually perform as it is supposed to. Without wasting anymore time, let’s take a look.

Despite being not trying to, this NAS still manages to look pretty good . However, it’s safe to say that most of the readers are more interested in the performance, and performance is what they’ll be getting. This NAS happens to be one of the fastest, and most customizable ones we have seen in the list, another good thing is the extensive list of features, and top of the line web interface that is an absolute breeze to use.

The only real issue is subjective as it happen to be about the price being slightly higher than the competitors.

Synology DS115j

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We are going to talk about another NAS from Synology and this time, it’s the DS115j. A really good NAS for people who are on a budget, and are looking for good looks, and quite operation. In simpler words, this happens to be the best NAS if you are looking to run it in a home or a small office environment. So without wasting any more time, let’s get down to the business.

From the looks of it, the NAS looks pretty simple, so simple that it can be its biggest friend or its foe. But for those are more interested in the numbers rather than the performance, then you should know that the despite being small in size, it's pretty inexpensive. The Synology DS115j managed to give us a respectable amount of performance, another good thing about this was the user interface and the setup which both were very, very easy to use.

Sadly, all the goods come to an end; the sad thing about this wonderful NAS is that it only supports 1 drive, and that means that there’s no option for RAID or data redundancy, and it just may not be enough for a lot of people.

Netgear ReadyNAS 202

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For those who don’t know, Netgear is famous for their network switches as well as their WiFi routers and modems, however, the company also has NAS under their belt, and pretty much like all of their products, this one comes in black, this one looks good, and has an amazing performance. So without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at the details.

The NAS is by no mean a joke, it can host up to 12 TB of storage in it, and has one of the best performance we have seen on a NAS that costs below $300. That’s not all, the ReadyNAS 202 also has a nice amount of features Personal Cloud that is really good for the photos on your mobile phone. In addition to that, we also have an amazingly simple web based interface and remote file access.

To be fairly honest, looking at the price and the list of features, only complaining would be nitpicking. But you should know that it doesn’t come with an HDMI port, and only has one power connector, which means that there’s no backup if one of the power brick fails.

Seagate NAS Pro (STDF100)

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The last NAS on our list is the NAS Pro (STDF100) by Seagate, the famous brand who’s been delivering top of the line hard drives and SSDs for years. So without further ado, let’s take a look. From the looks of it, the NAS Pro is definitely not a looker for some. It’s big and might look clumsy. However, underneath, you’ll find the space to hold up 6 drives at the same time; this means that the total capacity reaches to a massive 30TB.

To be fairly honest, there’s nothing much to write about this NAS as this has been one of the finest, the performance is super fact, there are options for multiple RAIDs, and enough features to keep anyone, who’s willing to spend big money on this beast, happy

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