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Pogoplug vs Synology 411j - Is the 411j overkill for my needs

Posted on 2011-02-13
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Would you reccomend the Synology 411j if my goals are to manage 5 ip webcams, share videos and pictures to my friends, and backup my PC.  I currently have a Segate GoFlex Net using the PopgoPlug service.  The 3 drawbacks to the Seagte GoFlex Net/PogoPlug combo is

There appears to be no support for IP cameras
It seems when I want to share a small video with friends it seems to take a while to transcode
Once I share it and my friends/family view it seems to slow my internet connection.
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hello pbo1,

i have a synology ds410 and have had a netgear readynas duo in the past...after my readynas died (long sad story, ending with 2 useless 1TB drives) i was looking for something that would be more reliable with better front end software...

i must say the DSM software from Synology works great for me...i am 100 times happier with my Synology NAS than i was with my readynas - the device just works and the xfer speeds are great as well!!

i'll have a play around with the photo and video sharing software tonight and let you know what i think of it...but for backups and general NAS use my DS410 has been a rock star!  :)

thanks!
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That sounds encouraging.  I have done a lot of googling on the synology product and they seem to get good reviews.  However, I can not ascertain if I would be improving my situation (such as sharing and webcams).  If it was not a step-up from my current set-up that I would be wasting my money.

Please let me know when you have time the results of your test including the time of transcoding and any impact on your internet connection when your friends are viewing the video.
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pbo1,

honestly, they are great...just great...i did an ENORMOUS amount of research before puchasing one and put in an enormous amount of time trying to salvage my readynas...for consume/prosumer NAS systems i don't think these can be beat :)

one of the large selling features of the synology NAS is the webcam feature, i would imagine that have that one nailed down.

in terms of the other features i'll have a look tonight - but my bandwidth situation is 25 up 25 down at my house so i don't think i will have much of an internet bandwidth problem while someone is watching video...but i'll let you know :)

thanks!
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Thanh you !  Look forward to your reply.
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One other items..in case others eventually use these threads as a reference.  Synology gives you 1 webcam license free and then charges 50 USD for each additional license.  Its not quite clear why they charge this license, Im still trying to figure this one out...
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pbo - i may be able to shed some light on this as well....more info on this later when i get back to my LAN setup to look at the DSM software...i have an idea it's pass through licensing costs...

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pbo1 - got to tinker with the new NAS firmware tonight - cool stuff...

i was able to stream audio and video without issues using audio station and media server - played both media types (and tried a couple different formats on the video side) on my ipad.  i didn't notice any problems.

you can easily set up the file station so that you can allow your friends access to download files from your machine and the photo application (while i didn't tinker with it) is very cool as well - put your media in the correct directories and off to the races...

as for the ip camera stuff i can't say how it works, but as mentioned before it's a marketed feature - as long as you are using a camera from their known supported list i am sure it will work well for you...

i must say that i am just really happy with this storage solution.

best of luck to you!

thanks!
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Appreciate all your efforts :)
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