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  1. Upping this. It will be liberating to see the old 255 camera magic updated for the latest SS version.
  2. Anyway one can build an own HDD array (with something like the Icy Dock), but is recognized as such that DSM will recognize it as a compatible expansion unit and therefore expand the current volume? Any eSata HDD arrays can be connected, but it will only be recognized as a regular external device, won't be able to expand an existing system volume.
  3. Let me know what you choose in the end. Actual costs will always be more than theoretical price. There are also laws of physics involved. Better to have a system that does twice the power running half the potential rather than max out a minimum viable product. All I know is that my 10+ HDD Bay build costs half than the 8-bay Synology DS1815 (actual shipped price).
  4. I'd stick with Intel board for compatibility. I use the Asus Maximus Gene VI which has 8 SATA3 ports built in. Make sure the 6+ ports on your board are all full SATA3. The reason I went up to micro-ATX form is because of that. No graphic card needed, fast, and stable. It also has plenty of USB 3 ports, supports WOL.
  5. You need to do your homework and decide what you want. If you need a movie box, get a TV box, IMHO NAS works best when it's used as a file server, not transcoding movies. Unless you need 6+ drives, why go for the trouble and not get a 2-disk Synology instead?
  6. I'd go with a server chassis & board to build a 12-bay or more box. None of the small form factor solution will be cheap, or convenient enough to host 12 HDDs, and full ATX tower is big, loud and inconveniently rather ugly.
  7. Get a board with the most SATA3 ports. AFAIK, only ASRock and ASUS makes a mini-ITX/Micro-ATX with 8 or more SATA3 ports built-in (anything more than 6 will have a third party controller builtin). I use newegg's power search feature to start. Power Supply is also important, get a fanless one, like SeaSonic's X series, with about twice the amount of combined power your current config offers. I settled with ASUS Maximus VI Gene (cheaper than the latest VII Gene, and comes with the mPCIe combo card), Fractal's Define Mini case, Seasonix X 460W 80+ gold fanless PSU, a good, quiet CPU
  8. I'm planning to upgrade my home network setup to saturate the speed my new NAS Optimized, DSM-powered barebone server can offer. I wonder if you can share your current network configuration, or any advise on what kind products is good to invest on. I'll probably looking for: - Dual band (simultaneous) wireless ac. - 4-6 port Gigabit network switch - consistent downlink/uplink throughput Questions: - What router/AP do you use? Is it running factory firmware or open source? - How do you use your Synology in regards to protocol used to your main system? - If you were to do it
  9. Asus Maximus VI Gene (8x SATA III) with Intel G3240 3.2Ghz & Corsair Value 1x 8Gb: No issues.
  10. It did came to my radar, but I was looking at a non-Xeon, non-ECC solution, and all-SATA-3 ports, plus I could use an HDMI too. And the neither of ASRock's SoC boards seem to have that. Also, it only has 8 SATA 3 ports, the other 4 are SATA 2: Another note is that the ASRock uses Marvell 88SE91xx controller, which is not as fast as Asus's ASMedia 1061. What's your build spec? Mind sharing them?
  11. There are not many main boards that support 8 or more SATA 3 ports, the Maximus VII Gene has 8. 6 of them from the main board's Intel chipset, another 2 from the built-in ASMedia ASM1061 controller. Another one is the ASRock X99M Extreme4, which has 10, but that model isn't available where I am. Would the boot loader works with the main board? Is there any limitation to Synology DSM regarding chipset, cpu, or RAM size more than 4GB (I use 8GB). Another option would be to use an atom, or celeron combo board with a separate SAS/Raid controller card. That is if I can buy one. Nobody sell
  12. Hi, I'm new to this board, and the information from individual posts and replies have been tremendously valuable for newbies like myself, who are looking into building a new barebone to run DSM from. Isn't it a good idea to maintain one big list of compatible motherboards/cpu, and/or recommended sub-components, e.g. power supplies, etc? I've read from previous post that the HP N40L/N54L, ASRock Q1900-ITX main board works, and Synology's own wiki also hints on what may be in store: ... y_NAS_have And Ben of Pimp My Rig has showcased his bu