I've been searching for over 7 months, trying to find the perfect NAS that would fit my needs and fit within my limited budget. I flirted with buying a Buffalo CloudStor, LG N1B1D, LG NA2ADD2, and an iOMEGA unit. However, I could never pull the trigger. I came real close and even tried pulling the trigger on the LG N1B1D, but my efforts to find a new unit for sale (around suggested retail) left me high and dry. Even speaking with LG direct did me little to no good. I was sold on that LG unit and when I realized it wasn't in production anymore, I was crushed.
I kept digging, started looking into Synology units which seemed to get some good reviews. However, one of the main features I was looking for was a respectable Android application for the device. Synology didn't get good remarks in that area. That, along with hearing many complain about poor build quality, quickly turned me away. I was about to accept the fact that there just wasn't anything on the market that fit my needs.
I needed something with a solid Android App, DLNA and/or UPnP streaming, ability to create private folders that could be accessed by only those I choose to share it with, ability to send clients direct links to download their files straight from my NAS (I want to get away from limited services like DropBox, Gobbler, and Box), all with the ability to have my NAS also be my home/remote media hub. I started calling online tech retailers, sadly, their customer service reps provided me little help in terms of advice. Discouragement set it (cue soap opera dramatic music). Then out of know where, I came across QNAP. Some how, in 7 months I hadn't come across their products or simply over looked them. The more I read about them, the more excited I got. It seemed to do everything I wanted and more stuff I didn't even need (but may in the future). However, as there usually is, there was a catch, QNAP units ship without hard drives. I had settled on the TP-219P II and at $299 I was already over the amount I planned to spend. Then again, I this was the first unit I found that had mostly good reviews and also claimed to do all I needed it to. I bit the bullet, did some explaining to the wife and bought it, along with two 2TB drives.
I finally got the system up and running (for the most part) last night. From what I've seen so far, this is going to be great. Only issue now is, figuring out how to set everything up like I need it to be. It's not at all as straight forward as I thought, or the web makes it seem. I partially feel like I need an IT degree to make some of this stuff work. I'm hoping this forum will get me going in the right direction. Looking forward to my time here and enjoying my QNAP NAS.
NAS: QNAP TS-219P II - 2x Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB Drives |Media Player: Sony Google TV/Blu-Ray
Phone: Galaxy Nexus GSM Unlocked - Jelly Bean 4.1.1|Tablet: HP TouchPad - CM9 Android 4.0.2
Network: Asus RT-N66U (Dark Knight)|Laptop: MacBook Pro 15" 2.33 Intel Core 2|Editing Machine: MacMini 2.4 Intel Core 2
Recording/Editing Software: Pro Tools 9.0.6 (Holding off from upgrading to PT 10)