hi there ! 😉 ,
first many greets + sorry for not soo much posting here lately..!
so,okay, as we have our streamer (see last „projects“) with or without Raspberry Pi´s here, (as said for me „Volumio“ + Bubble UPNP is the best alternative), and we also have now mostly a lot of Android-Devices (SmartTV, Handy,Tablet etc..) we now have to „feed“ them.. 😉 (and at best, „permanent, quiet + energy-efficient“), we have to look at some „Diskstations/NAS-devices“..
I´ve just bought over the last weeks three of them to get into that business in general and to test the usability over all..
First i´ve bought some „Zyxel NSA-310„, 1-bay, e-sata support, cheap, to test..it has a very „rudimentary“/simple interface/gui and i´ve got transfer-rates about 40-50MB/s (Gigabit-network smb) ->got it easy in the network- + u can find it easily with some Android Apps like before mentioned „Bubble UPNP“ or „Mediahouse“ or similar..
but it was for me a little bit to slow/the gui is too simple..
so i´ve bought next some „Synology Diskstation DS211J“ ! ; absolutely in another league/world ! 😉
absolutely great user-interface/Synology-OS („DSM“), absolutely „massive“-options for sychronizing all your cloud-accounts (GDrive,Dropbox,Box etc.), great tools („Audio Station“,“Photo Station“,“Cloud-Sync“,“Media-Server“,“Surveillance-Station“ etc..) + the according Apps (Android/Apple) for it->“DS Audio“,“DS-Video“ etc..
BUT !! : the great downside was the really, really horrible slow hardware !! on this Diskstation(s) !! absolutely slow data-rates (about 40MB/s) + absolutely slow/laggy GUI !!
on these „DS211J“ u can do (honestly said) nothing with it->sooo absolutely slow..
I´ve found then, that are tons of different-versions from these Diskstations-> link see here ->https://www.synology-wiki.de/index.php/Welchen_Prozessortyp_besitzt_mein_System%3F,
and so i´ve bought another one without the „J“ (junior)(there are 3 classes->“J“, normal, and „+“) and on these „normal“-version (DS211) u can use the station „fairly“..
so conclusion/hint for it/for you: NEVER buy a „J„-model, absolutely horribly slow, almost unusable.. !!
(more in „Part-2“)->(coming)
greets for now !! 😉