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New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by rosscouk » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am

Hi All,

This is my second forays into NAS's, the first being a QNAP about a decade ago. It wasn't very fast and I didn't end up using it as much as I should. Anyway, this time around, I primarily want to use the NAS as a backup but also to serve media files, primarily movies/TV to my Nvidia Shield TV and Firestick using kodi on both. I have upgraded to 8gb of memory and I am running two 8tb WD in a mirror. I have a windows 10 pc which will hold all my main files, this syncs to MS OneDrive and then I will backup my files to the NAS from the PC. I will then have one copy of the files on my PC, one of the NAS and one in the cloud.

I got the NAS yesterday and was a bit overwhelmed with it all. I managed to set up one volume (SHR), change my password and I was then looking for a way to backup my PC files to the NAS. After trying various packages I kept on coming up blank. I did a bit of reading around FreeFileSync which appears to be fine and is currently copying files across to the NAS. I was surprised I needed to use this as I would of thought it would be easy to do this direct from the NAS, but at this stage, it could well be user error. Anyway, I have a few other questions
  • One volume (SHR) at 6.35tb - anything wrong with just one volume?
    Disk compression on or off - I would think off, but it seems to be on by default. Will it slow things down much?
    Antivirus - I saw someone mention this in a post, where abouts is this and should i enable it?
    firewall - should I enable?
    Lan 1 - should i run an additional cable to Lan 2
    What else should I definitely do or not
Thanks for any help

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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by Shadow771 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:46 pm

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Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am
I did a bit of reading around FreeFileSync which appears to be fine and is currently copying files across to the NAS. I was surprised I needed to use this as I would of thought it would be easy to do this direct from the NAS, but at this stage, it could well be user error. Anyway, I have a few other questions
Well it depends what you want. With Synology Drive you can have a DropBox/OneDrive feature like folder on your Win10 machine that'll sync with your NAS. I use Synology Drive to sync My Docs, My Pic's etc to the homefolder on my NAS.
rosscouk wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am
One volume (SHR) at 6.35tb - anything wrong with just one volume?
Nope.
rosscouk wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am
Disk compression on or off - I would think off, but it seems to be on by default. Will it slow things down much?
It could, but you have quite the CPU power in this NAS model you bought (I'm jealous)
rosscouk wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am
Antivirus - I saw someone mention this in a post, where abouts is this and should i enable it?
For security reasons, recommended to have this running yes. I use McAfee.
rosscouk wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am
firewall - should I enable?
For security reasons also enable this and tight down to only what is neccesary.
rosscouk wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am
Lan 1 - should i run an additional cable to Lan 2
If you have a switch that supports link aggregation or bonding, then this is a nice option.
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Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:45 am
What else should I definitely do or not
Do not use SMBv1.
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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by Rusty1281 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:21 pm

I was surprised I needed to use this as I would of thought it would be easy to do this direct from the NAS, but at this stage, it could well be user error
You could try and use Active Backup package. Its an agentless pull backup solution that works with win and linux OS.
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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by rosscouk » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:56 pm

Thanks for the replies.

I am trying Synology Drive now, uploading files and generally getting used to it. Thanks Shadow771 for the suggestion.

In terms of the link aggregation, I have looked up by switch, its a NETGEAR GS116UK 16-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Switch and I can't see anything mentioned in the technical sheet. Any thoughts?

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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by Rusty1281 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:53 pm

for LAG support you will need a managed switch
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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by rosscouk » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:24 am

for LAG support you will need a managed switch
Thanks, thats helpful.

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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by sincarne » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:23 am

can use adaptive load balancing without managed switch

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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by rosscouk » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:21 pm

I have a question about Kodi. As I have said, the NAS has one share with a folder on it which contains my films, I have enabled NFS on the NAS and I can access the NAS over my Ethernet network when using Kodi to search for a NFS share - I am doing this on a NVidia Shield TV. I have seen some minor jerkiness when playing 4k files, usually when starting the playback. Last night the NAS was not doing anything else, so I am not sure why this is.

My questions

1) Are there any settings in Kodi, that people might be aware of, which need to be 'on' or 'off'
2)Do I need a specific media share or is the way it is currently set-up 'correct'?
3) Are there any settings I should consider in terms of the NAS?
4) Is NFS the correct way to share media files (mostly mkv's)?
4) Anything else?

Obviously the aim here is to get as smooth a playback experience as possible.

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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by Shadow771 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:32 pm

I have 2 questions for you:
- What are the hardware specifications of the box running Kodi?
- It is connected to the NAS via an ethernet cable or Wifi? If WiFi, try a wired connection. If Ethernet, try to make sure it has a 1GB connection (1GB switch/router, at least CAT5E cable etc).
rosscouk wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:21 pm
2)Do I need a specific media share or is the way it is currently set-up 'correct'?
I assume you didn't setup any bandwith control right?
rosscouk wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:21 pm
4) Is NFS the correct way to share media files (mostly mkv's)?
NFS should do the job fine, altough I use SMB for my kodi box.

Can't image a powerful NAS like a 918+ should have any sort of difficulty streaming a 4K movie. Either the kodi box ora network component is the culprit I would say...
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Re: New 918+ NAS - tips?

Unread post by rosscouk » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:19 pm

Thanks for the reply.

Answers
- What are the hardware specifications of the box running Kodi? The NVidia Shield TV is a fairly powerful bit of kit, aimed at media stuff, its an android box.
- Is connected to the NAS via an ethernet cable or Wifi? Wired with Cat 6a with gigabit Ethernet switches, x2 Netgear unmanaged in this case.
- I assume you didn't setup any bandwith control right? Not that I know, I think file compression is set by default, could this be an issue?

I don't think any transcoding is going on as I don't have any of the media server apps installed.

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