NAS for Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by nosnhojm, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. nosnhojm macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2011
    Any iMac users successfully using a Synology (or other brand) NAS for Time Machine backups? Over WiFi?

    I don't have my iMac yet, but I've heard there may be some compatibility issues when using a non-Time-Capsule device for backups, possibly due to the Bonjour sleep proxy. I'm just wondering if any iMac users have encountered this issue.
  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada

    TM on my DS212j works great over both WiFi or wired GigE.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I like my QNAP for such things but many people here have an affinity towards Synology. If I were to do my purchase over again, I'd probably get a Synology. I'm not displeased with my QNAP - its going strong but I think Synology offers some nice features.
  4. DavoteK macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2012
    Been using a Synology NAS for backing up via Time Machine for over a year now. Via ethernet for one Mac and via WiFi for the other Mac. Seamless.
  5. gc916 macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2012
    Western Digital MyBook Live Duo - 4TB capacity. Time Machine backs up via WiFi. Simple to set up, and no problems during 2 months with this configuration.

    That said, if I had to replace it, I'd probably go with Synology, based on reviews and user comments.
  6. MiniMi macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2011
    Been using the Western Digital 6tb Duo with no problems
  7. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Used a WD MyBook World NAS before but have since changed just because it was the slowest device in the known universe:) .
  8. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2007
    I did a ton of research on this recently. Between QNap, Synology and building my own FreeNAS server. They were all good options and all would work.

    I went with Synology and ordered the DS212J plus a 3tb drive just today. It should be set up in a week or so. I have another 1tb drive I can put into it for media serving, the 3tb will be used for Time Machine.

    Synology seems to be the best balance of features, size, sound (or lack thereof), and support. I think QNap is just as good but I didn't find as much feedback.

    A FreeNAS server is more versatile but I didn't want another PC box sitting around sucking up power and worrying about replacing fans and components. Plus the out-of-the-box solutions are just less hassle.

    Anyhow I plan to do a blog post on setting up the Synology. Now I have to figure out how to get Picasa to play nice with it.
  9. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'd second that. Mine is now sitting in my computer junk pile.
  10. nosnhojm thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2011
    Funny that you should mention "replacing fans", as my Synology DS212+ has been having issues lately. It occasionally (~once per day) reports that the internal fan has stopped working, but then 30 seconds later reports that the fan has resumed. Synology sent me a new fan, but that did not fix the problem. Now I'm debating sending it back as RMA for a replacement. I don't actually think the fan stops; I think the device thinks that it stopped.
  11. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2007
    Hm that's too bad. But at least you have support and RMA is an option. That's why I don't want to build my own. There are more components that can die, and when they do I'm on the hook to fix them. No thanks I'm done with that!

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