Suggest a solid NAS that isn't time capsule.

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  1. kfergiez, Jan 4, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012

    kfergiez macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    I'm looking for a good, solid NAS that has DLNA capability and will work well with time machine.

    I'm not really interested in time capsule because I have a few DLNA devices, and I'm not so keen on appleTV because I have a ton of .avi and .mkv files, and I don't want another set top box.

    I've found a couple on amazon, they both got mediocre reviews wih many people complaining about reliability. Sooooo, any suggestions?
  2. Shadow%20Mac macrumors demi-god

    Dec 28, 2007
    There is an app that will allow you to stream .mkv and .avi files to your Apple TV. It transcodes them in real time. I for get what it is called though...
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I have, and strongly recommend, the NetGear ReadyNAS NV+.

    I've had mine for several years with zero issues. There might be better solutions out there now, but I can definitely state that the ReadyNAS is a great product, at least as far as my experience goes.

    Edit: sorry, didn't read everything. I've never used mine with Time Machine, but this suggests that you can do so.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Synology is probably the most popular NAS here at MR, given the number of people that recommend it. I use QNAP which is been rock solid and fast. From my research those are about the best you can get in terms of price, performance, support.
  5. kfergiez thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    I'm leaning more towards the synology route here. When formatting a new disk for the it (I think I'll go with a diskless model and put my own in), what format would accommodate both the requirements of the unit and Time Machine?
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    According to Synology's site for the DS212j (just one product I chose to look at), the supported format for the internal disks is EXT4. Although it isn't a format natively supported by either Apple or Windows OSes, it's the networking protocol the NAS uses that allows both systems to use it regardless of the file format of the disk. In the case of Mac OS X, it uses AFP.
  7. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I don't remember ever having to pick a format. I picked Synology Hybrid Raid, partitioned about half of 1 TB for Time Machine, and let it do whatever it had to do. I then turned on TM in Disk Station preferences and it just worked. That said, I think it defaults to the ext4 format. I never broke a sweat setting it up.
  8. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    On the cheaper/smaller end of life.... I picked up a 2TB WD My Book Live for my Time Machine backups works great. Has DLNA support, but I don't use it.

  9. kfergiez thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    Well what I plan on doing is shove my old 500gb usb hard drive disk into the DS110J, and when I wipe the disk, what format should I choose before I install it?


    I looked at that one on amazon, but the reviews don't look pretty... The synology reviews are excellent.
  10. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    It doesn't matter. Once you install it in the Synology, you'll need to reformat it again with the Synology to make it compatible. Synology can only use EXT4 format disks internally, and AFAIK there is no easy way to format a drive as such using Disk Utility. Just format it as HFS+ if you really want to but it'll be formatted again anyway.
  11. kfergiez thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    Awesome. That's just too simple isn't it. I've been raking through synology's webinars and whatnot. I'm glad to see that there is a ton of support and even a lot of apps for iPhone and iPad. I think this is the route I'll go with
  12. nydennis macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    I have the Synology DS411+ and love it. I put one HDD in it for Time machine and use the other 3 for storing my video files. I put mine in the closet.

    I love it and have no problems recommending it. You can also use IP cameras with the Synology for security
  13. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    ReadyNAS range from Netgear. Works fine with Time Machine.
    Has a dedicated Mac section and Time Machine section to the forums
    See :
    Lots of help from users and Netgear developers (the original Infrant people that Netgear bought in 200X)
    Has a 2 drive, 4 drive and 6 drive version with easy upgrade and solid firmware.

    I've had 2 4 and 6 drive versions over the years as my content has grown
  14. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    I have a DS1511+ and have no problems streaming to any of my iDevices, as well as consoles, and so on.
    Take a look at my YouTube channel (link in sig) for videos in regards to nth the hardware and software side of the unit.
  15. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    ReadyNAS is certainly solid. Not cheap, but...
  16. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
  17. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Chalk another up for Synology, I use a DS211j and it's a lovely piece of kit.

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