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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys

I've recently started to download huge amounts of torrents (ahem) and I need a place to store them, my initial thought was to build some old and dirt cheap computer to download/seed the torrents, while I can watch them over the network, however, I then came over some NAS's that have the same functionality (and they look prettier) and I've got some questions about them which I hope you guys may answer!

First one is the DS212+ from Synology. I've got alot of experience with Synology (setting them up for companies and stuff) and I like them alot. However, I'm wondering if it'll handle constant seeding of torrents and downloading + streaming them to my PC. I've got about 20 - 30 torrents running at the same time and it needs to be able to handle it. And I'm considering purchasing two 3TB disks and putting them in there, how would the performance be over a gbit network then?

Second one is the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2, it needs to do the same thing as I've mentioned before, however, I couldn't find anything regarding support for 2x 3tb disks on this one, anyone know?

So, which one should I get? The only thing I need is that it supports ALOT of torrenting at the same time (preferably using some other torrent client like Transmission or rTorrent) and that it's got support for 2x 3TB drives (for upgrading in the future).

tl;dr I need a NAS that can handle ALOT of torrents without a hitch, a seedbox if you will that supports transmission or rtorrent.

Buying a small computer is out of the question, since my parents have placed the router in the middle of the livingroom and they don't like a computer there. ...
Edited by michael_sj123 - 4/4/12 at 5:44am
post #2 of 9
I have a Synology single bay DS108j and i could not ask for more! It is rock solid!
It is almost 5+ years old AND running the latest DSM lol

I use it to stream to my PS3 and Xbox, both are over wifi and they have no problem streaming 720p
I don't use the Built in torrent client for all of my LEGAL Torrenting wink.gif So i don't know how it will hold up.
But i would assume it would be as good as a low to mid range PC.

Plus if you are used to setting them up then it would be a breeze!

Good Luck! thumb.gif
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by FuzzyPants View Post

I have a Synology single bay DS108j and i could not ask for more! It is rock solid!
It is almost 5+ years old AND running the latest DSM lol
I use it to stream to my PS3 and Xbox, both are over wifi and they have no problem streaming 720p
I don't use the Built in torrent client for all of my LEGAL Torrenting wink.gif So i don't know how it will hold up.
But i would assume it would be as good as a low to mid range PC.
Plus if you are used to setting them up then it would be a breeze!
Good Luck! thumb.gif

So you think the Synology would be a better choice? I've been discussing with a guy on IRC, and he said the Synology's CPU is alot better than the Netgear's. However, he did also say that if i go with the Netgear and buy two of the good 3TB disks I would be good, as torrenting mostly relied on disks and not the cpu.
post #4 of 9
Unfortunately I never owned a Netgear. i have only had the Synology and i love it.
The guys on iRC prob would know more about the torrenting side as i mostly use mine for storage and streaming media to my consoles.
post #5 of 9
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Unfortunately I never owned a Netgear. i have only had the Synology and i love it.
The guys on iRC prob would know more about the torrenting side as i mostly use mine for storage and streaming media to my consoles.

Ok. How is the write/read performance on it?
post #6 of 9
mine is a single bay with 1tb 7200 rpm so no raid.
So i am limited in that aspect.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by michael_sj123 View Post

Ok. How is the write/read performance on it?

i must throw in another vote for Synology, very reliable and fast. you can see mine in my sig..
anyway on to performance i recently did a CDM test of just the 2Bay portion and swaped in 2 clean WD cavier blacks 500GB in RAID 1

1000MB test
377

50MB test
381

this test was done across a Gbe network with the NAS connected to the router with cat5e.. notice the high 4k reads, that is where it counts..

for reviews on other NAS systems look at the NAS thread in my sig and the smallnetbuilder reviews smile.gif
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If i'm going for Synology, its the DS212+. Got a response from Synology saying they had users run 20+ torrents along with many other tasks and the box didn't even notice it..
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If i'm going for Synology, its the DS212+. Got a response from Synology saying they had users run 20+ torrents along with many other tasks and the box didn't even notice it..

a wise choice plus you know the DSM and setting them up smile.gif
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