I’ve been using a NAS for about 1.5 years (Synology DS418j) and am starting to discover the many things I could be doing with it. While that 1st NAS was mainly for local backups (4x4TB disks, Raid5), used once a week I have been starting to use other applications such as media storage for my set-top boxes (only 1 used at a time) or video surveillance application. I read that actually the surveillance thing shouldn’t run on the NAS dedicated to backups as it will kill the disks a lot faster due to continuous reads/writes.
Furthermore I am now looking at setting up some p2p applications, VMs (not so many) and/or docker containers. This is definitely too much for the DS418j!
I like the size, silence and low power aspect of the Synology and am looking into building my first FreeNAS box with similar “exterior” functionalities while beefing up the inside. I’m still aiming for something “cheap” and I see the NAS Killer v4.0 has some very cheap configurations. Reading various threads and guides I feel it is a rather big step up to build your own and wanted some advice/review of my expectations if possible.
So I am thinking of something like this:
- CPU: mid range
- RAM: 16GB
- Probably run the OS on x GB size SSD
- Cache NVMe: not sure if needed
- HDD: 4/5 disks maybe 6 is better? (not sure for the size itself) -> will be happy to hear what you recommend. I like Raid 5 where it’s a compromise between usable size and “data safeguard”.
I don’t feel I need the hot-swap feature so I can compromise on the case to not be able to easily remove the drives.
- RJ-45 ports: 10GbE or 1GbE?
Thank you very much for your time and help.