Checking Out The Synology NAS (Linux OS)

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    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Synology. Ugh. I had one of these. One of the worst trash computers I've ever owned. Or seen. Do yourself a favor and don't buy one of these. Or any of the competitors like Qnap. They are cheap, slow, unreliable, and the vendors don't provide things like critical kernel security updates.

    If you want to buy a ready-made home NAS box that's worth the money then get a FreeNAS Mini. They might seem expensive but they're reasonably priced for what you get which is a proper server-class board and processor with ECC RAM. If you decide to build your own like I did then be sure your system board is ECC. A lot of boards say something like ECC-compatible. This usually means they will use ECC RAM but won't actually do ECC. And be sure your processor supports ECC because not all do. Xeon processors do. Some Core i3 processors do (go fig). I went with an ASRock C236 WSI (the only mini-ITX with ECC I could find at the time) and a Core i3-7100. Spec out your system board first because that's the hardest part to find that meets the above requirements.
     
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    I toyed with the idea of buying a QNAP for a while but the performance sucks so hard for the money.
     
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    I've been quite happy with my Synology. The WD drives......not so much.

    I see quite a few DSM updates listing kernel security updates, so I'm not sure if your experiences are from an older DSM version a few years ago?
     
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    I've got a two drive bay Asustor (https://www.asustor.com/en/)

    Not sure what the general opinion is on these but with two 3Tb WD Reds it's been happily working non stop for almost 3 years now. It's got hdmi link to the TV and it can do streaming to other devices.
     
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    From what I've read in the past the 3TB reds are 4TBs with bad sectors they reduced in capacity to not use those parts.

    I've had to RMA 3 of the 5 4TB reds for I/O errors, but haven't lost any data. When they're out of warranty I'm going with another brand and/or model.

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    January 3, 2018. Specifically the initial Spectre and Meltodwn vulnerability disclosures. Synology were silent for a week and then listed these as moderate vulnerabilities, and I quote, "because these vulnerabilities can only be exploited via local malicious programs." As if there were no ways for locally malicious programs to be injected. Apparently they forgot about the SLICEUPLOAD remote execution vulnerability. And the StorageManager remote execution vulnerability. And the... but I repeat myself.

    It took them six months to start rolling out patches addressing these vulnerabilities.

    Synology's security track record is terrible. I for one strongly discourage everyone from using their products in part for this reason. Also because their products are garbage.

    Meanwhile, I haven't had any problems with my WD Reds. I have four of the 4TB models running almost 24x7 for going on two years now. No problems with any of them.
     
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