No, not really. Unless you’re on a super tight budget I wouldn’t spend a whole lot of time looking at the two drive models. A four drive raid 6 sounds fine to me.
Yeah, just hooking it up to the router isn’t really what does that. Assuming there’s no port forwarding or additional firewall rules involved(which doesn’t sound likely), then a sneaky little widget called uPNP is usually what’s to blame there. Find it and verify that it’s turned off. That’s not a bad idea in general.
You can setup automatic backups using the ActiveBackupForBusiness app for Synology but only for ‘+’ models (DS1518+, not just DS1518)
You can expand a Synology Hybrid Raid drive pool by adding additional drives to it, but RAID10 (for 4 drives) you cannot. Found that out the hard way.
If you want to go over 1Gbps without bonding, you’ll need a Synology model with an addin slot available, such as the DS1621+, to add a 10Gbps or higher NIC (This is the model I have for my uses)
Some of the beefier models support the use of Docker or hosting VMs, allowing for additional flexibility to backup how and what you’d like. Probably behoove you to check some of the Synology apps available and see which ones appeal to you prior to model selection. As stated at point 1, not all models will have access to the same packages necessarily
Would use either the free tool SyncBackFree or write my own node/php script to do the job (hate python with a passion)
Expansion is nice, but I’m not a fan of the idea of 5 years replace all drives and the shit show that’s going to be
RE: Speed, would be nice but not that important, it will be used to bring files over to local machines and store resources and possibly a work backup (excluding node_modules etc) but other than that I have no use for it
RE: Beefier models for enhanced functionality
No need I run locally xampp, docker, and docker on Linode & Digital Ocean, if I wanted a server I would probably just build another weaker pc or use my old one and network to that in some way. Video streaming, web access, ssh’ing in, not needed, simple storage with redundancy.
If only google drive had .gitignore I would upgrade my plan and backup every drive in my machine to it. Dropbox is crap and screwed my windows reg and broke functionality as it screwed with the mydocumens folder and onedrive is just lacking is so many ways just like dropbox. Need selective folder sync, .gitignore functionality and a lot of space (probably will buy 2 x pCloud 2TB packages for 4TB for live plans, shait GUI/UI but does have limited .gitignore functionality via the poorly designed interface).
But as I have a lot of installers and samples to store as well as work I will be also getting 2 x 10TB External WD drives and just hook them up 1 at a time once a week and run the SyncBackFree which also has .gitignore capabilities (selective file and folder exclusion by name/path etc) and just click and let that run before I’m done for the day. 1st time will take a while after that it just shadows left to right, copies over what’s needed or changed and deletes anything that should not be there (mirror without full copy).
RE: Old chip tech
Ye, world is going to shit right now… Hopefully will be back to normal when I do an upgrade when the 7080ti is out.
RE: Linux XP
Some but far from a guru, docker, ubuntu 20.04 LTS server, ssh, nginx, still have no idea what most of the folders are for, know a few of the commands etc, but its more like 10% known, 90% not known. I try to keep to Web Development, and leave the DevOps / server stuff to those people with job titles of DevOps / Server Admin.
Thanks but think I will be doing what I stated in my above post… Seems far cheaper, easier, no lan bs, no network cards, no raid re-build every 5 years when all drives are to be replaced etc etc. Hopefully will have starlink by then and have it all on a BTRFS multi location cloud solution. lol
The Synology Drive app plus enabling Quickconnect functionality allows you to setup your own Google drive/Dropbox, hosted by you. Been using it for a bit and it’s as reliable as the hardware/connection to wherever you are hosting the NAS
If you don’t want Synology hosting a weblink into your Synology and exposing it to the internet, another option is to just have Synology Drive setup plus VPNing into your home network, such as using OpenVPN