NAS Brand/Models Poll


Here’s another vote for unRAID.


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Synology DS1815+


I don’t own a NAS yet agree with others that there are some really inexpensive WD Cloud devices out there. If it were possible for that class of device to do this, that seems like a great option.

This is what I was looking at buying: $179 for 4TB $159 for 3TB $139 for 2TB

These seem ideal because at under $200 they are in the impulse range of purchase. Almost to the point that I can see someone who has a higher end backup system for other purposes might buy one of these for DVR.


Synology DS 1815+


I have a Western Digital MyCloud WDBCTL004HWT, but I’ve already decided I’ll need to purchase a different NAS.
Most of the time, recording (1) HD 1080 TV channel and playing (1) recording will handle my video needs but occasionally I need to record (3) HD 1080 TV channels and play (1) at the same time.
I use (3) SD Extend devices for a total of (6) receivers,
Everything plugs into a 1Gig Switch.
I think I’ll need a chart from Channels to let me know what NAS device works best for multiple 1080 streams.


Currently have a Synology DS216+.


Currently using the QNAP TS251 with 2x 3TB HGST drives


I’m using a Synology DS916+


Bought a DS1815+…removed my lone LaCie from the poll.


Our initial tests have shown that the inexpensive 2/3/4TB WD MyCloud models are too under-powered to run our DVR software. They only have 256MB of RAM and a 600mhz processor.

The WD Pro/EX/Mirror series are more powerful, as are most of the Synology and QNAP models. These should work, although we have not had a chance to test with them yet.


Very understandable but disappointing.

However, I’d rather ensure that the total package is in-house rather than depending on SD’s methodology.

Have had multiple recordings not initiate on SD DVR Beta due to their servers being down or problems with my ISP.

Thanks for the update.


Maybe off the wall, however, have you investigated possibility of running Channels DVR on the Nvidia Shield console?

Although I haven’t been impressed with Plex DVR on Shield, it does work. Major problem (to me) appears to be Plex Server inefficient use of transcoding mpeg2 for use with clients. Having to set at such a low resolution for smooth usage doesn’t appear to properly utilize the Shield specs.

Of course, I realize that this solution would be for later future planning, just wondering if it might be possible.


Briefly yes, but Android is pretty foreign to me so I was unable to make much progress.

Most households are either Apple or Android, so it seems unlikely many Channels users would have an Nvidia Shield. Especially since its even more expensive than the ATV4.

The hardware is pretty nice though, and the GPU should be able to decode/encode both mpeg2 and mpeg4. Would be nice to be able to run Channels DVR on there, but probably won’t happen any time soon.


Anyone with either a linux computer or a NAS that has intel CPUs… can you run ls -alh /dev/dri and post the results along with the model name.


[~] # ls -alh /dev/dri
drwxr-xr-x 2 admin administ 80 Nov 12 05:06 ./
drwxr-xr-x 14 admin administ 19.5k Nov 12 10:12 …/
crw------- 1 admin administ 226, 0 Nov 12 05:06 card0
crw------- 1 admin administ 226, 64 Nov 12 05:06 controlD64

QNAP HS-251+


Ubuntu 64 bit Intel® Core™ i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz

~$ ls -alh /dev/dri
total 0
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root       100 Jul 25 05:36 .
drwxr-xr-x  21 root root      4.8K Oct 17 12:48 ..
crw-rw----+  1 root video 226,   0 Jul 25 05:36 card0
crw-rw----   1 root video 226,  64 Jul 25 05:36 controlD64
crw-rw----+  1 root video 226, 128 Jul 25 05:36 renderD128


Anyone have a Seagate/Lacie NAS?


I have a Synology DS1815+ and there’s no /dev/dri.

Also, I’m a ATV4 user and a Shield user :stuck_out_tongue:


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