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Placing your digital media collection on a NAS has a number of benefits:

  • High availability - Many NAS devices draw very little power when they are idle, so they can be left permanently switched on.  This means you wont have to wait for your computer to boot before you can start streaming music
  • Protects your digital media files - if the NAS has RAID capability (hard-drive redundancy - find out more about RAID here), you are protected from failure of any one of the drives in your system.  (However, this is not a substitute for a proper back up solution.)


Additionally, some NASes are capable of running a media server.  This relieves your computer of one more task, and increases availability of your audio.

Linn only test and recommend a small number of NASes, but there are many which nonetheless make excellent companions for the DS products.  This page provides some user reviews of popular NASes.

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References

http://nas-central.org/ has alot of great information about NAS from various vendors.

Recommended NAS

NOTE: QNAP firmware 4.3 onwards will not support Twonkymedia server Alternatives can be found in Media_Servers

QNAP TS251+

This is Linn's recommended NAS. It comes pre-installed with Twonky Media Server, is easy to install and manage and has a good solid finish. This can be disabled and Linn Kazoo Server and/or MinimServer can also be installed


QNAP TS409 Pro

This is Linn's recommended NAS. It comes pre-installed with Twonky Media Server, is easy to install and manage and has a good solid finish.

The "Pro" version has NFS support, making it suitable for integrating a DS and Akurate Music Server in the same system allowing both products to share the same storage.

The "UPnP MediaServer" (in the Multimedia Station section), requires to be enabled to work with the LInn DS Products

QNAP's lower end products are also reasonable choices for DS companion. eg The QNAP TS209 is a good 2 bay NAS with Twonky pre-installed.


QNAP TS459 Pro

This is a new processor version of the TS409 Pro, this allow faster responsiveness to Music and menu selections. This gives a lot better look and feel to the DS operation.


Other NAS

Innuos Zen MkII

Innuos Zen Mk2
Not tested by Linn, but some user reports on Linn's Forums suggest it is working well with on-board ripping...

Synology DS214/DS214PLAY?DS215J/DS216 series

Synology DS214
Synology DS214 PLAY
Used the DS214PLAY with both the internal DLNA Media server and the Minimserver add-on. Both are fully compatible with Linn Products.

Synology DS413 series

Synology DS413

Not tested by Linn, but some user reports on Linn's Forums suggest it is working well...

Synology DS411 series

Synology DS411+

Not tested by Linn, but some user reports on Linn's Forums suggest it is working well...


Synology DS416 Series

Synology DS416J

WD My Book live

WD My Book Live

Compatible with Linn DS products, comes with Twonky Media pre-installed 'but no way to reconfigure Music Tree , easy to set-up, but no RAID support.


Netgear ReadyNAS NV+

Solid construction, and a good reputation. 4 bays, and an expandible, hotswap RAID implementation (XRAID). An unsupported version of TwonkyMedia through an installation package is available through the Netgear Forum website.

Netgear ReadyNAS Duo

This is Netgear's first NAS product since they purchased Infrant in 2007.  The Duo is a 2 bay NAS that supports RAID 1.  Good solid construction.  Inherits many of the excellent features of the (more expensive) "NV" ReadyNAS variant. A unsupported version of TwonkyMedia through an installation package is available through the Netgear Forum website

Lacie Mini Ethernet Disk

Compatible with Linn DS products, comes with Twonky Media pre-installed but no way to reconfigure Music Tree or any other settings, easy to set-up, but no RAID support.

The Lacie NAS does not work well with the Akurate Music Server as it does not support the NFS protocol.

DLink DNS 323

The DLink is a cheap NAS, with RAID 1 capability.  The drive has limited firmware out of the box, (the pre-installed UPnP server is not very good), but it can be upgraded to run Twonky Media Server.

HP Media Smart Server

Windows Home Server product

Not tested by Linn, but some user reports on Linn's Forums suggest it is working well...

HP Proliant

Installed with Windows Home Server 2011 and dBPowerAmp

Buffalo Mini NAS

The Buffalo MiniNAS comes with Twonky Media Pre-installed. This is currently the only Buffalo NAS that comes with Twonky.

This NAS has not been tested by Linn.

Buffalo Terastation

The Buffalo Terastation is a basic NAS, with very few add-ons. It comes with the Mediabolic UPnP Media Server pre-installed (under the name Pcast). This has no user-configurable options, and does not support flac. It does however support MP3 and WAV formats, so can be used if flac support is not required, and if the predefined configuration is acceptable. The menu configuration is quite reasonable for usage.

Twonky can be installed on the Terastation, but it is not a simple procedure, and errors in the process could render the NAS unusable. The process is documented on-line.

The NAS is rather lacking in toys (DHCP serv, NFS, database, web server etc.) that are commonly available from other vendors, but most of these don't matter if you just want it for storage.

In conclusion - not really suitable as a companion for a DS, but it can be made to work if you are technically able.

Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo Home Server 1900

The Scaleo Home Server 1900 is a 4-bay Windows Home Server NAS. It comes pre-installed with Twonky.

This NAS has not been tested by Linn.

I-O DATA

No review available.

Acer Altos EasyStore

No review available.


AVA Zara Premium

http://ava-media.com/zara.html

No review available

MELCO

http://melco-audio.com/products.html

Not tested by Linn, but some user reports on Linn's Forums suggest it is working well...

Ripping NAS

Tranquil AVA RS3

The AVA RS3 combines a two bay NAS with an integrated CD-ROM drive for ripping. Uses Windows Home Server.

Note: The AVA RS3 cannot be used with the Akurate Music Server as this NAS does not support the required NFS network sharing format.

RipNAS

The RipNAS combines a two bay NAS with an integrated CD-ROM drive for ripping, in a slick looking case. Uses Windows Home Server and dbpoweramp ripping software.

Note: The RipNAS cannot be used with the Akurate Music Server as this NAS does not support the NFS network sharing format.


ZoneRipper MAX

The Zoneripper MAX is similar to the twin drive (extrenally expandable) NAS with CD-ROM for rippig. This is a Window Home Server with Assett UPnP Media Server and dBPowerAmp ripper.

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