Originally Posted by Screemberry
WoW, 10 pages and growing. I am interested in picking up the DS1511+. It will be used primarily as a media server hooked up to my network. I will also install Sabnzbd, Sickbeard and possible Couch Potato as well. And will probably run a few of the other servers too. This unit appears to be at the 9th (10th) month of its life cycle. Would it be best to wait a couple of more months for the new model, or this model plenty powerful?
I appreciate any incites.
The DS1511+ is a NAS, not a media server. Yes, there are some very basic media serving type functions available and some after-market packages, but it is extremely under-powered for these types of things... even running a very large mp3 streamed audio library with iTunes service, etc, could somewhat impact the device performance. If you wanted to use the email server in it, torrent clients, etc, it would probably be fine, but it takes a lot of horsepower to do media SERVING vs file SERVING, as media serving would typically involve the ability to do on-the-fly transcoding of audio and video, etc.
If you need a device for media serving functions I would recommend a separate PC of some kind (or Mac Mini, etc) and let the Synology do what it's best at, rock hard redundant storage that is very fast and super reliable.