I won't waste your time, I'll show you what I wish I could have found as a wrestled through the setup.
I bought a Synology DS1618+, and I love it.
If you want to buy it, please consider using our amazon affiliate links so we can earn a small commission and we can feed our 4 children! There's a number of relevant reviews out there, but they get a little convoluted in my opinion. AI Review talks about the real world speeds from the DS1618+ here and it seems they actually handled the NAS. Simply reviews has the typical walk through of each feature and that article is here. Finally, NASCOMPARES has a breakdown of the 1618+ here, that I think is worthy - he seems to make things a little harder to quickly read but has LOTS of information.
I learned some lessons that I want to pass along to you so that you can enjoy your high speed, 10 gigabit per second video editing on my Macbook pro 16''
My Main Problem:
I wanted to use multiple computers to edit at the 10gbe speeds, and my router is not in the same location as my NAS and editing computers. The house does not have any ethernet run.
This article will talk about what problems arise when setting up the 10gb per second switch and connection to the NAS, as well as all the gear I found out I needed to make the entire thing work. I'll also share with you some of the hangups and frustrations I had when setting the NAS up on my Macbook Pro computers, as well as my Windows 10 Laptop.
Just like most video editors, I've had a couple hard drives go out and I'm swimming in terabytes of data.
I had 2 8 Terabyte Western Digital drives, and one of the external enclosures went out (because I plugged in the wrong AC adapter SINCE I HAVE LIKE 20 IDENTICAL ONES!!!)
Before that I had a client project on a disk drive that went bad, and after finding out that it would cost about 1200 for this particular recovery, I swore I'd get a fully redundant and safe NAS with a raid setup.
1 - NAS
I chose the DS1618+ over other models because it seemed like a balance. I was thinking of buying the QNAP, because I saw that it had DAS compatibility, and it even had a model with the 10GBE card built in, but I chose the synology because there were more reviews, and higher reviews. They also APPEAR to have more market share, and I like to do business with companies that have the highest market share. I might be wrong, but the review situation on Amazon had me opting for this.
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2 - 10GBE Upgrade Card
I was impatient, so I ordered this card. I really wanted to future proof and upgrade to the 10GBE card with two built in M.2 SSD slots, but it would have been a $150 upgrade and it was backordered.
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3 - IronWolf 7200 RPM Hard Drives
I've had bad luck with my Western Digital external drives lately, so I wanted to give Seagate another try. I wanted to make the future-proof decision here and "measure twice, cut once", so I bit the bullet and ordered 4 of the 12TB hard drives.
I primarily wanted to balance capacity with speed, along with reliability.
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4 - OWC Thunderbolt 3 to 10GBE Ethernet Adapter
This had lots of reviews, was passively cooled (it DOES get hot), and was priced moderatly.
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5 - Mikro Tik SFP+ 10GBE Switch
This was the onlny moderately priced, 4 port 10GBE switch. I didn't find out that those ports are NOT ETHERNET until I got it. This switch is sweet, priced well, but for every one of those ports you want to use, you'd need a 10GBE SFP+ Adapter.
What is SFP+? Well, come to find out that SFP+ is kind of a universal adapter for networking. This port requires an adapter, and could accept high speed fiber optics, 10GBE Ethernet, or an array of other professional networking gear.
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6 - SFP+ to 10GBE Ethernet Adapter
This is what plugs into the 10GBE switch so that an ethernet cable can actually plug into it. Something I wish that would have been brought to my attention from all the people giving the Mikrotik switch great reviews.... I was too ignorant to know!
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7 - CAT8 Cables that are 10GBE capable
Need to make sure that you're using proper ethernet cables to run at the 10GBE speeds. I'm not sure why, but it was like a couple bucks more to do the CAT8 cables, so I opted for them.
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8 - Netgear Powerline Adapters to get Internet to the NAS
This was annoying, but I wanted the router on the internet. I also want my router in the middle of my home so that I don't have issues with my connected tv's etc. This has been working QUITE WELL so far!
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I finally chose to purchase the Synology 1618+, but i had originally wanted a DROBO
But then my small business friends had a drobo nightmare after years of diligent use.
These wedding videographers lost EVERYTHING because the drobo just failed and support couldn't help them. Luckily they had completed all their projects and had backups elsewhere from OLD RANDOM hard drives, but I decided I'd lean as much into safety as possible
I also considered buying a QNAP, particularly because it seemed like they had a DAS functionality that synology does not yet support.
But after reading a great deal of reviews on their various levels of products, it seemed that Synology simply had larger market share, higher volume of reviews, with a higher average in the mid-range NAS market.
So I bought synology over the QNAP and the Drobo (After what my friends firm went through, i would NOT trust my business to Drobo)
I knew I wanted a super fast editing setup since I was spoiled with my favorite SSD thunderbolt 3 hard drives, and I'm a big believer in MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE.
I'm also a big proponent that people should invest in quality gear that will outlast the competitors, lead to efficiency, and something that anticipates your future growth in the category.
Synology 6 Bay DS1618+ fit the bill for my business backup needs.
I have lots of video, I"ll eventually have multiple editors, and I wanted good capacity and speed.
What are the best hard drives to buy for the Synology NAS systems?
The most expensive ones of course!
After a bunch of homework, I came to the conclusion that I'm pretty sure every professional tech firm does - buy the Seagate Ironwolf 7200 RPM drives for a good balance of capacity, speed and longevity.
I chose 4 12 TB Iron Wolf Hard Drives, and I used proprietary Synology raid selection that provides speed AND protection.
I wrestled through and paid the tuition, so I want to help you out.
What gear is necessary for a 10gbe connection with a Synology NAS like the 1618+ You computer will need a 10GBE RJ45 Adapter. You will need to upgrade the card in your NAS to be a 10GBE card which plugs into the PCI express slot, and then you will need ethernet cables that support 10GBE speeds such a Cat6a and above (I went with the Cat8). That setup will get your computer connected directly to the NAS at 10gbe speeds, but it will not get the NAS connected to the internet, you would need to have it connected to a Router or Switch for that.
My router is in the middle of my house, not near my home office.
That means I couldn't directly connect the router to the NAS, which would have given the DS1618+ internet connection.
Why You should connect your Synology NAS to the internet:
Needless to say, I was stuck.
How did I connect my Synology ds1618+ to the router which was in a different room? After much contemplation, and the additional complexity of having other computers in the room, I decided to try out the Netgear Powerline Adapters.
I'll talk more about this in a full review covering how the Netgear Wireless Adapters coordinate with a 10GBE Synology NAS adapter, 10GBE Switch and multiple computers.
I used the Netgear powerline adapters to get internet over to the back room and run into the NAS. I read that you can use a wireless adapter, but I didn't want to deal with it and I figured there might be a benefit to having the ethernet in the powerlines someday. It's been about 3 weeks, and things are pretty good so far. The speeds from wireless laptop, to the NAS is pretty slow, but it works for sure. It's nice to be able to have the NAS attached when I take my laptop and walk around the house.