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So my new home is still scheduled for completion sometime between Dec. and Jan. There are several areas of work to be done in the tech space alone (not to mention tons of others). I would categorize them as follows:

  • NAS - Synology DS1520+ seems to be the NAS of choice because of its easy to use UI, and tons of add-ons
    • Primary Purposes:
      • 1. Act as DVR for home security system
      • 2. Network Backup for important items to replace a yearly DropBox subscription (~$100-200/year)
      • 3. Media Server for new home AV setup (relatively low priority since this is a very time consuming endeavor)
    • HDD choices
      • Considering these 14 TB Easy Stores from Black Friday
        • Any issue using these in NAS (especially the 3.3v issue)
        • Should I go with a 3 drive or 4 drive setup? (RAID 5? 1+0?), I'm leaving towards a 3 drive setup for cost presently.
  • Security IP Cameras
    • Will be using Synology the IP Camera license pack for my own custom POE IP cameras
    • 4 Camera locations (1 front yard, 1 back yard, 1 covering main entrance, 1 covering 2nd floor stairway), home is prewired.
    • Considering cameras like this Reolink - POE Turret camera
  • Networking
    • Most of the home will be pre-wired for CAT6, but i'm assuming places like the camera maybe Cat5E
    • Will need a good POE switch (16 port minimum with 4 POE ports at a minimum)
    • Will need a good WiFi Mesh (waiting for Unifi 6 APs)
    • Might just use my Asus Tmobile as the router still
  • Audio
    • Will need a good receiver capable of at least 3-5 "zones"
      • Great Room - 7.1 surround - Zone - Entertainment
      • Patio/Outdoor - Zone - Outdoor
      • Loft - Zone - Hallway
      • Master/Bath - Zone - Personal
    • Considering 9.2 and 11.2 receivers
  • Video:
    • TV's needed in the following Areas:
      • Great Room - Utilize existing LG 75" 75SJ8570 which eventual plan for a 77" OLED
      • Loft - TBD
      • Office - To Buy - 55" LG OLED
      • Master - Utilize existing 55" 2012 LCD until I budget for a 65" OLED. then move 55" to Loft

That's just my rough plans for now. Lots of details to be followed.

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2 hours ago, Jedi2155 said:
  • NAS - Synology DS1520+ seems to be the NAS of choice because of its easy to use UI, and tons of add-ons
    • Primary Purposes:
      • 1. Act as DVR for home security system
      • 2. Network Backup for important items to replace a yearly DropBox subscription (~$100-200/year)
      • 3. Media Server for new home AV setup (relatively low priority since this is a very time consuming endeavor)
    • HDD choices
      • Considering these 14 TB Easy Stores from Black Friday
        • Any issue using these in NAS (especially the 3.3v issue)
        • Should I go with a 3 drive or 4 drive setup? (RAID 5? 1+0?), I'm leaving towards a 3 drive setup for cost presently.

 

Replace? I would caution against this since it breaks the 3-2-1 rule of data redundancy. 3 backups on 2 different devices/media and 1 of them offsite. With a feature rich pre-built NAS like a Synology I'm sure they have a feature to schedule a regular sync to something like DropBox or Backblaze.

This does not have to be very complicated. The DS1520+ is already on Plex's  compatibility list (link). Malaphax and I both use Plex and, speaking for myself, I'm pretty satisfied with it.

2 hours ago, Jedi2155 said:
  • Security IP Cameras
    • Will be using Synology the IP Camera license pack for my own custom POE IP cameras
    • 4 Camera locations (1 front yard, 1 back yard, 1 covering main entrance, 1 covering 2nd floor stairway), home is prewired.
    • Considering cameras like this Reolink - POE Turret camera

I'm curious why you picked this camera brand and where you go with this item.

2 hours ago, Jedi2155 said:
  • Networking
    • Most of the home will be pre-wired for CAT6, but i'm assuming places like the camera maybe Cat5E
    • Will need a good POE switch (16 port minimum with 4 POE ports at a minimum)
    • Will need a good WiFi Mesh (waiting for Unifi 6 APs)
    • Might just use my Asus Tmobile as the router still

So that T-Mobile router (aka Asus RT-AC68U) is solid but you want to pair with Unifi APs for mesh? It's not that you cannot do that but why the mish-mash? Would you run the controller software just temporarily on your laptop/desktop and turn off the SSID on the Asus?

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2 hours ago, kuhla said:

Replace? I would caution against this since it breaks the 3-2-1 rule of data redundancy. 3 backups on 2 different devices/media and 1 of them offsite. With a feature rich pre-built NAS like a Synology I'm sure they have a feature to schedule a regular sync to something like DropBox or Backblaze.

This does not have to be very complicated. The DS1520+ is already on Plex's  compatibility list (link). Malaphax and I both use Plex and, speaking for myself, I'm pretty satisfied with it.

I'm curious why you picked this camera brand and where you go with this item.

So that T-Mobile router (aka Asus RT-AC68U) is solid but you want to pair with Unifi APs for mesh? It's not that you cannot do that but why the mish-mash? Would you run the controller software just temporarily on your laptop/desktop and turn off the SSID on the Asus?

1 - I do like that my data-redundancy is off-site with history and backup. I would be lacking off-site storage but it was meant as a redundant storage on top of what storage I'd have on my local machine. Currently I have backups in Cloud, Local, and Externals. Going this route would be just Local + NAS which would be lacking on the cloud.

2 - I have done zero research on how plex services work because generally I don't consume a lot of media (mostly YouTube, Netflix, Amazon) with a few pieces on my local devices. I do not have a massive library but I do have a number of TV shows I still am trying to finish (Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, Atlantis etc, Small Ville)

3 - It was just a random brand but did some quick googling few months ago and that came up near the list. I'm looking for a better one because I doubt that is the best, but researching this is also a time consuming endeavor. I think the outdoor cameras I want PTZ, while the indoor can be fixed.

4 - I haven't looked into how this network topology actually works. I also do not have a 24/7 PC running, I regularly power off my PC. The NAS might be a good DHCP/router though. I wonder if can use that as the router and connect it to my Unif-APs. I actually have zero clue on how to configure this network presently, what equipment I'd need to use it properly.

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Thinking more about the Network Question it would be:

Router -> Synology DS1520+

POE Switch (need 7+ POE at least 70-80 watts).

Switch might need to mounted external to the Structured wiring cabinet....

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2 hours ago, Jedi2155 said:

1 - I do like that my data-redundancy is off-site with history and backup. I would be lacking off-site storage but it was meant as a redundant storage on top of what storage I'd have on my local machine. Currently I have backups in Cloud, Local, and Externals. Going this route would be just Local + NAS which would be lacking on the cloud.

2 - I have done zero research on how plex services work because generally I don't consume a lot of media (mostly YouTube, Netflix, Amazon) with a few pieces on my local devices. I do not have a massive library but I do have a number of TV shows I still am trying to finish (Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, Atlantis etc, Small Ville)

3 - It was just a random brand but did some quick googling few months ago and that came up near the list. I'm looking for a better one because I doubt that is the best, but researching this is also a time consuming endeavor. I think the outdoor cameras I want PTZ, while the indoor can be fixed.

4 - I haven't looked into how this network topology actually works. I also do not have a 24/7 PC running, I regularly power off my PC. The NAS might be a good DHCP/router though. I wonder if can use that as the router and connect it to my Unif-APs. I actually have zero clue on how to configure this network presently, what equipment I'd need to use it properly.

  1. Just local + NAS means you are one house fire away from losing all of your data 🙁
  2. Plex is free software that takes local media files and makes them accessible via a pretty interface you can access over a local network and/or remotely. Includes features like setting streaming quality, etc. There is not a lot of configuration needed out of the box for example: If it finds multiple seasons of a show it will automatically in the interface catalog them separately into seasons. The idea would be the NAS runs the server software and then you could use a smart stick or integrated smart TV device to access it over the network (and most smart device support Youtube, Netlix and Amazon too nowadays).
  3. I have not done a ton of research into this either but I have looked around a little. You have really expensive commercial level solutions like Bosch or Axis. Then you have the SOHO-celebrity Ubiquiti which are still pretty expensive. After that it starts to become a flood of cheap chinese stuff and it's hard to quickly figure out what's worth it and what's not.
  4. For any Ubiquiti hardware, you would not need to have the PC running the controller software all the time, the devices can run without the controller, but any kind of management would require it. Looking at that link you provided, that does not turn the NAS into a DHCP server or router. It's just the controller software running in a docker container on the NAS. In the setup you proposed the Asus would still be the router and DHCP server for wired with the mesh APs would be their own DHCP server for the network they provide probably.
1 hour ago, Jedi2155 said:

Thinking more about the Network Question it would be:

Router -> Synology DS1520+

POE Switch (need 7+ POE at least 70-80 watts).

Switch might need to mounted external to the Structured wiring cabinet....

Could write out a lot here but I just want to comment that I am pretty turned off to POE switches now. Ubiquiti POE switches run hot and on top of that you then have to ensure your entire run is using cable that is "POE worthy".

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