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Re: NAS hardware recommendations

From: zloster
Subject: Re: NAS hardware recommendations
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2020 12:47:53 +0200
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On 9.12.2020 18:46, david larsson wrote:
On 2020-12-08 16:51, Pierre Neidhardt wrote:
Hi Guix!

Has anyone had luck installing Guix on a NAS?
If so, which one?

If not, which NAS hardware would you recommend?
I'm looking for

- something as open as possible;
- 3-4 bays;
- lowest consumption possible;
- Btrfs support.

Any tips?


Ive always wanted a GnuBee which is very open. Idle power is 11.64 W. There is both a 3.5" and 2.5" version - it has a MIPS processor though. Also, I don't know if you can actually still order them anywhere:

Guix has some old support for installing on MIPS:

Otherwise, the very open Vikings D8, has 6 SATA 300mb/s slots, but perhaps not really what you are looking for and it's pretty expensive.

I know about the Helios64 NAS. It has ARMv8 CPU and good feature set: - 300 USD before international shipping and taxes - Rockchip RK3399 with 2x Cortex-A72 + 4x Cortex-A53; 2,5Gbps + 1Gbps networking, 4GB RAM, 5 disks (one is shared with the M.2 SATA 3.0 Slot), integrated small backup battery They reported some problem with their 2,5Gbps network wiring: Currently sold out, they offer notification for the second batch. I'm not aware for ETA.

Also for DIY low powered home NAS you could check the mini-ITX motherboards with the embedded CPUs and some computer case like Fractal Design Core 500 (4 3,5" bays + some 2,5" physically separate bays). Of course you will NOT get externally accessible drive bays. In fact I use the following components for a home server (4 years currently): Motherboard: - 4 SATA 3.0 ports and 2x1Gbps Ethernet
Case: Fractal Design Core 500
RAM: 2x8GB DDR3L (laptop)
Power supply: Corsair VS400 or VS450 ATX (I don't remember)

I hope this will help you with your search.

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