Can nsa-326 run ffp-stick straighforward like nsa-310 did?

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malunas
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Can nsa-326 run ffp-stick straighforward like nsa-310 did?

Post by malunas » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:32 am

Hi,

I am planning to upgrade my old-good nsa-310 to nsa-326. Can it run ffp-stick just like nsa-310 did? 'Plug&Play'?

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Re: Can nsa-326 run ffp-stick straighforward like nsa-310 di

Post by Mijzelf » Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:28 pm

Yes and no. Support for the NSA326 is added in October last year. But your current stick will not work out-of-the-box, unless you created it after that.

You'll have to exchange some files from the 2015-10-12 package to get your current stick working.

Having said that, FFP is badly aging. You might consider Entware-ng instead.

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Re: Can nsa-326 run ffp-stick straighforward like nsa-310 di

Post by malunas » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:00 pm

Thanks.

I value your opinion, so would you share it on if that's worth paying $180 to get qnap ts231 or synology ds216j instead $105 for zyxel?

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Re: Can nsa-326 run ffp-stick straighforward like nsa-310 di

Post by Mijzelf » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:36 am

That's hard to say, and heavily depends on what you want to do with it. Both the Qnap and Synology have better specs:
  • Qnap TS-231: Dual core 1.2GHz Armv7 Freescale, 512MB ram
  • Synology DS216j: Dual core 1.0GHz Armv7 Marvell Armada 385, 512MB ram
  • ZyXEL NAS326: Single core 1.3GHz Armv7 Marvell Armada 380, 512MB ram
But that second core is only worth it's money when you use it. If you use that NAS only for network storage, you don't really use it. (Well, maybe that second core stretches the throughput from 80 to 85MB/sec.) (BTW, I think that Qnap has the same CPU as the ZyXEL NAS520, which has 1GB ram, and is priced between the 326 and the TS231)

I cannot really say anything about the firmware, as I haven't any experience with Qnap or Syno. And generally I'm not really interested in firmware. As long as it's stable, and gives some base functionality, I am content and adapt it to my needs.

Both Qnap and Syno have a better reputation. In the past they have provided firmware updates for a longer time.

If you are planning to install Debian or another 'full distro' in the future, don't buy that Qnap. The Marvell processors are well supported in the vanilla kernel, but that Freescale isn't (yet). And the same is true for the NAS520/540/542.

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