The 10 Best Network-Attached Storage Systems

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Whether you're moving stacks of photos off your phone or backing up half the internet, having a few terabytes of extra space will help. Any network storage device can hold a handful of personal files, but with one of these NAS systems attached to your setup, you can do a whole lot more — from direct-streaming movies in 4K to safeguarding even the largest video and music collections. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best network-attached storage system on Amazon.

10. Qnap Next Gen Cloud

9. Synology FlashStation

8. Asustor NAS

7. Buffalo TeraStation

6. Drobo 5N2

5. Netgear ReadyNAS

4. Synology 2-Bay DS218+

3. QNAP TS-251B

2. Asustor AS5202T

1. Synology DS1019+

Editor's Notes

October 27, 2019:

There are quite a few reasons why you might need self-contained network storage, for either business or personal use. You can find some configured specifically for installation in a professional serve room and others that are proven to work well for common home theater streaming endeavors. There are a few brands that are commonly found near the top of all these categories; for example, the Synology DS1019+ and Synology 2-Bay DS281+ are excellent mid-range options, while the Synology FlashStation is worth considering if you need a seriously high-performing unit in your startup company. The Netgear ReadyNAS and QNAP TS-251B are two more that come up quite frequently -- in fact, almost anything by QNAP is worth looking at, and they offer a wide range of varying NAS systems.

There are also some slightly more specialty-oriented options like the Asustor NAS, which is aimed specifically at multimedia such as movies and music, and the Asustor AS5202T, which claims to be one of the best around for centralized video game streaming. And if reliability is what you're after, check out the Drobo 5N2, which incorporates a number of failsafes to ensure that your data is protected and the unit itself stays on, or turns back on right away, in the event of a brown- or blackout.


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