Expected Speeds - TS-x53-Pro to OSX

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Expected Speeds - TS-x53-Pro to OSX

Post by rs1001 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:17 am

My questions may sound somewhat amateur. I'll leave that as a disclaimer because I am.

I have a QNAP TS-653 Pro -- with 16Gb RAM set up in a RAID5 configuration.
My primary use for it is accessing Plex on it from numerous devices and that works swimmingly.

My main workstation as of rent as a 2018 Mac Mini, interface with the NAS through a Netgear AC1200 Router using CAT5e cables.
ie; (1 port to the NAS, 1 port to Mac Mini)

My Mac Mini having a measly 250Gb SSD -- I end up filling it with ** and then transferring some 20-30Gb folders over to the NAS weekly.
The files vary from Apps, Videos, Docs, Photos, Books, etc

From the setup I have, what sort of transfer speeds should I expect? (I sense I'm getting less than I used to on Catalina)
--- and how can I go about optimising that speed?

From trawling the forums I've seen mixed responses that leave me with the below questions:

1) What is the best way to interface the mac to the qnap for my above use? AFP/FTP/SMB

2) Should I invest in a Wifi-Adaptor for the QNAP? (I'm pretty sure this won't help, but would the speeds be similar?)
2a) The compatible list on this subject on the QNAP site seems old and obsolete. -- Would a TPLink Archer T4U work?
2b) Would it be faster than wired (limited at 100Mbps presumption) if I upgraded my router to an Orbi Mesh network?

3) Newer qnap model come with Gigabit ports, or options to put them in.
Do I have any scope of that in the future or is the TS-x53 somewhat obsolete in terms of future-proofing?
QNAP TS-653 Pro -- with 16Gb RAM
6 * Western Digital WD60EFRX WD Reds (RAID5) as a Single 27.1TB Volume
Firmware: QTS

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Re: Expected Speeds - TS-x53-Pro to OSX

Post by drdope » Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:50 pm

1) Use SMB; Apple MacOS has essentially ended support for AFP in 2012 with 10.9 "Mavericks"
--> https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Filing_Protocol

2) Your AC1200 router has only 100Mbit Ethernet:
--> https://www.netgear.de/home/products/ne ... ischedaten
which is limited to 12,5MB/s including protocol overhead.
Your TS-653 Pro has a (actually four) 1GBit-Ethernet ports, as has your MacMini (2018), which is ten times faster.
--> https://www.qnap.com/de-de/product/ts-6 ... s/hardware

Cheapest ans easiest way to make network transfers faster would be 1GBit Ethernet switch, e.g:
--> https://geizhals.de/netgear-gs200-deskt ... ml?hloc=de
Connect your NAS/MacMini to the switch directly and the switch your router and your good to go.

Also you could think about a sync/move app for transferring files in folder xy regularly/automated in the background to you NAS.
This could also be done by a simple cron-job and rsync on macOS.
TS-677 - R7-1700/64GB/QM2-2P-384/2x 1TB 970 EVO (R1; System, VMs & SMB-Shares) & 2x 2TB WD Blue (R1; online-, ondevice-backup)
TS-669l, 3GB (2x 3TB WD30EFRX; Raid1; online-, offdevice-, onsite-backup)
TS-453A, 4GB (2x 3TB WD30EFRX; Raid1; online-, offdevice-, offsite-backup)
6x 2TB USB3.0 HDDs in daily rotation (offline, offdevice, offsite-backups)
"roughly 80% of storage related costs are generated by backups"

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