Am contemplating setting up NAS and have no experience with such. Need to backup two Macs (new iMac running High Sierra, older MacBook Air running El Capitan) plus multiple external hard drives containing files, photos, archived disk images, SuperDuper backups, etc. Time machine currently running on the new iMac but not on the Air, but would like to add it to the Air. I use iMazing for non-cloud backups of iphones, ipads, and these are on an external drive connected to the iMac.
The goal is to keep the setup as simple as possible, and reasonable costs. Have cruised reviews and Synology seems to get the best ratings, including ease of setup. I have never set up a RAID system and am not sure if I should. Our wifi is via a CenturyLink DSL modem/router that has a USB port as well as ethernet.
I would probably have gone with an Apple Time Capsule but they are being discontinued and get mixed reviews. I can’t imagine needing to access files remotely (away from home).
A hot-swappable disk station makes sense but sure gets pricey by the time I add the drives. I can’t seem to determine if SSDs can be used, or, should I go for SATA drives to keep costs down?
Recommendations? Advice? Questions? I am tech-savvy, but not so much when it comes to networking (it’s all smoke and mirrors, right?) Thanks!