BT Router or QNAP Nas for DHCP

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by HFE Signs, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. HFE Signs

    HFE Signs UKBF Ace Full Member

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    Hi Guys,

    What would be the best device to handle DHCP either BT Router or Qnap Nas or does it not matter?

    Posted: Jan 21, 2020 By: HFE Signs Member since: Feb 17, 2011
  2. Mike Hayes

    Mike Hayes UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I'm not a networking expert but why would your NAS handle DHCP?

    BT Router seems the obvious choice of the two for handling DHCP.
    Posted: Jan 21, 2020 By: Mike Hayes Member since: Jan 7, 2016
  3. KM-Tiger

    KM-Tiger UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Could be either, but unless you really know what you are about, not both.
    Posted: Jan 21, 2020 By: KM-Tiger Member since: Aug 10, 2003
  4. Helpful Johnny

    Helpful Johnny UKBF Regular Free Member

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    You haven't really given enough information as it depends on the rest of your set up and what you require out of it. As a massive sweeping statement, broadly it probably doesn't matter for average Joe and it's probably easiest to let your router take care of it.

    Assuming that the BT Router is the standard ADSL/VDSL type consumer router it will potentially not stack up either if the network has more complex needs (think Microsoft Active Directory) or if additional security is required at which point the QNAP is probably the best option..
    Posted: Jan 21, 2020 By: Helpful Johnny Member since: Dec 28, 2018
  5. Wayne Smyth

    Wayne Smyth UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    This. I'm not a networking expert either, but this is my partly-informed opinion:

    One of a routers core features is DHCP, so that bit of functionality is likely to have been tested to death on the Router, but not necessarily on the NAS, where it might be uncommonly used.

    Routers are generally more reliable than NAS boxes and are always on, so are likely to be more readily available to issue an IP address whenever something connects.

    Not sure I can see any advantages of outsourcing something to a very general purpose device that is primarily designed to store & serve data, when you already have a specialised device which is designed to handle it.
    Posted: Jan 21, 2020 By: Wayne Smyth Member since: Nov 11, 2019
  6. Nico Albrecht

    Nico Albrecht UKBF Enthusiast Full Member - Verified Business

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    If you have to ask the question which one to use stick with the bt router for DHCP.
    Posted: Jan 21, 2020 By: Nico Albrecht Member since: May 2, 2017