Thomas Robinson

Since the last update (all the way back in 2018), a lot of things have changed about my home server setup.

Replacing the Proliant

The entire new setup under load uses less power than the Proliant tower did when idling
The entire new setup under load uses less power than the Proliant tower did when idling

While very flexible in terms of upgrades and modifications, the 4U HPE Proliant tower server I have been using since the start of 2018 proved itself to be quite inefficient. It drew an enormous amount of power, made quite a racket and in return did not offer a whole lot of performance.

For the longest time (even before getting the Proliant), I had dreamed of a simplistic SFF PC sitting alongside a Synology NAS, and this is exactly what I’ve ended up with.

The ThinkCentre M93p is certainly not the newest system I could’ve chosen, however its popularity in corporate environments means it can be picked up from e-waste and e-recycling centres on the used market for relatively cheap prices, especially given the performance available. My machine features a 4th generation i7 (full specs here) which benchmarks many times faster than the 2011-era Xeon in the HPE.

My Proxmox configuration remains largely unchanged from last post, with the migration being very straightforward.

The Synology DSM Interface
The Synology DSM Interface


To house my data, I needed something to replace the drive bays and RAID card in the HPE. My wallet was not a fan, but I eventually decided on a Synology DS218. It’s quite overpriced for the specs you get, however I don’t regret picking it up. The ARM CPU and puny amount of RAM are not a massive problem when this is not the primary application server.

Synology’s DSM operating system is really rather swish, and is definitely the selling point of a Synology unit. Setting everything up was a breeze and performance is much more stable than the setup I was using before.


For better wireless performance, I replaced my access point with a Vodafone THG3000. This is connected to a Ubiquiti Edgeswitch 24 Lite and routing is handled by an EdgeRouter X.

My Pi 0W is still going strong running Pi-Hole, but the web server on my Pi 3B’s has been changed from Apache to NGINX.


For more information and specs, I have a small Wiki where I note things down. It can be found at Of course, it’s hosted on the Thinkcentre in a Proxmox container.


It’s always nice to have some vague aspirations, so here’s a few I have for my setup:

In Closing

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Shoutout to r/Homelab for being nerdy and epic!