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NUC as 24/7 Homeserver



My Synology NAS runs reliably for many years as my Home Server. The CPU and RAM is maxed out all the time cause there are running many Docker Packages and doing a lot of Backup Task from Serveral Machines and Webpages, and also an Adblocker and a Home Automation system. 

Now I like to take load off this Machine to a new low cost Home Server and add a Home Automation system like Home Assistant to it. I was thinking about a Rasberry Pi but I think that mite be to slow.

So I like to run a Linux server with Docker packages:
- Portainer
- Pi-Hole and or AdGuard
- Home Assistant with MQTT Broker, ESP Home, VSCode, Node Red...
- MediathekView Media Server
probably more to come

I am looking for a Intel Nuc with low energy consumption as it has to run all day every day.

I think about an Intel i5 Quadcore CPU and maybe Dual Gigabit LAN.
16 or 32GB Ram and a 256GB or 512GB NVME SSD.

That table helps a bit

Any recommondations?

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better  link to the English language version


AFAIK, these are the only NUCs with reasonably power consumption with dual-lan on board.


I suspect that already the i3 version should  bring a big  performance boost compared to the NAS system.


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Hello mARTinB78,

Thank you for posting on the Intel® communities.

I will research further on this. As soon as I have an update, I will let you know.

Although, the NUCs recommended by @itsme are pretty good options, as they have low consumption, dual LAN ports, up to 64 GB of RAM, NVMe support, and supports Red Hat Linux and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Best regards,

Steven G.

Intel Customer Support Technician.

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Hello mARTinB78

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

After reviewing this further, on the latest Intel® NUC models (speaking about the most recent generations) only Street Canyon (12th Gen) and Tiger Canyon (11th Gen) have been validated for Linux-based operating systems.

And from these two NUC families, only the following models have Dual Ethernet LAN:

  • Street Canyon with Dual Ethernet Controller:
    • Intel® NUC 12 Pro Kit NUC12WSHi30L
    • Intel® NUC 12 Pro Kit NUC12WSHv50L
    • Intel® NUC 12 Pro Kit NUC12WSHv70L
  • Tiger Canyon with Dual Ethernet Controller:
    • Intel® NUC 11 Pro Kit NUC11TNHi70L
    • Intel® NUC 11 Pro Kit NUC11TNHi30L
    • Intel® NUC 11 Pro Kit NUC11TNHi50L
    • Intel® NUC 11 Pro Kit NUC11TNHv50L

Those Intel® NUCs have Dual Ethernet, support Ubuntu, support NVMe, and up to 64GB RAM, and the ones with low consumption would be the ones with Core™ i5/i3 Processors, being the Core™ i3 the ones with the lowest TDP, so you may comparate and choose from these options.

If you would like to review and compare additional models/SKUs, please refer to this link: "How to Compare Intel® NUC Products".

Also, it is worth mentioning that the Intel® NUCs are not meant to be used as servers and we have not performed software validation tests to know if they will be compatible with the tools you are planning to run. Therefore, we also suggest checking on the Linux forums to ask other peers that might have done something similar so they may provide you with additional guidance and/or feedback.


We hope this helps.

Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician

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Hello mARTinB78,

Were you able to check the previous post?

Let us know if you still need assistance or have any question.

Best regards,

Steven G.

Intel Customer Support Technician.

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Best regards,


Steven G.

Intel Customer Support Technician.

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