Summary: Very, very easy to configure and use. It's reasonably fast and does its job well. I updated to version 5.2 of the software before doing anything and it's bar-none the easiest device I've ever used and configured. Creating and checking a RAID 1 set of 4TB WD Red Drives took about 15 hours, however. But it's definitely a great buy. Very happy with it.
Summary: A self managed cloud operating system with a user interface, it has a user interface to support the management of disks, extended unix file system controls, user and group management, firewall and user access control settings to prevent brute force attacks and limit the exposure of the services of the NAS server.
Pros: This specific model also runs pretty quiet compared to other NAS I've used.
The user interface is relatively snappy and quick.
This NAS also has a list of supported applications you can install to increase the functionality of the NAS beyond a standard file server, synlogy also provides a SDK to allow programmers to develop their own set of apps.
Cons: None yet, this is one of the best investments I have made in the past few years.
Summary: I use Plex Media server on my W7 machine and stream my home movies through my Roku to my TV. I'm still doing this. I no longer use windows libraries but have a mounted drive from the NAS - a workaround that isn't as aesthetic as the windows libraries but works. I basically use this as a backup device.
Pros: Ran out of space earlier, here is my second gripe
Cons: I moved my home movies to the NAS and it can't transcode anything to my Roku - it doesn't have the cpu power. I wanted to keep my home movies safe and not need to have my PC on to stream to my TV. Check this web page for compatible devices if you want to do the same. https://docs.google.com/a/plexapp.com/spreadsheets/d/1MfYoJkiwSqCXg8cm5-Ac4oOLPRtCkgUxU0jdj3tmMPc/edit?pli=1#gid=314388488
Cons: I had 2 reasons to buy this and it failed both
I wanted to redirect Windows7 Libraries (My Documents etc) to the NAS, share it and access the same 'Library' from anywhere. It can't be done. A windows7 library has to be indexed, windows can't index the NAS location. The only option is to move all your library data (MyDocuments\MyMusic etc ) to a folder on the NAS share the folder, mount the folder and put a shortcut on your desktop - works but not really what I wanted
Summary: Was debating between the older 213j model, vs the SE214 model as a gift. Decided on the 213j as CPU and RAM are 50% greater. Tossed in 2 x 3TB WD Red drives, went through the wizard and had DSM5.1 installed. Easy-peasy.
Pros: Was impressed at how well the device ran with the following apps running: AV Essential, Photo Station + Surveillance Station. There'd be times where it would lag (via web GUI) and CPU load would spike to almost 80+% but it still ran fairly well. (Owning a DS1813+ myself, I was bracing for how slow the 213j would be in comparison.) It also had no problems streaming a high bit-rate 1080p MKV file via wireless (connected to RT-AC66U router via wired port) via the (wire...
Cons: Photo Station Uploader (which uses your desktop/laptop CPU instead) is recommended when mass transferring images to the NAS. Otherwise, the 213j's CPU will be maxed out for the next little while, if not hours or even longer, depending on the # of images involved.
Maybe an upgrade for the processing power would be good though. Everything runs well but its tedious when ...
8 August 2014
Summary: Does everything I need it to do. Maybe an upgrade for the processing power would be good though. Everything runs well but its tedious when you are manually trying to do things because 1.2GHz is not the speed I'm used to anymore. I would recommend this though and probably would purchase it again.
Summary: From the amazing UI, to the potential this NAS has it rivals all of the other NAS's in this category. The fact that I got this NAS for $180 (Price matched at DirectCanada) and strapped 2 Western Digital 2TB Reds for under $350 is amazing. The advertised write speed is only 70MB/s yet I get 100-105MB/s writes on large files which is incredible.
Pros: This is by far the best NAS in this category for budget friendly 2 bay NAS. Don't look at any other company but Synology for a NAS. The web based OS it has, to the amount of features this NAS has packed into it. You can turn it into a Web Server, Music/Video/Photo streaming server the list goes on. It's a very VERY quite product, and runs nice and cool (22C on both drives). It's a nice and small/compact NAS, with very simple LED Indicators.
Cons: Nothing, only weakness is, is the other companies trying to catch up to what this little NAS can do.
Works really well but the configuration isn't simple
19 June 2014
Summary: This Synology DiskStation DS213J NAS is really great, very quiet and comes packed with functions. The supplied instructions that come with this product could be clearer. I highly recommend you check out the detailed instructions found on the manufacturer's website. They are detailed and include screenshots for every major step.
Summary: I would buy again. I've owned it for many weeks now. Check with Synology website for best choice for hard drives. I used the desktop variety from Seagate 4Tb (Not the nas specific drives either) Serves well with all my Windows and Macs I have around the house. Excellent choice if you want to consolidate files from all your computers to one hopefully safer place. Used a Dlink DNS-323 previous to this for many years.
Pros: Excellent speed. (Usually get 50-85mb/s download)
Robust. (No crashes or weird behavior)
Fairly painless to set up from your web browser.
Cons: Not really a weakness but had to download an app to get DLNA functionality. Uses specific "video, music and photo" folders but you can add your own.