Summary: if you are not constantly using this as a fileserver for all your files, it is perfect for sharing things amongst multiple computers like all those photos or those seasons of tv shows. Also the bittorrent feature is great because you dont have to leave your main computer on to download stuff.
Pros: This thing does everything you could want. iTunes library sharing, bittorrent downloading, FTP, one touch backups, print server, and it is ntfs so if it dies you can still get the data. This thing is awesome! Oh and the user interface is actually nice and easy to use!
Summary: The USB sync is a major benefit as far as offsetting the initial sync goes, and rsync will help longer term, but... Don't think you'll serve ghost images off this puppy in a hurry. Basically it's a fancy NSLU2 with an internal bay.
Pros: First the good: It works, took about an hour to format a 1TB WG green drive. Local syncing possible via USB drive and synch button as USB2 speeds. Defaults for extra services all off as shipped. Lots of options to play with, google for details.
Cons: It. Is. Slow. Though plenty fast for your ISP, downloads and music, even (highly compressed) HD video streaming, but slooooow for power users using it as a mini file server. Large file (GB) sizes transfer at just 6MByte/sec or so. Little files are much worse. Copying an XP CD folder goes at an av...
Summary: Everything just works, I can't tell you enough as a network administrator how important it is that is just works. I will take a more reliable product over a slightly faster simply because I don't have to deal with troubleshooting it.
Pros: Print server, iTunes server, file server with access control, ftp server, automated backup software comes in package, dhcp client. You plug it in and it just works, I tried this NAS with several SATA drives I had lying around. ranging from an 80GB I had from a macbook upgrade, to a 500GB I bought...
Cons: Slow network speed. I saw a max throughput of 4MBps (yes MB, not mb) And the unit froze up when I used the USB drive backup feature once, it required a hard reboot.
Summary: The CPU speed is rather slow and the ram is only 32 MB, but this is an entry/beginner (NAS). I use this primarily for photo album, FTPand webpage host and it works great. Network transfer speeds are a bit slow (about 70 mbps) for people like myself that are use to using 70%+ (700+ Mbps) of a full...
Pros: Features - Great features for the price. Easy Setup - You can setup most things very easily and with very little time spent. Cost - You get plenty of feature for relatively low price.
Cons: For the price I cant say there are any cons.
Summary: Linux 2.4.22. Freescale PPC processor, ~130 bogomips. Uses busybox + ash. This thing has a slowish processor, but on the flip side with a WD green drive the total unit draws only 7 watts idle and 12 watts while active (includes loss from power brick).
Pros: Quiet, cool, fast (for price range), low power. Nice AJAX admin interface. Linux. All sorts of protocols, services, extensions available. Hackable, if you can cross compile for PPC. Can schedule on/off times.
Cons: It could use a tiny bit more memory. Apparently this device actually does have only 32mb of memory and 512mb swap, so if you turn on all the features it might get chunky and slow. I was very happy with transfer rates though with defaults at this price level (maxed out 100 ethernet).
Summary: I got the cheaper 108j rather than spend quite a bit more on the better Synology stations. The problems I have had with my DS108J seems to be in the entire line so I'm happy I saved the money. I would have been a !!! LOT !!!
Pros: Out of the box Assembly. I have only had the DS108j lockup once in the first month. Print server seems OK. USB copy works OK. USB drive Externals seems OK. Quiet...
Cons: Synology Assistant seems to be required to map drives with Windows 2000 Pro. Almost everything that could be a problem with the Web interface WAS... and IS... (I need FreeType support with the PHP, which seems to be missing (will run phpBB3 and Joomla but NOT Expose'))! Adding Packages seems to b...
Summary: Using with a 1TB Cuda (3G/s) @ ~45 degrees Celsius after about an hour of sustained activity. Haven't upgraded to gigabit LAN yet, so I can't speak to full performance. If you ARE on a completely gigibait LAN, be sure to enable Jumbo Frames for maximum performance and processor efficiency.