Reviews and Problems with Synology Disk Station DS109j
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Great, easy NAS
Michael J., Newegg
20 October 2009
Summary: An excellent overall product!
Pros: This NAS is great and very easy to use. I've had several NAS setups and also used FreeNAS on old pc's. The Diskstation Manager software is excellent and can be as simple or in-depth as you wish. I've also had the DS209j (2 drives) since June with no reliability problems, so I'm assuming this one ...
Cons: The external enclosure is plastic. It would be nicer if it was metal, but Synology had to cut cost somewhere. The Diskstation software doesn't include a way to limit share folder sizes. You can set up separate partitions, but it would be easier to limit folders for backups, Apple Time Machine, etc.
Summary: Case is all plastic, but is built nice. The website is worth visiting to appreciate all of the features. Also, Synology responds fairly quickly to any questions through e-mail. I dropped in 1TB WD green drive that runs pretty quiet and cool.
Pros: Options galore, easy to setup, great company support, and extensive user forums. I love the automated power on/off feature and usb plug in front with the copy button for backing up flash drives. All I wanted was a NAS that was easily recognized by XP machines and this did very simplistically.
Cons: The transfer speed is a bit slow, but I use only as a backup so not an issue.
Summary: I found a (perhaps somewhat silly) additional use for the box... I plug my other gadgets in to its' USB ports for recharging so I don't have to juggle things around at my computer... it's sitting there anyway!
Pros: Simple & self explanatory web based configuration, loads of features, reliable performance. Set up was a snap - used the Mac OS version of the setup software - which handled drive partitioning, formatting, and loading the latest firmware/OS. Runs quiet & cool, and form factor isn't very much bigg...
Cons: 1TB drive limit. It's enough space for my needs (or I would have opted for the dual bay version), but with 1.5 and 2TB drives out, it seems like an arbitrary limitation. Maybe it will be addressed through software updates, but check the compatibility chart on Synology's website before picking a d...