Reviews and Problems with Synology Disk Station DS209+
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Useless as an iTunes server
25 September 2010
Summary: This device advertises being an iTunes server. It is not. What it does is allow visibility as a shared iTunes library which is quite far from being a true server. There is nothing whatsoever in any of the documentation that shows how to put music onto the device and that cannot be accomplished via the iTunes service. What has to be done is a file share must be set up and an iTunes installation on the network must redirect its library path to this file share.
Summary: Purchased the DS209 primarily to backup our (3) PC's on the Home network, and also add extra shared storage (I consolidated our music collection scattered across (3) PC's, and placed it all on the DS209 for everyone to share). Good software is key to a NAS, and the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM ver 2.3) is excellent! First, you must install hard drives to this diskless unit.
Summary: I setup the Synology DS209 for a real estate office with multiple tiers of authentication for multiple network folders. Having used Dlink NAS boxes in the past, this was a dream to setup in comparison. The AJAX menu system is easy to use and understand. I set it up with two WD 500GB Black SATA drive mirrored. No issues with these drives, though the setup for the hard drives could have been a little clearer.
Summary: The DS209 set up well and seemed solid, so I transferred about 25,000 files (all my documents and a bunch of WAV files and other miscellany) to it. I took a set of MD5 checksums from the source and compared them automatically to the copies I made on the Synology using md5summer.exe. Scarily, about 20 files did not copy properly, though no errors were mentioned in the copy process.
Summary: this is a great NAS for the average person that really wants a great way to share and store files. This has great features like the audio station that lets you stream music in a very well kept manner, or just the abilities to run a simple nas. It's Ajax interface is great and its ease of use is phenomenal. If your looking for a personal home nas to stream some data and have things organized well... it will sure do the job.
Summary: I spent weeks going over reviews for NAS devices. This unit (DS209) and other synology units seemed to have really good reviews. I figured I couldn't go wrong after seeing good reviews. I am very happy with my purchase to say the least. Not only did I get a storage device, but I got alot more. The photostation option is really nice for family members to see your photos over the internet. Filestation allows you to locally/remotely manipulate the stored files.
Summary: Love the product but it took a lot of effort to get it set up. Lots of time spent on Synology website trying to figure out basic operations. A more complete manual and telephone support would make this product top notch. Don't buy this product unless you are a network expert or are very willing to spend time scouring the Synology web site for help. E-mail support was also poor and responses usually incomplete, requiring a follow-up e-mail.
Summary: I needed to replace about 5 external USB drives of varying sizes, and a few guys at work recommended a NAS. After about 2 weeks of reading reviews, I found this one. Since the majority of the reviews were positive, I figured it was worth giving it a whirl. First off, it was a breeze putting the disks in. I was expecting a case that wasn't very easy to get open, but the side just slides off, and the disks slide right in.
Summary: My family has grown ever more dependent on digital media. I often find myself copying mpegs, mp3s, and avi files from one computer to another and then to a third, which can get irritating and confusing. We have macs and windows 7 machines in our house which don't always play nicely with each other. We got an Apple Time Capsule a while back, but the performance of that product has been disappointing, particularly when it has to interact with the PCs.