Summary: This machine has essentially rendered my Mac useless -- the drive continually runs on end, and while it's running it's impossible to retrieve or write any data to it. When I mean constantly, its been spinning for about 6 hours now -- without stopping. Check out the user forums on the companies website, they're littered with similar complaints -- and no response from the company. I've called, emailed, and wrote on the user forum with no response.
Summary: I've been looking for a home file and media server, and this Synology unit looked like it would fill the bill. It configured easily and was nicely Macintosh compatible. I quickly had it up and running as a file server. Unfortunately, it could be rather sluggish. While it could copy large files at near network speeds, its performance copying folders containing large numbers (100s and 1000s) of small files was pathetic.
Summary: This is my third DS210j and my fourth Synology product. I am an IT professional and recommend/install these for home office/small business office users. For customers that need data protection through mirrored RAID drive and just have basic file sharing needs, this is a great low cost alternative to a Windows server. The remote access to files is also very simple to configure and works well - again, for simple uses.
Summary: I use it as a network storage. It works good so far. When I first installed the system, I enabled all the web services (web station, photo station, ftp, download station, etc.) When I ftp myself, I could see all of my private folders after hitting a couple of //, a bit scary. My two drives were mirrored (RAID 1) which was the default setting. Now, I only have anonymous ftp and download station enabled. My drives are setup as individual drives, the Basic Volume type.
Summary: The Synology DS210j is, like the DS410 we have at work, easy, inexpensive, and runs like a top. Beware, though: if you are going to fit it with 2.5" HDDs, like I did, the disk holders are sold SEPARATELY, and Amazon (and, as far as I could tell, all of Synology's resellers) doesn't stock them. You need to get them directly from Synology (synologyusastore dot com), and be careful which of the three you order.
Summary: I ordered the product and have had nothing but problems with it. I even returned the original because that came with the wrong power cord and it did not connect to my home network at all. the second one has not worked either, right now I am trying to configure it and all it does is just beep at me and not work. Its somewhat frustrating considering I spent nearly 400 for the setup and it does not work at all in the two models i have tried to use.