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: Bought this unit about 2-3 months ago and have loved it ever since. Wanted something to be able to stream my movies to the PS3 and Xbox 360 and it does both without any trouble. Also wanted to be able to access files from away and it works great at that as well. The newly updated DSM 3.0 software is even better in that it allows for native WebDAV (think "map network drive" via the internet) so that it looks like my little NAS is a connected device from anywhere where I...
Summary: The Synology DiskStation DS210j was quite simple to setup once I understood how to do it. The manual hopped around a lot and was a little confusing at times. But, after reading it over several times trying a few different things I had it figured out. Formatting two 2GB HDDs takes a long time, as expected (no product can get around this). But, it was very very easy to set them up as a RAID1 (mirrored). I just let it run overnight.
Summary: Overall this NAS is an excellent buy. It's quiet, compact and has low power consumption. It can be programmed to automatically shutdown at certain times of the day to save power. The number of extra services that are offered really make this a stand out product. File Station and the FTP service both work great. The FTP service is better for transferring large files, its faster than moving the data over an HTTP connection. The system also supports FTPS.
Summary: I use it really for RAID backup and had to call tech support to help me get up and running. I'm not a tech guy so others may find it easier. Once I was up and running, it works well. No complaints.
Summary: OK, I'm a techie and it still took me a while to get this setup exactly how I wanted it. That being said, have some patience and expect some problems and enjoy the fruits of your labor. First, you will be getting most of your documentation from a wiki. Not a nice little setup wizard. So, it's not simply plug-and-play.
Summary: I wanted a NAS to use as shared storage in my home office. I wanted large capacity with full redundancy to protect against drive failure. I bought this device over other competing brands for a few specific reasons, and I'm still glad that I did: 1) it takes off-the-shelf drives, rather than having to buy branded drives for 2x-3x the price. 2) It uses standard RAID formats rather than some Brand-specific variant.
Summary: Installed drives, connected to network, and powered on. Ran the Synology Assistant that came with CDROM as instructed, but it could not find the NAS. I could ping the device ok and everything, but the program refused to work. I wasted almost an hour before finding out that they shipped me windows software that does not work with the firmware of this box.