Reviews and Problems with Synology Disk Station DS713+
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Surveillance Station detailed review
Tim Marks, Amazon
6 days ago
Summary: While I have a DS1512+ in my house for general NAS usage, I am using this DS713+ device solely for the Surveillance Station application deployed in a local fast food restaurant. So, this review will focus specifically on my experience using the Diskstation for a surveillance system. First, a little background. I am a software developer, having developed software for windows based video management systems for 11 years. I currently have 6 cameras connected to the DS713+.
Summary: Very good for what I'm using it for. This is only being used to back up my laptop and desktop and store movies, photos and music on a wired home network. I use it for complete home access to these files and it's done a great job of it except that sometimes you lose access to it and have to reboot.
Summary: I use it for copying big data sets from local location to a datacenter, it is relatively fast and has good interface and setup. 4 stars because it does not support SMB3, you can not backup Windows 2012 R2 server to it (using Windows Backup).
Summary: Rating: 4.5 This was a pretty easy device to use & setup. The features such as the user interface and the plethora of bundled packages software that are supplied, are some of the best that I have seen and are updated on semi-regular basis. You do not need to pay extra for these services, except for the IP camera licences.
Summary: The web interface operates more like an OS compared to the simple webforms you'd see on the cheaper NAS boxes. It also seems a lot more open (you can SSH as root and get the BusyBox prompt v1.16.1)
Pros: I'm using this for a UPnP server and it does this function better than my DIY solution. Have streamed media on several different players, I now use it as the standard to beat when benchmarking other media servers.
Cons: Expensive, but then again I've spent days trying to get a cheap CentOS box to do the same thing and this took only an hour.
Summary: I like the interface and flexibility. I put two 3TB drives and upgraded the RAM to 4GB. Does everything I need, only drawbacks for me are how long it takes to process videos to make thumbnails and how much the licenses cost for the surveillance station. I was not aware of the need to purchase a license for each camera or I may have opted for an alternative product as this was a major selling point for me. License for one camera is ~$50.
Summary: SATA III would be nice. I would also like to see a three bay NAS.
Pros: The product is great.
Cons: Unfortunately, customer service is severely lacking. If your problem requires more that restarting the DiskStation, you are out of luck. Their idea of customer service means response by email only. For whatever reason, my DS713+ and Cloud Station has a problem syncing Quickbooks files
Excerpt: This is my first NAS for our home. For a household that has 3 kids and lots of mobile devices, this NAS is invaluable for storing and serving and streaming documents/media (we store lots of music, family photos, family videos, movies, and other documents). The set-up was incredibly fast and user friendly. The Desktop software and applications ("packages") are powerful and easy for the beginner.
Summary: I just installed the Synology 713+ NAS unit up to my network. I bought it diskless and installed WD RED (Western Digital) 2 TB Enterprise Hard Drives: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD2000FYYZ at $178 per drive. B0090UFNR6 These are enterprise rate drives. Here are the manufacturers specifications and why I chose them.