Summary: I reviewed several brands (WD, QNAP, Zyxel) before settling on Synology matched up with a WD 3TB Red hard drive. The chief reasons were the combination of options on the Synology vs the others (USB, available features, reliability, etc).
I can't say enough good things about my Synology that would trump any other ...
20 April 2014
Summary: I can't say enough good things about my Synology that would trump any other positive reviews out there. Backups are easy, file management is easy, the additional services like the Surveillance Station, music/photo/video streaming, Amazon Glacier backups, and then some all make it a priceless NAS...
Best backup solution for small office, even better with latest DSM upgrades
28 March 2014
Summary: I have been moderately happy with my Synology diskstations for about 2 years. I have 2 of these that sync across my home network to back each other up. Setup is simple, adding extra functionality such as remote access VPN server, Dynamic DNS is incredibly easy.
Summary: Again, I love my 112j and it does everything I want it to. I just wish I knew what I've learned over the year of the abilities of these NAS devices and purchased a unit with a lot more RAM and a stronger CPU.
Pros: This was a very tough decision for me to NOT give a 5/5 Egg Rating. But if by giving it a 4/5 Egg Rating makes someone look at why instead of glancing past a 5/5. This version does not come with its own HDD but that's what you would want anyway regardless which system you purchase because you wou...
Cons: Now, the reason I gave a 4 is because if you're going to use these units as I do and I think the new "goldrush" form of media storage is this. This unit has worked better than I expected nor imagined being affordable technologically available to the masses. So if you're going to use your "HomeSta...
Summary: AppleTV support feeds content directly from the NAS to an AppleTV. It great when it works, but has proven unreliable. You can still airplay it from an iPhone or iPad, but this method kills off dolby digital and really taxes your network.
Pros: cool, quiet, low-priced, surprising transfer speeds on local connections
Cons: terrible customer support, poor build quality, openVPN performance is abysmal, torrents are slow, ridiculously slow boot up times, AppleTV support added in DSM 4.3 rarely works
Summary: I had a new Seagate NAS 4 TB hard drive to review, and wanted a new NAS housing to set it up in. I chose the Synology for the way it was built, it's low price, and the Disk Manager software. This is one very nice housing, with just enough memory and enough processor to get the job done.
Pros: Price is excellent for what you receive. Works well with the newer Seagate 4 TB NAS drives. Synology Disk Manager software is the best NAS software I have used. Pretty much idiot proof. Nice sturdy housing with adequate ventilation to keep the enclosed drive cool. Very good warranty from Synology
Cons: None that I have found so far. Have been using it for well over a month with no issues. Tech help from Synology is first rate.
Summary: This backup unit replaced a new Seagate GoFlex whose software just quit working after a couple of weeks which Seagate support blamed my PC registry files - I don't think so. The Synology unit came well packaged has worked flawlessly for about a month now and was easy to set up.
Summary: I'm enjoying this NAS. The hardware install was simple. The software install wasn't as simple but was fairly intuitive. You install the Synology DiskStation OS via a CD from a networked computer. From there it isn't as clear what you need to do but it doesn't take much to figure it out.
Summary: I have been using NAS drives for a long time, so when my last one died on me, I jumped to amazon to find a new one. I thought it would be a problem trying to find the right Hard Drive....but I just bought the WD drive that everyone else on Amazon buys.