Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS112j
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Works for Timemachine
Scott, B&H Photo
8 April 2014
Excerpt: I bought this to backup 2 MacBooks with Timemachine. Installed a WD Red hard drive and installed Synology OS in about 45 min. After using this for one week the Timemachine backups are working over Wi-Fi with the NAS connect to the router. Just a note with set-up for Timemachine backups. Set up just one Timemachine folder regardless of the number of Mac's backing up. Each Mac will automatically create its own folder in the Timemachine folder.
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. I'll probably never upgrade my NAS because I love it and I'm content with HOW I obtain my personal files but if I had a more powerful NAS I think I would use what's available today instead.
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 would want to use/purchase a NAS-HDD which are designed specifically for NAS. I purchased a WD 2TB and I've only filled about 1/4th of it. Consisting of TV Episodes, a dozen or s...
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 "HomeStation" (Trademarking that puppy!) as I do then you're going to want to invest with a Synology NAS with a little more "umph." The 128MB of RAM on board does affect performance a...
Summary: This device works as advertised. The management software that comes with the package is easy to use and this system was easy to set up. Two WIN devices are backing up to it as well as a MacBook. Since one of the WIN devices are a SurfacePro, I am looking into access from outside my home network. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because file copy is somewhat slow.
A nice interface to a lot of functionality, great for intermediate users
Cultural ghost, Amazon
15 August 2013
Summary: The hardware is nice (installing a hard disk is easy), but you are really paying for the pre-configured software and interface. Tech-inclined users know that a typical Linux installation has a trove of features, but setting them up and accessing them requires learning, if not outright stubborn patience.
Excerpt: I purchased it for my video servalance system, the camera needs a NAS to store the video captures, it works great so far, the applications are working on your smart phone and it's so easy to retrieve and play the streamings at your figer tips, it had been working great for the past 5 months.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible
Summary: My firs NAS, I'm using it to back up 2 iMacs. One iMac is using Time Machine over wifi which is a bit slow, and I can't access the files directly, the backup shows up as a Sparse bundle. I back up the second iMac in sections, one each day of the workweek , plus backing up the working area and desktop every day. Establishing a good path for my segmented backups took a bit of trial and error, I think due to the drive formatting not aligning with the Mac.
Summary: This is my first NAS, but so far I really like it. Setup was a snap. The user interface is very easy to use. I primarily use it as a backup drive and to store my ripped movies to stream to my HDTV. It makes it so I can access all my ripped DVDs without having to pull the DVD out every time I want to watch something. Very nice. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it can be a bit sluggish at times if you try to do multiple things at once.
Summary: This is a great product. It works as described. Installation had some minor glitches as they don't describe the steps very well but was able to figure out . They should also ask to check for OS update's when starting the installation instead of waiting for the whole process to be compleated then they ask you to upgrade to the latest version so have to re do the whole process again with the updated software. Other than this the item works great.
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. You then need to decide which 'components' or 'packages' you want to download and install. You find these packages in the 'Package Center' within the DiskStation interface.