Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS112j
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Works as advertised and then some
Asbjorn Melo, Amazon
22 November 2013
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.
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: 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.
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: Fabulous network storage and server device. Beautifully built, easy to set up and maintain. Full of features, and the Synology OS is well maintained and developed. The one small point - and I did buy a low end model I know - is that the processor/memory cannot really cope with creating a large photo gallery well.
Summary: At the moment I have given it a 4* rating, not because it isn't worth 5, but because I have yet to fully explore its features. Why I bought it: I use mac, my wife uses Windows. We need to share media - photos/music/documents Backing up our PC's Access to all my media on the fly - i travel a lot with my work and I prefer to take an ipad with me rather than a laptop. What I think: Setting up is straight forward.