Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS1511+
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bensonb "Blu-ray Maven", Amazon
17 February 2012
Summary: I purchased this item several weeks ago at Amazon, and while I'm quite happy with it and its performance (now), there were a couple of issues: 1) As received, the unit was making an odd "ticking" sound. I'm an engineer by vocation with many PC builds behind me, so I opened the case to augment the 1GB RAM with another 2GB board.
Summary: I replaced my burned-out Dell tower server with the Synology DS1511+ and am delighted with the product. It is fast & quiet. I do not intend to use all of the DSM features so I can't speak comprehensively about the NAS, but I must exclaim the performance. For RAID, I chose the SHR with single disk protection. It appears to function and have the same capability of a typical RAID-5 with the ability to sequentially add drives to expand the volumn(es).
Summary: I purchased this to replace a Mediasmart Server. After years of struggling with the MSS this thing is an absolute joy. Easy to set up, very fast and the android apps are awesome. I utilize Link Aggregation on my server and consistently get transfer rates between 50 and 90 Mb/s depending on file size. Wireless is obviously much slower...
Summary: June 2011 Although I am reasonably competent with PCs and Mac's, I am a neophyte when dealing with NAS units. I was a little concerned dealing with Linux or command line prompts. I also wanted a solution which was scalable, required minimal handholding for adding or replacing drives, or changing RAID configurations as the number of drives in the unit grew. My investigations kept bringing me back to the Synology line of NAS and its DSM software.
Summary: I have been buying computers and peripherals since 1980 and this the most useful device I've ever come across. I have multiple PCs to keep track of and my Windows 2003 Server is slow and out of space. It served me well for many years but I have large files scattered all over the place and wanted to consolidate them in one location. The two main considerations were speed and capacity; the DS1511+ comes out on top for both.
Summary: Plug this into a gigabit switch, and suddenly your 5GB bluray rips are streaming onto it at 110MB/s, less than a minute each. Amazingly quiet and cool, my samsung green drives sit consistently at 33C; the NAS is silent itself. Built in is all kinds of handy software for hosting DLNA and streaming media, while since it's linux, nearly anything else can be installed.
Summary: The system is very well built, very fast and rock solid. The GUI is fantastic and the only one I have seen that is multitasking and able to do stuff (like copy) in the background, while logged-off. I think this unit is the best in its class (high performance, home-office/small-office, enthusiast home).
Summary: This is the second synology NAS I have purchased and it continues to be the best piece of technology I have ever had. It just works. I've now replaced my second HP Home Server that crashed prematurely and the functionality, ease of maintenance and tight software are heads and shoulders above anything else I've ever used.
Summary: Update (2012-01-15): After spending a few months with this NAS, I am now completely satisfied with it. Using the NAS's available software packages, alongside compatible hardware, I have been able to put together a home office similar to that of a small business. I have been able to create a VPN server and syslog server using Synology's additional software packages in just a few minutes, and create a storage area for documents scanned on a wireless printer.