Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS1812+
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26 October 2013
Summary: This morning, I was woken up early by a loud, constant beep beep sound coming from the office. It turned out to be this DiskStation. When you are buying a RAID device, the most important thing to consider is how well it handles failure. And in this case, it handled it extremely well. Along with the beeping was the click-click sound of a dead hard drive.
Pros: Quiet, intuitive, top-notch software, deals with HDD failure well, company active on forums
Cons: Occasionally fan vibration noise occurs - probably easy to fix. SMB2 compatibility reportedly not great.
Summary: Excellent NAS. Got the 8-drive model instead of 5 drive because this one uses 120mm fans. Very quiet and fast, and lots of excellent features. Dropbox-style app, remote torrents and audio and video transcoding, even over the internet to an iphone.
Summary: As business owner and IT consultant, for my own business this is a fantastic unit. We have purchased two units now and use them for our Virtual Machines although good for any machine. The ISCSI protocol in Windows if fantastic and load a drive like it it local to the machine. On my virtualization machines which we have spent about 30K to date, this unit has sped up disk access by factors. My office also replaces disk on about a 3 year schedule.
Pros: Low cost. Better disk performance then local machines. Can increase drive size (ISCSI) with simple web interface. Works with Windows built in ISCSI protocol. RAID6. This thing is more of a SAN then a NAS.
Cons: This is not really a con but best practive rules. For best performance should be set up on a seperate network running LAG protocol. (We used Netgear Smart Switches succseffully) Would be ideal on 10Gbps networks should they eventually support., They wont give it away free?
Summary: For small business-grade NAS solutions, there really isnt anyone better in the business than Synology. It really isnt even close. Theres a reason why all the senior engineers at the IT company I work for use their consumer-level products in our own homes. They are reliable, have the best interface Ive ever used on a NAS /or/ a SAN. Its also highly configurable and anyone who makes applications for NAS/SAN solutions almost always are compatible with Synology.
Pros: Extremely reliable, and reasonably close to enterprise-class levels for a competitive price, and an interface that is unparalleled in the NAS or SAN world.
Cons: Pricier than some other solutions at similar spec levels, initial setup time is very long.
Summary: Not for the faint of heart (cost wise) - but offers so much at such simple ease of setup. Upgraded ram to 3GB. File transfers from old 410J to this across the network through a managing client (not the best way to do things) was still able to saturate the Gb Ethernet. That was peak approx 60MB/s to the client and back out at 60MB/s. 5TB of data moved over in about 26 hours. Wow. And with the add on units - lots of room to expand.
Pros: Hot swap, easy front access bays, number of bays, software setup, available packages for setup
Summary: This is a fantastic unit that does everything I wanted in a NAS and more. Outfitted mine with 6x WD20EARS and it's a great media server. Will probably drop in another one or two at some point in the future and/or add the expansion chassis. Even setup the LDAP server to keep my usernames and password, and UID/GID in sync across my various systems in the house, this was very easy to setup with this unit.
Summary: Spent a bit of time deciding on a NAS and quite like the idea of this one. Prices seem to vary significantly on a day by day basis so worth keeping your eye on them for a wee while before purchasing. I paid £641 for mine, I've seen them at near £800. Otherwise, NAS is as expected and I'm happy with the purchase.
Great NAS - about as good as large consumer models get
23 June 2013
Summary: I bought this to replace my DroboFS. Whilst the DroboFS is a good piece of kit, I wanted to run a few (unofficial) apps on it (most notably, the Crashplan cloud backup client, and Serviio DNLA server). Whilst the software ran, the limited processing power and memory made the Drobo choke. Most people probably wouldn't have this issue, as they'd just use devices with the included software and no more.