Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS1812+
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This is a pretty nice device with many features
2 weeks ago
Summary: This is a pretty nice device with many features. However, Synology’s support is awful. If you call them for support, they will ask you to go through their web documentation which is very old and irrelevant or they will ask you to send them an email with your issue. If you are lucky someone will get back with you. I never got my issue resolved and I don’t think Synology support team cared. They just send me an email how sorry they were.
Summary: This is my 4th Synology NAS (they are all still in use). Whatever use you think you have for a NAS, spend the difference now for a bigger more powerful model than you think you'll need because these units do so much that you will end up using it for much moire than you had imagined. These boxes are really well designed Linux servers presented as data storage appliances.
Excerpt: I've just started to set it up and use it...I've installed eight enterprise-grade 6tb drives which I'll set up as a RAID 6 array. Putting the drives in the trays and putting the trays in the DiskStation was supremely easy. The web-based software install was also easy and went off without a hitch. It was then easy to use the browser-based Synology DiskStation Manager to kick off an extended S.M.A.R.T test of the 8 drives. I'm really happy with the unit so far.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: Only 4 stars because its not yet in production use. After much product research (many vendors) I purchased this for 2 main purposes: 1.) Backup target for muptiple Win7 hosts (using Acronis); 2.) Storage platform for surveillance system (compatible with numerous IP camera vendors).Sell points to me were: Ease of implementation & configuration; performance (reported); capacity; and purchase price.It was installed, configured and visible to my desktop in a matter of...
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast Delivery, Good Price Point, Highly Compatible
Summary: I've had this for over 10 months at this point. I've been through several updates (with no issues), and the software just keeps improving consistently. The interface for managing the device is the best I've ever seen. From quick ids, to cloud syncing with google drive; from backing up with rsync to the excellent android apps, I just love this NAS.
Summary: I love, love, love my Synology DiskStation!! This thing has so many features that it is almost too good to be true! If you have never used a Synology, they come with a very intuitive GUI and they offer their own applications. In addition, the Synologys can be configured for iSCSI to block, CIFS, and NFS! I loved this NAS so much that I decided to purchase 2!
Summary: This box provides a huge amount of storage, but istricky to keep going. This is basically a linux server running on a tiny processor, with no support available from Synology. It is treated as if it was an appliance (that costs $3000 including the hard disks), but nobody will come out and fix it for $200. If the power fails on this guy, if you bump it, it will fail, possibly in a mysterious way that takes down your entire local area network with it.
I love the functionality and expandability of this
11 September 2014
Summary: I love the functionality and expandability of this. Beware what you put in: I originally populated this with 8 Seagate Barracuda 2TB drives from an WHS2011 server using hardware raid 6. The drives had approximately 10000 hours on them (based on info from the DS1813+) In the first month, 4 of the original drives failed. Luckily not at the same time. I replaced the first 2 with new Barracuda 2TB drives, the 3rd with a used Barracuda 2Tb (6000 hours) drive.
Excerpt: This diskstation is extremely usable. The web-based GUI is powerful and responsive, though not always intuitive. Performance of the ATOM processor seems good, with low CPU and memory usage most of the time even with a number of services running. I have not yet been able to benchmark or use multiple LAN connections, but read/write performance seems reasonable so far.
Summary: Only two months so far, but it just works. I ran various FreeNAS boxes for years, and couldn't see the point of paying for a lower-spec server - but every time one of my Barracudas died (and they did), I freaked out a little, and had to figure out how to fix it by hand. And the music serving never quite worked, and I never quite got around to fixing it... Basically, it was a hobby, but these days I have a family and I want files served, not a hobby.