Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS1812+
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Lots of unsafe storage -- buy 2 of everything.
omniverous reader, Amazon
4 weeks ago
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.
Excerpt: I am giving this 4 starts because as a network storage drive it is fine and the quality of the product is good. I'm just posting this review mainly to warn others (who may be like me and not paying close enough attention) that this will not work as a local storage device, which is what we were hoping to use it for. Thanks to the excellent customer service at B & H though, I was able to return with no hassle and they found something that will work.
Summary: Great product and easy to set up. Awesome as a file server. I purchased this for a VM ESXi server and after a little bit of playing around it worked perfectly. The only reason I only gave it a 4 is because although you can team the network adapters, the overall data transfer rate is a little slow.
Excerpt: I love the Synology, I've been through a few devices in my quest for safe storage, personalized cloud, offsite backup and other side applications. I've tried QNAP, Drobo Pro, File Transporters and finally settled on the Synology.Each of the previous mentioned devices have their merits but in the end the Synology wins hands down when it comes to Price/Performance/Features ratio.
Pros: Easy To Manage, Fast, Full Featured, Multiple Iscsi Targets, Silent
Excerpt: This is by far the best NAS for the amount of money compared to other NAS: there are far better NAS but they are 10 times more expensive. On a RAID5 with 8 drives of 4 TB you will be able to get 27.5 TB of space. You can expand this NAS to 72 TB by adding 2 other devices, so that's not bad.
Summary: I do love these units. I must admit however that the noise (which is a known issue from the Synology forums) has continued from the previous versions (1812) to this newer model. It is disappointing that Synology hasn't invested in a better PSU fan which from all accounts is the culprit. Changing a PSU fan is not rocket science, but often requires soldering and arguably a bit beyond most hobbyists. That cost you a star Synology.
Summary: Rating: 4.5 What we have liked about Synology NAS products, in general, is that phone and email support is very good. With people who know their products inside out, as opposed to a tech support staffer going through a crib sheet to diagnose the problem. As other reviewers have commented Synology products are not cheap and sorry to sound sarcastic here - but they work. We have had to learn the hard way that not all NAS boxes, are plainly speaking not the same.
Summary: I have two of these units deployed and I have to say - they are FAR better for business use than the Drobos I have deployed in business locations. The active directory integration lets me create shares for use on the network without having to pony up for server licensing and I don't lose the granular control that windows sever provides.