Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS211
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The Best Consumer NAS Solution!
John Smith, Amazon
4 September 2011
Summary: Background: I have previously used D-Link DNS-323 NAS Enclosure . I have been mostly happy with it. My DNS-323 has been working great for the last 3+ years but I needed more storage capacity so decided to get a new enclosure. I first heard of the name "Synology" when I was researching for a new NAS enclosure. I'd never come across this company name before so I was a bit unsure.
Summary: I already have a Hammer 750G NAS which has been humming along without a hiccup for years. Hammer seems to have gone out of business, though, and since I have been using it for photo, video, and music backups and serving, I thought it might be a good time to "back-up my backup". After reading the reviews and comparing specifications, I decided on the DS211. It has twice the memory of the 211j and performance is a little better - not much though.
Summary: I purchased the DS211 to replace another, older technology NAS I had become very frustrated with. I was teetering on getting the DS211j and did actually, but the same day ordered the DS211 and sent back the 211j when it arrived. I thought, for $100 more I could get a little faster speed. PROS: * Extraordinary, fast, easy to use graphical user interface. You won't find a GUI this good on any other NAS. * Fast writes, 40MB-60MB/s on Gig network.
Summary: Upfront! This is a great NAS. Read the other reviews... point made! Now for the down side. THE MANUFACTURER HAS DELIBERATELY ENGINEERED LIMITED CAPABILITY in the "Surveillance Station" application. The "Surveillance Station" is a really neat app included with the sweet software management package. If you have IP cams from different vendors and want to consolidate the management into one platform without all the 3rd party software... SYNOLOGY HAS THE DEVICE!
Summary: I know a little about networking, and this NAS was pretty easy to setup. It has a lot of things I'll need to learn too. So far, I have it using raid 1 and have copied my mp3 library. What a relief that is. Once I have docs and photos saved, I'll start learning about all the other options. I have to say, seeing all the rave reviews for this companies products, I bought with confidence. The unit is really quiet. The write speed is decent.
Summary: I have been an IT pro (Cisco, Microsoft certed) for 20+ years. If you are looking for a very, very capable small office or home NAS. THIS IS IT!!! I have 2 WD green 2TB drives in RAID 1. I have loaded over 1TB so far via GIG backbone. 10GB of documents, pics etc. does take time. Throughput is 2mb with jumbo frames 9K. Larger files move at 50mb reg. Pros: The GUI is amazing! Linux based and is more like operating unbuntu than a typical interface.
long review, but hopefully entertaining for you, but mostly me.
V. Newman "mad man", Amazon
9 February 2011
Summary: This is my first NAS unit I've ever worked with. I will say out of the box there was a significant learning curve involved in getting this thing up and running on all my machines, but now my god it's everything you could ever ask for from a home server and more. I got a website up using a domain name that I registered and now I can access ALL MY FILES FROM ANY INTERNET CONNECTION HOLY SMOKE BATMAN. Performance is also very good, but again it requires tweaking.
Commercial-grade NAS at a consumer-grade price? Yes, please!
Amazon Customer, Amazon
8 February 2011
Summary: I'd been dithering over a centralized storage solution for the home for months, debating whether to buy a packaged solution like Synology's or build my own using Linux on commodity PC hardware. In the end, I concluded that there was no way I could build my own with the same capabilities at anything close to the price point of the Synology DS211. I'm an old IT guy now working in the data center storage industry, so initial set up and configuration was a breeze for me.
Summary: I will make this short and sweet. I am a MAC and PC user. I did alot of research before buying this product. This was relatively easy to get setup, but you have to know the basics of network storage and Arrays. You will need to research which drives are compatible with this NAS. I did alot of research and went with (2) 2TB 7200 Seagate drives for mine- i paid more for more memory on each of those for faster backups.
Summary: This is a short term evaluation and overview of the basics. I'll cover some things that I considered important for my buying decision and will be updating this review with more information as it develops. PROS SETUP - I haven't used all the features yet, but the basic Disk Station (DS211) set up is easy if you're familiar with the NAS concept, users, privileges, etc.