Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS211j
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Great NAS, lots of function
Ian Rushton, Amazon
4 November 2011
Summary: After doing a lots of research on NAS drives I decided to get the DS211J and do not regret the decision. I put 2 2 TB disks into it and just plugged it all in. Formatting took a while, not as long as some had said, probably an hour or so. Defined the internal RAID format and setup the OSX time machine backups on the raid set. Getting my macs to recognize the drive was easy and backups occur pretty quickly. The first one took 6 to 8 hours.
Summary: I needed to get a NAS for my home since I wanted to be able to have all my photos, documents and video files in one place. First I bought Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive, went for the cheaper option. I'm a Mac user a these NAS didn't work for me, and after a few days the NAS just stop working. I had to return it. Then I decided I should spend a little more and buy a better NAS. I made some research and decided to bet on Synology.
Summary: I was looking for a budget NAS solution for a while, reading numerous reviews online. Finally, I decided to go with DS211j and I was not disappointed. I will not repeat all technical details described in previous reviews here, but will just add few points that were new to me. 1. The easiness of setup. Well, this device would certainly require you to do some homework.
Summary: Before buying this device read what current synology customers are saying about it on the Synology forums. It is not good at all. [...] The DS211j worked great for me when I first got it. It did everything it they said it could do and everything I needed it to do. That was until they updated the software for it. The DS211j uses web app software called DSM to operate the device.
Summary: This is the second Synology NAS I bought, same model. I'm using the two as a pair, one remotely for it's built in auto-sync feature and local disk encryption. That aside... my first NAS many years back was a HP MediaVault, then I did a Promise SmartStor -- both are still in service... the two Synology are my 3rd and 4th dedicated/purpose built NAS systems. Both the HP and Promise are nice, but Synology is mew new vendor.
Summary: This is the perfect NAS for anyone in the market for a low-end storage and multimedia device. Admittedly this is my first NAS, but I have managed modest home servers for file sharing and web development. For $200, you really get a lot. It's a server, has raid 1/0 support, gigabit ethernet, and even built in support for hosting a web server with PHP and MySQL. This NAS wouldn't be what it is without the DSM software. It is impressively simple to use, and 'just works'.
Summary: The scores of glowing reviews cinched this purchase in April 2011. But six months later, I wish I would've considered the less sterling comments here more thoughtfully -- and heeded warnings even from satisfied Synology users that choosing this NAS requires patience and above-average tech fluency. Pros: Works great ... when it works. Very feature-rich, and the mobile apps to access your music and photos from anywhere provide the portability of a cloud service.
Summary: Ok, finally I choose Synology DS211j over QNAP TS212. On spec., QNAP wins handily (256M vs 128M, 256 vs 10 iscsi targets, 2k vs 512 user accounts, 256 vs 64 concurrent connections, etc). However it sorely lack one feature that I am looking for: RAID rebuild / capacity expansion. Let me explain why this is important: 1) 1 hard drive crashed. With Synology, just swap in a new hard drive and it will repair back to RAID 1.
Summary: I did a lot of research before buying this NAS and Synology had the right balance of ease of use, affordability, expansion and capabilities that I was looking for. The instructions come on a CD-ROM and were very simple to follow with illustrations. Depending on the model you can set up different RAID types, but the default is Synology's proprietary format, which I am using. Supposedly you can only use 3.5" drives, but I threw on a 2.5" for giggles and it works fine too.
Summary: I was very impressed with this product right out of the box. It's so compact and easy to get running in no time at all. It takes some time to figure out how to enable and configure all the features you want to use, but the feature set is so impressive that it doesn't leave you wanting more. i recommend downloading the pdf full manual and reading through it. I use the photo, music, itunes and scheduled backup features for the most part.