Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS211j
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12 February 2011
Summary: Comments about Synology DiskStation DS211J Network Storage Server: Excellent! Connect with my personal computer and my work computer. Lots of hosting options from iTunes server, Media Server, website...so much to explore.
Pros: Durable, Fast Connectivity, Quiet, Reliable, Versatile
Summary: Put in a couple of good hard drives and you will have a solid and dependable NAS for years. Some of the menus can be a bit nerdy though, that's why I only give it 4 stars. For instance, I have never been able to get the remote access over the internet working, probably due to me not being tech savvy enough to understand the nerdy instructions. It works great as a network hard drive that can stream movies to my Samsung Smart TV.
Summary: I was thinking of giving this only 3 stars because it is so slow. However, I've had it for over a year now and in this time it has continued to be very reliable, and also quiet in operation so on reflection, I've decided to give it 4 stars. Coming back to being slow, an example would be when adding a series of photos. The upload takes ages. Once uploaded the unit then proceeds to produce thumbnails for all photos ... this takes ages too.
Summary: I know these devices are well reviewed and people marvel at their feature set but I just did not get it. I have no doubt it can do everything I need but if I can't figure it out then what is the point. Even just running a simple backup did not work for me. It kept doing two which was too big for the drives so kept failing. I wanted to mirror my music, videos and pictures to the same folders on the Synology but apparently this could not be automated.
Quick review as this is no longer available - hopefully still applies to the newer version
Lahiru Dayananda, Amazon
21 September 2012
Summary: I've been using this for over a year now with no problems, with two 1TB drives installed in RAID 1 configuration. It's compact though the build feels a little cheap and plasticky. Makes a slight hum but is otherwise unobtrusive. Fairly straightforward to set up and get started. I get decent transfer rates of about 50 MB/sec though usually I access the content directly over the LAN without moving it off the NAS.
Summary: All synology products share the same (software) features, and these are very good (file station, photo station, itunes server...) On the hardware side the 211j has only 128MB of RAM, and sometimes I feel a bit of lag. I use it mostly to share photos and music between 3 home computers, so I'm not a heavy user and the 'lag' isn't really spoiling: I won't rush to replace it, but If I bought a new one, I'll get a 'non-j' model or even a '+' model To summarize: 1 - yes,...
Very pretty interface, yet AFP problems using Lightroom
29 May 2012
Summary: I bought this along with two 1TB drives to archive my images for my photography business. I have been very disappointed in this product. It is connected to my Airport Extreme and I connect to the shared drives wirelessly. Set up as RAID (backup). I have had nothing but problems with the built-in AFP file server. Importing images into Lightroom causes numerous network disconnections and error messages, along with image previews that appear corrupted.
Summary: Bought this a few months back and was initially very pleased. Backing up several PCs and my Macbook across a wireless network. However, the Mac back-ups (using Time Machine) keep getting corrupted - a problem that lots of people seem to be having and struggling to get a straight answer. Both Apple and Synology seem to be in denial and not fixing the problem. See [...
Summary: After evaluating a number of options, I ended up buying Synology NAS drive, I have been using this for more than a year and would recommend for anyone who is looking for NAS for home solutions. - Though the model is for home purposes , it could be used for office purposes upto 5 users. - Easy to set up , very easy to use user Interface.
Summary: After a couple of scary near-misses I decided I needed a backup / media storage server. I shopped around a little, read a few reviews and decided on this one, with a couple of Western Digital Caviar Green 2Tb drives also from Amazon. It was very easy to physically set up, with clear instructions, and then simplicity itself to install on the house network.