Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS213+
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Synology DS2 air
9 February 2014
Summary: I have had the Synology DS2air for about 2 months now and I really like it. It sits way on the side and does its job serving as my NAS and as my personal cloud storage. I love the many features it has: serving as a wireless router(hot spot) and as a wireless NAS (which is how I use it). One thing i did not like was the disc synchronization routine during initial setup which can take up to 24 hours or more for two 4 terabyte hard drives.
Summary: Most NAS boxes are junk or super expensive. This box is a solid performer and is reasonably priced. Setup was simple. Some of the interface is clunky and apps are not very easy to load or use but for keeping a RAID backup of my important files it does very well. No hiccups and the email alerts seem to work well. Still don't like the interface.
Summary: This has worked out really well. I probably bought a more beefy unity than I needed, but I've been quite happy overall. For its role as a NAS, it has been flawless. I'm able to connect via multiple protocols from both inside my house and from the Internet (Synology hosts a Dynamic DNS service that is well integrated and works great). It also hosts my Time Machine backups very well.
Summary: I love the feature-rich content of this drive and how simple the setup was. It uses a Linux-based OS so it's requires little memory while turning out the performance you need to access, backup and stream video files. While it has the ability to setup VPN for remote networking from home-to-business, That process can be tedious to implement. Instead, for common users, I recommend using the Synology Cloud Station.
Summary: We purchased this to work with 2x WD30EFRX Western Digital 3TB Hard Drives and had this server set up and running for an office of ~20 people in about an hour. Oh, and with no IT experience! There are countless features on here, and I only wish I could use all of them.
Summary: I love my Synology and use it to back up all my data, music, and videos. I have limited networking knowledge and was able set it up with no problems. I ordered two 3 TB WD RED drives, plugged them in and was able to run the entire unit on my home network fairly quickly, I would say within a half hour at most. I also installed the Diskstation apps on my Iphone and can access all my pictures and music within my home network.
Summary: Read a lot of reviews (on Amazon and CNET) and talked with numerous individuals before I purchased this NAS. This device has exceeded my expectations. As a lot of the reviews on Amazon indicated, it helps to have a little IT experience while configuring the NAS but with the information available on-line through Synology's website I think any adventurous person could have the NAS up and running fairly quick.
Summary: I was looking for a new way to store my wife's collection of digital photographs (she takes a ton). In the past I had a Dell desktop with a security RAID setup, plus a daily scheduled backup to an external hard drive to ensure we wouldn't lose anything due to a computer or hard drive failure. The system worked great for years, however the hard drives are now full and the computer runs Windows XP and is not upgradeable to Win7 (or Win8) so I needed a new solution.
Summary: Update Dec 2013 This unit working great. One other feature discovered is ability to turn on a recycle folder for each folder/drive created. Nice peace of mind in case delete something by accident. Our consulting firm outgrew our Storango 1TB NAS and I did a lot of research before selecting Synology 2-bay DS213. Had looked at Buffalo but liked reviews of Synology's GUI and also updates of OS.
Summary: This thing is just too cool to believe. After wasting 3 years screwing around with a finicky Western Digital WorldBook NAS that WD refused to support or fix the problems, and reading nothing but bad reviews on Seagate NAS products, I decided to drop the extra money and buy the Synology DS213+. You can't even call this a NAS, because it is much more than that. You are essentially getting a small Linux server. But don't worry. You don't need to learn Linux.