Summary: I did do quite a bit of research before the purchase, and settled on the Synology as being the best in class. I've been running the DiskStation for about one month now, and so far it has lived-up to the expectations set by all the other good reviews. My primary motivation for buying a small NAS was to provide a reliable backup and archive solution for the various devices in my home, and to provide centralized storage for various "digital assets" such as photos and music.
Works without being noticed. Setting-up can be slightly annoying.
Harry Starling, Amazon
24 December 2013
Summary: Bought from Marketplace I expected this to come with 2x 1TB disks but it only came with one. No big issue but seller could have been clearer. Possibly better to buy bare and fit your own drives. Set-up like other users mention can be a bit annoying although I believe this is mainly because you need to reboot the unit if you make changes, that certainly sorted out our install.
Summary: Best thing I have purchased for a long time. Well built, quiet and packed with functionality. Airplay from my ipod means I can stream my holiday home movies directly off the box to any TV in the house (apple TV box required). It can act as a backup unit, FTP, Email, DNS, to name but a few of its configurations. Setup is easy and quick - love it.
Summary: Synology DS213+ is superb. I operate it with 2 3TB WD RED HDDs in Raid0. Synology offers a nice Java based web interface, or I should rather say Operating System, because, indeed, it is actually an entire OS. My router, NetGear DGN3500 (a 4 port gigabit Router/ADSL 2 Modem) is listed as supported by Synolgy but it requires manual setup. So here is a brief (as brief as it can be) setup guide for synology ds213+ for internet access 1.
Summary: After several frustrating false starts with all-in-one units, I opted for the DS213+ and have been very pleased. The hard drives were very simple to install and the setup was far easier than I expected, with a very intuitive GUI interface to lead the way. It is very easy to control access to different portions of the drive, including for multiple Time Machine backups and a few different music libraries. The drive is whisper-quiet and power smart.
Summary: Second Synology device I've had. It's a well trusted company and seems to have good reviews from most people. This model is great for someone who uses a lot of media as well as for general office use. Would recommend for the person who watches lots of movies and wants a DLNA compatible device for their home entertainment system.
Summary: I'm happy with this product. Easy to setup. I have connected all my devices on my network. So I can get to my files from my laptop, iPad etc. All users on the network have their space for both local and cloud.
Summary: After years of struggling with a Freecom dual drive NAS (frequent failures, having to reformat the drives, unresponsive and slow, lost media server keys, etc) I finally decided to get something different. The hassle was just too much, and I could no longer accept the risks to my pictures, video and other data of something so unreliable. After some research I decided on the Synology and, boy, am I glad I did. The difference between the old and the new is STARK.