Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS213+
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Love it, even if not perfec Mac support
Chris Smith, Amazon
3 June 2014
Summary: Use this for time machine and CrashPlan backups. Used in Mac environment. No compatibility issues encountered so far. I haven't used any of the apps, but will be trying PLEX (will update review when done) Works great.
Summary: I really love this DiskStation...but the technical documentation isn't that great. The recent upgrades in the OS have made the product more reliable and easier to use although I had a panic attack when one morning I saw it had gone into error mode. Some quick online research showed how to reset it and because I had set it up in a RAID type configuration I didn't lose any files when it finally restored itself.
Full Featured NAS, Good Manageability, Generally Good Apps
J. A. Quayle, Amazon
3 March 2014
Summary: We got this to provide network storage and act as a media server between our Mac, PC, Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Kindle Fire household. Our Macs are backed up with Time Machines, but we needed some place to store all the pictures and videos we've amassed, and be easily accessible across the PCs and many other devices. This does the trick, it takes no time to set up, and has a easy to use and full-featured management console.
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: 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: After doing a bit of research my little start up business settled on this item for our server. We are small but we needed to be able to access file from anywhere. This works as a great solution and is easily expanded. There was a downside however. I don't have a supported router/modem so the installation of that portion became manual and took a little time. If you've got supported equipment this is a snap to install.
Summary: UPDATE 4/7/2013: Per the responses listed below, I have been able to solve my hibernation issue. As a result, I'm updating my rating from 2 to 4 stars. Still not 5 due to the lack of documentation/ease of finding a solution. Let me stress I never got a response on their forum and the Synology reply to the ticket I submitted was very minimal at best. It was the discussion below that did the trick. Thanks!!
Summary: The DS213+ is a perfect NAS solution. I debated whether or not to build one from an old chassis and parts, however the specs on this quiet little box met or exceeded what I needed. Sure it cost a bit more, but knowing that this would work right out the box with little hassle has been worthwhile. A little over a month in use, the WD Red 3 TB NAS drives I'm using are humming along nicely. Our Mac and PCs play well together with the DS213+.
Summary: The Synology Diskstation line of devices all share a similar operating system and it's features are solidly built. There are some issues with this particular unit when it comes to thumbnail build time taking a long time. But it's a less powerful processor so that's to be expected. As long as it isn't overwhelmed by uploading thousands of pictures at once it should do just fine. Although some of the Diskstations will run PLEX it should be noted that this one will not.