Richard F of Shuttered Light Photography, B&H Photo
9 June 2014
Excerpt: I bought this NAS server with the harddrive kit. Made research with different brands and Synology stood out for good reviews and at the same time offers more applications that is useful for my wedding photo and video business. I use this mainly as extra storage and back up/Time Machine system for my iMac, Mac book Pro and couple of PCs... Yes it is capable of cross platforms! Very easy and user friendly installation, does not need to be an expert to do it.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible, X-platform Ioswindows
Excerpt: I've only had my Synology DisckStation DS412+ NAS Server setup for a few days, but i love having a personal cloud. I'm running a 16TB Raid 5 which is suitable for my needs. I used it with Seagate 4TB NAS HDD. It was super easy to set up and implement. I am using it for a number of reasons. Time Machine backup for multiple macs, media server to house and stream vast photo, music, video & film collections.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Summary: Buying this was a result of the end of Windows XP support on April 8th 2014. We had been using an aging PC as our file and print server and it was time to change. I was shocked to find that our data files had grown to 0.6T on our 1T WD hard drives in a few years. BTW, we have a tiny SOHO network, just my wife and I and the file and print server. I looked into NAS running Linux as a substitute for a PC running an OS and I am glad that I did.
Excerpt: With four bays this allowed me to build out network storage with my old smaller capacity desktop hard drives. After building out my first volume I started pushing all my data to it and set up network Time Machine for my iMac. I ordered a much larger capacity WD Red drive and expanded the volume with extreme ease. The expansion process took over 24 hours to complete but that's completely normal. I'm blown away at the snappiness of this box.
much better (for me) than the 4 time machines it replaces
Jeffrey R. Fischman "jfischman", Amazon
12 March 2014
Summary: I use it to back up 6 macbook pros i back up the files in my windows 7 machine running under parallels in one of my MacBooks (with both mac and windows machines happily working together) problems: 1. can take too long to wake up from sleep so you might miss a backup if "Time Machine" times out (next backup will probably work-especially if there are other machines waking it up--or you can access the diskstation from the administrative panel before doing a backup) 2.
Brian "Love listening to Sci-Fi and Fantasy o..., Amazon
10 March 2014
Summary: I have had no issues with it so far, have not tested transfer speeds as much as I could but it is definitely better than my HP Media Smart Server. To use the dual NIC to aggregate links you must have a router that supports 802.3ad Dynamic Link Aggregation standard ( I don't and there are not too many, 4 to be exact from Synologies site), good luck finding out if your current equipment supports it or not, my router is only a year old but does not support it.
Summary: Bought this NAS as an upgrade of my Qnap TS-419P and as soon as I initialized it, there is a big speed speed difference because of the processor. Paired with 4 X ST4000VN000 in raid 5, I am getting 110-120 mo/s in read and 100-105 mo/s in write without jumbo frames enabled. Everything is easy to install. Web interface is really good and looks very good.
Pros: Performance, web interface, easy setup, flexibility built quality, look