Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS712+
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Awesome - until you need support
VLAD DIDENKO, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Finished migrating data from a pair of 5yo Synology 207 units to 712+ head with 5-bay expansion unit in the all-Mac environment. So far - awesome experience. NAS backup time down to 4.5 hours (full, head to expansion) from average of 14 hours (delta, 207 to 207 over Ethernet), AFP mounts instantaneous, Lightroom opens old photo collections very fast. TimeMachine recognized by all computers and saves/restores faster than my new Airport Extreme.
Spendy but fast, but support experience unsatisfying
J. Payne, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I absolutely don't regret making this purchase. It's a bit more expensive than competitive units, but it has great Mac compatibility, and is very fast, quiet, and cool... Setup was a breeze. This Synology unit replaces a previous one (wanted a higher performing one) and I couldn't be happier. Have it configured for remote access via dynamic DNS service. I think I'm using about 30% of its rich features, and they all work great.
Summary: A a software engineer working from a home office, I needed to replace my failed NAS (from a 3rd party I won't name in this post), I opted to replace my old NAS with the Synology DS-712+. This little device replaced two physical servers of mundane services with 1 simple 27 Watt Storage solution. I now have capacity on my old servers for all my dev / test Virtual Machines.
Summary: Easy to set up the hardware, and easy to set up many of the features (FTP, web access, media server, mail server, etc). Fit for a small business or someone looking to have a powerful media server. I use Plex right now, but Synology is coming out with their own very similar product. Additionally, Synology has great customer service, and an active community on the help/ how-to forums. If your question hasn't already been answered, it will be shortly.
Summary: I've been using the DS712+ as a music (Logitech Squeezebox Server) and movie (DLNA) server for about a year now. Both of these applications have worked seamlessly with all of my devices, which include Squeezebox radio's, a Sony Bravia XBR-HX929 TV, a BDP-S780 bluray player, an iPad, various android phones, and various Windows PC's. Not a single problem or hiccup in an entire year of use. Very impressive. Some advice I could give to a new buyer... 1.
Summary: Using this device as a backup for a server. The User Interface is extremely polished. Even though it's managed through a web browser, the software is very responsive. So far, we haven't had any issues with our backups being sent to it. A great feature is the ability to encrypt the hard drives in it. Would definitely recommend.
Super Fast. Remote Access is almost as Fast as Being at the Office.
Scott A. Krueger, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: My Previous NAS was a Western Digital WorldBook 1TB Drive. So this was quite an upgrade. Installation can be a little tough if you are not Technically inclined and ready to do some research. My Router is a ASUS RT-N66U which is not supported so I needed to do the Port Forwarding myself. I was having a hard time getting remote access, until I realized that my Comcast Business Service had a Gateway with its own Firewall...
Summary: Let me say this, I'm a huge tech nerd, and when I decided to get a NAS, I've spend a LOT of time researching and going between different models. When I stumbled on the Synology 712+, I realized exactly why it was $500. It's not just a NAS with a minimized NAS OS on it. No, this thing is pretty much a Linux Box that runs NAS software. For those not familiar, let me break it down.
some thoughts about the advertised speeds, but GREAT NAS!
R Peters, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Make sure you have the proper network hardware if you're buying this NAS specifically for the 105.59 MB/sec write and 180.91 MB/sec read speeds advertised everywhere. What you need is a MANAGED switch capable of link aggregation, but read further. - WITHOUT link aggregation, Synology claims up to 97.04 MB/sec write speeds and up to 107.09 MB/sec read speeds when transferring a 5GB file.
Summary: I can't believe how Amazing this NAS is. Super fast, super quiet (even in cool mode). My hard drives (2 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX) are always in 95 F. The case is metal, not plastic. Streaming from my Oppo BDP-93 is so flawless, even with 1080P MKV files. It works the same with Mac computers (iMac and MacBook Pro mid 2011) and PC's. My DS712+ came with DSM 3.1 cd, I did the upgrade to DSM 3.2 online with no problems in less than 5 min.