Summary: I did a lot of research before taking the NAS plunge for a home network storage device. Almost every review of the Synology line was positive and I'm very happy with my purchase, paired it with 2 x 3TB drives in Raid 1, setup was a snap, the software asked me how I wanted it configured, a few clicks and voila! I use the Android app to stream and download to both my phone and tablet, works like a dream! Can't even here it running, supper quiet!
Pros: Very intuative interface, easy to setup, excellent add-ons and features, super quiet
One of the 300 hundreds review no one is going to read
Cisco Engineer, Amazon
13 August 2013
Summary: I have this device for over 2 month. I have use probably 50% of all the application it can supports and probably 90% of what most people will eventually use. This little device has so much potential for home, small business, photographer enthusiast, photo/video/movie hoarder, IT professional services, security, cloud, etc. Let's touch on some of the features: The typical stuff: Storage - It is a NAS and it store stuff.... blah blah blah. It does what other NAS do.
Summary: I recently purchased this unit without drives and added (2) 1 TB enterprise class WD drives (also purchased from Amazon) to replace an HP EX475 MediaSmart Server which was working fine. I just wanted some relatives to have my HP so they'd have some back up and it gave me an excuse to upgrade. Let me say that this device is a significant step up from the HP MediaSmart Server, which was not really a toy, either. But you can do so much more with the DS212j.
Summary: When it was working if ran fine however we recently had a power failure and since then only the power light flashes. All my equipment is plugged into surge protectors and all my other equipment is fine. I contacted Synology and they confirmed that the unit is fried and I need to get a new one :S I am very surprised how sensitive this equipment is. In going through their FAQs I found others that have experienced the same problem.
Summary: If the Synology NAS has the feature set you want, you will be very satisfied with this product. It is reliable and you can get many third party apps to use with it. You can find all the good reasons to buy this drive in reviews on the web, so I will list my disappointments which kept me from using my Synology the way I wanted. My first problem, Synology drives cannot be NTFS formatted. This was a big problem for me because I wanted to use Windows Client Backup to NAS.
If you're willing to overcome a few minor hurdles? It's WORTH IT!
Shane Monroe, Amazon
26 June 2013
Summary: (note, my review for this originally appears on Review Lagoon and is reprinted here) Storage. For almost everyone that owns technology, storage is the very fabric of life. It doesn't matter how entrenched in tech you are - storage need eventually raises its ugly head. When it does, we scramble for a "storage solution" which is commonly equated to "more"; more GBs, more TBs (maybe even PBs for some).
Summary: I did quite a bit of research before making this purchase and an completely happy I spent a little extra money and bought this item. I use it as a home cloud or WiFi network drive. Now all our laptop, netbook, tablet, phones, can all get access to the same set of documents, pictures, music, and movies.
Do not buy this if you have Apple computers and want to do time machine backups over WiFi
Chase "Bob", Amazon
27 May 2013
Summary: I escalated my issue to a manager who just ignored me. Their support was very unpleasant to deal with. Their concern the whole time was that "this guy's trying to get a refund." I only wanted to figure out how to get it working for WiFi timecapsule backups. I sold it on eBay and bought a new Apple Extreme with Time Capsule. It just works. I bought this device to replace a Dlink NAS and my Apple Time Machine backup.
Summary: I almost didn't buy this unit over the flaw that many other reviewers have noted -- if you upload lots of photos, the CPU can wind up pegged for a week or more while it generates thumbnails. But everything else about it sounded great so I took a chance and bought it. The good news is, in the latest software Synology has apparently offered a decent built-in workaround.
Summary: I've messed with Buffalo NAS, FreeNAS, Windows-based file servers and they all didn't provide the stability and user friendly environment that the Synology DiskStation OS provided. I wanted to see how long it would take to build a volume with a single 2 TB WD Red drive. It took me about 4 hours to finish building and allow me to start uploading. The file manager is easy and familiar for anyone who's used FTP applications like Filezilla or WS-FTP.
Pros: web interface is awesome, stable, quick uploads/downloads, USB connection recognize many different devices