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: 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: Pros: 2 Drive Network storage for $200 Download Station (torrents and more) and other Synology apps Data Replicator 3 and compatibility with various 3rd party backup apps Modest power consumption (wish I had an exact measurement for this but based on the hardware it should be well below a desktop) More apps and functionality than most people would even want Airflow seems good (30-32 C/86-90 F temps at load for the hard drives in a room that's about 74 F and sitting next...
Summary: I purchased the DS212J a few weeks ago and I've been very happy with the product so far. For $199 you get a fully packed NAS that offers more than any other competitor in this price range. I also went with two 2 TB green WD hard drives and I'm satisfied with their performance. I know the WD Reds are a bit faster but they use more power. This device supports installing packages from Synologys market/Package Center and that's where this NAS really shines.
Summary: After all of the glowing reviews, my expectations were high. They were met, but my first impressions were less than stellar. The pros of this box are well-stated elsewhere: it's basically a Linux box with very slick software (as well as a robust NAS, of course). But let me emphasize the cons: Cheap plastic box that slides apart and then is held together with screws. Not nearly as slick as most enclosures in this price range. No hot swap. The disks are held in by screws.
Summary: Me and my wife bought one of these to hold our media for the home. When we hooked it up though we were experiencing problems with internet connectivity, the connection gets bad normally when people upload and it was acting like there was upload traffic making it hard to browse on other computers. After some investigation we found that it was because of our router, we had an older 100MB router where MB stands for million bits not megabytes as I had thought.
Summary: I searched a while to upgrade to a good NAS after my 5 years old external Western Digital's USB board failed. I found Synology DS212J model to be one of the best network attached storages for its price, performance, and features. It is a nice minicomputer with a 1.2GHz processor and 256MB of memory, and it has a dedicated operating system called DSM.
So far so good, with a few gotchas, still better than others
Linda Ruiz, Amazon
25 January 2012
Summary: Initial review - after one week of usage. First the gotchas: * The Surveillance Station license only allows for one camera out of the box. If you want additional cameras, you need to purchase the per Camera license. Synology IP Camera License Pack for 1 (CLP1) * Although we can see the FOSCAM on Surveillance Station, we cannot save it. A new issue with the latest release of DSM 3.2 according to the forums.
Summary: I've been wanting to add a NAS drive to my home network for a while, but just finally got around to doing it. I am very pleased with not only the product design but also the technical support. Set-up was fairly easy for my Mac computer and I've moved by entire music and video library to the drive. It is great being able to now access my content via my PS3 and off-site. There were a couple of hic-cups, however. First, the process was time-consuming.