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.
If you're willing to overcome a few minor hurdles? It's WORTH IT!
Shane R. 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.
Summary: I got this little guy in the mail 3 days ago and have been busy setting it up and testing everything out. I love almost everything about this NAS with only a couple of complaints. I have been looking for a network drive that let me setup a redundant disk for a while now, mainly to backup my family movies and photos which I am paranoid about loosing. Little did I know that the DS212j is not just a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, it is a mini server for your home.
Summary: This NAS arrives without disks - order them with the drive. Installing the disks in the unit is simple, and a handy diagram helps you with the 'quick start' of getting the drives in, the wires connected and the device powered up. I'd like a tool-less disk and case assembly - though you only need insert a few screws (included with the unit) to secure the drives, and seal the case. The software installation isn't so obvious.
Summary: In my opinion this is the best solution for an in-home NAS with a Mac. I have a MacBook Pro with a 500 GB internal HDD that only had about 50 GB of space left. I first went with Seagate's Black Armor. After spending about 2 days trying to setup the NAS and having no luck with getting Time Machine to work with it, I returned it. Looked online for best NAS with Macs and everything pointed to Synology's product line.
Summary: I purchased this unit and two Seagate Constellation ES 2TB drives for mirrored network storage. Everything works great! Really stable and fast. I had a few problems on startup but they weren't the problem of the unit. Here's the rundown for someone who just wants to set up the station for simple storage w/o having to read 'the Synology bible'. 1. The documentation is pretty intimidating.
Summary: I liked the 212j so much i ended up buying a 411 as well. This is a very well constructed device. It is extremely fast to pop it open and insert drives. No annoying jumper cables or config settings. The operating system is extremely easy to install and they have excellent Mac support. Basically, you download the latest installer and image from the synology website, and run through a very simple setup routine. You can choose from a very broad array of RAID choices.
Summary: I was debating between Synology DS212j and Windows Home Server 2011. I chose Synology because of the great reviews and also (probable) better compatibility with apple products. I don't have apple products but I might one day and I want something that is future proof. I have had the NAS for 2 days and I am absolutely sold by the technology, ease of use, and its customer support. Setup: Throw away the CD and download all the files from the website.
Summary: This is hands down one of the best purchases I have ever made. I've had a few different 'cheap' NAS systems (Linksys and PogoPlug) in the past and they were all disappointing. As one of the previous reviews commented, Synology built this system from the bottom up and with a lot of thought to the user interface and needs.