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 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.
DiskStation Delivers -- Don't Skimp on Slower Processors
Christopher C. Adams, Amazon
27 April 2012
Summary: The Synology DiskStation DS212J is well built with software (DSM 3.2) that provides amazing flexibility and features. I can offer some important advice based on my experience. 1) Go Fast and Go Big I made the mistake of going cheap. I didn't realize how much I'd use this thing and how good the software is. Don't make the same mistake. Get a plus (+) machine.
Summary: I bought this to act as a file server and backup device. A primary requirement was to be able to access the data over both a local network and the internet - this does both. The system is very quiet, the configuration process is well explained and easy to achieve (with a bit of IT knowledge). One recommendation: Use Firefox as the interface - not internet explorer. There are a few Java scripts used by the systems software which are too flaky on IE!