Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS213
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I would not recommend this to any users who are looking to use ...
3 weeks ago
Summary: I would not recommend this to any users who are looking to use this unit as a small company NAS. I am a compute engineer of 15 years and know my way around networks and was looking for a reasonably priced NAS. The system works great if you are only using the web interface to access and do all the functions that you need to perform through the DSM (Disk Station Management) web interface.
Summary: Make sure you have a gigabit network. If you're moving large amounts of data, use the synology assistant to map the drive and then use windows to copy the data. Using the web interface of the NAS to copy files puts more load on the CPU. You can easily get the advertised speeds using mapped drives and your desktop/laptop CPU for the processing, but you'll only get half the speeds if you use the web UI of the NAS.
Pros: I needed a network storage and a cloud. After much consideration, I went with this model, forgoing more expensive and more powerful devices and cheaper weaker devices. The software is amazing, and installation and setup were a breeze. Setting up file sync with the Cloud Station was simple and intuitive. Exactly what we needed on our network. The android apps and windows applications for features, like the cloud station, are lightweight and simple, and not resource int...
Cons: There is NO hardware encryption. If you need a device to encrypt data, you need to look at intel atom processors. Encrypting on this device cripples its processing, and many features do not work with encryption.
Summary: My total cost including the drives are almost $350. Steep but I am happy with my purchase.
Pros: I did a lot of research and before I bought this Synology DS213j. I have no regrets. I configured with 2 WD Green drives in Raid 1 configuration. So, no need to worry about backing up much. Once logged into DSM via the web browser, all the information including disk health is shown. Multiple ways of accessing the NAS from the Internet and great security features. When ever there is a DSM update, NAS prompsts me for it. Packages available to download and install in the...
Excerpt: Very happy with the NAS. Very quick to set up with 2 3TB drives set as Synology Hybrid RAID. Disk Station Manager Synology's NAS manager application is fantastic. Easy to use, quickly set up multiple iSCSI targets, Apple TimeMachine share and multiple shares for IP cameras. Will purchase a larger NAS by Synology from B&H when space requirements increase.
Summary: Amazing piece of hardware. Bought it to create a data server without having to dedicate a full comouter PSU to it, and it works perfectly. I'm currently running a home security network through it, as well as using it to stream my home media from, both to my home network and through the internet. It has been running nonstop now for 5 months with only 15 minutes of reset time per week with no flaws. I can't even remember how I got by before this device.
Summary: I'm really loving this NAS and finding new things to use it for, even after 6 months of owning it.
Pros: - Easy to set up
Cons: - Slightly under-powered CPU for some of the functionality that's available in the OS. For instance, you can ZIP and un-ZIP files directly through the NAS but it maxes out the CPU. Because of this, I usually ask friends to *not* use the "Download Folder" option when I share assets since the NAS will ZIP up the files before sending (or technically while sending). That might be fine for small shares but not ones that are 1+ GB in size. I haven't seen any stability issue...
Excerpt: I bought this product so I could backup all my movies and use it as a media server. Thirty minutes after receiving my delivery, and one firmware patch later, the box was fully functional. I couldn't ask for anything more simple.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible