Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS213
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Great for home!
ODIN, B&H Photo
1 week ago
Excerpt: This is my second experience with Synology DiskStations. I love how easy they are to use (however, I must confess that I have a Computer Science degree and most things tech come as second nature to me).I love how easy it was to connect to my PS3 to show pictures I backed up to the unit.
Pros: Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: The Ajax based Disk Mgmt System (DSM) and the ease of use via the GUI is superb! It has enough power to use readily available add-ons (via the Package Manager) such as SVN, CloudSync, etc. Very reliable and easy to migrate to!
Pros: Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: I purchased this unit to use as a LAN backup device, to serve several small websites using PHP and MySQL, and as the hub for my home automation system. So far everything I've thrown at it has worked far better than I've come to expect from NAS devices in the past. The online help answers most questions along the way and if I try to setup a feature without doing prerequisites, it pops up a window telling me what I've done wrong and links me to where to fix it.
Excerpt: Synology made it easy to back up your photos. The software works great with Windows, Ubuntu, Samsung Smart TV and iPhones allowing my house to easily view and edit photos from where I want. The only issue I had was trying out Synology's BETA face recognition, it ran the NAS at full power for a couple of weeks with no indication of how much longer it would take (I do have thousands of 18meg pics from a Canon 7D).
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible
I would not recommend this to any users who are looking to use ...
7 July 2014
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.