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.
Summary: Its on good advice to get NAS HD's specifically for this Synology unit and other similar servers in my opinion. I know many people get by with desktop HD's but from my experience your going down the headache road for sure, and the warranty times covered can be much longer on NAS HD's.
Pros: I got it on a newegg sale 1st of all. Its small, uses minimal power with lower temperatures than a regular tower server. Very very good supported software apps ( with a simple web interface to manage them and a very well laid out web interface to manage the utility functions. Seems good for novic...
Cons: There is a " background Bitcoin generating" malware specifically targeted for Synology servers so read up on it! I would like a more detailed app for monitoring and detail-managing the packet-data going in and out of the network interface.
Summary: When I decided to set up a NAS I looked into the various options- FreeNAS and other small home/office NAS systems. The Synology software is very user friendly and fairly intuitive. You can simply install whichever modules you need, and configure them through a web based GUI.
Summary: My wife bought me this a gift out of nowhere. I suspect that she bought it to me because she was sick of hearing me wanting a NAS though. :) Anyway, it is a very good NAS. I work in IT infrastructure, so I've played with many NAS/SAN solutions.
Pros: Powerful, yet cheap, 512MB RAM, Synology DSM (very good OS), Stability and AIO solution
Cons: Drives are not hot-swappables, Enclosure made of plastic
Summary: Really like the 2 USB3 plugin with this unit..
Pros: OutaTheBox Startup was Perfect! Doc(manual) is Very good - Device was recognized on the LAN immediately, defined some public shares for backingup computers and Network backups ran perfectly(and Fast) - no problem, Public and private shares are all seen and behave normally thru Win Explorer - Runs...
Cons: Sometime private shares don't show up immediately and defined shared drives(with assigned drive letter) don't automatically reconnect and require the password again.- but some do and some don't... perhaps reading the manual will fix this inconvenience but for the most part its all Good!
Summary: My old gaming rig running at 200-230watts was replaced by this thing running at 18-20watts. After the metadata updates it's able to stream 1080p video to my Roku XS's Plex client with no problem. Plex Video Channels (Daily Show, etc) are better left at lower video resolutions.
Pros: Easy setup, dropped in a single 4TB HDD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178338). I may add another for a RAID 1 mirror later on. But this was purchased to replace my old PC gaming rig that was running as a plex media server, so I wanted to keep things cheap. It took abou...
Cons: Adding all of the files over the network took about 13 hours (migrated 816GB of data). But I didn't do it very efficently, just dragged and dropped all of the files. Also, the Plex Server metadata download really hindered performance until it was complete (took the whole weekend). Not really a ma...
Summary: When I first turned it on with the drives in place, it started making some funny noises which had me worried. But I believe this was a normal process, since they were new drives. After the noises stopped I continued with the setup and was up and running.
Pros: It has everything I needed plus IP Cam support, personal cloud, media server, etc. The server was quite easy to setup. Dropped in two drives, plugged it in and went through the setup process. It has many more additional apps that you can download and install to the DSM OS. Overall, I'm very happy...
Cons: I didn't get 4-bays or at least the DS213+ which I believe comes with a faster processor.