Summary: This is my third NAS for my home, and the first one that works like they should. I've had issues with both Seagate and Buffalo. Fast transfer times, access times, built in apps for streaming to home networked devices, built in surveillance apps for IP cameras, built in iTunes server... This thing is always up, never gets hot, and the software behind it is robust and full featured.
Excerpt: For the price you can't beat it. This is a nice solution for recording a few cameras and the apps work pretty well. Not the fastest unit on the market, but reliable and preforms well. I have serval of the units in the field and all are working well. Our primary use is for video surveillance.
Excerpt: So far I like it, I like the interface and love the IOS Apps, works like magic. However, One app they should fix is for the Roku, it was horrible. And they should improve the integration with the Google Chromecast.
Summary: Great Unit. It works great as our "server" to host files in our office. The set up was so easy and user friendly. Had no problem creating 5 different users and logins. As well as mapping it as a drive to each of the computers. Install 2 2TB WD drives. Lighting fast over our network here in the office.
Physical set up is easy. The problem is getting the OS installed
13 December 2014
Summary: Physical set up is easy. The problem is getting the OS installed. If you don't have connection to an outside network -with no firewalls, security or other protection - you won't be able to install the OS without major contortions. Online 'support' supposedly will return email requests after a few days, but I didn't wait that long. Instead, it turns out you can download the OS to your local PC, then force a manual install.
Summary: Starting with the build quality and design of the DS213 we have another hugely impressive product from Synology. The outer chassis feels robust thanks to the thick plastic used and we noted no flaws or rough points in the finish. The port layout on the front is decent, with plenty of room for larger USB drives/connectors and the LED layout can be seen and understood from a distance.
Excerpt: I decided to upgrade since my 2tb drive died. It was one of those $ dollar things. Lasted only a year before it died. Very angry that I lost all my movies and most of my music, I decided to spend mote money and get a system that I could mirror the drives. I love this system! Very quiet cooling fan, very fast performance and I like the sleep feature this has so it doenst run unless needed. Well worth the money.