Excerpt: I bought DS214play NAS for personal use. Main purpose is to stream video to my TV, play music and time machine. So far, the compatibility with other devices are great. I use mac, PC, android and iOS and I have no problem with any of these devices.
Summary: Easy to use, boots up fast and the UI is very intuitive. There are a few features lacking from a software standpoint that I wish they would add. You can run scripts at time intervals, but not off of events. It seems like it should be a pretty simple addition to me. Maybe I am wrong.
Summary: This is a great all-purpose network device. I use it in my home and home office. It does Subversion (SVN) hosting, backups, media server (Plex), and acts as a DVR for my home IP Cameras. It can do a lot more, but that's what I use it for.
Excerpt: For a "beginner" this NAS was a bit overwhelming, but I imagine it is relatively more user-friendly than others. It was overwhelming because of all the options that the Synology software offers. But, this is a good thing.
Summary: Couldn't be happier. My old Buffalo Linkstation was nothing but trouble. This new unit built the array in minutes (not 11 hours like Linkstation). I got 90+meg/second transfer rates (lucky to get 25-30 on my Linkstation), and most important, an initial backup of 1TB data took under 5 hours.
Synology makes other NASes look like thumb drives...
Marius Piedallu Van Wyk "Lailoken", Amazon
17 June 2015
Summary: This is my second Synology, I had the DS212 before this one. Even though the architecture differed, there was no issue to just migrate all my config and data. I only had to update my MAC address config on my router for DHCP.
From hardware perspective both are equally good. However
11 June 2015
Summary: I bought a Synology as well as a QNAP NAS. From hardware perspective both are equally good. However, the software on QNAP is much better. QNAP is very easy to work with if you want to use third-party apps. For example, I wanted to install Syncrify on these NAS.
Summary: I am working on a Mac OS X 10.9.5. I have been having issues with files disappearing but then coming back when I relaunch the drive. And not being able to rename, delete or move folders at times. Still working with their 2 nd level tech support to see where the problem is.