Summary: So far, everything works as advertised. The web interface is very intuitive and easy to use. There is quite a bit of software provided/available for this unit which makes it one of the top NAS devices. It's a little pricey when compared to others, but I think it's worth the extra dollars... Amazon seems to always have the better price on this unit.
The initial setup was great; it worked right out of the box and ...
S. Boring, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I did a lot of research before buying this product. I considered many options to include building out my own solution with Raspberry PI or Ubuntu but ultimately decided that it was worth spending the money to get a proven and reliable product. I even made sure to get the most powerful model since I did not want to deal with performance issues even though I felt my performance needs were low.
Summary: So far so good, but really struggling to figure out how to know if the SHR is working. How do I know my files are backed up? When I look into the folders I only see my music in the music folder and nothing in the 2 home folders (home and homes). I assume one is on drive and one is the other. It does play audio and video over my wired network but my receivers has dropped it from time to time and since it is wired I am assuming it is something with the Synology.
Summary: It's a good unit. Setup could have been easier, but the interwebs helped me out quickly. I share the blame with the startup problems though. I use a Mac and I work out in the bush in Alaska and can't get internet on my personal computer. Made the process harder, but still seemed a little more than I was expecting. Really works well once running. I use it for files, images, and videos. Couldn't be happier, knocking it a star for initial setup being a little whack.
in my honest opinion this is the standard to which all other NAS drive should strive to be like. Yes the price point is higher o
25 August 2014
Summary: OK this will not be a technical review there are currently enough out here for this particular product. My review is more for the lay person who is trying to figure which route to take. OK do not let the price scare you away compared to other NAS drives out there, in my honest opinion this is the standard to which all other NAS drive should strive to be like.
Like your own personal Red Box right in your home!
Rob "Rob", Amazon
13 August 2014
Summary: We use this as a Media Server on our RV. It is connected to a WiFi router so that we can stream media (mostly movies) to family members' tablets (iPads)_ and phones (iPhones). In addition, the WiFi router is connected to an Apple TV so we can play the shows on the television as well. We use Synology Apps to manage everything, and so far it's working flawlessly. I now use it in my regular home when we are not traveling, and then put it in the RV for trips.
Summary: I love this device. I gave it 4 stars because it is supposed to transcode in HD...but there aren't any apps that work that way. In other words, I expected Plex to run in this and transcode in HD...doesn't keep up because it can't use the hardware encoding feature. I do love the Intel Atom processor though because normal tasks are fast and CPU usage stays roughly 40%. I had a DS209 before and CPU would run about 90%. Long story short, great device..
Summary: This is an awesome NAS. I bought this to back up my family photos and it very easy to use. I insert the SD card in the slot and with the touch of a button, all my photos are backed up and copied to the drive. I had Dlink, netgear, and crappy buffalo. This is BY FAR the best. This is a great piece of hardware.
After much research I decided on the Synology DS214play
D. Musicant, Amazon
30 July 2014
Summary: I NEED a file server something fierce. I've been limping along for years having large USB hard drives attached to a spare laptop, even tried hanging one off my router. I have had quite a few bad experiences with those "solutions." I had contemplated a WHS machine a few years ago but just couldn't settle on a combination of components and never built a machine. Nowadays, NAS's appear to be a reasonable way to go for networked storage and file serving.