Summary: I writing this after having the Synology DiskStation in place for over a year now. Fantastic product!!! In the proprietary UI, Synology has made a network attached storage device (NAS) that is an easy to configure cloud station, whole home network music interface that works with a host of products and software including AppleTV, iTunes almost seamlessly. My experience with the company to date has been positive.
Summary: I couldn't be happier with my Synology. I upgraded from a home-built Windows Home Server setup, which was incredibly flexible but not entirely fun to manage. As someone who works with computers all day long, I didnt entirely feel up to coming home to manage another server. Currently running 2x2tb and 2x1tb drives flawlessly, so SHR is pretty awesome. Pros: - Incredibly simple to setup and configure. Package install is simple. Hard drive install and config is simple.
Summary: This is an excellent piece of hardware. Apart from the basic functionality of a NAS, it provides multiple other features, making it a monster server. The device comes with some very competent mobile apps, that make using the NAS a charm. I now watch all my favourite TV shows (downloaded videos) on my Smart TV by streaming them using the DS Video app.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for a failing D-Link DNS-323. I backed up my data off the D-Link, took the 2x 1.5TB drives out of the D-Link, installed them in the Synology along with 2x 4TB drives and set it up with the Synology Hybrid Raid. It took over 24 hours to format the RAID, but when it was done, it works great. Copied all my data over to the Synology and it does what it is supposed to do.
This is the second Synology I've purchased. Bought the ...
J. DeHority "Coach, Shutter Bug and Fan", Amazon
22 September 2014
Summary: This is the second Synology I've purchased. Bought the second one for my daughter and her houesmates who are all in school. Their MacBooks now all back up automatically via TimeMachine. One of them recently had a hard disk crash, and was able to restore everything with no data loss. Drobo can't touch Synology for ease of use and features at a competative pricepoint.
Summary: It works perfectly. I use it for backing up stuff from my LAN server. A recommendation for buyers who is it for daily backups. This NAS works by mirroring all the drives in it. It means that even though you put 4 hard disks of the same storage space, it will show as if there is only one drive, because what it does is that it backs up the data on one drive, and then makes a mirror image on it on the rest of the drives.
extremely underpowered for what it advertises to be able to do
Waffle Lover, Amazon
4 July 2014
Summary: performance is not acceptable, it is not possible to use all the features adequately because CPU is at 100% all the time. i thought perhaps they had hardware accelleration and optimizations that allow this to function as advertised but it doesnt, it is as slow as you would expect a computer with a 800mhz CPU to be, which is VERY.
great for the price and updated regularly by vendor
9 June 2014
Summary: This is a great NAS solution for the price. The box is really tiny--I was like, hey, that can't be the whole thing, when it came from UPS, but it was. It is very quiet, and runs well. Problems I have found with this are as follows: 1. white--really sucks having a white box amid all my black cases, and it stands out like a beacon as a result 2. it can have a tendency to cause my router's wifi to glitch.
Summary: After several devastating HDD failures, I caved last year and bought this standalone machine that could perform RAID5 for less electricity ($$) than a RAID setup through a PC. That was the primary reason, but I soon learned all I had been missing out on in the years I did not have a home networked storage device. The DSM software that runs on the DS431j (currently at version 5) has a ton of bells and whistles that make this model even more worth it's substantial cost.
Summary: First off, I am a do-it yourselfer for all things computer related. I normally don't like paying for others to build things that I can just as easily do. I bit the bullet on this NAS after doing some cost analysis and am very glad that I did. Setup is about as easy as it comes. I see no reason for instructions but they are included and clear. I slapped in 4 WD 4TB Reds, powered my Synology DS413j on and was building my NAS within minutes.