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.
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.
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.
Summary: I have been dealing with large storage arrays professionally for years. I've always run at least one "server" at home, and a few years ago decided to build my own NAS functionality. I spent a small fortune on 2TB drives, a giant case, and PCI SATA boards. I put up with a noisy, always on server in our small apartment that couldn't easily be rebooted into other OS'es (after wonkiness with virtualization).
Summary: So much more than your simple, standard NAS. This thing is amazing. I got 4 4TB WD red drives and it set up over a day or two. No worries for me cuz I went out of town for Christmas while it was formatting/verifying/etc. The UI is polished and intuitive. I was very impressed. Added the Download Station from the package manager and it works perfectly. Even downloaded the apps onto my Android so I could pause torrents with my phone while I browse the internet.
Summary: I was in the market for a home-grade 4+ bay NAS that wasn't rack mounted. After about a month of researching and reading reviews on various NAS, I finally settled on this unit. Setup was easy, if a bit time-consuming. Being one of the "cheaper" models, the drives are not hot swap, so you need to take the cover off, remove a drive tray, screw the drive to the drive tray, put the drive tray back in, and then screw the drive tray to the chassis.