Excerpt: I purchased the RS814 to use in my home network to work with my ESXi Server. Installation of the hard drives was simple. Initially I configured it with 4 1TB Seagate Drives in a RAID5 Configuration. I had no problems setting up RAID5 Volume. I then spent some time getting a better understanding of some of the things the RS814 is capable of doing. I intend to use this in my home computer lab running VMWare.
Summary: I received the NAS right on time and the packaging was pretty good, the Synology box was packaged inside of an Amazon box. Drive installation was pretty simple with four 2TB WD Reds which I also got on Amazon. I've been using the NAS for a week and so far have had no issues, will update more if anything changes.
Easy to use web interface with the reliability of Linux
3 weeks ago
Summary: Easy to use web interface with the reliability of Linux. I have installed a few of these at client sites and they've been running continuously for over a year. I like what Synology has created and intend to continue using them.
Summary: I have 5 of these, what can I say. Hard to beat for the price. There is a plus version but the price is quite a bit more. When hitting this unit with a lot of I/O you can tell that its having trouble keeping up. but for most people this one is a perfect fit.
Summary: Added 3x 4TB drives, powered it up, configured the network settings, updated the software, and waited for the volumes to initialize. Did all this after work on day, came back the next and the volume was ready. Started creating user and folders and immediately started backing up the PC's. Next came the backup drives which the USB3 ports came in handy.
Summary: This is my 10th Synology NAS. Very quick and easy to set up. The GUI is intuitive and powerful. Easy to set up email notification to alert you to any issues. A wide selection of software packages available from Synology and 3rd parties to increase productivity and functionality. Easily integrates with Windows domains. A snap to serve a website or FTP site.
Summary: This is an initial review, and I will update it as I gain more experience with this product, but I want to post my initial experience with the RS814. I purchased the RS814 to use in my home network to store my extensive iTunes music library as well as my library of videos. Installation of the hard drives was simple. Initially I configured it with two 4 TB WD Re Enterprise disks and set them up in a Raid 1 configuration.