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Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS211 (White)

3.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Technical Details

Size: Diskless
  • Brand Name: Synology
  • Model Number: DS211
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 Years Limited
  • Hardware Platform: Mac

Product Description

Size: Diskless

Synology DiskStation DS211 is an affordable and full-featured 2-bay NAS server designed to increase productivity for office workgroups. Cross platform file sharing, office oriented applications, data backup and security are easily achieved in a flexible solution. Running on DiskStation Manager 3.0 (DSM 3.0) operating system, it delivers ease of use and variety of features.

Product Information

Size:Diskless
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 6.3 x 8.6 inches
Item Weight 5 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.6 pounds
Manufacturer Synology America Corp
ASIN B0049MPQG8
Item model number DS211
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3.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #715 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#16,484 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Date first available at Amazon.com November 5, 2010

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By Atlantic VINE VOICE on December 22, 2010
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This is a short term evaluation and overview of the basics. I'll cover some things that I considered important for my buying decision and will be updating this review with more information as it develops.

PROS

SETUP - I haven't used all the features yet, but the basic Disk Station (DS211) set up is easy if you're familiar with the NAS concept, users, privileges, etc. If you're not, it's really not too difficult and there are lots of online references to help you get started. I used a single WD 640GB drive for my initial tests, and had the software/hardware installed, configured (with SHR), and the users/folders/privileges assigned in about an hour, including the time it took to prepare the drive.

ADMIN - DSM 3.x (DiskStation Manager, currently v3.2 build 1922 as of Sept. 6th, 2011) is a relatively polished interface used to manage your NAS box's storage, applications, and users. Creating users, shared folders, and assigning privileges to each is straightforward and after mapping the folder/network drive in windows (will ask for a password), Explorer will see it like any other drive. DSM 3.x is loaded with features and applications including web site/blog hosting with up to date versions of Apache/MySQL/PHP, FTP access, DNLA multi-media streaming, Audio station/iTunes music server (Squeezebox can be loaded), internet radio options, smart phone support for Android/Windows/iPhoney, USB printer support (check Synology's list), Bit torrent downloads (very easy to use), etc., and with a large 3rd party software community, you can probably find whatever application you want.
UPDATE: I have not upgraded to DSM v3.
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Background: I have previously used D-Link DNS-323 NAS Enclosure. I have been mostly happy with it. My DNS-323 has been working great for the last 3+ years but I needed more storage capacity so decided to get a new enclosure.

I first heard of the name "Synology" when I was researching for a new NAS enclosure. I'd never come across this company name before so I was a bit unsure. I rely on product reviews here on Amazon when making such decisions so I bought this after reading the raving reviews here.

When I was ready to buy, I was confused about the differences between the three similar 2-disk models: DS211J vs. DS211 vs. DS211+. To help others make this decision, I'll try to compare the three models so that you (as the reader of this review) will not have to spend several minutes (like I did) trying to figure out what makes DS211 different from DS211J and DS211+ models.

Just to be clear, all three models use the same operating system (software) so you get the exact same capabilities from the three models. So it all comes down to hardware and more specifically, CPU and memory.

Let me compare the hardware differences between these three models:

CPU:
DS211+ : 1.6 GHz
DS211 : 1.6 GHz (same as DS11+)
DS211J : 1.2 GHz

MEMORY:
DS211+ : DDR3 512MB
DS211 : DDR3 256MB
DS211J : DDR2 128MB

So there you have it. DS211+ has the largest memory as well as the faster CPU. Though DS211 has the same CPU as DS211+, it has half the memory than DS211+. DS211J is at the lowest end out of the three.
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Upfront! This is a great NAS. Read the other reviews... point made! Now for the down side. THE MANUFACTURER HAS DELIBERATELY ENGINEERED LIMITED CAPABILITY in the "Surveillance Station" application.

The "Surveillance Station" is a really neat app included with the sweet software management package. If you have IP cams from different vendors and want to consolidate the management into one platform without all the 3rd party software... SYNOLOGY HAS THE DEVICE! But slow down, read the fine print. If you have a cash tree in the back yard jump in and go.

But in the fine print there is a gotcha. To unlock the full capabilities of "Surveillance Station" you must add "Camera licenses." One "Camera license" is included in the purchase price. A "Camera license" at this point costs $64 EACH. So to add my 4 other cameras, it will be another $250+/- USD.

Shame on me for not reading all the fine print. But you have been warned. Their business decision to utilize the "License" strategy is ironic when you realize they are based in Redmond, WA. Synology's cash tree is the "Camera license." Shame on them for not being upfront about their business decision to extort cash from their customers,for full functionality.

I may buy their "Camera licenses", but for now I am considering options.
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I have been an IT pro (Cisco, Microsoft certed) for 20+ years. If you are looking for a very, very capable small office or home NAS. THIS IS IT!!! I have 2 WD green 2TB drives in RAID 1. I have loaded over 1TB so far via GIG backbone. 10GB of documents, pics etc. does take time. Throughput is 2mb with jumbo frames 9K. Larger files move at 50mb reg.

Pros:
The GUI is amazing! Linux based and is more like operating unbuntu than a typical interface. Multiple windows can be opened with multiple tasks. This is truly incredible.

The best part ANDROID apps. you can grab your files, stream your music or photos all from your phone :)!!! I have a 120gb library streaming both 3g and wifi. unbelievable the apps are FREE!

You can host 30 websites, multiple pic sites, grab your files, host email and more.

THe 2nd most incredible thing is NZB downloads (or torrrents). The built in app is awesome download 8gb files in 2 hours! And you do not need a PC anymore!!! Plus there is a FREE app to manage downloads while your at work :) REALLY!!!!

THE MOST AMAZING THING IS EVERYTHING WORKS AND WORKS FANTASTIC!!! I have purchase many small office NAS devices before (Bflo, Smpshr, etc.) all are crud compared to this. Spend the extra hundred dollars and you will never spend hours with the other brands out there. REALLY!

CONS:
NONE!!! ABSOLUTELY NONE!!! I was sceptical at first. But seriously this is one review that is spot on!!! BUY IT!!
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