- Brand Name: Synology
- Model Number: DS211
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 Years Limited
Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS211 (White)
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- RAID Protection
- Windows+Mac+Linux Cross Platform File Sharing
- Convenient Server Functionality
- Effortless File Backup
- Peace of Mind with AES 256-bit Share-level encryption
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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.Read more ›
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:
DS211+ : 1.6 GHz
DS211 : 1.6 GHz (same as DS11+)
DS211J : 1.2 GHz
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.Read more ›
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.
Some tips, if your computer can't find it using synology assistant, restart the NAS. I had to do this for my desktop. If you can't map a network drive on it (error 1231), seriously consider reinstalling a fresh copy of windows 7, my experience w/ this box is limited to windows 7. My gf's laptop was upgraded from vista to 7, not a clean install, and it would absolutely refuse to map the network drive while my new hp notebook that i just did a clean win 7 install on mapped it instantly. Trust me, I tried every possible solution and it failed. Drivers on a clean install work wonders.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The s/w is not user friendly and the communication port failed just after the warrenty expired. the communication port is soldered on the circuit board and does not provide another... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LB0190
Love the product.. Has lot of great features like loading different apps/software on the device to use than just a dumb NAS.Published 2 months ago by Nav
I am delighted with the Synology Diskstation performance, and especially the GUI-based operating system. I buy whatever Synology is offering when I need another one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by F. R. Keller
I love my synology device, even better with DSM 5.1 upgrade. A lot of capabilities with very little hassle.Published 11 months ago by David O.
Good NAS but don't buy this one!
The "11" in DS211 is the release date. This model has been superseded twice! Read more
Originally I was very happy with this Synology unit but the included software leaves a lot to be desired. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Wardekar
Synology isn't just a NAS. It's excellent software, far beyond usual NAS features. You've got excellent user interface with seamless operation. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Yaroslav Khomyak
I have had this unit installed for a year or more. It was easy to set it up so everyone inside the house could access it. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Peter Crum
Put in two 2TB drives in RAID configuration. Works like charm - even with Mac Time Machine. Just set up a folder. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Debashish Chatterjee