|Hard Drive||2 TB 1X2TB|
Synology BeyondCloud 1-Bay (1x 2TB NAS Drives) Network Attached Storage (NAS) BC115j 1200
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- Preconfigured DS115j with 24/7 Seagate NAS drives
- Play, by enjoying all of your multimedia
- Collaborate better with Cloud Station
- Achieve more and go beyond conventional storage
- Cross platform support
- Access your data from anywhere
- Backup PC & Mac
- Sync with public cloud services
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Available in 2TB or 3TB
BeyondCloud comes with Seagate’s reliable NAS drives, Synology’s award-winning NAS OS and popular applications already installed. On top of Seagate’s existing 3-year warranty users have the option to select Seagate data recovery service, providing peace of mind. Users are saved the time and trouble of selecting disks, and performing the installations themselves. Upon adding a device to their networks, users can quickly begin storing, accessing, and sharing data right away.
Play with terabytes of data in your pocket
Enjoy all of your multimedia, anytime anywhere, with seamless integration into the devices you already own. BeyondCloud centralizes your media content, and allows streaming through your devices; including your mobile devices, DLNA and DMA devices, and even your Bluetooth speakers.
Collaborate better with Cloud Station
Securely share files and collaborate with others through Cloud Station. Backup your PC and Mac and sync files with your mobile devices.
Achieve more and go beyond storage
Living beyond the cloud means you gain the freedom to achieve more with your data than ever before. With included award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, you not only get the value DSM has to offer, but can also explore Package Center, allowing you to install additional packages or 3rd party apps that go beyond conventional storage.
BeyondCloud 2TB (DS115j)
BeyondCloud 3TB (DS115j)
BeyondCloud Mirror (DS214se)
|Number of bays and included capacity||1 x 2TB drive||1 x 3TB drive||2 x 3TB drive|
|Photo capacity*||762,000 photos||1.1 million photos||1.1 million photos|
|Video capacity*||10 days of streaming||15 days of streaming||15 days of streaming|
|Music capacity*||1.6 years of streaming||2.4 years of streaming||2.4 years of streaming|
|Optional seagate recovery service||✔||✔||✔|
|Video tutorials to help setup||✔||✔||✔|
|Scheduled backups for both PC and Mac||✔||✔||✔|
|*Figures based on iTunes and iPhone 6 media files *Optional Seagate Recovery Service is available|
Take your home network beyond the cloud with Video Station
Stream to your DLNA/ DMA devices
With support for Apple TV, DLNA TVs, Chromecast, Samsumg TV, or Roku players, the DS video mobile app allows you to easily stream the movies stored on the BeyondCloud to your TV, while using your phone a remote control to manage playback. Before going out or traveling, you can also pre-download videos and watch them under offline mode.
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|Hardware Connectivity||Ethernet||Ethernet||eSATA, USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB||Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 9 x 7 in||4 x 9 x 7 in||4.25 x 9.14 x 6.5 in||6.5 x 8.88 x 3.94 in||7.83 x 8.78 x 6.54 in||6.63 x 8.86 x 4.02 in|
|Item Weight||5 lbs||2 lbs||2.87 lbs||1.92 lbs||5.03 lbs||2.8 lbs|
The perfect Synology for a beginner, the Beyond Cloud comes with a hard drive preinstalled, packages configured, and requires minimal setup to get started.
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The 4.5 start rating here is outstanding. The Synology’s ad here on Amazon states: "Play with terabytes of data in your pocket. Enjoy all of your multimedia, anytime anywhere, with seamless integration into the devices you already own. BeyondCloud centralizes your media content, and allows streaming through your devices; including your mobile devices … “. And everyone says it's easy to set up. That’s exactly what might compel a person with a large video and photo collection without much knowledge of NAZ drives to buy one or two of these. I did.
I’m very disappointed. The device is so slow it can literally can take weeks index only a few 1000 photos. I'm not exaggerating ... weeks! Buried in their forum, they acknowledged this problem way back in 2013. The tech support person's “solution” at the time was to purchase a more capable NAZ drive! This is not stated anywhere in the above ad.
They developed an “uploader” to allow your computer to do the work of indexing photos and videos rather than the drive. The only problem is that the uploader itself takes hours to upload a small amount of photos and has about a 60% success rate in uploading a video successfully. I’m not talking about exotic formats either, I’m talking about videos for your iPhone.
- Sinology’s support for this is non-existent. If you go to their site and search the knowledge base provides “no results found.”
- No help in the poorly written manual.
- If you go to their video section you get “coming soon” for DS Photo”
- If you go to their video section you get “coming soon” for DS Video”
- My most resent attempts to get on their forum resulted in "General Error SQL ERROR [ mysql4 ] No route to host  An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists.” The forum has been up in the past … just not today. Of course this doesn’t instill confidence in the reliability of their servers either. :)
- I might raise my rating if tech support or anyone else can tell me how to fix this. I've been waiting on tech support for days with no response. The drive was easy to set up and works very well other than for photos and videos.
However, I did not return the unit but looked for other ways to utilize it, since it has a very attractive price tag. So I created a regular, separate file share and copied all my pictures files to it. 160GB took about 2 hours which is fine. Then in the photo station I created albums and pulled in the pictures when needed as opposed to using it as general photo storage. It's still kind of a slow process, but at least now I can sit there and wait a few minutes until it's done rather than days or weeks.
Other than the photo station related performance disaster and some general slowness, I think this machine is pretty good. I like the user interface, it was easy to set up and now I can access my pictures and files from anywhere I have internet access. Having the redundant drive is comforting and I'm also backing up the disk station itself to an external USB drive. To give you another idea of it's speediness, it took 7.5 hrs to back itself up to the external drive, with only 650GB of used space. But then, it's scheduled over night so it does not really matter to me.
In conclusion, once I accepted the performance issues I did like the features a lot. If I had to do it over again, I'd spend the extra money for a faster processor and more memory, maybe a ds715. It's worth it and don't let anybody tell you that NAS processing power is not important.
Let's get the big one out of the way first: the software actively prevents you from backing up certain folders on your computer! That's right, if you need to back up Windows-related folders such as Program Files because there are configuration files you need, sorry, can't do it! And of course, this isn't mentioned in the documentation. I wasted most of a day trying to determine what I was doing wrong until I stumbled across a post on the Synology forums describing this problem.
Second, when the backup was running it brought my entire computer to a crawl. I didn't have this problem with my old NAS, and I don't have the problem with the NAS I bought when I realized this one was useless, so it was definitely the Synology software.
I'm sure there's more problems with this unit, but after the above problems I didn't test anything else.
One final note: from my research it appears that NAS devices from Seagate use the same or similar software as Synology and have the same limitations, so I would recommend avoiding those also.