Synology DiskStation 2-Bay 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) Network Attached Storage DS210+ 2100 (Black)
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Synology DiskStation DS210+, with 2 x 1 TB drives, offers a high-performance, secure, and full-featured network attached storage solution that helps small and medium-sized businesses centralize backup, protect critical assets and share files quickly and efficiently.
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But is not easy to set up and you have to be handy with hardware and networking software. First you have to install hard drive yourself, which is not difficult but involves opening the box and screwing in the hard drive and it can use both 2.5 and 3.5 inch. I used Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM SATA 3 GB/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive ST32000542AS-Bare Drive. Not all hard drives work in this Disk Station: check their web site for a list of compatible hard drives. Although it comes with a CD drive you are better off downloading the latest and updated software from their web site because they do update software very frequently. Even the disk operating system DSM had to be updated to the latest version 3.0. Then you have to work with settings for each of these functions. Synology Assistant will detect the hard drive and open the browser for setting. Everything is done through a browser accessing the hard drive IP address. Time Machine works well after you set up iSCSI hard drive volume. On PC their software Data Replicator 3 does flawless backup of drives you choose.
Synology has a variety of Disk Stations and you need to chose one carefully depending upon your needs and expandability of the hard drive storage in future. Their basic unit is Synology DiskStation 1-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS110j (White) which has just one drive bay; and their most expensive Disk Station is Synology DiskStation 5-Bay 5 TB (5 x 1 TB) Scalable Network Attached Storage DS1010+ 5100 (Black) has five drive bays. Naming codes are like this: first two letters DS or RS mean disk station or rack station; the next numeral stand for the number of hard drives it can accomodate -1,2, 4 and so on; the next numbers 09, 10 refer to the year it was released, and the last refers to the performance - j for junior, no digit for regular and + for high performance.
DS210+ means Disk Station for 2 hard drives, released in 2010 and + is high performance. Performance comes from the processor and memory in the unit and I found 210+ to perform well.
For year and a half I have used Western Digital My Book World Edition 1 TB Network Attached Storage WDH1NC10000N (White) which is just like a knife compared to this Synology Swiss Army knife. Western Digital NAS My Book works well, is easy to set up, is meant for just backup and it does it well. Only thing you can access from apps is photos. Now it supposedly works with Mac Time Machine. But their backup software is very slow, both Mac and Windows but particularly the later. The speed of data transfer and other functions also depend on the processor and RAM in hard drive enclosure.
The reason I upgraded to Synology was for faster speed and extra functionality. I am still in the process of using different functions and have barely scratched the surface in terms of things it can do. With Western Digital network drives, you plug in the power cord & network cable, install the software, set up and user name and password and you are good to go. With Synology, that is just the beginning. Then you have to configure each function and that can be time consuming and technically challenging because their software is really designed for techies, not regular consumers, with terms like "iSCSI Target, Hybrid Share, DDNS, SNMP" etc. etc.
The speed is not disappointing but there are software glitches, like I am unable to backup my QuickBooks on the Synology NAS and the Volume needs a user name and password every time for connection. Sometimes EyeTV shows do not get recorded on the Synology Network drive because it cannot automatically reconnect without user name and password. Technical support is only by email only, no phone, you create a "ticket" on their web site and they are not very speedy in responding - can take 1-3 days!
In conclusion if you want a system that is easy to set up and does just the network backup without extra functionality, go for Western Digital My Book World Edition 1 TB Network Attached Storage WDH1NC10000N (White). But if you are handy with computer hardware and software and can manage without tech support but need more network functionality and speed, then go for one of the Synology units.
My only complaint so far is the Lack of features for the add on mail server. I wish there was a little more flexability setup. It works just fine but wish it was more like cpanel.
The iPhone apps are really cool too. Money well spent so easy a child could set it up.
That is the one word to describe synology NAS products.
I only whish I had the $$ to purchase the larger enclosure model.
Even after purchase they are continually updating the firmware & adding productive features.
My favorite new feature is the built in VPN server.
Synology is not the lowest price but quality is where they shine.
I am an experienced Linux user and I have been using my DNS-323 for years. I also have a popcorn hour C200. So I'm very familiar with these devices. When I reached storage capacity, I thought I'd try upgrading to this higher end box. The only feature that I want not officially listed was mpd and I saw forum posts indicating mpd would run. So I bought it. I have over 60k mp3 files to manage, so mpd is a must.
- after assembly, the top of the box buzzed. I pushed it down a few times to finally stop it.
- 2TB hard disk took forever to scandisk and there's no way to cancel it or shut down the box. I had to pull the plug.
- NZBget implementation is simply terrible. It's not run as deamon so each job is to submitted by hand, and each nzb job is run separately! concurrently! So instead of finishing one job at a time, you wait for all 100 jobs to finish. Not to mention the number of processes that chews up the measly 500megs of RAM. I don't know why they want to reinvent a wheels using proprietary clients and web interface. it's inferior to my PCH-200 which does deamon and uses netgetweb, that orders the jobs in a queue, and have configuration that allows post processing, bandwidth limitation, more than one nntp servers, etc.
- Windows large file SMB transfer on my 1G router was roughly 15MB/s, about 10x faster than my DNS323 in the same setting.
- I had it for a day (because why would I buy it if it takes days to configure?) and it hard core froze twice.
- mpd: it's not officially supported but I want to note on hackability. I downloaded and installed ipkg, mpd. first. ipkg didn't detect dependency correctly. eventually I read somewhere that installing python package somehow got the right lib. Then, I ran into trouble where streaming mpd just made it die silently
- I can't compile a debug mpd binary to see what's wrong because it's using power pc processor! i don't have a ppc machine to compile it. sure, i can get the entire compilation environment on the NAS but why?
- there are backward things like, some software expect a directory not existing, and I had to creat it.
- audio station client is satisfactory. I have 500gigs of sound files, so that's pretty good. They did it by only displaying 50 songs each page, and only allow 4000 songs in a playlist. directory traversal available, so I didn't have to rely on tags: tags are simply not powerful enough for huge collection of sound files.
- one thing i like is that the sound works right out the box with my USB audio device. it's oss.
- it opts to modify my router's (WND-3700) configuration to pass through its ports. That sounds like a bad idea, but I tried it. I checked almost all the services but my router only showed two ports that were opened as a result. Again, this is closed source stuff so I can't debug it. not that it's worth it.
- Also, If you have a large music collection running Squeezebox server, you need more RAM to run its MySQL backend. 512M won't do.
Anyways. the conclusion is, if you want any tweaks, it's going to waste you way more time than a much better established product like DNS-323 D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Enclosure (Although it's slower.) I'm returning this and I'm building my own mini-itx box. for 100 dollars less I have a much better low power hardware setup and better community supported OS, with standard tools.
Even if I didn't want mpd or squeezecenter, the official nzb implementation is simply inferior. This is an example of closed source stuff that promises on convenience but falls short on implementation. It just works - but poorly on some features.
Update: I am now a happy owner of a DIY NAS. Atom D525, 2G of RAM. Four drives in RAID 1 and one system drive, all spinning up at 60 watts. Write speed around 60MB/s, read at 70MB/s for large files, 45MB/s for small files. These are the drives I pulled from the Synology in the same network port. When the RAID drives all spindown it runs at about 30-35 watts.