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Synology DiskStation 2-Bay 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) Network Attached Storage (DS212+ 2100)
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- 109 MB/sec Reading, 56 MB/sec Writing
- Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0
- Hardware Encryption Engine
- Windows ACL Support
- Complete Backup Solutions
- Cool and Quiet Design
- Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
Top Customer Reviews
If you haven't set up your Synology 212+ yet - take a moment to update the firmware on your hard disks BEFORE you install them in the 212+ (see "update" next paragraph). If you already have the drives installed and IF you are encountering troubles where the unit falls asleep and refuses to respond - follow the steps in the next paragraph - copy any mission critical files to an external drive FIRST though!
=============update!! Be aware that if your Synology 212+ does not function as you expect it to, it may be something as simple as UPDATING THE FIRMWARE on your HARD DISKS! I bought a pair of Seagate 3GB drives that were on the list of 'compatible drives' on the Synology website. However, after running this device for a few months, I began having serious problems where it would NOT 'awaken' after going into Hibernation... problems with "light sleep" and "deep sleep" both! I had to force the unit off by unplugging the power cord. Synology support was stumped, and I was bordering on taking firm action to recover my investment... but somehow I stumbled across a post on the Synology forums where a person outlined a simple firmware update solved the troubles - tried it - and thus far, it's golden! Note: if you already have the hard disks installed in the Synology 212+ and if you are running it in RAID mode, you will need to wipe the raid array, then do the firmware update, 1 drive at a time, putting the updated drive back in, restarting the Synology unit, and letting the RAID ARRAY repair itself (assuming you're running RAID MIRROR).Read more ›
At a minimum, search the internet for "Synology DiskStation Thumbnails : slow slow slow" and read the over ninety postings on that forum thread first.
My experience: I had heard the DiskStation DS212-series had a speed problem with backing up photos, and I bought the one with the fastest processor to fix that (the DS212+). It did not help. Upgrading to the latest DSM Disk Station Manager 4.0 software also did not help.
What you can expect: if you copy photos to the DS212j, DS212, or DS212+, the system will become unusable for days to weeks every time you upload photos. This is because the DS212j, DS212, and DS212+ PhotoStation app requires its own special, extremely-slow-to-generate, photo thumbnail files and video compression files. You can generate them on your PC using the "Synology Assistant Photo Uploader"; if you don't the DiskStation will automatically generate them itself. Even with the lowest possible quality settings on the thumbnails, my relatively fast laptop processes about 5-10 photos per minute, with videos being much slower. This is roughly 10x faster than the DiskStation processes them on its own. And the PC/laptop cannot be disconnected from the DiskStation while the photos are being thumbnailed. The Photo Uploader generates one photo's thumbnails, uploads it, and then moves to the next photo/video. There is no offline batch processing option, and the Photo Uploader ends the uploading if the connection is lost.Read more ›
I would say i am an intermediate user with good knowledge of home networking and OS configurations, but no ability to program. The DSM 4.0 OS is a great user interface, easy to use, and relatively easy to understand. The downloadable or CD accessible User Manual contains a lot of information that is very useful, but can sometimes fall short of explaining some things for users like me. But then Google, YouTube, and the Synology forums offer a lot more detail to help! Quickly I had the drives installed, the unit on, and the DSM 4.0 OS installed over the network from a 2007 Macbook.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I write this review more than two years after having bought and used this nas, because it is definitely wonderful.
The setup is simple. Read more
Only thing I found unsatisfactory is its decoding of video and audio for mobile devices.
It used to be unbelievably proficient. Read more
Great product that has survived in warmer environments. Storage management is not that straightforward but still available. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by MadHatter
This thing is amazing! I WILL purchase another when it dies or becomes out dated, I have recommended Synology to three other friends and they are all very happy! Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Shoop
I've only just set it up and - wow - this NAS is fast, capable, configurable, and full-featured. I bought it to replace my Windows 2008 Server that was used to share file and... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Steven C. McAfee