|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
Synology DiskStation 5-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (NAS) with iSCSI/DS1513+ (DS1513+)
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- Four LAN Ports with Link Aggregation Support
- Scale Up to 60TB with Synology DX513
- Expandable RAM Module (Up to 4GB)
- CPU Passive Cooling Technology and System Fan Redundancy
- VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Hyper-V Ready
- High Availability and Automatic Failover by SHA
- Powered by Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM)
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|Hard Disk Size||20 TB||—||12.0 TB||40.0 TB||48.0 TB||40.0 TB|
|Hardware Interface||USB 3.0, USB 3.0||USB 3.0, eSATA, Ethernet||USB 3.0, eSATA||USB 3.0, eSATA||USB||Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||16.00 x 14.00 x 13.00 inches||8.78 x 9.06 x 6.54 inches||11.10 x 9.29 x 6.54 inches||8.78 x 7.83 x 6.54 inches||8.78 x 7.83 x 6.54 inches||8.78 x 7.83 x 6.54 inches|
|Item Weight||14.00 lbs||3.31 lbs||11.13 lbs||5.03 lbs||4.92 lbs||5.03 lbs|
With its superior performance, scalability, resilience, and comprehensive features, Synology DS1513+ is the ideal storage solution for your growing SMB. The DS1513+ can help to simplify data management, providing a centralized destination for storage, backup, and sharing - with minimal setup and the freedom to expand capacity at any time. The DS1513+ is backed by Synology's 3-year limited warranty. NAS software license is included. Item is hazmat and non-returnable.
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The first thing you need to do is check their hardware compatibility list and ensure your drives are rated to work with the unit; a diskstation can come without drives (generally) and you can install your our your own.
Unfortunately, mine is crashing on a daily basis.
As such, I did what your do in this situation, I went to the technical support / user support forums. Now for the BAD part: most of the posts are years old, and THE MODERATORS HAVE TO APPROVE EVERY POST!
So this means that if you are searching for "synology diskstation crashes," you aren't going to find anything new in their support forums. You are given an option for contacting technical support, but that means, to me, that they don't want anything perceived as negative posted about the product. Since I'm an IT professional, this screams to me that they have something to hide.
Now, what's above should only concern you if your synology is crashing (like mine is).
The pro side of the synology is that it does a TON of functions. In my case I picked up a nice surveillance camera and the synology had no problems instantly using it with their built-in application (of which there are MANY, such as WordPress and Drupal, plus many, many others).
Mine has 4 x 1000BaseT network connections, 2 x USB 3 ports, etc... it's packed with features.
The jury is out on support, but the crashing issue is significant, and the power save functions have been turned off for the disks...
I'd say it's OK for now, and I'll update this if Technical Support turns out to be awesome.
PS It's got the latest firmware.
I am an IT consultant, I bought so many of the Synology products, few months ago we found the response to open any “TIFF” files is very very slow, we changed the network switch to all Gig ports, and it did not help!, we opened a case, and regardless we could not speak to anyone we sent email, they emailed back, asked us if we can test with SSD HD!, and we did, on my expense I boght another similar Synology and SSD but it was the same bad performance, and finally after few months Synology admits it is “bug” on the code with the TIFF files and they will try to fix it, but no fix date, and I almost lost my client forever.
Even after few months they have no ETA on the fix date, Synology do not care about you as customer, I will try another brand.
Keep away from Synology…
I can provide full trail of the email case, with case # etc…
This is my first Synology NAS and I can say that it won't be my last. The setup process was incredibly easy. I am running a RAID 10 with 4x 4TB WD Reds. I did go ahead and buy an additional 2GB RAM stick because it was only $25. This was the RAM I purchased and it worked flawlessly: Crucial 2 GB DDR3 1066 MT/s (PC3-8500) CL7 SODIMM 204-Pin for Mac (CT2G3S1067M)
--- just take the 5 screws out on the back, remove the cover, pop in the new RAM on the right side and re-assemble.
-Setup really easy for the RAM install and initial unit config
-Great UI and a TON of options. I was really blown away with how many "Apps" from the Package Center program it could have installed. You can install everything from Drupal servers to Camera Surveillance app to Cloud backup apps. I won't use any of them, but it's nice that they are there... I'm tempted to order another unit for home-use.
-USB 2/3 ports on back for local backups and easy to setup local backups
-Easily check for and install updates to DSM
-Disappointing network speeds with 4x gigabit ports teamed with IEEE 802.3ad/LACP (Make sure your switch supports this if you want to take advantage of teaming/bonds). Maybe it's my WD Reds acting as a bottleneck or maybe it's just SMB2, but 2x or 4x ports teamed I am only get 32-33MB/s write and 82MB/s read. I thought I'd be able to get a little more with 4 ports but since I am getting the same speeds with either 2 or 4 ports teamed, I've left it at 2 for now to save room on my switch. It's not a huge deal, but I would have liked to get double the write and a little more on the read. For how reasonably priced the unit was, it's not the end of the world heh. For the record, they recommend iSCSI for the best speeds.
Despite the network speeds, this thing really is awesome. I would highly recommend it. Definitely evaluate what speeds you will need with your NAS before you buy it and do make sure your switch supports IEEE 802.3ad/LACP if you'd like to team/bond the ports. With a single gigabit port I was getting 25MB/s read and 40MB/s write, so teaming the 2 was a noticeable difference.
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At the time of writing this review I've had the DiskStation up and running for about a week now and so far everything has gone smoothly. I put five 6TB WD Red drives into it at the beginning as I wanted the maximum amount of space available and was able to afford. I also added an extra 2GB of RAM.
Initial setup was painless. I inserted all the drives, connected it to my network router directly and pressed the On button. Following the Quick Installation Guide that I'd previously downloaded from Synology told me exactly what I had to do to get it up and running. All the drives were detected and there was no problem using the bigger drives than it states that this unit will take on the Synology description.
There is no software needed on my computer (unlike the Iomega, which was twitchy at times to say the least) as everything is browser based. It states in the QIG that it is optimised for the Chrome and Firefox browsers, but that other browsers above certain editions can also be used. I followed the recommended setup and used the Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) to get going. I don't know the full "ins and outs" of the RAID structure yet but it seemed like the best option at the time. Nevertheless it just worked to paraphrase someone else. There is a detailed explanation of SHR on the Synology website if you want to read it.
Once I'd got the SHR done it was time to transfer the files from my Iomega to the new unit. I'd already backed them up to a couple of 2TB portable USB3 drives to make sure I had everything in case of a failure, but as it turned out I would need only one of them. The DiskStation comes with several connections on the back of it including four USB2 and two USB3 connectors. Connecting the portable drive to a USB3 and using File Station in the DiskStation Manager (DSM) it was a straightforward job to copy the files across, and quick.
File Station is much like a cut down version of Windows Explorer and operates in much the same way. Just pay attention to what you're doing and you will be fine.
I forgot to say that once I got the unit running and logged in, it told me there was an update to DSM which I duly updated. The new version is 5.2 and there is plenty of information about it on the Synology website.
Also each time I log in to DSM the Help is always on the "Desktop". This feature can be disabled if you wish but as a relative novice to a unit of this complexity, it has been a Godsend, as not only does it have it's own built in help system but also accesses Synology's online help as well, so you have everything you need to find what you're looking for. The Help itself is very easy to understand and explains things without getting too bogged down in difficult to understand technical language and there are plenty of illustrations to show you what you will be looking at. Although some of them aren't exactly the same as the new version of DSM, you get the idea from them in any case.
The DSM comes with several packages (programs) installed to operate it, and for most people they won't need anything further. But other packages can be added to it and depending on your level of understanding these vary from the relatively simple to very complicated. I did add the Anti-virus one just in case. Hopefully it will not be needed and never find anything sinister, it just runs in the background. I had added the iTunes server but haven't figured that one out yet so for the moment I've removed it.
So far I've not found anything not to like about the Synology DS1513+. This is a complex item for the average home user, but if you have some knowledge about Network Attached Storage (NAS) having had one previously, it can be quite easy to find your way around. I'm continually finding out new things about DSM and the unit, which for me, is fun. I've only scratched the surface of DSM so far, but it appears to be very feature rich and has everything you need to maintain your data and unit. There is plenty of information available at Synology, which is a boost for the new user of one of their units, and it's easy to follow.
The only reason I've given it four stars is that having only had it going for a week it's too early to tell whether it deserves the fifth, however, if it continues to perform as it has so far, the the remaining star is just a matter of course.
UPDATE: 2nd August 2015....
Well guess who's the noob? You got it, me.
I made a substantial error while using my DS1513+. In all the reviews that I've seen, they say that the disks are "hot swappable". Strictly speaking this is true, but what I didn't know was that a disk in the RAID has to be configured so that it can act as a spare in time of need, which of course I hadn't done.
However, having forgotten to take the serial numbers of the disks so I could register them, I just went ahead and pulled each one in turn while the unit was on and operating.
Needless to say, it started bleeping at me. I immediately went into DSM and sorted out the problem. Fortunately I didn't trash any disks and as far as DSM was concerned, the SHR which has a 1 disk fault tolerance, just degraded the RAID and kept on working using the other four disks. After reading the help (Please see above) I found the way to add the fifth disk back into the SHR AND without any loss of data.
So now as far as I'm concerned this NAS enclosure is well worth the fifth star, and I've amended my rating accordingly.