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Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS212 (Black)

4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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Capacity: Diskless

Synology DiskStation DS212 offers an affordable and full-featured network attached storage solution, specifically designed for small business workgroup users who need to share and protect data cost-effectively, while increasing productivity with comprehensive business-oriented applications. Running on DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, it delivers ease of use and variety of features.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 0.25 GB
Hard Drive 8 TB Desktop
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Synology
Item model number DS212
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 8.6 x 6.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 3.5 x 8.6 x 6.3 inches
Color Black
Processor Count 1
Power Source 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz

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4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #526 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#13,468 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Shipping Weight 4.7 pounds
Date First Available October 20, 2011

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By Simon on March 2, 2012
Size: Diskless Verified Purchase
This NAS is the one! I purchased the 212J model first to save some money, and I thought I had the whole nine yards, but this DS212 is in another class. You can check my 212J review in Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS212j (White). Although I don't see any increase in the average transfer speed of DS212--I still get about 30MB/sec with one enterprise HDD--this one is by far a better NAS compared to the "J" model. From the moment you open the box you realize everything about this model is different and more professional. If you are considering all the 212 series' models, and you are serious about these stuffs, just get this one over the "J" model.

I could easily use the hard drive configured with 212J in DS212. It just formatted the DSM partition and was ready to go. All my previous information and data preserved. Interesting part is, all of my settings for Download Manager, Users Privileges, Users Groups, and Folder Settings kept intact, and after Synology Assistant configured the drive, it was just ready to go. Congratulations Synology for designing one of the best NAS software for all of this and many more features.

Synology 212J has an annoying design flaw. Although the fan is very quiet, the case design actually echoes the hard drive so badly that easily could be heard in our living room from the home office! DS212 does not have this problem; clearly, because the case is completely different. Unlike DS212J, this DS212 has two hot-swap front bays that you can easily access them without opening the case. I've uploaded a few side-by-sides pictures here so you can check these features out.
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This is my second Synology Disk Station I've bought. I am extremely pleased with both, so far they have been solidly reliable. Granted that it is a little bit pricey I still recommend this product a 100%. Definitely worth every penny. You have to be a little bit computer and Network savvy since this product would pose a challenge for any beginner.

A few years ago I started looking for solutions to protect my growing amount of business and home data after a couple of external disk crashes and computer crap-outs. I tried other NAS' with no success. After reading positive reviews about this product I realize that It was going to take a pretty good amount of money and studying to be able to safe-guard my valuable data. It was definitely a step above of what I knew and what I was willing to invest, but it was all worth it.

Very well made. I bought two Western Digital 2 TB RE4-GP SATA 3 Gb/s Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drives (note that you have to buy the hard drives separately since the disk station come empty).
Installing them is very easy.

It took me a total of about 2 hrs. to download the necessary firmware from the Synology web site and to start using the disk station.

Once it was up and running I created a RAID-1 array I was able to do the following.

1) Create shares(folders) so that I can organize all of my 500 GBs of data effortlessly. (about 8hr. to transfer every thing from my computers to the NAS) Wired setting.
2) Create an IP address and DYN domain name and forward it to my Synology NAS. (about 15 min)
3) Pair the disk Station with the domain using the EZ-Internet function within the NAS web-based interface.
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It's not just buying a NAS. You MUST expect to spend a lot more than just paying for only a DS212 at the end. When done, there would be many upgrades with a complete network system integration.

List of gears may need to move up alone with DS212 purchase:
1. You MUST have two (2) HDD. DS212 is diskless and doesn't come with any HDD. It supports HDD up to 3TB in each bay. Check Synology's compatible list before buying nay HDD.
2. Upgrade your home network to gigabit for all capable clients. You may end up getting a new gigabit router and a couple gigabit switches alone with PCI card or wifi-N USB adaptors. I upgraded my router with an ASUS RT-N66U ($180), and replaced two 5-port 10/100 switches with Netgear GS105 ($40 each) and added a 8-port GS108P ($150) for PoE (Power over Ethernet, see 4 for why I need one of these).
3. Expect to replace or add Cat5e or Cat6 cables. Beware that not all cables are made the same. I ran into some issue which gigabit clients not running at expected speed due to bad cables. Always swap a known good cable with suspected one to troubleshoot to begin with.
4. IP (network) camera(s) for Surveillance Station. DS212 comes with a free license for one (1) camera. Should expect to pay $50-60 for additional license for each added camera. This was one important feature made me go with Synology disk station. There are more than 1000+ IP cameras on their compatible list, meaning you have a ton of cameras to choose from. I bought an inexpensive D-Link 932L ($100 MSRP) (640x480) to test. Later I added a very good ACTi ACM-7411 ($425 at Amazon) megapixel (1280x1080) outdoor day & night camera (this is why I need PoE) to be installed at front entrance.
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