|Hard Drive||8 TB Desktop|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213
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- CPU: 2.0 GHz
- Memory: 512MB DDR3
- Internal HDD: 2x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA2
- Max Internal Capacity: 8TB (2x 4TB HDD)
- External HDD Interface: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 1x USB 2.0 Port, 1x SD Card Port
- LAN: 1x Gigabit
- Noise Level: 19.9 dB(A)
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After deciding to buy a NAS to improve my haphazard and inadequate backup of two networked computers, I deliberated for weeks over the various options. Wishing to minimize my cost, I first looked at the sealed, single drive options such as the WD MyBook Live and Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex but rapidly became discouraged by their many limitations. The next consideration was a NAS box with user replaceable drives, which generally offer better hardware specs and more features, and I quickly focused on the several 2-bay, diskless options that were available for $200 or less. As I read the reviews, it became apparent that only the Synology units earned consistently high ratings while the others seemed to have a Jekyll & Hide character, with as many reviews slamming them as praising (or worse). This, despite the fact that several of the units had better hardware specs than the most price comparable Synology DS212j. It appeared that the Synology operating system had no equal and that the DS212j worked well enough, specs notwithstanding. However, because of the 212j's bare bones hardware, I began to consider the DS212, which at 50% higher price than the "J", was far more than I had anticipated spending. In the end, I reasoned (rationalized?) that the shock mounting/hot swappable drive carriers, USB 3.0, front panel USB 2.0 and SD card ports, wake on LAN and 33% faster clock speed justified the $100 premium of the DS212. I bit the bullet and ordered the DS212 and one WD Red drive. A few days later, while my order had not yet shipped, I noticed that Synology had just announced the DS213, with double the RAM and 25% faster clock than the 212, but at the same price. I cancelled the DS212 and ordered the DS213, which was not yet in stock.Read more ›
My CrashPlan cloud backup of ~510 GB completed within the past 24 hours. When the CrashPlan backup engine isn't actively backing up, I'm seeing between 2% and 10% CPU utilization and right at 40% RAM utilization (because Java continues to be running in the background). This little box plowed right on through until all the data was backed up to the cloud.
Odd thing happened last night with about 8 GB left to backup, though. I kept getting the error when launching CrashPlan desktop that it couldn't connect to the backup engine. I launched the DSM web interface and sure enough, the CrashPlan package wasn't running. It hasn't stopped on its own before. All it took was one click to start the service again, and it's run just fine since then. One thing I noticed is that the desktop application has been upgraded from 3.2.1 to 3.4.1 in the past 18-24 hours. I don't think upgrading the desktop app would've required doing anything to the headless Linux install on the Synology, but maybe the two things are related. I'll update again if the problem continues to occur.
VPN server functionality continues to work well. I did have to change DDNS providers because the service I was using (No-IP) apparently didn't recognize the Synology was actively using the service even though the Synology was successfully registering itself every 24 hours. I got an e-mail from No-IP stating that I had to click a link every 30 days to keep my DDNS hostname active. Either that, or pay a small yearly fee to avoid the hassle. No thanks. I've changed to Synology's DDNS service and it seems to be working just fine as far as DDNS resolution is concerned. I've disabled the "Heartbeat" function for now, though.Read more ›
Connecting the DS213 NAS (called DiskStation) to my Linksys E4200 router was a no brainer, as was talking to it from my PC thru WiFi. They provide a utility for that purpose called Synology Assistant, but I found that unnecessary and cumbersome. My router, using DHCP, assigned my NAS the LAN address 192.168.1.105, so I simply set up a desktop bookmark on Chrome with that internet address, and I connect to the DiskStation log-in screen that way. The many software packages provided free for DS213 are professional quality with Windows GUI and I find using them to be mostly intuitive.
I had a ton of photos, music, and videos eating up space on my PC drive (and my wife's) so I uploaded all of that stuff through the wireless network into the NAS. That took a few days.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Walk away. The hardware works fine, but I haven't tested it yet. The software is not, and has not, become ready for prime time in a year's time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D B Thomason
Great unit that has had great support from Synology. Even with a low power CPU and not much memory it manages household file server, media server, even has Crashplan installed for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Racette
We got this for a friend, and I gotta say, Synology makes a damn fine product. While this product probably isn't even made anymore, it's still going strong, and I am still amazed... Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. Cagle
Happy with purchase. Synology makes a quality product for every day use.Published 13 months ago by Brad Humphrey
Very useful and practical for my home network. Excellent value-price relation.Published 15 months ago by Roselena G.
Got this for home use in 2013. Solid device full of features, quickly became my favorite Network device. It's everyhing you could want in a NAS.Published 15 months ago by Jaymon
Support for this drive is close to non-existent, and I do not recommend purchasing this drive if you want to use advanced features unless you are familiar with synology drives. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Debbie C.