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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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Capacity: Diskless

Synology DS213 Feature-rich 2-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 0.5 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 DS213
Operating System DiskStation Manager
Item Weight 6.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 0.2 x 6.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.18 x 0.16 x 6.5 inches
Color Black
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM

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4.6 out of 5 stars 231 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #302 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#8,431 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Shipping Weight 4.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available August 20, 2012

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By Michaux on September 21, 2012
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Synology DS213

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.
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Update (One month after receiving the product):

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.
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I gave it 5 stars because as a consumer level product I believe it to be head/shoulders above the others - such as the competing NAS devices sold by Western Digital, Iomega, Netgear, Buffalo, etc. Reading the reviews of all these others, one sees an over abundance of hardware and software failure issues. IMHO this is because you simply cannot expect quality from a single drive device priced at less than $200 including, or a dual-drive device for less than $400 including drives for that matter. We still mostly get what we pay for in this world, and I believe a decent quality NAS, such as Synology DS213, is a good deal priced at $300 withOUT drives, meaning more like $600 including drives. Indeed, other NAS in its class cost well over $700. My setup including DS213 + 2 drives cost $616 for dual-3TB configured in RAID 1. If you can't afford that, it's best to save your money until you can, rather than opt for the poor quality lower priced systems. Enough said.

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, 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.
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