|Hard Drive||4 TB Desktop|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
Synology DiskStation 1-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS112j
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- CPU: 1.0GHz w/ Hardware Encrypted Engine
- RAM Size: 128MB?DDR2
- Internal HDD: 1x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA2
- Max Internal Capacity: 4TB (1x 4TB HDD)
- External HDD Interface: 2x USB 2.0 Ports
- LAN: 1x Gigabit
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Now that I have the device and I have loaded it with most of the content from my home PCs, I can now comfortably say that I am happy that I bought this device. I ended up buying this drive for it: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX. I still have more to play with it, and more things to setup and explore, but I've used it enough that I think I can comfortably write a review about it now.
I have so far, been able to use the NAS from all 3 of our PCs, and all of our Android and iOS devices. For Android, you can use either the Synology DSFile app, or can just use any file browser with Samba mount support. I was able to have the kids write a document on the laptop, and then I could read the document on my tablet, make comments on it, and put it back on the share so that they could see my comments and make another pass at it. Then when they were all done, I could go to our other PC which is hooked up to the printer and could print the document right from there.Read more ›
There was no technical support line given with the installation that I could find, and even the detailed user guide did not lead me to any answers, so I went to the Synology website and finally found a North America telephone number. When I called, I spent less than 30 seconds on hold and was quickly connected to a knowledgeable person who immediately determined what I needed to do, led me through several steps to get me started and in less than 5 minutes I was up and running. Wow. If only the documentation had led me to the same place!
The Synology unit came well packaged has worked flawlessly for about a month now and was easy to set up. It has way more features than I need and takes some learning to understand all that it can do. The Data Replicator 3 backup software that comes included is quite good, so try it before you shop for another backup software. The Disk Station Manager interface is also very comprehensive.
I have a desktop PC with Win7, Macbook Pro with Time Machine and a WinXP laptop, all of which were easy to connect to my network and this Synology NAS. Each computer gets its own backup file location and the restore enables individual file search.
The unit is also very quiet. I purchased a Seagate enterprise 2TB disk (from Amazon) which is all I'll ever need.
The hardware install was simple. The software install wasn't as simple but was fairly intuitive.
You install the Synology DiskStation OS via a CD from a networked computer. From there it isn't as clear what you need to do but it doesn't take much to figure it out.
You then need to decide which 'components' or 'packages' you want to download and install. You find these packages in the 'Package Center' within the DiskStation interface.
At this point, I'm running a few basic packages: Media Server, for DLNA: media serving to networked devices, Cloud Station which sets up synchronized collaborative file sharing between your NAS, your computers and mobile phone, Download Station for stand alone Bit Torrent downloading, Audio Station for an enhanced library type interface to access your music, and File Station which provides an alternate way to access your files/folders of the NAS. (as opposed to Windows).
I tried using their Photo Station which is an online 'Picassa type' of photo catalog. However, it really never worked right for me. It would take forever to load and to display pictures. This is why I deducted a star from my review.
DiskStation offers a slew of other optional packages found in the following package categories; Backup, Multimedia, Business and Security and Utilities. Some examples across these categories are Glacier Backup, Logitech Media Server. Mail Station, Surveillance Station and VPN Server.
Many of the 'bread and butter' Synology Packages have complimentary mobile apps. DS Photo, DS File, DS Audio, DS Cloud and DS Download are some examples. These apps give you remote access to all these NAS features and they for the most part work very well.Read more ›
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