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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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Capacity: Diskless

Synology DS112J DiskStation Budget-Friendly 1-Bay NAS Server for Home Users

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 0.125 GB
Hard Drive 4 TB Desktop
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Synology
Item model number DS112J
Operating System Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.5, Ubuntu 9.04
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 6.5 x 8.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.79 x 6.54 x 8.82 inches
Color White
Power Source 100 - 240V AC, 50/60Hz

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4.1 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #355 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#10,190 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available March 14, 2012

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I looked all around for different NAS devices for use at my home. Of all the reviews I read, it seemed that the Synology brand offered the best device and the most features for a home NAS. And the only thing I noticed for complaints was the consistent report of how slow the NAS is for loading and then thumbnailing photos for use by its photo browsing software, or via its Media Server software. Once I got the device, I validated this is a big pain with the device, but I was able to setup a process to work around the issue for me. This work around is ok for me, since it will enable me to keep the photo service and media server service active, which my family really likes.

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.
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This storage device may be the best piece of NAS hardware around (I don't know for sure yet), but I had so much trouble installing and getting this unit up and running that I needlessly returned both a WD Red 2TB hard drive and this Synology DiskStation to Amazon (and received phenomenal support from them). I say needlessly because all the while the problem was that the installation documentation was so vague and general that none of the steps during installation matched my indications, and the flashing yellow light on the DiskStation (and the documentation's LED indicator explanation) led me to first believe my disk was bad, then after the second disk, that the DiskStation itself was bad. I admit I'm not an IT professional, but I have cobbled together computers, added a variety of hardware, loaded all my own software, and have never had to take a computer into a repair facility. I wasn't expecting such a struggle setting up an NAS device particularly when others have apparently had no trouble. So what resolved my issues?

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!
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This backup unit replaced a new Seagate GoFlex whose software just quit working after a couple of weeks which Seagate support blamed my PC registry files - I don't think so.

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.
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I'm enjoying this NAS.

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.
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