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Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Diskless Private Cloud NAS (DS214se)

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  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM).
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Product Description

Capacity: Diskless

Synology DiskStation DS214se is a budget-friendly two-bay NAS device with the capability to host, share and protect data. Sharing the variety of packages in DSM Package Center, DS214se helps beginners explore the infinite possibilities of Synology NAS.

Product Information

Capacity:Diskless

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 256 MB
Hard Drive Portable
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Synology
Item model number DS214se
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 3.9 x 6.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.88 x 3.94 x 6.5 inches
Color White

Additional Information

ASIN B00FWURI8K
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4.4 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #189 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#5,635 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 October 28, 2013

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Size: Diskless
The new DSM 5.0 is a huge improvement. Unfortunately, right after update, it failed one my HDD. Here is where Synology's ugly side comes in. After 30 minute wait Mr. Support guy comes in and start to rattle off steps without working through the issues. Their support is minimal. The tech reps are absolutely rude and trying to get rid of you asap on phone. After going through the steps in warp speed, he asked me to send the log file and hung up instead of staying with me. After the file downloaded, it was over 5mb. Well the support center only allow attachments up to 4mb. Even after compressing, my file cannot be uploaded. Now on hold for another 30 minutes as I write this. Pretty awful!
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I guess who are reading reviews on this product has gone through these steps:
1) You felt you need a NAS
2) You felt RAID5 is a bit too much and you do not need an extreme performance nor want to spend $$$
3) Still you need at least RAID1 so you do not lose data when a storage failed

In my case, I felt I need a NAS to store my 100GB family pictures which is only growing. It would be less costly than subscribing to cloud storage services and will be faster. And I wanted to try if iPhoto Library on NAS would work for my macbook air which has only 120GB storage. Also I wanted to move entire multi-media library from my media pc to NAS so I can upgrade(?) my 4 year old bulky desktop to a much smaller form factor one with ssd on it only to run operating system on it.

As a result, I have achieved only half of the goal and with a bonus I did not expect.

First of all, the performance from this "budget" class box from Synology is more than enough for my purposes. Probably I will change my mind once I try out more powerful machines but I haven't. So it's good. These are some data points:
1) Large file copy through gigabit eithernet: From windows box, I get 60MB/sec.
2) Over wifi, I get more than 40MB/sec through a brick wall, 20 ft away
3) Small file copy/delete operation takes much more time and sometimes is painful
4) iPhoto Library is working fine through wifi. It takes 10 sec to open and close but that's faster than plugging in a usb storage for my macbook air

First, the results were so disappointing that I decided to return this. And I started suspecting my DIR-645 wireless router. I changed to Airport Extreme and that made a day and night difference.
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So, the new basic Synology is out. And unlike what you might expect, its hardware is weaker than one of predecessor, Synology 213j: slower processor (0.8 GHz vs 1.2), half the memory (256 MB vs 512). Not that a big issue, just something you may need to know about. I wanted to use the device as a storage and multimedia server for my music and video collection and I have to admit it doesn't shine in this field.
Now some pros and cons I've found during my two week usage experience.

PROS:
- Compact and affordable.
- DMS (firmware and web UI) is nice (definitely not perfect, but very good in comparison with many competitors).
- Quite silent.
- Good feature set out of the box.
- Good torrent client (downloading Humble Bundle purchases is now as easy as dropping Torrent files into the folder)
- Hardware RAID.
- Works nice as a backup source.

CONS:
- iOS applications are a joke. They look dated and merely work. When I mean I want streaming from Synology to AirPlay speakers I really don't mean having to wait 5 minutes for the stuff to load and then use iPhone as a music transmitter.
- iTunes server merely works. In fact, it only works for other iTunes players (NOT home collection, so forget about AppleTV) and only does this when it's in a good mood (tried it right now -- no luck, dropping connection).
- Audio server is half-working as well.
- While playing movies from the NAS the player and Finder often freeze (Synology reports that everything's fine).
- NAS only supports IP cameras. Not much an issue, but I'm out of luck with my expensive USB Logitech.
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This works great as network attached storage (NAS), or as an iSCSI storage area network (SAN). Mostly, it makes no difference which of the two you use for most applications. SANs are more isolated if you break the drive up into multiple SANs but you can accomplish pretty much the same in a NAS. The big difference is that a NAS is always a "mapped" drive where the operating system (Windows) treats the SAN as a local hard drive so any software that requires access to a local physical drive will work if you use the iSCSI SAN feature.

For about twice the price you get about 8 times the capacity in terms of processor, memory, loading, record rate, etc. than this low-end model but for all but the very most demanding scenarios, this model will work without a hitch. I write a few gigabytes of data to this drive every day and read at least as much. I use it for all of our backup and network storage and it has never missed a bit.

Get Western Digital Red drives at the minimum, and Western Digital Purple for more demanding applications. You can use the WD Green drives for intermittent or single-user applications and save a few dollars when getting drives.

About the only downside of this unit is that, by default, it does not boot up on power up. If you lose power it will not turn on until you turn it on. It's a configurable setting and you can change it to boot up when power is restored. I suggest doing it, depending on your own application.
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