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Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Diskless Private Cloud NAS (DS214se)
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- DLNA-Certified Media Server.
- 19W Low Power Consumption.
- Hassle-free System Installation.
- Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM).
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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.Read more ›
Now some pros and cons I've found during my two week usage experience.
- 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.
- 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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this unit 6 months ago. It is not that easy to use and had to call technical support. Synology has a level one tech support. Read morePublished 13 days ago by eddie123
Been using this for 6 months and it works great. It is a little slower than having files on a PC, but having RAID make me feel secure that I won't loose my files.Published 1 month ago by TPM
Bought this as a gift for my husband and he absolutely loves it! Lots of storage, very easy to set up and use!Published 2 months ago by NVH
Somehow I can't back up to it but as a print server, it works for my wired printer which what I needed it for.Published 3 months ago by doogdoog
Diskstation web interface is very slow. When i uploaded about 50k photos into it, it took couple days to do some processing them, during that time CPU usage was 99%. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anint
I wanted to have home network to stream movies and music and this was perfect fit.Published 4 months ago by seong hyeok kim
I think you get a good NAS for your money. It does sacrifice some on the processor power, which I didn't think would be too much of an issue. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cracgor