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Synology DiskStation DS214 High-Performance 2-Bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO

  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
  • Excellent Reading/Writing Performance over 100MB/s
  • Fastest Encrypted Data Transfer-rate in its Product Sector
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0

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DiskStation DS214

High performance NAS server for SMB & SOHO

Designed for workgroups and offices, DS214 is a feature-rich 2-bay NAS server. With comprehensive office applications, DS214 lets you share and protect data effectively, while increasing productivity.


Dual core CPU with floating-point unit enhances productivity

DS214 delivers outstanding read/write performance with an average over 106.38 MB/sec writing speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment, and over 110.65 MB/sec reading. The built-in floating-point unit enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, and is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail creation when uploading large amounts of photos or videos.


Hardware encryption engine enhances file transfer speeds

DS214 is equipped with an encryption engine which offloads encryption calculation tasks away from the main CPU. Thus, the CPU can be free for other important tasks. In addition, with the encryption engine, DS214 runs at an increased performance level when compared to a pure software encryption implementation

Easy hard drive installation

To ensure your data safety and convenience, the tool-less hard drive trays allow you to install 3.5" hard drives without a screwdriver. Additionally, DS214 supports hot-swappable hard drive trays, enabling instant and risk-free hard disk replacement.


Award winning OS - DiskStation Manager

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a sleek, browser-based operating system running on every DiskStation and RackStation, which makes managing your Synology NAS a breeze. Featuring an intuitive user interface, DSM makes accessing and sharing your data smarter and simpler. Synology's Package Center lets you download and install useful add-on packages designed specifically for individual or business needs, meaning you can enjoy more entertainment in your life or better productivity at work.


Ultimate file center

File Station is a fast and secure feature for sharing and managing your files stored on DS214. Just drag-n-drop and upload data from Mac or PC. Advanced filters make it easy to search for documents, photos, or videos. With built-in FTP or email clients, DS214 lets you organize and share files through an advanced web application effortlessly. You can even share files and folders with others by simply sending a link. Files can be reached on mobile devices via the companion mobile app DS file. HTTPS, SSL/TLS encryption, and link expiry dates also ensure file sharing over the Internet is highly secure.


Connect your data quickly and easily

Synology aims to provide you the most convenient way to enjoy all services on DS214. With Synology QuickConnect, you don't have to deal with difficult DDNS setup. QuickConnect frees you from complicated router configuration and port-forwarding, so your entertainment and work files can be accessed on any computer, laptop, or mobile devices instantly without extra charge.

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Effective backup solution

Synology DS214 can serve as a centralized backup target. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, you can back up everything on your computer directly to Synology NAS using Cloud Station. Whenever you modify a file, the changes are backed up to DS214 automatically. Mac users also enjoy native Apple® Time Machine support. You can also back up data from your DS214 to another DiskStation, rsync servers, external drives, or even Amazon® S3, Glacier cloud service, Microsoft Azure, SFR, and hicloud. "Backup & Replication" allows you to schedule backup tasks and restore the server to any particular point in time, while minimizing storage consumption and processing time by saving only the specific data block that has been changed between versions.


Your files anywhere with cloud service

DS214 brings you comprehensive cloud service. Cloud Station lets you sync files among DiskStations and multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as Windows mobile devices, whereas 2-way sync allows file synchronization among different DiskStations. You can even sync your DiskStation with Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, hubiC, and Baidu Cloud — establish your hybrid cloud to enjoy more storage flexibility and prevent data loss.


The most compatible sharing

Enjoy seamless files sharing across Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms as DS214 offers comprehensive network protocol support including FTP, SMB2, AFP, NFS and WebDAV. With Windows AD and LDAP integration, DS214 can fit effortlessly into any existing network environment - there is no need for IT administrators to maintain two sets of credentials. You also won't worry about missing files with the Recycle Bin feature which is supported on AFP, CIFS, File Station, and WebDAV. All files deleted in a shared folder will be automatically moved into the Recycle Bin.

Enjoy multimedia library

DS214 provides you a central platform to organize, backup, and share photos, music, and video collections. Featuring a streamlined and sleek interface, Synology packages — Photo Station, Audio Station and Video Station — let you build a seamless entertainment hub effortlessly. Since everything is saved on DS214, you can enjoy more customizable content arrangement, and no worries about extra monthly fees for storage capacity. Better yet, your digital collections can be shared with others via a simple link.

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Stream content to your TV

DS214 is highly compatible with other devices, letting you manage and enjoy digital content with the devices you already have: computers, mobile devices, TVs, DLNA devices, and stereos. Synology offers the latest support for TV streaming, including Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast, meaning you can stream digital content stored on DS214 to your widescreen TV effortlessly.

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Get mobility with our apps

Synology develops versatile mobile apps — DS note, DS audio, DS video, DS photo+, DS cloud, DS file, DS download and DS cam — allowing you to access and manage the contents of your DS214 with smartphones and tablets. QuickConnect brings an easier network experience as it eliminates complicated router configuration or port forwarding. With Synology mobile apps, your multimedia collection and work files are always on the go.


Eco-friendly NAS server

All Synology NAS is designed with energy efficiency in mind. DS214 only consumes 7.49W in HDD Hibernation and 14.67W in access*. With special fan and the smart airflow design, the DS214 keeps the system running cool 24/7, while its noise dampening design makes it quieter than PC counterparts. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen, so all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials.

* The power consumption figures may vary on different environments.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/6/2016 2:02:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfantastic

Pros: fast: reliable 60 megabytes/sec with raid 1
can read and write simultaneously with no perceptible performance loss
easy to use
real, useful features that work
seamless mac and windows compatibility

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: running raid 1 on this box. next time i build a server i will get the 4 bay and run raid 5. so so impressed with fit, finish, and functionality. synology, you have a customer for life.

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  • Alexander S.
  • 9/16/2015 8:23:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood NAS but some issues

Pros: Fast enough for home needs, very stable, easy set up

Cons: Data Replicator 3, expensive, minimal instructions on set up.

Other Thoughts: I bought this so I could have a local backup copy of all of our photos, videos and files. It is fast enough for my needs, copied about 230GB in 24 hours over my Gb network. However, a severe limitation is the Data Replicator software that is downloaded from the Synology website; it does not perform incremental backups but rather it does a full back up each time. This is eating up a lot of disk space. Synology tech support confirmed this and suggested to use their Cloud Station app. I am going to try that next. Hopefully it works well. Otherwise, I'll have to look elsewhere.

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  • John B.
  • 8/30/2015 8:02:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat buy

Pros: Has been in constant use for 8 months with no problems what so ever. Easy set up.

Cons: Most of the cons have to do with my own learning curve, first NAS I have set up, so no true cons with product

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  • Mark G.
  • 7/11/2015 9:48:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat hardware - limiting software features

Pros: The DS214 has a very easy setup, a rich set of features, and works right out of the box. I created a shared folder that syncs with my wife's My Documents folder (and all sub-folders) so that she has a backup copy of all of her documents, spreadsheets and other files. For my PC, I created a shared folder which my backup software uses to keep the backup files for my PC. As I have some shared software, pictures, audio, and video, I have also created shared folders for all of the above accessible by all of the people in my house.

Cons: I've used the DS214 for my home and for a non-profit office. In the case of my home, the software that came with the DS214 did not support creating full, incremental, backups of my home PCs--I had to buy Paragon Backup and Recovery 15 Home software to take a complete block-level backup of my PC. For my wife, I used DSM Cloud Station to maintain a synced copy of her My Documents folder (and all sub-folders). For the office, I could not create versioned backups (allowing the users to retrieve one of many prior versions of a file backed-up from a shared folder) to an external hard drive--I had to buy a 2nd internal hard drive and create the versioned backups on the internal drive. This will obviously make for a tricky migration to a 4-bay Synology box when the office eventually exceeds the current capacity (won't happen for a good while).

Other Thoughts: The non-profit office will eventually use several of the DS214 feature to "serve media file" such as audio and video files. While the versioning backups required using the 2nd slot right-away, it is possible to migrate two hard drives from a DS214 into a 4-bay DS box in the future.

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  • Isaac P.
  • 12/25/2014 2:50:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Really easy to set-up
Works well with macs - I have my laptop backing up to it automatically with time machine
Quiet + small size
Automatic downloads work well
Automatic uploads
Can access it from my phone and check its status!

Cons: Can't write to an HFS+ Journaled external hard drive, at least not without significant command line work, which is beyond my level at this point

Other Thoughts: I think this thing has started me down the path of data hoarding...

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  • Ghislain H.
  • 11/24/2014 10:13:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVerry Good.

Pros: -Fast (as per specs)
-no bugs found so far
-Verry nice interface

Cons: Price?

Other Thoughts: It's my first NAS and I must say that it exceed my expectation.

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  • Brandon H.
  • 10/11/2014 9:04:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFrustration

Pros: The unit does exactly what I want it to. However, after about one month of use it stopped working. I don't know what happened. Just walked into the office one day and it wasn't turned on. So I pushed the power button and it won't work. I am certain that it will be fixed. Just a little frustrated that it only worked for a month.

Cons: Died in 30 days.

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  • Addison R.
  • 9/4/2014 12:09:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMaybe a dud?

Pros: Nice looking UI

Cons: Haven't gotten it to work yet. I started out updating the device, changed some settings to allow for anywhere access and began uploading the files from one of my 1tb drives (only had about 600gb of data and I had 2 1tb drives in this NAS). My computer went into sleep mode during the transfer and after that I couldn't connect to the device. I tried power cycling, but the power light just blinked at me like it was in the shtdown process and after 24hrs, I had to pull the plug. Since then, I have the hardest time powering on and connecting. It usually takes me 5-10 attempt at powering this on, waiting for the status light to settle in a ready stage and attempting to connect. Nothing. On top of that, I don't think I've once had it shut down using the power button, it always takes pulling the plug.

I've contacted synology support, but it's been over 72 hrs and I've heard nothing. I hope I have a dud, but who knows. With all the time fiddling and the several attempts, I'm past my return/replacement period with Newegg.

Other Thoughts: I'm pretty tech savvy, except when it comes to networking. I was excited at the previous reviews claiming the ease of use of the UI. It's pretty and seems simple enough (and hopefully it is on a good unit), but all I've wanted to do is mirror a drive on my computer and make it accessible from anywhere. Even using their 'apps' (the UI is essentially a desktop environment. There are addt'l apps you can download through the in-program store to manage different aspects. One of these was a 'cloud station' app which is supposed to make syncing a drive with the NAS a cinch). I was having trouble determing if things were done correctly. Again, it never worked long enough to know.

And why the heck hasn't synology support gotten back to me? I already know it's going to take awhile for the back and forth troubleshooting. What a pain, this was supposed to be easy.

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  • Ronald G.
  • 8/10/2014 2:51:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fairly easy to set up. Interface easy to use especially if familiar with networking.

Cons: Fussy front plate seating

Other Thoughts: Some knowledge of networking required for easiest install. For windows you need to know how to find the NAS. There is a utility included that can find it. Remember that this is a server.

I have set up the NAS as shared protected folders for each with shortcuts in Win clients. I just use file dragging to the shared folders on the NAS.

The NAS application is as an archive for mostly photographic material of up to 25MB per file to release workstation disk space. The NAS is set up as a RAID 1 (mirrored disks) of 3 TB each giving 3 TB of storage. I used Western Digital RED class drives intended for this purpose. It should be noted that while a RAID 1 protects against losing one drive (and allows rebuilding) it does not protect against file corruptions caused by software. I also recommend that a bit of upload to the NAS performance be sacrificed by turning off the NAS disk write caching to prevent corruption in case of improper NAS shutdown. I have the NAS on a standby UPS power protection unit and I normally shut it down after each computer session and once I forgot that the NAS was powered up and I shutdown the UPS first. The NAS file structure remained intact. To the credit of Synology they mention the fragility of using a disk write cache regarding improper shut down directly on the setup interface.

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  • Jason H.
  • 4/8/2014 6:39:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic NAS

Pros: Great Performance for the Price
Fantastic UI
Easy Set Up
Good Support

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I set this up as my network storage for my house, wanting to centralize all my data. I have my fiance's Macbook Pro set to time machine to this, as well as my laptop. I have 80+ blu rays on this as well, and so far no issues. It streams well, and the apps made by Synology are fantastic.

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