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Synology DiskStation DS214se Diskless System Network Storage

  • 102 MB/s Reading, 58 MB/s Writing
  • DLNA-Certified Media Server
  • 19W Low Power Consumption
  • Hassle-free System Installation
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Zachariah Z.
  • 11/6/2014 4:02:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Home Storage

Pros: Easy set up that will have you up and running in about 15 minutes. I bought two 1 TB Western Digital Red hard drives to put in mine and I'm getting transfer speeds of up to 60 MB/s.

Mobile apps are also available so you can view pictures, music, and video on your mobile device at any time.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I wish I would have bout larger hard drives to put in from the start.

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  • Peter H.
  • 8/18/2014 7:18:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMy second DiskStation

Pros: Basic setup is very quick and easy. Reliable and quiet. Excellent support for TimeMachine. Mobile apps (DSAudio, DSPhoto) work well.

Cons: Technical support info on the web is scattered and, as a result, the learning curve can be steep. Getting everything (which is a lot!) out of the unit takes a lot of work.

Other Thoughts: This is my second Synology DiskStation. I've owned a DS-212J for over a year. I have two locations, and this DS214SE is for my home use. The primary use is for backup of our MacBooks. Secondary uses include media storage (audio) and personal cloud usage. Future usage includes web server and web services and possible home automation and monitoring.

The latest version of DiskStation (V5) is a big improvement. The EZ-Internet works very well, providing your router and ISP don't present roadblocks. For this installation, I have an AirPort Extreme and a cable modem and the automated setup worked flawlessly. At my other location, I have a flaky ISP (their DNS is so bad I have to use the Google DNS) and use a Belkin router and I have yet to troubleshoot the connection issues.

One word of advice: it take a while to configure a second disk, it's much faster to do an initial installation of two disks.

In general, setting up connectivity can be tricky. I've yet to be able to make the web server accessible from the outside world. Ideally, I want my own web server, mail server and DNS. Getting all these to work takes a lot of detective work. This product would benefit greatly from a comprehensive guide to setting this up. As it is, there are bits and pieces of instruction in various KB articles and forum postings and it can feel a bit like chasing one's tail.

Having said all that, the automated backup and media storage alone make this a worthwhile investment. My wife's MacBook crashed during an OSX update and it was very easy to restore from TimeMachine.

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  • Dominc J.
  • 7/15/2014 12:19:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest NAS I’ve ever owned

Pros: Was very easy to take apart and add my drives
The setup was essentially automatic and effortless and it even updated its software and formatted the drives for me.

Has the best NAS software I’ve ever used. Resembles more of a computer than a NAS as it has:
• Icons that can be moved around and replaced as you see fit
• Widgets showing current utilization of stuff like the ram and CPU
• Has a program called resource monitor which is essentially like task manger in Windows
• Can customizable login screen and wallpaper
• It supports encryption on your files
• It can do FTP and even make your own cloud storage
• It supports user control management, permissions and even active directory
• It also has traffic limits and disk quotas
• It can be remotely accessed
• Has a built in firewall and auto block functionality
• Can setup notifications via text/email to notify you if the NAS has any problems
• Has task scheduling abilities
• Has fan controls, temperature monitoring, power controls and even UPS support
• To no surprise it supports external drives but it also supports printers
• It can even host websites and supports PHP

One of the coolest things about this NAS is that it has an app store which provides ways of adding even more functionality such as an antivirus, Plex media server, DNS server, VPN server, etc. To add to this, if an app isn’t in their store it can be manually installed for example that is necessary to get Plex on this device.

Here’s some benchmarks of its performance:
Network File Transfer (100MB):
• Read = 107.71 MB/s
• Write = 50.68 MB/s

Power Consumption
Long Idle: 4.9 Watts
Idle: 14 Watts
Load - Read: 17.2 Watts
Load – Write: 16.9 Watts

Temperature of the hard drives: 97 °F

Cons: It would be better if it was black and not white
The plastic is a little cheap and weak whenever you grab it to pick it up

Other Thoughts: If you want to have your own server but maybe don’t know how to set one up yourself or may want to learn that kind of stuff this is a great choice. As it’s very easy to get going and has a ton of features built in along with additional applications that can be installed later to add even more functionality.

Here’s the hard drives actually total throughput:
• Read = 172.3 MB/s
• Write = 164.0 MB/s

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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  • Jason L.
  • 5/29/2014 12:19:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Affordable NAS

Pros: Fast (for avg home use), easy setup, small, fan is quite.

Cons: Not really a con of the unit, but what drives you choose to put in. If speed is an issue, put in 7200RPM drives. The drives spinning up is a bit loud (catches my attention when it happens). I set the control settings to not power down, personally I'd just as soon the drives stay running 24x7, but they still spin down... not sure if this is WD Black issue or the NAS software, but it really doesn't seem to impact performance much. Other drives may be quieter.

Other Thoughts: I've very happy with the performance and usage (as a straight file sharing and as a slave backup for another Synology system i have). The GUI interface is a pleasure to work with when I compare it to other NAS systems I've used in the past. It's cool that they have all the one-click install options for various apps, but I don't use them. Don't buy this for a small dept. or if you are going to try to use several apps at once (the one-click ones) and people will be hitting it.. the CPU is not made for that and you are going to be disappointed.

For media streaming to 2-3 systems via SMB it is great. The backup feature with another Synology isn't as 'easy' to setup as I would prefer (basically you have to hit 3 different control panel areas to get setup rather than going to just one), but easy enough if you follow online docs.

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  • Sriram S.
  • 3/12/2014 9:03:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice budget NAS for backups

Pros: Easy and quick to setup; does everything a backup NAS is supposed to do.

Software is fastastic, just like how everybody else says.

Cons: None really, works well for the purpose (backups) I need it for.

Other Thoughts: Use it for time machine backups and as a general file backup store.

Consolidated all my external hard drive backups in one place.

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  • christopher m.
  • 2/4/2014 9:33:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Budget NAS

Pros: The software is great. Knowing this is a budget NAS, It works great as a stand alone backup system. Quiet while running, low power mode.

Cons: Had to log in to shutdown and it takes a bit of time to boot back up and connect after sleeping.

Other Thoughts: Can't speak to the packages, don't use any. Read/Write performance seems good for a budget NAS.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 12/18/2013 1:13:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDS214SE

Pros: Great software, reason why I bought it. Can find similar products but this is where Synology shines.

Cons: Budget NAS, but knew that going in. I only use it for backup and occasional streaming and not at the same time and it works fine. Had to manually port forward in my router as Synology does not support Actiontec (Verizon). This may be problematic for some.

Other Thoughts: Probably could have gotten last year's DS213J for roughly the same price but why not get this year's product line.

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