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Synology DS1813+ Network Storage

  • Four LAN Ports with Link Aggregation Support
  • Scale up to 72TB with Synology DX513
  • Expandable RAM Module (Up to 4GB)
  • CPU Passive Cooling Technology & System Fan Redundancy
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/3/2014 5:22:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Works as expected. I don't use anywhere near all the features on this devices but everything functions with the exception that I can't make it work with my APC UPS unit.

Cons: Wasn't free. My UPS can't control this device.

Other Thoughts: My APC UPS is on the list of devices listed as compatible but the UPS software says it isn't connected. So I have to manually shut this unit down when there is a power failure.

I have had a DS413j for over a year and ran out of space. The UPS not controlling Synology produsts is my only grip.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/2/2014 1:19:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo more Second Thoughts

Pros: Wanted the 8 bay for expansion and all of that and more. Bonding of NIC's for fail over and ability to use for iSCSI (haven't gotten that far yet, next step) are great features. Easy to manage. Logging is great as well to see who is accessing files and where. Would buy again without a doubt.

Cons: Maxing this unit out at first can be very costly. But you can get going small thanks to Hybrid RAID to safe $$ initially and add storage when needed down the road.

Other Thoughts: Great unit, very easy setup. Helps to know about permissions and already having a set plan on who gets to see what and what folders to create(backups, media, files,etc). Very powerfull and can be used as email and webserver, but I'm not using that(what the iSCSI will be used for in the future!) SMB or Home you cant go wrong with this unit.

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  • 8/4/2014 12:47:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Price for Performance/Capacity

Pros: - Read / Write* Cache supported with SSD drives (2 minimum)
- Multiple NICs for iSCSI multipathing
- Expandable chassis

This is on par in performance with a cheap SAN, for about $3-4,000 completely kitted out (except for expansion chassis).

* Write cache was just enabled in the last couple of updates.

Cons: - I wish they would have included the 4GB ram max instead of requiring an upgrade module. The module is only $25-30 anyway, so go ahead and include. This wasn't enough to deduct an egg, as only those using SSD cache really need the memory.

Other Thoughts: I'm running 6x4TB in SHR, and 2x128GB SSD configured in a Read/Write Cache. 3 NICs are configured in a LAG for iSCSI supporting 3 ESXi hosts configured in High Availibility and takes everything we can throw at it.

We saw 90+MB/s sustained write speeds while migrating hosts to the new iSCSI volume, but have yet to do formal testing (IOP's are more important than bandwidth).

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  • Ronald R.
  • 8/1/2014 11:27:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Solid backup device

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: Synology is the NAS we recommend for our customers
Never had an issue
Easy to setup and nothing to maintain

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  • Thomas R.
  • 7/19/2014 11:51:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSynology DS1813+

Pros: Exceptional performance. Lots of options. Up and running in no time. Sustained writes at 115kb/sec over GB LAN.

Cons: Drive Bay #8 LED did not light up. Need to RMA. Too much money to not have something as fundamental as the drive light not work.

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  • Debbie D.
  • 5/24/2014 2:50:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsTime backup doesn't work

Pros: Quiet enclosure

Cons: A research lab in the university I work for bought two of these units, one to be used as a primary NAS and the second as a backup destination. We have been working with Synology support for several months now trying to get the Time Backup feature working. It simply does not work, and their developers in Taiwan are unable to determine why.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend Synology NAS units for any data that is important or where the data is expected to be reliable.

One of my consulting customers also has a Synology NAS, and just moments ago the primary volume crashed (prompting this review), interrupting work I was going to do this weekend. Thankfully the unit was only used as a backup destination.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 4/10/2014 9:17:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Best investment ever.

Cons: None

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  • Todd L.
  • 2/22/2014 4:48:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the price

Pros: Robust feature set. Long-term maintenance appears to be easy. The Synology Hybrid RAID setup makes volume expansion a no-brainer. Synology support is responsive. The underlying OS is updated regularly.

Cons: Trays are plastic. Disk retainers on the trays are also plastic snap-in inserts. There's very little actual metal in the parts a user would operate. No option for dual power supply. 4x LAN ports but no native link aggregation.

Other Thoughts: Make no mistake - this unit is expensive. If all you need is a NAS repository, you can find less expensive options. But if you're going to customize a small PC as a NAS with additional services (*nix/Mac/Win shares, DLNA media server, etc.) you'd be wise to consider this unit. A small PC might be cheaper up-front, but the long-term power costs will eventually make that option more expensive. This thing sips power - barely more than the disks it hosts. Much of that is due to the elegant design utilizing a dual-core Atom CPU. There's 2GB of RAM soldered to the board with the option of adding a 2GB SODIMM module. It's a DDR2-1066 module, but the requirements are quite specific. Be sure to check Synology's website for the exact requirements.

Thankfully, this unit handles problematic disks that normally don't like RAID, like WD's green line. If you've got a pile of them sitting around, the Synology unit can put them to good use as a group.

Another thing to remember - when expanding a volume configured for Synology Hybrid RAID, you'll need to supply a disk as big (or bigger) than the largest disk already joined to that volume. So start with your smallest disks and expand up from there.

Lastly, I tried connecting some 4-port eSATA enclosures to the Synology eSATA ports since they use a common Silicon Image chipset. However, it recognized only the first disk. There must be some "secret sauce" in either the base unit or the DX513 units to allow the port multipliers to work properly.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/18/2014 7:16:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSynology

Pros: Let me start by saying you get what you pay for. There are a lot of systems out there ..yes you can build your own maybe for less. With this system your paying for the software and synology brand. I've had a few models of the synology NAS devices and I couldn't be happier.. 4 NICs I bonded them into pairs on two different VLANS on my home network everything is working smoothly. no complaints.

Cons: Yes a little pricey ...but try and build a comparable product ...(RAID card,motherboard, software,hot swappable drives...etc) your gonna get up there in price... even before you start thinking about the Hard Drives... There is a learning curve as far as file permissions. Depends on what you trying to do on your network! Google is your friend answers are out there...just search.

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  • Peter L.
  • 2/16/2014 4:56:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Impressed

Pros: Very Fast
Low Power
Easy to set up
4 Ethernet Ports can be linked together
Nice User Interface
Can be expanded with additional expansion units
Whisper Quiet
Different RAID Options
Easy to set up shares and permission
Integrates well with Windows Environment

Cons: Price - The price of this is a little steep
Some of the user interface items are not intuitive
Setting up Link Aggregation was easy to do but not immediately apparent on how to do.

Other Thoughts: I've built several RAID Systems over the years and now that it is about time to retire them I decided to give one of these a try and I am very impressed with it. Setup was easy, from out of the box to inserting the drives (which is does not require any tools for 3.5" Drive) I was up and running in less than 30 minutes.

When people say these are fast units they are not kidding. I am seeing just under 900mb/sec transfers from one of my systems to the NAS with four 4TB Drives. That is just about 3 times faster that my old RAID System using a 3ware / LSI Caching Controller.

I like the fact that this is expandable with the additional expansion chassis but they are really pricey. To get a total of 18 Bays (with two DX513's) you are looking at a total of $2k plus but understand that it is an incremental process.

The Link Aggregation / Bonding is a really nice feature and for some reason it wasn't obvious to me how to set it up but a quick search online and I was up and running in no time.

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