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Synology DS109j Economical 1-bay SATA NAS Server for Personal and Home use

  • CPU Clock Rate: 266 MHz Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 3 x USB2.0

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Synology Disk Station DS109j is designed to provide users with a cost-effective solution for easy file storage and backup. Packed with the Synology Disk Station Manager 2.2, it delivers ease of use and variety of features. Furthermore, the optional Synology 2.5" Disk Holder provides an easy way for users to deploy a 2.5" hard drive on the DS109j, bringing the library quietness, power saving, and higher reliability for the DS109j.

  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The Synology DS109j supports one standard 3.5" SATA I/II hard drives, offering an ideal solution for your network storage needs. The SATA II interface delivers an amazing speed of 3Gbps for ultra-fast data transfer.
  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The Synology DS109j features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for office and home networks.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Ports With the Synology DS109j's three USB 2.0 ports, add additional external USB hard drives for expanded networked storage or backup and share a USB printer over the network, too.
  • newegg All-in-one NAS Server The all-in-one NAS (Network Attached Storage) server functions as a printer server, web server, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server, backup server, file server, MySQL server and more and is ideal for professional and business users.

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  • Michael W.
  • 11/9/2009 7:14:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs1st Unit DOA

Pros: Great feature set.

Cons: DOA right out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Will give it one more try.

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  • Michael J.
  • 10/20/2009 8:45:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, easy NAS

Pros: This NAS is great and very easy to use. I've had several NAS setups and also used FreeNAS on old pc's. The Diskstation Manager software is excellent and can be as simple or in-depth as you wish. I've also had the DS209j (2 drives) since June with no reliability problems, so I'm assuming this one will be of equal quality.

The internal fit and finish is very good.

The fan is reasonably quiet and the unit seems to have good power-saving features.

Cons: The external enclosure is plastic. It would be nicer if it was metal, but Synology had to cut cost somewhere.

The Diskstation software doesn't include a way to limit share folder sizes. You can set up separate partitions, but it would be easier to limit folders for backups, Apple Time Machine, etc.

Other Thoughts: An excellent overall product!

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  • Vinay S.
  • 10/5/2009 8:44:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA little execessive for the average user

Pros: Options galore, easy to setup, great company support, and extensive user forums. I love the automated power on/off feature and usb plug in front with the copy button for backing up flash drives. All I wanted was a NAS that was easily recognized by XP machines and this did very simplistically.

Cons: The transfer speed is a bit slow, but I use only as a backup so not an issue.

Other Thoughts: Case is all plastic, but is built nice. The website is worth visiting to appreciate all of the features. Also, Synology responds fairly quickly to any questions through e-mail. I dropped in 1TB WD green drive that runs pretty quiet and cool.

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  • David C.
  • 9/26/2009 5:24:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Great

Pros: Simple to set up. Has features upon features. Quiet. Cheap. The Web-based administration tool is self-explanatory and very straightforward. I mostly took the default settings and IT JUST WORKS.

Cons: No negatives I can think of. Well, one. The documentation was not written by a native speaker of English so the sentence structure is a bit rough. But who reads documentation? :)

Other Thoughts: It is not immediately obvious in the product description that an actual SATA hard drive is not included. Someone might make that clearer.

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  • James M.
  • 9/13/2009 1:27:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat little box

Pros: Simple & self explanatory web based configuration, loads of features, reliable performance. Set up was a snap - used the Mac OS version of the setup software - which handled drive partitioning, formatting, and loading the latest firmware/OS. Runs quiet & cool, and form factor isn't very much bigger than a standard hard drive enclosure.

While this box is dead simple for anyone to use, the geeks out there will appreciate this is really a full blown computer running Linux (albiet a stripped down distro). So for all the great features that are packed in, the sky is the limit if you apply some techy knowhow & creativity. You can install additional software - manually - or with it's package tool. I even have it running perl scripts to automate some of the tasks I needed it to perform. That's some serious functionality for something at this price point.

Cons: 1TB drive limit. It's enough space for my needs (or I would have opted for the dual bay version), but with 1.5 and 2TB drives out, it seems like an arbitrary limitation. Maybe it will be addressed through software updates, but check the compatibility chart on Synology's website before picking a drive to pair with it.

It also seems a little strange to me that with all the USB ports, there's no built in support for sharing extra space out if say you wanted to attach an external hard drive (it just seems to allow you to copy files off an attached external onto the NAS). I have a feeling that is something you can "hack" given the flexibility and access to the Linux underpinnings.

Other Thoughts: I found a (perhaps somewhat silly) additional use for the box... I plug my other gadgets in to its' USB ports for recharging so I don't have to juggle things around at my computer... it's sitting there anyway! (smile)

I paired mine with a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive and would highly suggest that to anyone looking... The whole box is cool to the touch even with heavy load. The fan barely spins as a result, so the whole thing is near silent too. The price is right on the WD drive, it's officially listed as compatible, and saving electricity is a nice bonus too...

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  • Daniel B.
  • 7/6/2009 1:00:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsWarranty is not very obvious

Pros: I'm thinking about buying one of these to use as a streaming audio server—running Squeezecenter. I'll probably buy the DS109 or DS209 because they're equipped with a reasonable amount of memory. 32MB is sort of ridiculous.

A big plus is that Synology seems to have an active user base, as well as ongoing firmware improvement.

Cons: With a memory boost, this unit probably has enough CPU muscle for my needs. Only problem is, it would void my warranty to upgrade the SO-DIMM. I'm tempted to try it anyway.

By the way, you have to hunt around to obtain warranty information for this product. Based on what I read by clicking the 'terms' link at the bottom of Synology's product page, it is two years.

Shame on Synology and NewEgg for not making this important consumer information more obvious.

Other Thoughts: I'd be interested in reading anyone's experience with audio streaming using this or one of the Synology NAS models.

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  • Andrew R.
  • 6/27/2009 8:57:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice features, not fast

Pros: This is my first high function NAS, so I'm not sure how it compares to others. Being a BSD geek, this thing has great features. NFS, CIFS, rsyncd are all very cool for getting multiple different OSs connected and backed up. The interface is very nice looking and fairly easy to understand for an advanced user.

Cons: rsyncd only works for the root (admin) user. You can log in later as root and move and chown the files (I think) though. Drive compatibility sucks. They limit you from putting in a drive larger than 1 TB, which I found out the hard way (didn't read the footnote on Synology's compatibility page). Not that you'd want to go much bigger, it's also quite slow. Especially in copying data from USB, in my experience. The fact that they need a drive compatibility list seems hokey as well. SATA II is SATA II? Apparently not.

Other Thoughts: Seems like about the best deal for a NAS without a drive for the features you get. Unfortunately, it's not fast, and clicking through the interface proves this. If they just gave it a bit more memory I think it would be a lot better. Considering the wide gap in price between this one and the regular 109, they probably could have done this. Sometimes you can click through the file manager quickly, as if it cached directory names in memory, other times it's quite slow as if it didn't have the memory to keep that stuff cached forever.

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  • Chris B.
  • 5/28/2009 2:12:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes what it claims to do

Pros: -You have the choice of hard drive brand, size, and performance.
-Flawless video streaming on my Playstation 3. Was even able to keep up with 120x fast forwarding.
-It's a handy network share drive, and my printer is now available over the network without my PC being on.

Cons: This thing transfers files 2-3 times slower that other devices in it's price range (factoring in a 1TB drive).

It's only worth it if you've got a spare drive already or if you are buying something smaller than 1TB.

Other Thoughts: -I haven't had a chance to test all of the claimed supported video files. The ones I have been able to test have worked fine, so I have no reason to doubt it.

-Be sure to map the appropriate preset share locations. I thought I'd be able to just add files to the root location on the drive and play them. Not so. The files don't appear on the Playstation unless they're put into the video share. Moving the files to the appropriate location only took an hour.

The drive performs well enough that I'm not going to send it back. But if I could do it again I'd have bought the Buffalo Linkstation Pro LS-XH

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  • Jacob W.
  • 5/28/2009 12:33:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent NAS

Pros: Super easy installation and set-up. Had no problem popping in a drive, screwing it shut, and then letting the software do the work. Took maybe 10 minutes before I was ready to upload files. Easy to Map the drive in windows and connect through Mac. The download manager that does torrents is great for large overnight jobs and the like (Linux distros of course). Definitely a power saver from my gaming rig. Overall, the management tools are a good swiss army knife for keeping your drive working like a champ. The whole system is quite feature rich.

Cons: Not lightning fast. Don't expect to stream HD video or anything like that. Can stream regular def video and audio just fine, but you're going to get 10mb/s speed tops. Permissions between the drive itself and attached USB storage can be a little tricky.

Other Thoughts: YAY! First review!

Set up with a WD green 1tb drive on a gigabit home network. Works great for 24/7 network storage. Plan to see if the access from the web is any good.

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