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Synology DS111 Diskless System DiskStation 1-Bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices

  • 1-Bay
  • Diskless System
  • 1.6GHz CPU Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 3 x USB2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Saxon K.
  • 6/25/2012 11:52:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA+

Pros: Easy to setup, great software options, reliable..what else could you ask for?

This is the 2nd one of these that I have purchased and I have had zero issues with either.

Cons: That I didn't buy this sooner

Other Thoughts: Buy it!

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  • Ernest K.
  • 6/16/2012 1:54:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIncompleted user manual and software

Pros: Will not recommend this product.

Cons: Installation can not be completed without DSM file. File is not provided with CD and manual never says that you have to go on internet to download this file.
Installation takes over 30 min.

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  • Lloyd G.
  • 2/11/2012 3:27:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple AND Amazing

Pros: using it as an NAS for a Samsung 2TB drive. Works like a dream, super quiet, super speedy. Extremely easy HD install, excellent operating system software. Do not hesitate.

Cons: It can do so much more than simple NAS, it's easy to get confused, the actual owner's manual is some 160 pages. Wouldn't hurt to have some simplified language sections for posers such as myself. Just a thought.

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  • Marc D.
  • 1/30/2012 7:53:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Product - Rock Solid NAS - Worth the Price

Pros: One of the easiest NAS products to have up and running with very little effort, and in a short amount of time--including firmware and DiskStation Manager 3.2 control panel software upgrades. Extremely easy to manage--literally set it and forget it. It just works. Reliability and dependability (no flaky behavior during the past 8 months in service) are hard to find in a NAS product at this very affordable price point. Especially good ROI as a SOHO backup device or file server. Performance & responsiveness is exceptional but I do recommend gigabit Ethernet to take full advantage of the transfer speeds this has to offer. Many other features are built into all Synology NAS products, but I have used these primarily as backup & file servers for my small businesses clients. With the increasing amount of data, pictures, music, and movie content consumers are amassing these days, this Synology NAS is really the only way to go for consumers too. This will server you well now and in the future.

Cons: Honestly, I can't name any.

Other Thoughts: Redundant backup options are available too--connect a USB or PCI-e hard drive and make sure your important business data, or photo/video memories, are doubly protected with a copy you can move off-site, or into a fire safe. Especially good for rotating secondary backup backup drives.

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  • Stephen G.
  • 1/24/2012 6:39:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSynology NAS are amazing!

Pros: Performance and features are amazing. About 18 months ago we purchased two Synology NAS at work for backup purposes, and found them to be speedy, solid, and easy to use. My Buffalo NAS died at home, and I replaced it with the DS111. What a difference! I need it primarily as a file sharing/backup device (which it does very well), but I also hooked up a Rocketfish RF-RBUSB (Best Buy) to one of the USB ports, attached another one to the aux input of my stereo, and immediately got wireless streaming audio to my stereo of my whole digital music collection, that I could easily control via web app on my laptop, or Ipod and Ipad via Synology app. I'm amazed.

Cons: Not a thing.

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  • David B.
  • 1/4/2012 10:23:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: its super sick and handles whatever your imagination can come up with.

Cons: earthquakes and tsunamis make hardrives expensive

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  • Paul B.
  • 12/21/2011 7:32:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSome trouble to start and then OK

Pros: Relatively easy setup especially compared to open source solutions I have tried like openfiler.
Faster than I hoped for but that may depend on the disk drive you are using more than the box.
I am using Samsung HD204UI
Satisfactory email support

Cons: I am using the device to backup a VMWare virtual machine hypervisor running 8 relatively small VMs for a total of about 350GB. The backup script will copy over 4 nights worth of backup data and then remove the oldest version and replace with the latest. But the backups were failing and the DSM software was crashing periodically. After many emails and good faith attempts to rememdy the problem via email the Synology sent me a replacement which has been working flawlessly since. About two weeks so far of good backups every night.

Other Thoughts: I can't vouch for any of the other features but the performance is very good in NFS mode. That reliable and fast.

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  • Bartlomiej B.
  • 5/30/2011 6:14:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works fine I really like it.

Cons: I did not find any yet.

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  • Frank S.
  • 4/20/2011 6:23:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI Love This Thing

Pros: Easy to setup
You can use many different hard drives
Great apps included
Quiet

Cons: Nothing so far

Other Thoughts: I purchased two DS111s and paired them with SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ hard drives. These drives are on the compatability list and require no firmware updates. The DS111 comes with everything you need to install a hard drive except for a small phillips screw driver. Installing the drive could not be easier. There are no cables to worry about, you just slide the drive into place and secure with 4 included screws. Once the drive is installed, you plug in the network and power cables and you are ready to configure the device. Configuration is quite simple and involves only a couple of steps.

I am using the DS111s with Windows XP and Windows 7 workstations, a Windows Small Business Server 2003 machine, and Macs running OS/X 10.6. None of them have any problem using the drive.

This is really much more than a simple NAS box and comes with many great apps. It's more expensive than a basic NAS but you really get your money's worth.

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  • suresh b.
  • 1/25/2011 7:56:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as Advertised

Pros: The product works as advertised, I downloaded the Andriod App adn was able to control the DS111 wihout any effort. Great Product would recommend to others. For Audio I purchased SYBA SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter
from Newegg attached to USb port and everything works

Cons: The Remote is not sold by Newegg have to buy from Synology.

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