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Synology DS212 Diskless System DiskStation - Feature-rich 2-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices

  • Desktop
  • Diskless System
  • 1.6GHz Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 2 x USB3.0 + 1 x USB2.0
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Learn more about the Synology Inc. DS212

General

Brand
Synology
Model
DS212

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
2 x USB3.0 + 1 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
2X 3.5" SATA(II) or 2X 2.5" SATA/SSD
Max Internal Capacity: 8TB (2X 4TB hard drives) (hard drives not included)
Port Others
1 x SD card slot

Configuration

Form Factor
Desktop
Operating System
Supported Clients: Windows 2000 onward, Mac OS X 10.3 onward, Ubuntu 9.04 onward
Processor
1.6GHz
Default/ Max. Memory
256MB

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System

Conveniences

Supported Protocols
Networking Protocols: CIFS, AFP, FTP, iSCSI, Telnet, SSH, NFS, SNMP, WebDAV, CalDAV
Management
Volume Management
- Synology Hybrid RAID
- Max Volume #: 256
- Max iSCSI Target #: 10
- Max iSCSI LUN #: 10
- Volume Type: Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
- RAID Migration: from Basic to RAID 1
- Expand RAID 1 with Larger Hard Drives

Management
- DSM Upgrade
- DSM mobile
- Email Notification
- SMS Notification
- Customized User Quota
- DDNS Support
- PPPoE
- Resource Monitor
- UPS Management
- UPnP Router Support
- Scheduled Power On/Off
- Custom Management UI HTTP/HTTPS PortsHDD

HDD Management
- HDD Hibernation
- S.M.A.R.T.
- Dynamic Bad Sector Mapping

Power

Power
100-240 VAC 50/60Hz

Features

Features
Optimal Price/Performance Ratio

Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Hardware Encryption Engine

Cool and Quiet Design

Effective Backup Solutions

Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
9.18" x 6.5" x 4.25"
Weight
2.76 lbs.

Environment

Temperature
Operating Temperature: 5 to 35 degree
Storage Temperature: -10 to 70 degree
Humidity
5-95% R.H

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Bob L.
  • 1/1/2013 9:14:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS

Pros: Efficient, quiet, and compact.

Cons: None so far.

Actually, just one. Wish I got the DS412 instead. Running out of storage space. That's purely an oversight of mine and not a problem with the unit.

Other Thoughts: This is one great little NAS. Using this unit to provide backup scheduling for home machines, DLNA storage for music and movies, home security monitoring. I couldn't ask for more.

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  • Barry G.
  • 11/8/2012 11:30:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFast but Network Access Issues

Pros: Very fast.

Cons: Cannot reliably or consistently access the DS212 from Windows Explorer or iTunes. The DS212, along with three other desk top machines, are all hardwired to the same 8 port switch so the network architecture is a simple as it gets. More frequently than not, the DS212 does not show up under "Network" in Windows Explorer. In Windows Explorer the DS212 is mapped and assigned a drive letter but, frequently, the mapped drive in Windows Explorer appears with a little red "X". I found if cannot access the DS212 in Windows Explorer, iTunes also will also not see the DS212 (Our 25 GB music library resides in a single directory on the NAS). Interestingly I proved this is not a network connectivity issue because it is 100% reliably accessible by typing its address 192.168.1.84 in Internet Explorer or Firefox. I spoke with Synology Tech support on 11/07 and they stated this is a common problem without a solution. I previously used a DLink NAS for exactly the same purpose. It was very slow (reason I replaced it) but was always available on network from all applications and utilities. The primary reason we use a NAS is to provide a central location for our music library so it is readily accessible from both my wife's and my computers. Most of the time iTunes cannot find the music directory on the DS212 so it defaults back to the C: drive causing a multitude of issues.

Other Thoughts: Due to network accessibility issues, this drive has proved to be a fast $300 waste of money. Synology tech support readily admitted this is a known problem with no solution. It comes with a multitude op applications. I perceive it will work well with these applications but it does not work well at all if it is used as an external storage device and manually managed with Windows Explorer and this is the reason for one Egg.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I have referenced your ticket from our technical support. I want to thank your feedback and I’m glad this has been resolved. If you have any further technical concerns, you can always contact our support team for further assistance.

Thank you.

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  • Justin M.
  • 9/16/2012 6:40:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoing great so far

Pros: The web interface is very featureful. The ability to access the unit via SSH and get to a shell prompt is key to my usage requirements. I am rsync'ing over all of my files from a previous RAID-5 array hosted in my old server into this unit over GigE. I put in 2 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (also purchased at Newegg) into this unit and they are performing fine. They are setup in a RAID-1 array. The DS212 automatically uses LVM2. Hence, you can later upgrade to higher capacity drives, and automatically expand the array to take advantage of the additional space. Synology calls this setup "Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR)", but as they describe on their wiki, it's just normal Linux LVM / RAID. I am able to use all the usual Linux commands "cat /proc/mdstat", "lvm pvs | vgs | lvs", "smartctl -i [ /dev/hda | /dev/hdb ]".
SMART parameters are monitored and exposed through the web interface.

Cons: rsync'ing is throttled by the NAS CPU (it's easy to monitor usage in the web interface). The DS212+ has a faster CPU and would be better for high throughput applications.

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  • Brian B.
  • 8/16/2012 9:07:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic!

Pros: Exactally what I wanted!
I wanted a system to host my music, photos for wife and movies. As well as personal and public data. This does that, plus so much more, I stream my music, photos, movies straight to the PS3/Android/Computers with no problems!

Cons: A bit overwhelming in the beginning because of so many features.

Other Thoughts: One of my best buys for sure.

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  • Rhian B.
  • 7/27/2012 9:11:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSynology DS212

Pros: Excellent little box. Provides NAS and SAN (iSCSI) services to my systems and has many other nice little software packages built in. The web interface they have created is crisp and professional looking and the unit is compact and super quiet.

Cons: None that I can think of

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/10/2012 2:10:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little NAS

Pros: Simple to setup and administer. It just works!
RAID 1 for the office for less than $500 ... can't be beat.
It now supports new "Apps" for more uses.

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you buy identical 3.5" SATA hard drives for RAID 1 operation.

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  • Neil H.
  • 6/23/2012 3:05:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost there

Pros: - Very intuitive Javascript web desktop interface
- Download station is as good or better than "Transmission"
- Easily customizable Linux OS that can be augmented with "ipkg", the Itsy-Bitsy Package Manager
- Good build quality, looks nice, drives can be hot-swapped after unmounting

Cons: Doesn't support symlinks.

The latest version of DSM 4.0 still doesn't support symlinks, and the stupid GUI interface silently fails to copy them without telling the user. After moving a directory with symlinks, you'll just see empty folders where the source directories should have been removed. Your links are still there, but you'll assume they're not because the GUI will report "0 files".

Synology tech support said they may support symlinks in the future, but for now it's incomplete Linux ext4 support, which is a critical bug.

You can get around this by SSHing in to the box and using rsync to copy files around reliably.

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  • Christopher P.
  • 5/21/2012 2:30:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWowzas

Pros: Easy setup, easy use, *SWEET* Web-UI, fast

Cons: Enclosure is hard plastic

Other Thoughts: If I could turn back time, I would buy the 4 bay because this thing is saweeeeet! The setup took me 30 minutes, and the web-ui makes using it from anywhere (after setting up the appropriate port forwards) a BREEZE. I foresee this bad boy making my life ALOT easier in the future. There's some mobile apps out there for using it too! Go do a search for a walkthrough of the web interface and you'll be sold on this brand....

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  • Sam S.
  • 4/11/2012 6:04:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove Synology

Pros: Read what it can do, way too much to list here. I use this and the DS211j, they both are flawless, I removed the two 2TB drives from the DS211j and dropped them in the new DS212 perfectly brought my files and structure up as it was in the other unit. I personally have never had one single issue with Synology products. Check the web site and read up.

Cons: I cant afford more?

Other Thoughts: I talked to so many that have other similar units and they are constantly having issues. This is feature rich and does it seamlessly. I also have both units connected to 10-100-1000 switch and love it. I have at anything from movies, music, pictures and work files on it and never once lost a file.

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  • Forrest P.
  • 3/14/2012 8:42:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsDecent but very finicky

Pros: 6TB Storage capacity, feature loaded, decent upload/download speeds after some tweaks.

Cons: Finicky -- Could not get decent speeds when in RAID 0 (only 8MB/s download) using 2 pulled from Goflex units and formatted Seagate 7200RPM Barracuda drives. Ironically after formatting and reinstalling I am at 45MB/s download and 78MB/s upload in JBOD configuration. If I was in the 70MB/s on Read and Write I would be ecstatic as read is a bit more important for streaming.

Formatting and configuring the drives took over 24 hours on each configuration so this has been a very lengthy process. I was one step from selling this and buying a dedicated WHS 2011 HP Server.

Other Thoughts: Doing it again I think I would try a dedicated media server -- I like that this is lower wattage and the menus look pretty slick but not sure why it is so finicky to get the unit up and running. Also I could not get RAID 0 to perform at all. Still not overly impressed with the read at 45MB/when I was seeing 90-120 on USB3 with these same drives.

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