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Synology DS213 Diskless System DiskStation - Simple Set-Up, Easy Efficiency

  • Optimal Price/Performance Ratio
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Effective Backup Solutions
  • Hassle-free System Installation
  • Rich Office Applications
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
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Oriented to workgroups and offices, the Synology DS213 is two-bay diskless NAS server that offers a cost-effective way to share and protect data. It comes with one 10/100/1000M Ethernet LAN port, as well as two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and one SD card port so you can easily share the data on external storage devices. You can also back up data and files on the cloud to access it freely. The DS213 is powered by the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), a renowned multitasking operating system that offers a full set of applications that enrich its function. The hardware encryption engine delivers solid data protection without slowing down entire performance. The Synology DS213 is engineered with a power-saving and acoustics-optimized design, keeping the NAS server running nice and cool with minimized operation cost.

  • newegg Optimal Price/Performance Ratio Synology DS213 delivers an average 108.41 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment, and 65.36 MB/sec writing (the performance figures could vary on different environments). DiskStation DS213 provides a reliable solution for data sharing with an easy-to-use interface and comprehensive office applications – including a complete backup solution – making it one of the best values in two-bay NAS devices available today. Coming with USB 3.0 support, which offers transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps (10 times faster than USB 2.0), the DS213 takes less time for data transfer for external hard drives and consumes less power. In addition, hot-swappable drives make it easier for maintenance and hard drive replacement.
  • newegg Effective Backup Solutions Synology DS213 offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC users can back up their data to Synology DS213 using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple Time Machine integration. A backup wizard is provided for backing up data from DS213 to another Synology DiskStation or any rsync server via an encrypted connection, or to an external hard drive via USB 3.0 connection. The wizard also makes it easy to back up DiskStation data to the cloud via Amazon S3® or STRATO HiDrive. In addition, users can back up and restore DiskStation shared folders in multiple versions using Synology Time Backup package.
  • newegg Rich Office Applications Synology DiskStation DS213 runs on the renowned multitasking operating system, the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM). Offering a comprehensive list of business applications, the DS213 can be customized to run multiple applications of your choice to fulfill the needs of your business environment. The DS213 replaces several pieces of traditional network hardware with rich features designed specifically for workgroups and offices, such as antivirus, video surveillance, webmail, VPN, and LDAP directory services.
  • newegg Hassle-Free System Installation Web Assistant is a web-based utility to makes every DiskStation as easy to install as possible. Installation is done inside your existing web browser, by setting up all vital system components in few simple steps. Combined with a quick-start widget, users can simultaneously tour the DSM operating system and set it up to use right away.
  • newegg Peace of Mind with Data Encryption The Synology DS213 is equipped with an encryption engine: it offloads the encryption calculation task away from the main CPU, helping to improve file transfer speeds of the DiskStation. Data protection is an important matter for businesses of all sizes. The high-end features previously available only on enterprise level hardware are now accessible via Synology DS213 to small and medium-sized businesses. The DS213 provides share-level AES 256-bit encryption to aid in the prevention of unauthorized access attempts to the hard drives.
  • newegg Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design Synology DS213 is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a 92x92 mm fan and the smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise-dampening design makes it really quiet compared to PC counterparts. The support of Wake on LAN/WAN, multiple scheduled power on/off, and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operation costs. All Synology products are produced with RoHS-compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges its responsibility as a global citizen to continually work to reduce the environmental impact of every product produced.

Learn more about the Synology Inc. DS213

General

Brand
Synology
Model
DS213

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
2 x USB3.0 + 1 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
2 x SATA (2 x Bay)

Configuration

Form Factor
2-Bay
Processor
2.0 GHz CPU
Default/ Max. Memory
DDR3 512 MB

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System

Conveniences

Supported Protocols
Networking Protocols
- CIFS
- AFP
- NFS
- FTP
- WebDAV
- iSCSI
- Telnet
- SSH
- SNMP
- VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)
Management
Storage Management
- Max File System Size : 16TB
- Max Internal Volume # : 256
- Max iSCSI Target # : 10
- Max iSCSI LUN # : 10
- Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
- RAID Migration : Basic to RAID 1
- Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs : RAID 1

Management
- Auto DSM Upgrade
- Administrator Group
- Push Notification - MSN/Skype/Mobile Devices
- Email/SMS Notification
- Customized User Quota
- Syslog Support
- DDNS Support
- IPv6 Support
- VLAN support
- PPPoE
- Hotspot
- Resource Monitor
- Connection Manager
- UPS Management
- Scheduled Power On/Off
- Custom Management UI HTTP/HTTPS Ports

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

Power

Power
AC Input Power Voltage : 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency : 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption : 18.48W (Access); 8.28W (HDD Hibernation)

Features

Features
Optimal Price/Performance Ratio

Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Effective Backup Solutions

Hassle-free System Installation

Rich Office Applications

Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
Usage
High read/write performance with RAID

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

Package Contents

Package Contents
1 x Main Unit
1 xInstallation Disc
1 x Welcome Note
1 x Assembling Kit
1 x AC Power Adapter
1 x AC Power Cord
1 x RJ-45 LAN Cable

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • jeff c.
  • 4/21/2014 2:02:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Swiss-Army Knife Server

Pros: I got it on a newegg sale 1st of all. Its small, uses minimal power with lower temperatures than a regular tower server. Very very good supported software apps ( with a simple web interface to manage them and a very well laid out web interface to manage the utility functions. Seems good for novice to pro. Its a very efficient server in a great size with an excellent price for the home or small business.

Cons: There is a " background Bitcoin generating" malware specifically targeted for Synology servers so read up on it! I would like a more detailed app for monitoring and detail-managing the packet-data going in and out of the network interface.

Other Thoughts: Its on good advice to get NAS HD's specifically for this Synology unit and other similar servers in my opinion. I know many people get by with desktop HD's but from my experience your going down the headache road for sure, and the warranty times covered can be much longer on NAS HD's.

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  • Robert L.
  • 11/11/2013 8:22:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmooth...

Pros: OutaTheBox Startup was Perfect! Doc(manual) is Very good - Device was recognized on the LAN immediately, defined some public shares for backingup computers and Network backups ran perfectly(and Fast) - no problem, Public and private shares are all seen and behave normally thru Win Explorer - Runs very nicely as personal NAS (or Cloud).
Have 2 WD 3G reds as internal raid 1 AND 1 2T USB3 as additional external storage - Wow, a 5G personal NAS (Cloud) and good network access speed - Nice and Smooth!

Cons: Sometime private shares don't show up immediately and defined shared drives(with assigned drive letter) don't automatically reconnect and require the password again.- but some do and some don't... perhaps reading the manual will fix this inconvenience but for the most part its all Good!

Other Thoughts: Really like the 2 USB3 plugin with this unit..

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  • Bruce L.
  • 11/4/2013 9:46:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast setup, slow update, solid performance

Pros: Easy setup, dropped in a single 4TB HDD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178338). I may add another for a RAID 1 mirror later on. But this was purchased to replace my old PC gaming rig that was running as a plex media server, so I wanted to keep things cheap.
It took about 20 minutes to setup (including unboxing)

Cons: Adding all of the files over the network took about 13 hours (migrated 816GB of data). But I didn't do it very efficently, just dragged and dropped all of the files.
Also, the Plex Server metadata download really hindered performance until it was complete (took the whole weekend).
Not really a major con worth removing an egg, I'm just impatient.

Other Thoughts: My old gaming rig running at 200-230watts was replaced by this thing running at 18-20watts. After the metadata updates it's able to stream 1080p video to my Roku XS's Plex client with no problem. Plex Video Channels (Daily Show, etc) are better left at lower video resolutions.
Now I'm sorely tempted to look into other features of this device. Which I will most likely mess up and require a reformat ;)

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  • Shannon R.
  • 10/29/2013 8:01:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: It has everything I needed plus IP Cam support, personal cloud, media server, etc. The server was quite easy to setup. Dropped in two drives, plugged it in and went through the setup process. It has many more additional apps that you can download and install to the DSM OS. Overall, I'm very happy with it. My only regret is that I wish I would have gotten a 4-bay NAS.

Cons: I didn't get 4-bays or at least the DS213+ which I believe comes with a faster processor.

Other Thoughts: When I first turned it on with the drives in place, it started making some funny noises which had me worried. But I believe this was a normal process, since they were new drives. After the noises stopped I continued with the setup and was up and running.

The DSM OS did appear to work slow in the beginning but again, it was probably because of its initial setup. Its running much quicker now.

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  • Fred H.
  • 10/28/2013 6:35:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSynology makes a solid product

Pros: Great product. This is the second one I have purchased. User interface is most easy to understand than many of the other nas products I have purchased. I owned my first one for over 2 years and still running.

Cons: Need more tech information available on hand to describe the more advanced options.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/5/2013 5:20:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuperior NAS Unit

Pros: Very easy set up. Download the firmware from synology.com, connect the DS213 to your router or switch, install the firmware and start copying files over to it. Its that simple!. i loaded mine with 2 3TB Seagate drives and am running the Synology hybrid RAID. Its quiet and really I have forgotten I have it already. It just does its job. there are tones of APPs you can install - most free. The UI looks like a desktop within your browser tab - just super easy to use.

Cons: It doesnt do the dishes or walk the dog.

Other Thoughts: This NAS just works - dont waist time with cheaper units, you'll wind up goin with Synology eventually... might as well just do it from the start and not waist your money on others.

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  • Jared W.
  • 6/23/2013 6:41:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPhenomenal

Pros: I got this to replace my Drobo, and it is just MILES and MILES ahead of it. I can't even compare the two, it's in such a different class.

Set up was pretty simple. Took a little googling to make sure I was making the right choices for what I wanted each step of the way. It's highly customizable and just jam packed with features. Has a built in downloader so if you're going to download a large file that you intend to be placed on the drive you can have it download it for you so you don't need to transfer it over later. Has media player streaming capabilities. Quite a few small business applications like CRM, Joomla, Wordpress, HRM, database management, LDAP, and so much more. Check out the "Packages" section of their site to see a full listing.

Best interface I've seen for letting others connect to your device from their homes to download or upload files. The GUI is like a combo of Linux and Windows 7.

I'm used to 20KB/s transfers on the Drobo (which is why I'm never going back to them, that and their horrendous customer support. Awful company, awful products). My internal network is 100Mbs (12.5MBs). I'm consistently getting 7.5-9MBs out of the 12.5 theoretical max I could. Which is just fine by me. It's rare that I'll need anything transferred any faster than that.

TLDR: Blows Drobo out of the water. Easy setup but may require some minor googling of things like "SHR". Tons of applications with great features. Great UI/UX. Decent speeds on my network for my needs.

Cons: It doesn't let you pick your filesystem. You're stuck with the universally acceptable linux EXT4 file format rather than the Windows exclusive NTFS, or Mac Exclusive HFS+J. This is understandable though as it is running a Linux OS.

Something people may not like is that the OS takes up about 300MB of your disk space with the default install. This makes sense though as well since there are a ton of additional add-on features that can run on the OS and depending on the user's usage they may need a lot of space. but 300MB isn't that bad really, especially with all the features that it comes with.

I wanted to map a network drive to it in My Computer so I could just go to T: and there would be all my folders on the drive. Unfortunately you can only map to the folders in the root and any subfolders, you can't map to the root itself. There is apparently some linux terminal command workarounds that I don't care enough to mess with if you are so inclined to try it. Linux and I get along well enough that I trust it to brick the device if I even try to find out how to open terminal in it.

Took about a day to do a full parity check for any bad sectors on the 3TB drives. Only took like 10-20 minutes to format them as RAID1 though. Not a big deal as it's a one time thing that I'd rather it do than skip, even if the drives are brand new (which they were).

Uploading via web interface is slower than copying over the network to a mapped drive. 2-4MB/s compared to 7.5-9MB/s.

TLDR: Can't specify filesystem (always EXT4). OS is stored on your drives taking up space. Can't Map Network Drive to the root, only one of your shared folders. Checking the drives for errors takes about 12-30 hours depending on drive size (for me two 3TB drives took about 19 hours)

Other Thoughts: Phenomenal product that I can't believe is under $500 for the feature set it offers.

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  • GTM T.
  • 6/21/2013 8:17:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for small groups

Pros: So far, I'm impressed. Will be using for a small group of users who are kind of separate from the rest of the company, but I still want some control over their use of resources - this thing fits the bill perfectly. No longer will they use main file server storage.
-USB 3.0 support (will be using a drive to backup)
-Backup scheduler built in (with app download)
-AD integration - a little quirky, but seems to be working well now that I've got it set
-AntiVirus app - perfect for a little extra peace of mind
-Control over what apps I want / don't want. Comes very "clean" but allows additional apps, VERY good decision on their part!
-Decent interface, though Java wants to show up and have some fun in certain areas of interface. Still, it's pretty slick.
-Nice visibility on resource usage on home screen (CPU/RAM/Network)
-MIB support - hoping to get it monitored w/Zenoss; we'll see
-Light weight, but decent construction. Looks like it'll run cool (though there is an option to run the fan on a faster speed - low/high. Not much choice, but glad it's there.
-Isn't the NAS of the "old world" - seems to have some great potential for small office use. If you really put a lot of these apps to use, you could do some pretty cool stuff - DNS, DHCP, a mail server, helpdesk apps, ERP apps (though this would cost, and you'd be better off with something of that caliber on a better piece of hardware), and so many others... flat out amazing that this little thing could serve so much in theory
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Cons: Their web launcher app couldn't find the device. Probably our firewall blocking it from scanning, which I don' t mind. Went to DHCP, found "diskstation" pretty easily ;)

After initial setup, be prepared to let it run for quite some time for the initial disk scrub. As with any new drive, or set of drives, I've found it best to NOT TOUCH THEM for at least a day or two (physically, that is).

Wish it had a second NIC for redundancy, but there seems to be a good warranty.

Java required for certain parts of the web interface. Oh well. Not a huge deal, just mentioning it.

Other Thoughts: Like one other reviewer, I'm used to higher end "enterprise" level storage tech. This little box is quite nice though, and is certainly neat to play with. Seems like it'll be perfect for our little group of "other" users. Will keep their files separate from our main environment, back itself up, and should serve them nicely.

Haven't figured out the "home drive" setup on this yet, but being able to set permissions via AD is quite nice.

Seems like a great little box, and I'm happy with it so far. Couldn't ask for more, yet it is certainly capable of it! Wouldn't push the thing too hard with *every* app it has available, but if you wanted it to, it certainly seems capable of some basic duties outside of simple file storage.

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  • Ignacio M.
  • 6/12/2013 5:27:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat home storage

Pros: Setup is easy, fast, with no need for detailed technical references. Adding decent sized disks, creating a volume and downloading libraries for the household to share was also very easy to do. Web interface was intuitive and there was ample information on the internet from the manufacturer on setups for unique applications.

Cons: Petty stuff like scratches on the finish and somewhat slow in transferring large file structures

Other Thoughts: You can't beat this rig for the money. If you have the skill and the time to build something from scratch, it will be much faster but nowhere near as economical as this little box. Also, why would you need all that horsepower for typical home usage like streaming music, playing movies, photo storage, etc. A friend of mine also had one of these and complained bitterly about the performance but a quick sniff of his network determined the problem was with an older router. After upgrading, he was shocked at the tremendous improvement. I usually don't recommend products online but this is clearly deserving of praise.

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  • HONG X.
  • 6/10/2013 3:02:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsa NAS for the complicated IT geek

Pros: Great setup UI, plenty of APPs, lots updates even with the mobile phone side, ios or android. Kudo to the synology team. keep up the good work.
had an issue with one of the hard drive fail, was able to get their support via email right away. support is definitely there.

Cons: IP Camera license fee is $50+ for each

Other Thoughts: so far so good, future would consider a raid 5 setup,

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