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Synology DS213Air Diskless System DiskStation - Stop Solution for Wireless Sharing, Web Applications and Centralized Storage

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Boundless Connectivity & Sharing, Wirelessly

Synology® DiskStation DS213air is a one stop solution for wireless sharing, web applications and centralized storage. Specifically designed for small office and home users who need the convenient solution of wireless sharing capability with full-featured network attached storage, to share and protect data cost-effectively, while increasing productivity with comprehensive office applications.

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

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  • Dan H.
  • 5/17/2014 7:43:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes what is needed - eventually

Pros: Very good feel to the hardware, seems very solid and very cleverly constructed.

Low power consumption.

Cons: The user interface is excruciatingly slow. Just navigating menus can cause the CPU to hit 75% usage, . It's pretty severely underpowered.

You have to waste a lot of time getting past the marketingspeak to figure out what package does what.

The interface to Linux they've come up with is almost as good as Ubuntu in that it simplifies configuration - except that they use the infuriating marketingspeak so instead of using Webmin to "Configure Samba", you have to figure out if "Synology Dancing Cloud with Swooping Geese (tm) Happy Funland Version 2.3 Now With Extra Sprinkles" is the package you want.

It wouldn't be so bad except the documentation and their support website are poor. I've never been able to find a direct answer to any question/problem that I've had in setting it up.

For example, when first setting it up, it asks if you want to install DS from the internet or from a local copy. It couldn't connect, kept giving me an error 703. I tried both LAN and Wifi connections, both DHCP and fixed IP addresses, no joy, it always (eventually) It always would end with an error 703.

After searching their support site and being misdirected to at least half a dozen non-answers by their FAQ and forum posts, I was never able to find out what error 703 was, or why it could not connect to my rather simple network. After half an hour of fiddling I finally had to just download the DS image to my PC and install from there.

The "Synology Data Replicator 3" software for Windows is really sad. It literally gives you no useful information whatsoever - not even an indicator of whether your replica is valid or not. As an added bonus, whenever it pops up a notification, it switches context of your entire computer - so if you're playing Unreal Tournament 3 and "Synology Data Replicator 3 With Enhanced Coloring" decides it needs to spew some meaningless, low priority message at you, it interrupts your game and does a full context switch back to the Windows desktop to do so. You can then alt-tab back to UT3 to find yourself run over by a slow moving tank.

I arbitrarily set my user quota to 700GB but when I ran "Synology Data Replicator 3 With Fluffy Monkey Heads (tm)" and then noticed there was about ~695GB of data to sync. I have no idea if it ever successfully replicated it because every single time I opened the "Synology Data Replicator 3 With Sparkly Whizzy Things (tm)" console it gave me some insanely cryptic message about something it thought it should be doing, or that it would be doing if it weren't otherwise occupied presenting insanely cryptic messages to you.

I joke, but seriously, I can configure rsync from memory, but I have *no* idea what "Synology Data Replicator 3 Times Fifty So Nyeah! (tm)" was trying to tell me about my data. All their software did is get in the way.

Other Thoughts: In short, nicely designed hardware, and it's powered by Linux so it can (eventually) be made to work properly. Just ignore the extremely uneven user experience/user interface.

I was just hoping for a better user experience based on so many people giving the DS software good reviews. If you have some low power and reliable hardware laying around, Ubuntu Server + Webmin will get you 95% of what DS offers, and with a heck of a lot less waiting around for the UI to do trivial things.

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  • James F.
  • 4/10/2013 2:48:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: You're not only paying for the device with this NAS, but you're paying for Synology's incredible Diskstation software. Seriously look up videos of this incredible OS-like software. It allows for easy configuration, setup, and maintenance.

While you can attach wireless dongles to other Synology NAS devices, I like how this had it built in and would work right out of the box. The device itself looks gorgeous (LOVE that more NAS devices are coming out in white) and there is almost no noise whatsoever from the fan. Because of this device, I'm putting Synology on par with other excellent digital device companies like Apple and Logitech.

Cons: Compatibility with external enclosures or external drives is limited and listed on their website.

It's really not a con for this device, but I wish they made a 4-bay or 8-bay white wireless NAS like this. Hopefully it's coming.

Other Thoughts: Stop hesitating and just buy this already.

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  • Yee T.
  • 3/12/2013 12:06:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but has some minor issues

Pros: Feature rich
Pretty quiet
Nice looking

Cons: Buggy software
A little slow

Other Thoughts: Had a couple of issues with this device. First, the software has this auto "convert-thumbnail" function, that just eats away system resources if you have any picture on your shared photo folder. For example, when I upload just a single medium resolution photo, the "convert-thumbnail' process would start in the background and keep the CPU at 100% ALL THE TIME! It would only stop if I remove all photo(s) from the 'photo' folder. After much research online, I was able to find a way to kill the convert thumb process through a telnet command. But this is a temporary fix since it starts again at every reboot.

Another problem I had was every time I uploaded a large file of over 2GB (yes I enabled java), I would get a BSOD of "DPC_watchdog_violation" and my computer would crash. I called tech support and they said to call Microsoft because they don't handle BSOD errors. After an hour with Microsoft tech support, we found out that my AVG antivirus was creating a conflict with the Synology software. Upon uninstalling AVG, the problem no longer existed. I use Windows Defender now instead. I'm using Windows 8 Pro.

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  • David M.
  • 3/2/2013 10:17:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy first server

Pros: I did extensive research before I bought this NAS server. If you're doing a budget friendly network get this server. Installing the DSM is rather quick and easy if you're downloading it from the internet after plugging a cat5e or cat6 cable in. Also the hotspot built in the server works great.

Cons: NOT BLACK! Lol!

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  • Jerry L.
  • 12/3/2012 8:30:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsSlow....

Pros: Classic Synology design and interface.
Finally, and build-in wifi

Cons: Software is buggy. The air version use a weaker processor and half the memory of 213. The device is much slower than the 213.

Manufacturer Response:


We encourage you to contact technical support for further assistance through the link below.

For Diskstation and Rackstation classification, we recommend to refer to our product page as the DS213air and DS213 are in different product classes.

Thank you

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