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Synology DS213j Diskless System Network Storage

  • Floating-Point Unit Enabled CPU Favored Multimedia Processing
  • Large 512MB RAM for Multitasking
  • Over 100MB/sec Reading, 70MB/sec Writing
  • Wake on LAN Ready
  • Cool and Quiet Chassis

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The Synology DS213j is a two-bay, budget-friendly network attached storage (NAS) solution designed specifically for small office and home use. Its fast 1.2GHz processor, abundant amount of memory, and Gigabit LAN enable a smooth, lag-free response, while USB connection is included for easy expansion. Powered by the renowned Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, this system delivers outstanding ease of use and a variety of features, making it an efficient way for file storage and sharing with data protection for your home environment. Complete with the high reliability and stability Synology is renowned for, you're assured of great peace of mind in any situation.

  • newegg High-Performance Multimedia Processing with Smart Energy Management With a RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment, the Synology DS213j delivers read and write speeds of over 100MB/sec and 70MB/sec respectively, allowing you to share an entire Blu-ray quality video in less than three minutes. The built-in Floating-Point Unit CPU speeds up thumbnail processing to enhance photo viewing at different resolutions, while the large 512MB RAM ensures maximum speed when running multiple multimedia applications. The Synology DS213j is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a large 92mm fan and smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, but also its noise-dampening design makes it quiet compared to a public space in a library. Support for Wake on LAN/WAN, multiple scheduled power on/off, and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operating costs.
  • newegg Your Data Is Safe with Synology The DS213j with Synology Hybrid RAID helps you balance storage capacity and data redundancy so you can have your space and use it too (custom RAID configuration available for advanced users). Your DS213j is also the ideal one-stop centralized backup solution: from PCs to NAS, NAS to NAS, NAS to peripheral storage media (such as USB stick) or NAS to remote storage via a whole host of options.
  • newegg 24/7 Download Portal Feed your data appetite with Download Station, your 24/7 download portal. With its comprehensive built-in BT search engine, you can find and download files in just a few clicks. So turn off your PC and let your DS213j download all your content directly to your centralized storage. With DS download on iPhone and Android, you can manage download tasks even while on the go.
  • newegg Personal Entertainment Center Enjoy multimedia easily with Audio Station and Video Station. Find movies and TV shows online, or record your favorite programs with a DVB-T stick, and play them on all devices including Windows, Mac, DLNA, AirPlay, Bluetooth, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Take photos on your mobile device, and let Instant Upload automatically send them to your DiskStation so they are ready for sharing through Photo Station or social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, and Picasa.
  • newegg Anywhere/Anytime Availability QuickConnect and EZ-Internet configure your DS213j for accessing the Internet with minimal effort. Combined with Synology’s mobile apps for every popular feature – including DS photo+, DS audio, and DS video for anywhere multimedia access, DS download, DS file, and DS cloud for seamless file download/access/synchronization, and DS cam for home security – you can enjoy your NAS anywhere, any time.
  • newegg Powered by Synology DSM Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a web-based OS that provides private cloud service. It's designed to make your everyday living easier. The built-in Package Center allows you to download and install the packages designed specifically for your unique needs, whether it’s sharing files on the cloud, sharing photos on an online album, setting up a VPN environment, or even an antivirus to protect your system. Everything will happen with just a few clicks. The simple interface allows you to obtain and configure storage capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your personal cloud, and lets you access it anywhere. Synology DSM will help you maximize productivity and get more out of your digital assets with minimal fuss.

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  • Guy R.
  • 2/15/2015 2:19:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSupport sucks

Pros: Decent NAS. Supports time machine.

Cons: Don't be fooled by all the apps. Only the high-end boxes have the processor power to run them.
This is basically a NAS drive with decent mirror raid support.

Other Thoughts: A recent software update practically bricked my DS211j. Synology tech support were arrogant and dismissive and flat out ignored my issue.

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  • Richard L.
  • 1/8/2015 8:14:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsHelps to be network savvy

Pros: A ton of options compared to my Iomega EZ Media a bit overwhelming. 2 Bays which depending on what you read may or may not be worth it as sites will tell you back up to 3 different places. Connected to my WD TV and Wife's MacBook with no issues. This unit has more options than I will probably ever use before it becomes obsolete.

Cons: Had issues with my Windows 8 running AV but none with my wife's Mac or WDTV Live. Went to the Synology forum and received no help, you would think the company monitors it but apparently they don't. Had to figure out the majority of things on my own because I hate to contact CS and tend to use search engines and forums to resolve my issues most likely a big mistake here. My AV software co. was more than helpful though and I eventually figured it out. I am not network savvy but I am persistent.

Other Thoughts: I can't take eggs away because of my inexperience.
If you don't know what you are doing choose a more idiot friendly NAS and DON'T go the the forum.
I bought a Synology approved UPS because you can read that you might loose everything due to a power outage.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 1/3/2015 12:31:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks Well But Slow

Pros: Disk Station Manager 5 is great and this item is inexpensive. In hindsight, it would have been worth it to spring for the faster, more expensive 2 disk model. Ultimately it gets the job done.

Cons: Transfer speeds are slow. The CPU is easily overwhelmed

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm happy with synology products. I have an 1812 for work, and this 213j has the same Disk Station Manager interface.

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  • Demetrios C.
  • 12/11/2014 4:29:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to use

Pros: Very easy to set up, just pop in the drives and go. Drives map to your PC very well and access to it, even remotely over the WAN is simple and straight forward. Absolutely love the fact that you can administer this device from virtually anywhere.

Cons: Some components of the software are a bit complicated at first but once all is set up, everything is a breeze to use. Wish that the drives were on trays instead of having to take the whole unit apart to get to a drive.

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  • Michael P.
  • 11/29/2014 12:24:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCompact, Quite, Good Support

Pros: Low power, quiet and was easy to setup. Software is quite good and very flexible. This unit makes a good backup server for Windows, Mac, or Linux. Handles external USB drives well, I'm using it with a WD MyBook and have had no issues. Perfect in a SOHO environment.

Cons: Its limited in memory and processing power so don't expect to run more than a few services at a time on it.

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  • Russell H.
  • 11/28/2014 6:01:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWhat's with all the bad reviews?

Pros: Truly a setup and forget it box. I had neglected to update the OS on my NAS box and found out the I could not get the box to respond to anything. After looking on the web I emailed Synology Tech Support. Several hours later Dustin K returned my email with the exact answer I needed. I followed his solution steps and he logged into my box remotely and performed his magic. No files lost and all is good, I took his advice and updated the OS immediately.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Note to self; Check the auto upgrade box !!!

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  • Mr. T.
  • 11/19/2014 7:16:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDS213j

Pros: Feature rich, much better performance than my DNS-321 and I love the DSM interface. Reasonably priced considering the features it has. So far it is working well, with one issue that makes me slightly nervous*. See Cons...

Cons: Only getting 50Mb/s writes and 55MB/s reads on large (500MB-1GB) files, seems quite below the advertised rating but still a huge jump from my DNS-321 (8-12MB/s). The thing that makes me a little nervous is that the link lights on the lan port in the rear do not work* altho its working fine on my network. Not sure if this plays part in the reason I'm not getting the desired transfer speeds and/or if it is prelude to an upcoming hardware (lan) failure. The combination of both leads me to deduct 1 egg.

Other Thoughts: As long as it keeps working like it is, I would recommend this to others in need of a NAS with the capabilities this has.

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  • Jay B.
  • 10/30/2014 9:39:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible experience

Pros: the idea of it is great. Function does not live up to expectations.

Cons: I've owned this for about 10 months and have lost the bulk of my digital family photos. I purchased it feeling that with the dual drive setup it would be a safe place to keep photos and also have access from Macs and Pc's in our home. It worked well until this fall when I went to access it to add some photos to it. The system was not accessible. It powered up and I could hear the discs running but couldn't get in to see the files. After some troubleshooting on the internet I was able to reinstall the system software and gain access to it. Everything was there... Folders, files but when I tried to open the files, all but one directory of files was corrupted and unable to open in 4 different imaging programs. I have gone through a dozen or so steps from their Tech support to try and fix it with no success. Tech support now says, sorry for any inconvenience.... "files could have gotten corrupted if the device had not be shut down properly at some point. This also may have occurred while using a previous, less secure version of DSM prior to updating to your current version." DSM is their software that controls the system. VERY FRUSTRATING to have this happen to a dual disk backup system. I am at a loss

Other Thoughts: In the last month or so that I've been dealing with this, Synology has issued no less than 3 DSM updates to battle Malware. Could I have prevented my file loss, maybe. But to have to update a machine more often than I access it... It's not worth it.

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  • heath i.
  • 8/20/2014 7:25:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product and support with limits

Pros: I've had this for about 8 months and love it. Bought it primarily for centralized data backup (have 2 laptops, a desktop, 2 phones, and a tablet and we use them all). I have two identical hard disks - RAID 1. Its turned out to be way more useful though. Speaking of apps, there's a ton. I currently use it for several purposes...centralized torrenting, the surveillance app (have some old IP babycams that i've turned into security cams), iTunes server, antivirus, USB backup, the native cloud app and Mumble - a chat server for the kids and cousins. I also have XBMC mapped to it for movies. Even though I have RAID1, I decided to do an external backup once a monthish due to all the recent news. I had a problem with backing up data to a USB drive the first time i tried (see Cons) and the tech support was great - had a response within a couple hours and had the problem resolved within 24 hours. In all, i had 3 emails from their tech support within 24 hours -- very responsive in my opinion. I like the power-saving features too...I have it set to be on during the evenings and weekends.

Cons: Con1- The cloud feature is great although it is limited to file size (I think 100MB) and file type (its basically limited to the more common file types). This is with the native cloud app, not the community ones so its probably not even really a problem if I experimented with the other cloud apps. Also, this is only a restriction within the native cloud app. I can still go through the network the old fashion way with windows explorer (or whatever it is called in Ubuntu) and everything is like a regular drive (so no file size limits or extension limits). I'm still rating it a 5 as this is the low-end version and in my opinion, the limits come with the price-tag....although I did read a note somewhere where they're working on this for a later version of DSM.
Con2- the native backup utility is restricted in the number of files you can backup, regardless of how big they are. My backup choked on 40,000 files...but it had no problem with 20,000 files....again, still rating this as a 5 as the problem comes with the low-end pricetag.

Other Thoughts: even considering the two cons, the pros keep it at a solid 5...after about 8 months of usage.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 7/23/2014 6:36:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeems like a good NAS

Pros: Easy setup.
Reasonable price.

Cons: Documentation leaves a lot to be desired.

Other Thoughts: Performs adequately, but I'm not impressed with the DS213j. This is my first NAS, so I had no idea what to expect. I know its not a high performance model, but its kind of disappointing to see the CPU utilization go up to 99% frequently on just a 1 user file transfer. LAN speed was all over the place, from less than 10MBps to over 70MBps, don't know why.

Really annoyed that the documentation seems to assume the user knows all about NAS, not much explanation for many things that I'm not familiar with. There is no explanation of the LED meanings in the DSM user guide; instead its at the end of the installation guide.

No details in the user guide for the browser widgets. For example, after initial setup, the Storage widget shows "Re-Synchronizing". There is no explanation of this term in any doc. Doing a search on the Synology forum site says that "Re-Synchronizing" is too common of a word to search on. Grrr. Never found a answer to that.

The browser utility is poorly written (IMO). If I click on the "help" icon, I get an error that says there is no internet connection, and it switches to a lame offline help subset. Yet if I check for updates, it happily searches the internet and tells me an update is available for download.

At times, the NAS will shut off all the LEDs except for the blue power LED. This condition is not found in the table of LED states in the install guide. And of course there is no mention in the user guide. I'm guessing this LED state is due to going into hibernation. But guess what... if I search for "hibernation" in the docs, no mention whatsoever, even though this is a setup parameter.

Just pitiful and frustating user info, so I'm deducting 2 eggs. Fortunately, the NAS itself seems to be working well, as long as I dont hit it with too much traffic.

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