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Synology DS213j 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.


Learn more about the Synology Inc. DS213j

General

Brand
Synology
Model
DS213j

Interfaces

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

Configuration

Processor
1.2GHz
Default/ Max. Memory
512MB

Conveniences

Supported Protocols
CIFS, AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV, CalDAV, iSCSI, Telnet, SSH, SNMP, VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)

Power

Power
100V to 240V
50 Hz to 60 Hz, Single Phase
19.82 W (Access), 3.65 W (HDD Hibernation)

Features

Features
Synology DiskStation DS213j is a budget-friendly 2-bay NAS server for small offices and home use, specifically designed to provide a solution for file storage and sharing with data protection for your home environment with low power consumption, quiet operation and reliability. Running on DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, it delivers ease of use and variety of features.

High-Performance Multimedia Processing with Smart Energy Management
Your Data is Safe with Synology
24/7 Download Portal
Personal Entertainment Center
Anywhere/Anytime Availability
Powered by Synology DSM

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
8.88" x 6.5" x 3.94"
Weight
2 lbs.

Environment

Temperature
5°C - 35 °C
Humidity
5-95% R.H

Package Contents

Package Contents
DS213j Main Unit
Installation Disc
Welcome Note
Assembling Kit
AC Power Cord
AC Power Adapter
RJ-45 LAN Cable X1

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Christopher M.
  • 7/7/2014 10:37:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMust have for power users

Pros: I needed a network storage and a cloud. After much consideration, I went with this model, forgoing more expensive and more powerful devices and cheaper weaker devices. The software is amazing, and installation and setup were a breeze. Setting up file sync with the Cloud Station was simple and intuitive. Exactly what we needed on our network. The android apps and windows applications for features, like the cloud station, are lightweight and simple, and not resource intensive.

User setup and remote access, including remote cloud was also very simple. I put in more HDD space than I require, so I offered some space (which I can control) to my family's business, so they can access their files remotely and to have sync's between their offices. I was pleased with the level of security involved, both in keeping user's data secure from other users, but also having SSL encryption and password rules that keep non-users out. Also, you can control which features each user has access to, from password changing to electrical power options.

Also, the web interface uses a DDNS name. That is, XXXX.quickconnect.to. Where your NAS is registered to Synology's quickconnect domain and the IP is always updated. So you can connect to your NAS from the website even if it's connected to the internet via a dynamic IP address.

I do use the NAS for streaming media to remote computers, in which I just browse the directory and open the file within the browser with the VideoLAN plugin. I've had zero issues with this.

Cons: There is NO hardware encryption. If you need a device to encrypt data, you need to look at intel atom processors. Encrypting on this device cripples its processing, and many features do not work with encryption.

If you want to use SSL encryption for data transfer over the internet, you need to buy a domain name and attach it to your NAS. There are guides for this on the internet.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have a gigabit network. If you're moving large amounts of data, use the synology assistant to map the drive and then use windows to copy the data. Using the web interface of the NAS to copy files puts more load on the CPU. You can easily get the advertised speeds using mapped drives and your desktop/laptop CPU for the processing, but you'll only get half the speeds if you use the web UI of the NAS.

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  • Priyantha S.
  • 6/15/2014 5:26:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth Every Penny

Pros: I did a lot of research and before I bought this Synology DS213j. I have no regrets. I configured with 2 WD Green drives in Raid 1 configuration. So, no need to worry about backing up much. Once logged into DSM via the web browser, all the information including disk health is shown. Multiple ways of accessing the NAS from the Internet and great security features. When ever there is a DSM update, NAS prompsts me for it. Packages available to download and install in the NAS are great and works well. Android apps also works well on my phone.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: My total cost including the drives are almost $350. Steep but I am happy with my purchase.

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  • Misti J.
  • 6/9/2014 8:32:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor Support makes this NAS a gamble

Pros: The device is quiet, fast and easily set up. Good design facilitates Installation and removal of drives.

Cons: Not powerful enough to transcode video. AVIs, MKVs, and some High bit rate x264 video will not play with the supported player (DS Video) on many devices.

There is a known issue after a power failure that may corrupt the motherboard. (Search for Flashing|Blinking blue power light).

Acquiring an RMA is a slow process, as it takes Synology days to respond to support tickets. I'm 5 days into a dead NAS with no RMA yet. By the time the RMA is received and a replacement arrives it will be over a week of downtime.

Other Thoughts: I've been pleased with this NAS until the motherboard glitched. The lack of responsiveness from Synology has been frustrating.

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  • Kevin M.
  • 5/25/2014 3:13:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMost Used Hardware in House

Pros: Quiet

Reliable

Full of features

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Amazing piece of hardware. Bought it to create a data server without having to dedicate a full comouter PSU to it, and it works perfectly. I'm currently running a home security network through it, as well as using it to stream my home media from, both to my home network and through the internet. It has been running nonstop now for 5 months with only 15 minutes of reset time per week with no flaws. I can't even remember how I got by before this device.

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  • Jack M.
  • 4/23/2014 8:53:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of my favorite toys in the house

Pros: - Easy to set up
- Works great out of the box
- Good help documentation in the interface as well as plenty or resources online
- Nice selection of apps (particularly Download Station and Cloud Station).
- But most importantly, it's fast and reliable!

Cons: - Slightly under-powered CPU for some of the functionality that's available in the OS. For instance, you can ZIP and un-ZIP files directly through the NAS but it maxes out the CPU. Because of this, I usually ask friends to *not* use the "Download Folder" option when I share assets since the NAS will ZIP up the files before sending (or technically while sending). That might be fine for small shares but not ones that are 1+ GB in size. I haven't seen any stability issues, but prefer not having my NAS run at 100% CPU if it's not necessary. It can also stream TV through a network/USB tuner, but HD streams use up a lot of CPU as well.

- The Cloud Station app lets you set how many versions should be retained for all of your content that's shared through it, and also lets you delete versions individually or for an entire share. However, it would be nice to have the versioning setting available for individual shares/folders instead of just one global setting. For instance, I would like to keep my documents versioned that I keep in my CloudStation home directory, but not necessarily my video/music files.

Other Thoughts: I'm really loving this NAS and finding new things to use it for, even after 6 months of owning it. Some thoughts:

- I have 2x3TB drives using the default Hybrid RAID which amounts to about 2.78TB of redundant storage.

- Getting on average 600Mbps (75MBps) read/write speeds between the NAS and my HTPC, which are both on the same gigabit switch. That's about what the specs are, though it should get slightly better read speeds. I'm very happy with those numbers though.

- I'm using this as storage for all of my movies as well as for my TV shows that I record using my HTPC (via a HDHomeRun Prime network tuner, which is also awesome). Unfortunately Windows Media Center does not allow network drives as primary storage for recorded video, so I have a scheduled task that moves files over from the default location to my NAS. Then I added my NAS shared folder to WMC as a source for recorded TV. Works great.

- Loving Download Station and the associated apps for all of my devices (I have Android, iOS, and WP8; and all of them work smoothly).

- Speaking of which, I love the fact that Synology has created good native apps for all three of the main mobile OSes. That includes Download Station as well as File Station and others.

- Recently I've also downloaded the Git Server to store my app development projects, instead of storing them on Dropbox as I did before. Works great so far.

- I'm currently using the Cloud Station to store all of my work files, and have also gotten my girlfriend to use it for storing her photography files (so that she can work on the same Lightroom catalogs from multiple computers). I'm very happy with the app in general, though I had to turn off the desktop notifications since it would get a little annoying with large transfers (unlike Dropbox which waits to sync everything and notifies you once).

- I have also tested out the Video Station, which I like for streaming videos when I'm away from home. Though it doesn't seem as mature of a product as some of the other apps (I believe it was introduced fairly recently). For instance, there's no way to add a whole folder of videos to a watchlist. Instead, I have to add each individual video, which can become tedious for tutorial packages that contain 100+ small video files. I understand that it was probably primarily developed for Movies, but it would be nice to have some extra configurability. Also, the DTV tuner option is pretty awesome, but it too lacks customizations such as easily organizing channels and seems to be a little buggy. The guide data also doesn't show up for me.

Overall I'm extremely happy with this purchase and look forward to buying more Synology products in the future.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 4/17/2014 3:14:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBroken OS - Horrible Support

Pros: Great features and easy to use
Cheap

Cons: HORRIBLE TECH SUPPORT
BROKEN OS (5.0)

Other Thoughts: I have been totally down for a week, and opened a ticket 3 days ago, but have yet to receive any solution and very little response from Synology. I have spent at least 3 hours over the last three days just waiting in the phone support queue, and have not received an email response in over a day regarding my ticket.

Here is a telling post on Synology's website:

Due to the popularity of our DSM 5.0 release, and high volume of downloads, our support is currently behind normal schedule. As a result, our responses may be delayed 2-3 business days during this adjustment period. We apologize in advance and appreciate your patience.

The OS is not as popular as it is BROKEN! That is why support isn't even responding to emails for 2-3 days!!! Stay away from SYNOLOGY!!!

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat/Flexible device, Little documentation

Pros: Simple Setup
Flexible as a media server
Power Management
Scheduled downloads
Android apps to access away from home

Cons: Little documentation. You have to install the various "packages" before you find out what they do.
Some automated/proactive settings can be hard to find to adjust.

Other Thoughts: I consider myself to be relatively technical, and this was my first NAS to be used as a media server. I got this for the DLNA streaming so I can stream my movies to by Sony Blu-Ray Player without constantly needing my PC turned on, and to give some of my wifi bandwidth back. My PC is 100% wireless, and I connected the NAS directly to my wifi router.

First Impressions:
Was very easy to setup and get started. The interface is browser based, but very intuitive. The browser initially had trouble finding the device, and I had to install the application from the disk to get the info off the WAN. I think this wouldn't have been needed if the NAS was directly connected to the PC, and it doesn't detract from the overall product.

Documentation is sparse. It came with a quick start sheet, and the wizard got you going pretty easily. There are multiple "packages" available to install, but you don't really know what it is and/or does until you install it and go to the help file for the package. Once the package is installed, the help files are very easy to use and give very good information on how to customize and set up the package. I took off one star for requiring installation BEFORE going into what the application does. There should be a description for each package, other than just the name.

Setting up DLNA was a bit tricky for me. I don't knock the NAS for this, as it was an issue with my Blu-Ray player. For some reason, the NAS was sending my MP4 files as M2DS files instead of MP4. I had to manually change the default DLNA format for the BD Player, as it was a default for a DIFFERENT Sony device. I admire the pro-activeness to try to use a common format SONY uses, but it was difficult to find where the problem was coming from. You can customize the DLNA settings for each connected device, and I didn't have any issues with my tablets, phones, or PC.

Once the change was made, there have been no issues.
Android Apps allow access to streaming, music, photos, and the files themselves, both on the WAN and wireless. (Be careful on wireless. that'll eat up your data!)
There is power management options in the NAS(get a HDD that supports them!), and it seems overall a very capable and flexible device. You can set up user permissions for multiple users in the household, so you can have some items kept away from the kids or guests.

Synchronization with my Photos, Music and Videos on my PC was a snap to set up, and having my HDD's raided (RAID1) was automatic in the setup. Now I have instant backup of my important files.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this device for a simple media server and backup storage device. It takes a little tech know how, so if you're giving this as a gift, you may need to help them with the setup.

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  • Jerry L.
  • 2/25/2014 7:23:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsVery buggy software

Pros: Nice and quite. Great for basic file storage

Cons: DSM software is very buggy. Please take some time to review their User Forum. I'll see a tone of issue. I wouldn't use it if security is a concern.

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  • ReeAnn D.
  • 2/11/2014 12:42:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat item

Pros: Easy to physically install the hard drives. Great software. Had it up and running in less than 30 minutes. The set-up could be a lesson for other manufacturers on how it should be done. Has a power saving sleep mode which actually works. Cost a little more than some comparable items, but well worth the difference.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: The software allows the user to easily configure many operating parameters from simple to fairly complex.

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  • Andras K.
  • 2/1/2014 12:21:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Performance

Pros: - Good Performance for media streaming
- I can go forward and backward on my video on my smart TV
- Admin interface is very complete with a lot of option
- DLNA server has a lot of index options, you can customize indexes

Cons: None, it is pro model with budget price.
Though I would like to have more options to setup my HDD, like chunk sizes so on ...

Other Thoughts: - Replace my Buffalo that came with low quality drives
- Need 2-3 days before it will operate, though I liked this
- I needed 3 days before I was able to get everything in my house working properly. I do a lot media streaming.
- I bought those expensive $200 Seagate Entreprise drive with 128MB cache but it is useless on a wifi network. You better go with the entrprise quality HDD but only with the 64MB cache. The right high speed drive will insure flawless streaming and long life for your media server

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