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Synology DiskStation DS214play Diskless System Network Storage

  • 1080p Full HD Video Transcoding on the Fly
  • Dual Core CPU Powered by Floating-Point Unit
  • 111 MB/s Reading, 101 MB/s Writing
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Calvin W.
  • 6/13/2014 4:07:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Home NAS

Pros: I have two of these, a DS213 and a DS214 Play; but since this review is on the 214 I will focus on that. This device is loaded with features, plenty for any home user like myself. I am using 2 – 3TB Western Digital Red hard drives configured in a Hybrid Raid. I bought this for one specific purpose and that is to store my Blu Ray and DVD collection and stream across all of my devices from my TV’s to my iPad and phone. To start out, yes it will transcode full 1080p, but it will not stream full 1080p across the web. I am running Plex media server on my 214 and by the way it not pre-installed as it is on the 213. DVD’s of course are no problem, but if you want to stream your Blu Ray’s you will have to lower the resolution after you rip them. If you lower the resolution to 720p 1152x656, you will not have any problems streaming to any of your devices Dolby Digital or DTS audio and a MKV video format there is no problem. You can try low resolution 1080p which is 1366x768 62 fps, even with my broadband service some movies would not stream without a lot of buffering and I have a lot of bandwidth. I use Handbrake to edit my movies which is a great piece of software and it’s free. Watching full 1080p across your local network is not a problem. I have read articles where some people have had problems streaming across their local networks and usually this is a router problem. Surveillance Station and Cloud Station are the two other features that I love about this device and they work flawlessly. All in all, I am very pleased with this device and would recommend it to anyone looking for a NAS for your home.

Cons: Will not stream full 1080p over the web.

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  • Lucas G.
  • 5/2/2014 1:10:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome NAS

Pros: Easy setup and a ton of features. This thing can do SO much. Trans-coding of media: audio and video

Cons: I wanted to initially say that the configuration and features were a little difficult, but than I thought about the target market that Synology is shooting for. This is not for noobs. The overwhelming set of features and settings should not be a CON. This is what you get with a NAS of this caliber.
The only con that I could legitimately think of was the RAID setup. The setup just assumed that you'll use SHR (Synology's hybrid RAID), but there are other options. I don't know much (really nothing) about RAID and I wish they had explained better the pros/cons of the different RAID setups during the initial setup.

Other Thoughts: It's been about two days since I had this thing running. I"m so excited to try some of the additional features/packages. I haven't tried the media server portion, but it's one of those features/functions that I definitely want to get working

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  • Michael B.
  • 4/20/2014 5:22:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImproved processor over last year's model

Pros: A direct comparison using Crystal Diskmark on the same diskset (configured in SHR) from the DS213 model to this (2014) model:

Seq Read: 79.691 MB/s
Seq Write: 45.147 MB/s
Ran Read 512KB: 31.674 MB/s
Ran Write 512KB: 47.880 MB/s
Ran Read 4KB : .629 MB/s [ 153.6 IOPS]
Ran Write 4KB: 5.329 MB/s [1301.0 IOPS]
Ran Read 4KB(Q32): .481 MB/s [ 117.5 IOPS]
Ran Write4KB(Q32):2.427 MB/s [ 592.5 IOPS]

Seq Read: 85.885 MB/s
Seq Write: 101.410 MB/s
Ran Read 512KB: 39.525 MB/s
Ran Write 512KB: 76.210 MB/s
Ran Read 4KB : .770 MB/s [ 188.0 IOPS]
Ran Write 4KB: 4.820 MB/s [1176.7 IOPS]
Ran Read 4KB(Q32): .773 MB/s [ 188.8 IOPS]
Ran Write4KB(Q32):8.193 MB/s [2000.2 IOPS]

Cons: Price is up $70 bones

Other Thoughts: I am wondering when NASs will start using internal RAMdisks for faster speed.

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  • Allen H.
  • 2/25/2014 1:50:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood quality NAS

Pros: Very good home NAS for the money. CPU and memory is sufficient for everyday tasks. Transfers rates are acceptable for 1 Gigabit. I am using 2 - 3TB WD Red drives in Raid1 configuration. ~2.73 TB usable after formatting. So far, so good.

Cons: Full 1080p with DTS audio is not supported. Playback on IOS devices choppy.

Other Thoughts: Wish this DS214play would actually steam and encode all 1080p files as advertised. Plex is not officially supported, but needed!

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  • Kyle S.
  • 2/5/2014 7:31:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: This thing is great. I used it to backup all my photos and home videos as well as storing my dvd collection. Setup was easy. Your part in the setup takes no time at all but it does take a very long time to run the consistency check. I used 2 4TB hard drives and to complete the consistency check actually took about two days. However, it runs in the background and I was able to still do whatever I wanted on it in the meantime. It just slows things down a bit until it finishes, but it wasn't really a big deal. The amount of space I have created now is really unbelievable. I have about 30k photos and about 300GB of home video stored on it. Plus I've started on my DVD collection- 100 DVDs so far (converting to mp4 to be able to stream with my Hopper) and I have only used about 12.5% of the storage space available using a RAID 1 setup. At this rate, I will never fill this thing up. If I do, I can always expand with an add on unit or just attach an external hard drive. There are tons of useful apps that allow me to access all content anywhere, anytime. I couldn't be more happy.

Cons: none

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  • Henry S.
  • 1/10/2014 8:52:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs1080p Transcoding on the Fly not working

Pros: Solid NAS functionality. DSM 4.3 is very good.

Cons: 1080p transcoding functionality is not supported. Plex media server can be installed with tweaks but buffering is horrible. Do not buy this for its transcoding capability. Otherwise a solid NAS.

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