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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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DiskStation DS214Play

Embrace the Ultimate Media Center

Optimized for multimedia processing, DS214play is a two-bay NAS aiming to fulfill the increasing need for high-quality photo, music, and video streaming, while keeping all other aspects of the NAS uncompromised.

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1080p Full HD video transcoding

Powered by a hardware accelerated transcoding engine, DS214play features 1080p Full HD video transcoding on the fly. With 1080p lossless transcoding, you can enjoy a non-degraded version of the original movie even when the format is not supported by your player.

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Dual core CPU with floating-Point unit enhances media processing

DS214play is equipped with a built-in floating-point unit which not only enhances the overall capability of the main CPU but is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail creation when uploading large amounts of photos or videos. Coming with a dual core CPU and 1GB RAM, DS214play delivers an average 108.99MBps reading and 104.4MBps writing speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment.

Support for versatile storage interfaces

DS214play comes with comprehensive external storage integration, providing two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA interfaces in the back, as well as one SD card and one USB 2.0 interface in the front panel, along with the Copy button that enables one-click data replication from your SD/USB device to DS214play.

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DLNA Certified media server

As a DLNA Certified DMS (Digital Media Server), DS214play can serve as your primary media server, with the capability to host digital multimedia content for local or remote playback. Once connected to a router, DS214play streams music, photos, and videos to DLNA-compliant devices, such as DLNA TVs or gaming consoles without any pre-configuration. You can even browse and select content on DS214play using DS audio and designate a DLNA player within the same local network to play it.

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Easy hard drive installation

Designed with both safety and convenience in mind, DS214play contains tool-less hard drive trays, allowing you to install 3.5" hard drives without a screw driver. Meanwhile, DS214play supports hot-swappable hard drive trays for instant and risk-free hard drive replacement.

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Award winning OS - DiskStation Manager

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a sleek, browser-based operating system running on every DiskStation and RackStation, which makes managing your Synology NAS a breeze. Featuring an intuitive user interface, DSM makes accessing and sharing your data smarter and simpler. Synology's Package Center lets you download and install useful add-on packages designed specifically for individual or business needs, meaning you can enjoy more entertainment in your life or better productivity at work.

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Connect your data quickly and easily

Synology aims to provide you the most convenient way to enjoy all services on DS214play. With Synology QuickConnect, you don't have to deal with difficult DDNS setup. QuickConnect frees you from complicated router configuration and port-forwarding, so your entertainment and work files can be accessed on any computer, laptop, or mobile devices instantly without extra charge.


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Ultimate file center

File Station is a fast and secure feature for sharing and managing your files stored on DS214play. Just drag-n-drop and upload data from Mac or PC. Advanced filters make it easy to search for documents, photos, or videos. With built-in FTP or email clients, DS214play lets you organize and share files through an advanced web application effortlessly. You can even share files and folders with others by simply sending a links. Files can be reached on mobile devices via the companion mobile app DS file. HTTPS, SSL/TSL encryption, and link expiry dates also ensure file sharing over the Internet is highly secure.

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Effective backup solution

Synology DS214play can serve as a centralized backup target. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, you can back up everything on your computer directly to Synology NAS using Cloud Station. Whenever you modify a file, the changes are backed up to DS214play automatically. Mac users also enjoy native Apple® Time Machine support. You can also back up data from your DS214play to another DiskStation, rsync servers, external drives, or even Amazon® S3, Glacier cloud service, Microsoft Azure, SFR, and hicloud. "Backup & Replication" allows you to schedule backup tasks and restore the server to any particular point in time, while minimizing storage consumption and processing time by saving only the specific data block that has been changed between versions.

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Your files anywhere with cloud service

DS214play brings you comprehensive cloud service. Cloud Station lets you sync files among DiskStations and multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as Windows mobile devices, whereas two-way sync allows file synchronization among different DiskStations. You can even sync your DiskStation with Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, hubiC, and Baidu Cloud – establish your hybrid cloud to enjoy more storage flexibility and prevent data loss.

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The most compatible sharing

Enjoy seamless files sharing across Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms as DS214play offers comprehensive network protocol support including FTP, SMB2, AFP, NFS and WebDAV. With Windows AD and LDAP integration, DS214play can fit effortlessly into any existing network environment - there is no need for IT administrators to maintain two sets of credentials. You also won't worry about missing files with the Recycle Bin feature which is supported on AFP, CIFS, File Station, and WebDAV. All files deleted in a shared folder will be automatically moved into the Recycle Bin.

Enjoy multimedia library

DS214play provides you a central platform to organize, backup, and share photos, music, and video collections. Featuring a streamlined and sleek interface, Synology packages – Photo Station, Audio Station and Video Station – let you build a seamless entertainment hub effortlessly. Since everything is saved on DS214play, you can enjoy more customizable content arrangement, and no worries about extra monthly fees for storage capacity. Better yet, your digital collections can be shared with others via a simple link.

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Stream content to your TV

DS214play is highly compatible with other devices, letting you manage and enjoy digital content with the devices you already have: computers, mobile devices, TVs, DLNA devices, and stereos. Synology offers the latest support for TV streaming, including Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast, meaning you can stream digital content stored on DS214play to your widescreen TV effortlessly.

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Get mobility with our apps

Synology develops versatile mobile apps – DS note, DS audio, DS video, DS photo+, DS cloud, DS file, DS download and DS cam – allowing you to access and manage the contents of your DS214play with smartphones and tablets. QuickConnect brings an easier network experience as it eliminates complicated router configuration or port forwarding. With Synology mobile apps, your multimedia collection and work files are always on the go.

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Eco-Friendly NAS server

All Synology NAS is designed with energy efficiency in mind. DS214play only consumes 13.58W in HDD Hibernation and 20.12W in access*. With special fan and the smart airflow design, the DS214play keeps the system running cool 24/7, while its noise dampening design makes it quieter than PC counterparts. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen, so all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials.

* The power comsumtion figures may vary on different environments.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Keith H.
  • 1/30/2015 8:06:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes the Job

Pros: Quiet, fast streaming of music and video, streams to my samsung tv, initial setup and joining to the network is quick and easy. Lots of packages available to add functionality (but you're on your own to figure out how to set them up properly).

Cons: Not intuitive, manual/help file is somewhat limited; This is a fault with iTunes but it would be nice to stream iTunes movies from the iTunes server function (you can convert/export the iTunes movie to a standard file and stream that way, but it's extra space and time spent).

Other Thoughts: Integration with PC seems better then integration with MAC. Being able to map a consistent drive in PC allowed me to move my iTunes files over and then update my iTunes library to my new mapped drive so functions are native. My Fiance has a Mac Air and it's cumbersome for her to manage her files (seems more like an OSX limitation) as the diskstation doesn't appear as a native drive it limits functionality.

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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 9/16/2014 2:02:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice unit so far.

Pros: 1. DSM 5 is fantastic and solid.
2. Ability to stream movies from home.
3. Work with Chromecast and Samsung TV.
4. Google Drive cloud sync works great.
5. Solid storage device.
6. Photo and Audio Station. Who needs those other cloud providers. Create your own cloud.

Cons: None that I have seen so far.

Other Thoughts: I switched from an Asustor AS-302T because it didn't work at all with Cloud Sync and I didn't want to create another Asustor just to do off site backup. The Synology worked great. Most people say that Synology needs an HDMI port and that might be something that they have in the future, but also putting an HDMI port makes the Synology both a Client and a Server. Having the XBMC client on the Asustor made it slower than the Synology. The Asustor apps were not as polished at the Synology. I switched to Asustor, but then after months of use I am back with Synology.

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  • Susan B.
  • 8/26/2014 12:44:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSynology - Initial review

Pros: Ease of setup - Installing two bare drives was easy. I had some misgivings about the EZ setup guide that was no more than a few pictures but ... they are right! It is that easy. After a misstep of not double checking that a second hard drive was fully seated (my haste), i was ready to get up and running with the device.

I went to the website (as advertised) and went through the step-by-step setup. The device detected my network (as well as other devices) and automatically set all of the settings for remote access once i made my choices.

Flexibility/Use. I am extremely impressed by the number of FREE applications. The interface took a few seconds to get used to; with that, it was extremely easy installing each of the extensions, creating folders for my non-media data, and transferring data.

Cross-platform use. So far, I have loaded about 30k files (pictures, music, documents). PC mapping to the drives was simple and fast. Mac also had no problem connecting. Similarly, I had no problems getting the ipad/phone apps to connect to the devices. Excellent instructions.

Connectivity. Within the lan, connectivity is no problem at all. I have not tested printers or external drives (connected to the Synology array) but will get to that in a few days.

Off site, i had absolutely no problem connecting to the volume and accessing various types of files - FAST (see comments below).

I'm still working on the Apple TV and other media players but those were secondary. I'll update.

Cons: When you total up the cost of the bare-bones storage and disks, it isn't the cheapest. Then again... the cheapest don't work and aren't reliable. So I cannot really call that an issue.
The Photo Station uploader seems to go a bit slowly but maybe that has something to do with having nearly 37k photos! The results are great so, again, cannot really call that an issue...

Other Thoughts: Rarely do i give a review of a product. This is a stand-out product that really deserves praise, not just on the hardware but software/firmware side.

I run a business from home and data integrity is critical. I have a SBS for exchange and (formerly) file serving. This was backed up to an attached drive. I also had a raid drive (originally Stora ... retired) that was recently replaced with WD MyClouds. After one of the latest firmware "upgrades," external access was killed and transfer speeds went to "when it decides to connect." App connectivity was virtually non-existent. Needless to say, after a couple of weeks of trying everything, I decided that the best course of action was to rip out the drives and use the cases as book-ends. That's when I found a Synology review...

Criticisms about the Synology being complicated are only half right. If you want an "out of the box" solution, it works. It has the flexibility to be as complex as you want it to be. I wanted both a media server and reliable storage/back-up solution. It does all of that without even seeming to breath hard.

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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:

DS213
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]

DS214j
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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