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Synology DS214+ Diskless System DiskStation 2-Bay Network Storage

  • Dual Core CPU Powered by Floating Point Unit
  • 208 MB/s Reading, 153 MB/s Writing
  • 2 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Support

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  • Ray B.
  • 9/29/2015 7:37:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDS214+

Pros: Easy to setup and is fast, took about 20 to 30 min for a basic install.

Don't need network, IT knowledge, but just the basics.

Has fast file transfer over network (Win 7 PC to the NAS is faster than any other NAS I've used, not even using the aggregation technology, seeing 40 to 100MB speeds).

Works with basic router/switch, U Verse.

Cons: Pricey

Cannot play ISO movie images over network with connected media player. They are seen, but cannot play.

Need to always res-can the connected external USB HD when wanting to stream video to media player over network. Use a different ext USB HD, need to re-scan.

It's RAID 0,1 or Synology's Hybrid Raid only. Maybe JBOD too, not sure.
This means when 2 drives are in it, if one fails, data is toast. Wish I could have just 2 drives independent from each other. I don't think Synology Raid supports that, for sure RAID 0,1, JBOD do not.

Other Thoughts: I cannot comment on the full capabilities of this NAS.

I wanted a fast transfer of files from PC to the NAS over ethernet and ability to see external USB HD on it, and then from the NAS to other devices (media player) on my network.

For that, it gets nearly top ratings, but there's a hiccup.

This DS214+ does see my external USB HD drives (formatted NTSF) when connected, using a Mediasonic ProBox K32-SU3 enclosure.

The external USB HD's have various types of video media, all can be seen, played on my ethernet network to my media player (KDLINKS 720 player).
However, the ISO files cannot be played, but can be seen. It's not the player, since they play without issue if connecting ext. USB HD enclosure directly to the player.

Always need to scan different ext. USB HD drive to see it's media.
That's not a deal breaker but wish it wasn't so (it's similar to windows 7 media player, lame..).

The issue with that is when connecting other ext. USB HD's with different video files, they would too need to be scanned for their files to be seen by other devices on my network.

It gets worse.

Now, the NAS's "file list" will have the 1st ext USB HD files listed with the 2nd ext USB HD files, as seen by my media player.

Of course, the 1st ext USB HD files can't play, since they are not connected; the NAS box seems to keep them indexed.

Wish I could just connect ext USB HD to the NAS and then it's content be seen on the network (they are just files, don't want to play media from the NAS like the 214play, don't need transcoding; I have media players for that), just want the files to be seen on the network by other devices.

How to avoid this re-scanning of external USB HD issue and also get the ISO video images to play on my media player, if resolved, I'd love this NAS. Help!! If anyone knows how.

When first setting up, if you want RAID 0 or 1, do a custom install, don't click next button. If you do, you'll get Synology Hybrid RAID (which seems to be similar speeds to RAID 1 when I tested transfer speeds).

You can convert RAID versions, but doing so is like reformatting (actually it is), and you'd get stuck installing all file (OS, apps, ALL of it) again.

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  • John B.
  • 9/16/2015 12:27:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHuge disappointment

Pros: What it does, it does well. I just wish it was more clear this can't be used as an external HDD and that exFAT is not supported.

Cons: I was hugely disappointed to find out this NAS box has no support to work as an external drive. But much much more disappointed to find out that it doesn't support exFAT. It is due to them not paying Microsoft for the licensing. Is there really no way we can get an paid add-on that will allow this? I can't explain how useless this is to me. I work at a University in research lab where I can get 40gb of data in a day and have to transfer my files on an external SSD between a MAC and PC environment. NTFS transfers on OSX with 3rd party apps make it painfully slow to use a drive as NTFS on OSX. I can't use a HFS formatted drive on the PC where the files are recorded from, so I'm stuck using exFAT. Since exFAT isn't supported by the DS214+, I have to plug the drive into a pc or mac and then transfer over the network (at between 500 kB/s to 8 MB/s). This wouldn't be such a huge problem if I had control over network hardware here. Our department wants $8k to add more gigabit switch ports in our building. I could add a gigabit switch to the computer that is accessing it, but then I run the risk of our networking dept. banning the MAC address since we're not allowed to add switches to the network. Anyways, part of this is the fault of our University network restrictions, but I really wish that the product page was more upfront about the lack of exFAT support and lack of support to be used as a non-NAS hard drive. If you are someone who uses a camera with exFAT memory cards, this is also a huge PITA if you expected to be able to use the USB 3.0 host ports to transfer to the photos from a memory card to the drive. Some of my complaints are definitely on me for not researching enough. But it took me a bit of googling just to find out that it doesn't support use as an external HDD, this should have been in the product description, since many NAS boxes support this feature.

Other Thoughts: Aside from my issues, I think it is great, I just feel like I fell through the cracks using this with my applications and I feel like I wasted $300 on a product that doesn't fulfill my needs. I also have found an 8 page thread on their forums full of people clamoring for exFAT support. The silence is deafening, no mention of whether they will or will not support exFAT in the future. I doubt they will due to licensing costs, but I wish they would at least address the issue so I know for sure I'm in the dark for the foreseeable future.

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  • Reuben S.
  • 8/30/2015 10:57:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFull featured device

Pros: The device was easy to set up and works very well and the software is quite extensive and provides access to many kinds of uses for the device. (I've used about one-third of the software so far.) It works with bare hard drives, which are cheaper, no need for cables. I set it up as a "mirror RAID" so backup is maximized. I like that I can "read" the hard drives outside the unit, if necessary. It runs quietly (you can change the fan settings for more cooling or for more quiet) and has useful and sufficient ports.

Cons: This is an "industrial strength" system (hardware and software) so it can take some time to figure out. You can get it going right out of the box, but the instructions and information are not step-by-step, rather they describe the features but do not explain fully how to use them or why you would want that feature; therefore some experimentation is required, Be prepared to try things out before committing to it. The software is not "best in class", but is more than adequate and does the main things quite well; it just lacks the bells and whistles of better software.

Other Thoughts: Because there are so many features and software, it pays to read carefully and do some experiments before putting your "real" data in place. You don't want to have to redo large amounts of work when you figure out that you set up something a less than optimal way.

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  • Navid M.
  • 8/21/2015 8:26:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible out of your local network

Pros: - Easy Install

- Super fast and easy to set-up on your local network

Cons: - Terrible outside of the Local Network

- 100Kb/s when using quick connect

- Need 3rd part software for WebDAV connection on windows (having the NAS files in your windows explorer as mapped network drives)

- Finder (OS X) crashed when attempting to copy a file from WebDAV connection (Attempted individually on 3 different Mac Computers at 3 different locations)

- Cloud Station slows anything working from that file

- Photo Station needs to process anything uploaded (1000 pictures take 6 hours)
- You could use Photo Station Uploader to have the processing done locally on your PC but that software crashes after a couple uses (Both Mac and Windows)

Other Thoughts: This NAS is terrible out of the local network. Be warned, using "Quick Connect" the speeds are painfully slow (think 100Kb/s slow). This isn't just me, there is a Synology forum post that dates back to 2012 with many people having the same issue.

Trying other methods of remote access, like WebDAV turned out to be painful as well. Windows doesn't natively support WebDAV so you would have to pay $40 PER MACHINE to get a 3rd party software to set up WebDAV, this is coming from Synology tutorial on setting up WebDAV. If you have Mac you're in luck because it natively supports a WebDAV connection, problem is that anytime you try and copy a file over it will crash Finder.

Ultimately, if you want to work with files remotely then you will have to use quick connect, be prepared to wait with dial-up speeds.

Other issues: Cloud station, the feature to "make your own Dropbox", has speed issues, slows anything you're working with out of that file to a crawl. This may be because of connection issues because it uses quick connect (the 100Kb/s connection). If it is because of that, then the software is terribly inefficient, it should run off of your hard drive then back up to the NAS, like Dropbox does. Side note, as I'm typing this, cloud station is constantly loosing connection and re-connecting.

Photo Station. Really nice tool! Problems - If you import through photo station then the NAS has to process all of the files for Photo Station to use. This means that your NAS will be bogged down churning through these photos. 1000 photos takes about 6 hours. There is a way around this, using Photo Station Uploader from Synology, problem is, the application crashes after a few uploads. I've tried it on my Mac and my windows, both crash, re-installed on the windows machine, still crashes.

This may all be a connection issue, but I have tried everything. My internet speeds at my home and when I am accessing remotely are both about 80MB up and down. I've contacted Synology support and they say that everything is fine after looking at the log file and connecting through WebDAV to test (I think that they only connected and didn't try moving files, that's when Finder crashes).

I'm still in talks with them (have been for over a week now) and will update if I solve any of these issues but as of now, this is terrible outside of your Local Network and it seems like I have had issues at every turn.

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  • David S.
  • 5/31/2015 12:25:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThey just work

Pros: Simple to setup. Mounting the hard drives is quick and easy. The wizard updates the DSM as part of the setup. Simple config in minutes. I good list of compatible drives is on their website.

Cons: Not all that wild about remote access via Synology, and I skip that option in setup. However, I'm not a fan of any company having access to my data.

Other Thoughts: I've owned / supported Synology units from 2 bay to 12 bay, and they just keep getting easier to use.

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  • Mark L.
  • 4/29/2015 2:59:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Device

Pros: Easy to learn how to set up.
Took me one day with no pri knowledge of Synology,
to totally replace a Windows File server in a small non profit office.

Took one additional day to figure out how to have automatic remote offsite back ups going to an identical 214+ device as well as pc to Synology back ups!

Support on the Synology forums is also excellent.

Buy this you will like it.

Cons: No cons.

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  • Earl W.
  • 4/14/2015 9:39:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSynology DS214+

Pros: Purchased 2 of these units exactly one year ago today. One is set up in my home office, configured as Raid 1 using 2 WD Red 2TB drives. The other is located in a family-owned retail music store some 220 miles away in Wellington, FL ... it is also configured as Raid 1 but using 2 WD Red 3TB drives ... and used primarily as an Access Database server for the Point-of-Sales system.

Both units have been extremely reliable with the only downtime coming as a result of a 2-3 hour power outage in South Florida. But as soon as the power was restored the NAS powered up on its own as advertised.

While in Europe last year, I made extensive use of DS File on my iPhone for backing up the store's files and transferring them to the home NAS. (Nothing like sitting in an ancient ruin in Turkey and being able to communicate with the servers in the U.S.)

All in all, we've been very happy with the systems ... hopefully they keep running as well for a long time.

Cons: Can't think of any.

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  • Maximilian L.
  • 2/8/2015 1:43:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat 2-bay NAS

Pros: + software is good, easy to use and updated regularly
+ fans are quiet
+ very well made, all metal chassis, high-quality hard disk trays
+ installation of 3.5" drives tool-less
+ good integration between the NAS and Synology services (e. g. for dynamic DNS)
+ Dropbox-like folder syncing just works
+ Security Advisor is a great feature which makes the device more secure

Cons: - sometimes there are sympathetic vibration between the two drivers
- in 2014/2015, the CPU is slow (competitors come with dual Cortex A15s)

Other Thoughts: It's well worth to pay extra for this model, Synology has earned its reputation. I'm particularly happy about the regular updates (I've seen 2 or 3 so far in the month-and-a-half of ownership).

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  • Paulo P.
  • 1/28/2015 7:58:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTrès bon produit

Pros: Disques faciles à insérer sans outil. Silencieux. Nombreuses applications tierce partie et de Synology qui peuvent être ajoutées. Facile à configurer.

Cons: Prix élevé.

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  • Jerem M.
  • 1/26/2015 6:04:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcited new owner of one to owner and operator of multiple devices

Pros: I have purchased every 2 bay model synology has to offer as well as one additional 4 bay model. My clients love these devices as they offer so much more than file management without the server price. Some things to be aware of which I did not realize at first:
-Synology does updates to the DSM (The OS which it runs) about every 2-3 weeks.
-Synology support is great at responding to your questions within a day or two over email. (Best way to get help is to give them remote admin access and logs of your device).
-Synology has done a great job with all of the apps (there are multiple 3rd party sites where you can get community apps, however I found most of them not up to par or as necessary.)
-The security features are amazing, they are HIPAA compliant!
- Cloud station does a fantastic job (currently have over 10 devices syncing to one of my disk stations, However I have found a good way to have more than one computer assigned to one account as they seem to interfere with each other.)
-Encryption of shared folders is functional and does not slow access down a bunch

Specific to this device:
- The price for this unit is worth every penny with the amount of RAM and CPU power you receive, it is more than enough power for streaming movies over the internet to 5 different users at the same time (as long as your movies are in MP4 format you can stream them to your chromecast through your phone, no need to get any synolgoy that does live trans-coding.) Note: The DS Video app is also available on Samsung smart TV's, Roku's, Apple, Android, and the web client
-I enjoy the additional USB in the front. I purchased a SD to USB adapter for it to run quick backups of photos from our Nikon when we arrive home from a trip or event.

I am running this device with:
- 2 WD RED 3TB drives
- using both LAN Ports as a Bonded pair for fault protection (as link aggregation is only needed or possible if your client device as link aggregation, or if you assign specific processes to each LAN Port which I discovered was possible).
- Internet speed of 50 down & 8 up (more than enough for my family and friends and paid clients to upload and stream their data to and from the device.
- One IP security camera
- Chromecast fro streaming movies

Cons: It is not a perfect device, I have found that there are things I wish I could do but can't, and I have found that there are some common issues among the devices (as in the same issues in different models but nothing specific to this model).

Common issues:
- If cloud station is not setup properly on the client side then you might wake up one morning and only have 10% storage space left. (Synology support would not give me specifics as to why this happens, all they would tell me is that I needed to uninstall cloud station on the server and re-install it.)
- 1 of out 5 of my devices had an issues with the quick connect id (enables you to connect quickly to your disk station online or on the apps, its their version of a domain name). I had to re-install DSM completely to fix the issue, which wasn't that bad because you can backup your setting and user accounts before doing a restore and restore the device without reformatting your hard drives. (Side note: when upgrading to a newer or better model, simply swapping the hard drives is possible and you do not loose data in the process if you follow the simple steps they provide).

I wish I could:
- There was a home/away toggle button for the synology camera station. As of right now all you can do is set a schedule for your IP camera to send alerts of motion, however I am gone mostly on an unscheduled basis.
-Back up network drives and USB drives through cloud station (this is something my clients wish they could do).
- Cloud station does not backup the full SD card of your phone. (It requires you to move the things you want backed up to a specific folder on your SD card which makes backing up the pictures you take not so easy, not even worth it.)

Other Thoughts: I would skip the DS213se model and go straight to the DS213j model for the extra ram and CPU power its your best "cheapest" model. If you can afford it, I would skip them both and get the DS214+ model. The DS214play has .3 GHz faster CPU than the + model and an SD instead of a USB in the front, and only a single LAN port in the back. Either one will suit you but I prefer the 214+ model over the play as trans-coding would be heavy for the CPU.

For home users no more than a 2 bay model is really needed. If you are scared of your HDD failing then go ahead and get the 5 bay model DS1515+ and skip the DS415+ model but make sure you use WD RED drives either way.

If you plan on using the synolgoy for mostly recording IP cameras, you might want to look into the WD Purple Drive.

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