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


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2015 6:25:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGotta Jump On Board

Pros: This is a sleek truly performing NAS, the 1.33GHz dual-core processor supported by a fixed 1GB of DDR3 memory is 2x that of the DS213+. As most have mentioned, the DSM software is straight forward and really easy to use. Startup was a breeeeeze. I also like the ease of the USB 2.0 port to plug in a memory stick & copy files to the storage folder. Also, this abby is easy on the juice, my meter tagged it under 16W during some heavy transfers and 19W for a major stream. The fan doesn't appear to be anything special, but to be fair, I am not sure of the make.

Cons: Synology's spec speed of 208MB/sec reads & and 153MB/sec writes is under scenario of aggregating the bandwidth of the two Gigabit network ports to create a data pipe to the unit. Not your typical setup for most of us. I'm hitting 100-110MB/sec reads, 85-95MB/sec writes, which is still good enough for my needs but it isn't what the maker is claiming. I believe most NAS makers do this though.

Other Thoughts: I give it a 5 egger, it is worth the extra I spent and expected in performance.

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  • Jeffrey B.
  • 1/9/2015 10:10:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to install NAS

Pros: Good value for the money. The Synology software is easy to use, and a RAID disk system can be up and running within minutes. Works very well as a Time Machine (for OS X) destination, as well as many other capabilities provided at no additional cost.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I wish I had purchased this a while back.. these enclosures seem to be well made. The simple to use software interface is straight-forward house. Works fine for OS X or MS Windows networks.

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  • David P.
  • 12/3/2014 4:36:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA nice little NAS

Pros: Seems like a decent, simple-to-operate NAS.

I bought this to store my online music and photo collection, replacing an aging Windows server. I filled it with two WD Red 2TB disks configured as a single RAID-0 volume.

It pretty much fills the role I need it to. It's a lot smaller and quieter than the box it replaced. Administration is mostly straightforward through the web-based GUI.

Spin-down of idle disks is a plus.

Cons: A couple of very minor quirks: the rear eSATA port does not seem to see a disk if you plug it in after powering-up the DS214+. This is unfortunate since I want to use eSATA for backup. I'll probably just use USB 3.0 instead.

Backing up to an external disk is not quite as simple as I want it to be. What I'd like is to have an NTFS volume that has nothing but 'my' files; what I get includes all the metadata needed to restore - which is fair enough for a true backup, but not quite what I wanted. I can make the copy I need from a Windows client PC, but again not quite my intent.

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  • Radu B.
  • 11/3/2014 11:22:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt just works

Pros: it's fast
Many features.
You get 2 camera licenses vs 1 in the previous year Synology boxes.

Cons: pricy but you get constant updates (especially security updates) from Synology. So it's not really a <cons> . You get what you pay for :)

Other Thoughts: It just works as a backup sinology to another sinology box.
I installed it as RAID 1 and there are no problems

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  • Charles M.
  • 8/14/2014 6:40:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy initial setup, powerful features

Pros: Easy, tool-less setup is literally a snap. No SATA cables required. Hard drives literally snap into place in the carriers and then are inserted into the metal housing.

Easy to get working out of the box.

Lots and lots of advanced features.

Cons: Lots of advanced features. Setup of these advanced features isn't always so obvious for the non-power user.

Other Thoughts: Have barely begun to explore the advanced features.

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  • David Y.
  • 8/13/2014 8:07:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The best NAS in the class, fast, huge apps selection, great user interface, easy configuration.

Cons: Unit is very quite, but if you insert two 7200 rpm enterprise drive, the cheaper metal case will vibrate terrible, I have to put extra weight on top when both disks spinning.

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  • Phil S.
  • 7/5/2014 12:45:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 1) Very straightforward set-up thanks to the drop-dead simple quick start in the packaging.
2) Quiet
3) Outstanding user interface in the web browser.
4) Great support - I have some other units from Synology and the firmware updates just keep coming.
5) Documented file system (ext4). If the hardware fails, there is documentation out there so that you can mount the disks and access the data. Coming from a Netgear unit that is failing, and based on SPARC, their custom filesystem is not accessible outside their hardware. This is worrying.
6) Separate power brick. If the power supply fails, it's easy to find a replacement rather than some built-in unit.

Cons: 1) Might be considered a little pricey, but that has to be considered in terms of "you get what you pay for". For storage, I would rather pay more and have the reliability and performance that brings.

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  • Leo M.
  • 5/18/2014 11:51:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great unit and great software to replace an Unraid server. With two Seagate 4GB NAS drive in Raid 1, power consumption is low at 10W with drive sleeping and 25W peak with both drive working. In shutdown mode (WOL ready), power consumption is about 1 W.
NAS will saturate the Gigabit Ethernet network in reading and writing file. I like the ability to schedule power ON and OFF schedule. Wake On LAN also work fine.

Cons: Negative is the price. I would like to see a S3 sleep mode. Shutdown mode work OK but a WOL take about 90 s. On my PC, WOL from S3 sleep take only 10-15 s.

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  • Martin D.
  • 5/16/2014 3:29:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic NAS!!!

Pros: Very quiet, very easy to use interface, and very very fast! Out of the box it was very simple to install, easy to plug in the drives, lockable front tray covers. Raid was automatically configured. Easy to setup users and their access. I love the interface, a 100 miles better than the Iomega/Lenovo i used before.

Cons: Just the price, compared with other units... but you do get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this with WD Red drives. Once again i love this unit!

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  • David H.
  • 4/20/2014 9:06:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJack of all trades NAS

Pros: Does waaaay more than just store files. It's got all sorts of apps aside from the usual storage systems (CIFS/SMB, NFS, FTP, iSCSI). You can install web servers, RADIUS, etc., etc. I purchased a DS1512+ a year or so ago to use for a small VM setup since the Synology boxes support iSCSI and NFS. Well, because it does so much else, I bought this two-drive unit so that I could dedicate the bigger NAS to the VMs and use the DS214+ to house my CIFS shares, backups, and shared music. I use the Slimserver devices (a.k.a. Logitech Squeezebox) throughout our house and the one of the apps that you can install is the Slimserver software. Very cool! One less thing for me to maintain. Check out all of the features: http://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/index

Cons: It doesn't make me rich by mining Bitcoins?

Other Thoughts: I bought two WD RED 4TB drives so that will give me plenty of storage in a RAID1 config. So far I'm loving both of my Synology boxes. I had purchased some other NAS units awhile ago from other manufacturers and they just didn't have the performance, quality, and feature set that these babies have.

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