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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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  • 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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  • Phillip L.
  • 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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  • 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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