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Synology DiskStation DS214se Diskless System Network Storage

  • 102 MB/s Reading, 58 MB/s Writing
  • DLNA-Certified Media Server
  • 19W Low Power Consumption
  • Hassle-free System Installation
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
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DiskStation DS214se

A Budget-Friendly, Personal Cloud

With a sleek design, DS214se is a special edition two-bay NAS, providing beginners an affordable network storage along with the capability to host, share, and protect data. Explore the infinite possibilities of DS214se!

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High-Performance and floating-Point unit boost efficiency

The DS214se delivers an average of over 60.49MBps writing speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment, and over 98.52MBps reading. The built-in floating-point unit enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, and is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail creation when uploading large amounts of photos or videos.

DLNA Certified media server

As a DLNA Certified® DMS (Digital Media Server), DS214se 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, DS214se 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 DS214se using DS audio and designate a DLNA player within the same local network to play it.

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Hassle-Free system installation

DS214se supports Web Assistant, a web-based utility to make system installation easier. Web Assistant automatically installs the latest DSM version on your Synology server, sparing you the search for the exact installation file from online. For users unfamiliar with complicated router configurations, the Synology EZ-Internet Wizard simplifies the process of setting up access to the DS214se from the Internet, and walks you through all of network settings including firewall, port-forwarding, PPPoE setup, and DDNS registration.

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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 DS214se. 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 DS214se. 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, DS214se 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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The most compatible sharing

Enjoy seamless files sharing across Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms as DS214se offers comprehensive network protocol support including FTP, SMB2, AFP, NFS and WebDAV. With Windows AD and LDAP integration, DS214se 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.

Backup data in multiple ways

DS214se is the perfect backup destination for your data. No matter you are a Windows or Mac user, you can back up everything on your computer directly to Synology NAS using Cloud Station. Mac users also enjoy native Apple® Time Machine support. You can specify your backup destination as not only local hard drives, but also connected USB storage devices, or public cloud services, such as Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, SFR, and hicloud. Additionally, "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 specific data blocks that are changed between versions.

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Your files anywhere with cloud service

DS214se 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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Enjoy a multimedia library

DS214se 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 DS214se, 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

DS214se 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 DS214se 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 DS214se 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. DS214se only consumes 4.37W in HDD Hibernation and 13.46W in access*. With special fan and the smart airflow design, the DS214se 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 consumption figures may vary on different environments.


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

Customer Reviews of the Synology Inc. DS214se

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  • Zachariah Z.
  • 11/6/2014 4:02:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Home Storage

Pros: Easy set up that will have you up and running in about 15 minutes. I bought two 1 TB Western Digital Red hard drives to put in mine and I'm getting transfer speeds of up to 60 MB/s.

Mobile apps are also available so you can view pictures, music, and video on your mobile device at any time.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I wish I would have bout larger hard drives to put in from the start.

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  • Peter H.
  • 8/18/2014 7:18:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMy second DiskStation

Pros: Basic setup is very quick and easy. Reliable and quiet. Excellent support for TimeMachine. Mobile apps (DSAudio, DSPhoto) work well.

Cons: Technical support info on the web is scattered and, as a result, the learning curve can be steep. Getting everything (which is a lot!) out of the unit takes a lot of work.

Other Thoughts: This is my second Synology DiskStation. I've owned a DS-212J for over a year. I have two locations, and this DS214SE is for my home use. The primary use is for backup of our MacBooks. Secondary uses include media storage (audio) and personal cloud usage. Future usage includes web server and web services and possible home automation and monitoring.

The latest version of DiskStation (V5) is a big improvement. The EZ-Internet works very well, providing your router and ISP don't present roadblocks. For this installation, I have an AirPort Extreme and a cable modem and the automated setup worked flawlessly. At my other location, I have a flaky ISP (their DNS is so bad I have to use the Google DNS) and use a Belkin router and I have yet to troubleshoot the connection issues.

One word of advice: it take a while to configure a second disk, it's much faster to do an initial installation of two disks.

In general, setting up connectivity can be tricky. I've yet to be able to make the web server accessible from the outside world. Ideally, I want my own web server, mail server and DNS. Getting all these to work takes a lot of detective work. This product would benefit greatly from a comprehensive guide to setting this up. As it is, there are bits and pieces of instruction in various KB articles and forum postings and it can feel a bit like chasing one's tail.

Having said all that, the automated backup and media storage alone make this a worthwhile investment. My wife's MacBook crashed during an OSX update and it was very easy to restore from TimeMachine.

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  • Dominic J.
  • 7/15/2014 12:19:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest NAS I’ve ever owned

Pros: Was very easy to take apart and add my drives
The setup was essentially automatic and effortless and it even updated its software and formatted the drives for me.

Has the best NAS software I’ve ever used. Resembles more of a computer than a NAS as it has:
• Icons that can be moved around and replaced as you see fit
• Widgets showing current utilization of stuff like the ram and CPU
• Has a program called resource monitor which is essentially like task manger in Windows
• Can customizable login screen and wallpaper
• It supports encryption on your files
• It can do FTP and even make your own cloud storage
• It supports user control management, permissions and even active directory
• It also has traffic limits and disk quotas
• It can be remotely accessed
• Has a built in firewall and auto block functionality
• Can setup notifications via text/email to notify you if the NAS has any problems
• Has task scheduling abilities
• Has fan controls, temperature monitoring, power controls and even UPS support
• To no surprise it supports external drives but it also supports printers
• It can even host websites and supports PHP

One of the coolest things about this NAS is that it has an app store which provides ways of adding even more functionality such as an antivirus, Plex media server, DNS server, VPN server, etc. To add to this, if an app isn’t in their store it can be manually installed for example that is necessary to get Plex on this device.

Here’s some benchmarks of its performance:
Network File Transfer (100MB):
• Read = 107.71 MB/s
• Write = 50.68 MB/s

Power Consumption
Long Idle: 4.9 Watts
Idle: 14 Watts
Load - Read: 17.2 Watts
Load – Write: 16.9 Watts

Temperature of the hard drives: 97 °F

Cons: It would be better if it was black and not white
The plastic is a little cheap and weak whenever you grab it to pick it up

Other Thoughts: If you want to have your own server but maybe don’t know how to set one up yourself or may want to learn that kind of stuff this is a great choice. As it’s very easy to get going and has a ton of features built in along with additional applications that can be installed later to add even more functionality.

Here’s the hard drives actually total throughput:
• Read = 172.3 MB/s
• Write = 164.0 MB/s

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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  • Jason L.
  • 5/29/2014 12:19:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Affordable NAS

Pros: Fast (for avg home use), easy setup, small, fan is quite.

Cons: Not really a con of the unit, but what drives you choose to put in. If speed is an issue, put in 7200RPM drives. The drives spinning up is a bit loud (catches my attention when it happens). I set the control settings to not power down, personally I'd just as soon the drives stay running 24x7, but they still spin down... not sure if this is WD Black issue or the NAS software, but it really doesn't seem to impact performance much. Other drives may be quieter.

Other Thoughts: I've very happy with the performance and usage (as a straight file sharing and as a slave backup for another Synology system i have). The GUI interface is a pleasure to work with when I compare it to other NAS systems I've used in the past. It's cool that they have all the one-click install options for various apps, but I don't use them. Don't buy this for a small dept. or if you are going to try to use several apps at once (the one-click ones) and people will be hitting it.. the CPU is not made for that and you are going to be disappointed.

For media streaming to 2-3 systems via SMB it is great. The backup feature with another Synology isn't as 'easy' to setup as I would prefer (basically you have to hit 3 different control panel areas to get setup rather than going to just one), but easy enough if you follow online docs.

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  • Sriram S.
  • 3/12/2014 9:03:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice budget NAS for backups

Pros: Easy and quick to setup; does everything a backup NAS is supposed to do.

Software is fastastic, just like how everybody else says.

Cons: None really, works well for the purpose (backups) I need it for.

Other Thoughts: Use it for time machine backups and as a general file backup store.

Consolidated all my external hard drive backups in one place.

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  • christopher m.
  • 2/4/2014 9:33:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Budget NAS

Pros: The software is great. Knowing this is a budget NAS, It works great as a stand alone backup system. Quiet while running, low power mode.

Cons: Had to log in to shutdown and it takes a bit of time to boot back up and connect after sleeping.

Other Thoughts: Can't speak to the packages, don't use any. Read/Write performance seems good for a budget NAS.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 12/18/2013 1:13:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDS214SE

Pros: Great software, reason why I bought it. Can find similar products but this is where Synology shines.

Cons: Budget NAS, but knew that going in. I only use it for backup and occasional streaming and not at the same time and it works fine. Had to manually port forward in my router as Synology does not support Actiontec (Verizon). This may be problematic for some.

Other Thoughts: Probably could have gotten last year's DS213J for roughly the same price but why not get this year's product line.

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