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This review is from: Synology DS1813+ Network Storage
Pros: Simple to use on Apple or Windows products and Linux as well.
Inserting drives requires no screws (but they come with the unit if you want to use them).
Works with Time Machine
Ample USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports
4 network cards (although I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with them)
A ton of software available, including myPhpAdmin, iTunes Server, and a million others.
Beautiful Web client based desktop Linux/Windows like
FTP, Telnet, NFS, SMB, AFB, all that
Great Management Tools
Awesome storage capability and expansion
More services than I will ever use
The CPU and default RAM (2GB) seem more than enough for one or two users. I haven't seen either being put to the test. Don't run out and buy more RAM just yet. This unit is efficient!
Cons: I'll have to be picky here. More of a wish list.
No USB ports in the front
The disk trays are plastic and a little flimsy. They work of course, but metal would have been much nicer and easier to manage
Software does not have quotas for individual folders. All quotas are user based. (Future software release maybe?)
Would have liked to see more one-click updates. For instance, to install/upgrade Java, you have to find the right file, have an account with Oracle, all doable, but a hassle.
No calibration of fans. Unit basically has two settings. One for quiet and one for cooler. I have a warm room and the drives are at 95 degrees F, on the cooler setting. I actually would like to spin the fans up a bit more, as cooler is better!
Other Thoughts: I bought the unit with 4-2TB Seagate drives, giving me 3.5TB usable space using SHR-2 RAID. Nice to know I can pop in more drives, bigger drives until I reach crazy limit. With the price of the unit, 4 drives coming in around $1500-$1600, I figure I'm paying around a dollar a day for my data redundancy/backups, if I get 5 years out of the unit. Now if only the price of tape drives and tapes would come down! This is light-years ahead of the ReadyNAS I bought years ago. And I paid around a grand for that unit with only 1TB of storage.READ FULL REVIEW