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Synology DiskStation DS214play Diskless System Network Storage - Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have two of these, a DS213 and a DS214 Play; but since this review is on the 214 I will focus on that. This device is loaded with features, plenty for any home user like myself. I am using 2 – 3TB Western Digital Red hard drives configured in a Hybrid Raid. I bought this for one specific purpose and that is to store my Blu Ray and DVD collection and stream across all of my devices from my TV’s to my iPad and phone. To start out, yes it will transcode full 1080p, but it will not stream full 1080p across the web. I am running Plex media server on my 214 and by the way it not pre-installed as it is on the 213. DVD’s of course are no problem, but if you want to stream your Blu Ray’s you will have to lower the resolution after you rip them. If you lower the resolution to 720p 1152x656, you will not have any problems streaming to any of your devices Dolby Digital or DTS audio and a MKV video format there is no problem. You can try low resolution 1080p which is 1366x768 62 fps, even with my broadband service some movies would not stream without a lot of buffering and I have a lot of bandwidth. I use Handbrake to edit my movies which is a great piece of software and it’s free. Watching full 1080p across your local network is not a problem. I have read articles where some people have had problems streaming across their local networks and usually this is a router problem. Surveillance Station and Cloud Station are the two other features that I love about this device and they work flawlessly. All in all, I am very pleased with this device and would recommend it to anyone looking for a NAS for your home.

Cons: Will not stream full 1080p over the web.

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Display Name: Calvin W.

Date Joined: 03/25/10

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