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Synology DS213j Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Must have for power users 07/07/2014

This review is from: Synology DS213j Network Storage

Pros: I needed a network storage and a cloud. After much consideration, I went with this model, forgoing more expensive and more powerful devices and cheaper weaker devices. The software is amazing, and installation and setup were a breeze. Setting up file sync with the Cloud Station was simple and intuitive. Exactly what we needed on our network. The android apps and windows applications for features, like the cloud station, are lightweight and simple, and not resource intensive.

User setup and remote access, including remote cloud was also very simple. I put in more HDD space than I require, so I offered some space (which I can control) to my family's business, so they can access their files remotely and to have sync's between their offices. I was pleased with the level of security involved, both in keeping user's data secure from other users, but also having SSL encryption and password rules that keep non-users out. Also, you can control which features each user has access to, from password changing to electrical power options.

Also, the web interface uses a DDNS name. That is, XXXX.quickconnect.to. Where your NAS is registered to Synology's quickconnect domain and the IP is always updated. So you can connect to your NAS from the website even if it's connected to the internet via a dynamic IP address.

I do use the NAS for streaming media to remote computers, in which I just browse the directory and open the file within the browser with the VideoLAN plugin. I've had zero issues with this.

Cons: There is NO hardware encryption. If you need a device to encrypt data, you need to look at intel atom processors. Encrypting on this device cripples its processing, and many features do not work with encryption.

If you want to use SSL encryption for data transfer over the internet, you need to buy a domain name and attach it to your NAS. There are guides for this on the internet.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have a gigabit network. If you're moving large amounts of data, use the synology assistant to map the drive and then use windows to copy the data. Using the web interface of the NAS to copy files puts more load on the CPU. You can easily get the advertised speeds using mapped drives and your desktop/laptop CPU for the processing, but you'll only get half the speeds if you use the web UI of the NAS.

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TRENDnet TEW-733GR N300 Wireless Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gigabit ports. Bought this on a great sale. Needed it for the gigabit ports, which it has true gigabit routing, not just gigabit ports. WiFi settings are standard, although I don't really use WiFi much.

Takes less time to boot than my last router.

At most 10W power usage. Couple that with adjustable WiFi antenna power and toggle-able LAN ports, this thing runs cool and efficient.

Cons: The GUI is inferior to what I'm used to, but it does the job. No QoS and a rather limited number of port forwards you can have active. 25 Maximum port forwards? Am I reading that correctly? Still not sure if there's any working port triggering.

Other Thoughts: NewEgg is amazing. I use their Will-Call Service in NJ. This order was particularly time-sensitive in terms of my availability to receive the products. I've used Will-Call many times before, but this time, it wasn't just a typical show-up and sign ordeal. The Will-Call service personnel accommodated my particular needs professionally and reasonably, and I left a happy customer, as I always have and hope that I always will.

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD10EFRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought two 1TB of these for a NAS. After an extended SMART test, 0 sectors reallocated. Quiet, cool, little vibration, and very low power consumption. I needed a hard-drive that could keep up with 12hrs of heavy utilization, and not rack up the electric bill the other 12hrs of the day. These did just that task.

As for performance, I only know that the read speed is >120Megabytes/s and latency isn't higher than a typical HDD.

Cons: Was a little scared to buy this looking at the reviews around the internet on these drives. Perhaps, I just got lucky and received two working drives. Or maybe the trouble is yet to come. But the 3yr warranty does help ease the worries.

Other Thoughts: Well-packaged.

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Christopher M.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher M.

Date Joined: 11/27/08

  • Reviews: 38
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  • First Review: 10/07/10
  • Last Review: 07/07/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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