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Synology DS212 Diskless System DiskStation - Feature-rich 2-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices

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  • Desktop
  • Diskless System
  • 1.6GHz Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 2 x USB3.0 + 1 x USB2.0

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Synology DS 212 5/15/2016 1:37:52 PM

Pros: Work great as an external drive, but the NAS functions and most apps are very finiky. I consider myself as pretty knowledgeable with PCs, not as much on networking skills. I found the setup was very difficult. Allot of apps change settings, so I spent more time working and playing with settings than I did actually running it.
Ended up giving it to my son who works as a network admin. He got it going but agreed it was difficult.

Cons: Hard to set up
Not for the average home user unless they have a network admin to help.
Short life span for a backup / file sharing device.

Overall Review: Unit recently died after about 24 months of very light use. It sat un-used most of that time.
Pulling the drives and putting them into a WD My Cloud NAS box. It sounds much more user friendly that this device.
Unless they've made allot of changes I wouldn't recommend Synology NAS products.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great NAS 1/1/2013 9:14:38 PM

Pros: Efficient, quiet, and compact.

Cons: None so far.

Actually, just one. Wish I got the DS412 instead. Running out of storage space. That's purely an oversight of mine and not a problem with the unit.

Overall Review: This is one great little NAS. Using this unit to provide backup scheduling for home machines, DLNA storage for music and movies, home security monitoring. I couldn't ask for more.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Fast but Network Access Issues 11/8/2012 11:30:52 AM

Pros: Very fast.

Cons: Cannot reliably or consistently access the DS212 from Windows Explorer or iTunes. The DS212, along with three other desk top machines, are all hardwired to the same 8 port switch so the network architecture is a simple as it gets. More frequently than not, the DS212 does not show up under "Network" in Windows Explorer. In Windows Explorer the DS212 is mapped and assigned a drive letter but, frequently, the mapped drive in Windows Explorer appears with a little red "X". I found if cannot access the DS212 in Windows Explorer, iTunes also will also not see the DS212 (Our 25 GB music library resides in a single directory on the NAS). Interestingly I proved this is not a network connectivity issue because it is 100% reliably accessible by typing its address in Internet Explorer or Firefox. I spoke with Synology Tech support on 11/07 and they stated this is a common problem without a solution. I previously used a DLink NAS for exactly the same purpose. It was very slow (reason I replaced it) but was always available on network from all applications and utilities. The primary reason we use a NAS is to provide a central location for our music library so it is readily accessible from both my wife's and my computers. Most of the time iTunes cannot find the music directory on the DS212 so it defaults back to the C: drive causing a multitude of issues.

Overall Review: Due to network accessibility issues, this drive has proved to be a fast $300 waste of money. Synology tech support readily admitted this is a known problem with no solution. It comes with a multitude op applications. I perceive it will work well with these applications but it does not work well at all if it is used as an external storage device and manually managed with Windows Explorer and this is the reason for one Egg.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Doing great so far 9/16/2012 6:40:35 PM

Pros: The web interface is very featureful. The ability to access the unit via SSH and get to a shell prompt is key to my usage requirements. I am rsync'ing over all of my files from a previous RAID-5 array hosted in my old server into this unit over GigE. I put in 2 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (also purchased at Newegg) into this unit and they are performing fine. They are setup in a RAID-1 array. The DS212 automatically uses LVM2. Hence, you can later upgrade to higher capacity drives, and automatically expand the array to take advantage of the additional space. Synology calls this setup "Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR)", but as they describe on their wiki, it's just normal Linux LVM / RAID. I am able to use all the usual Linux commands "cat /proc/mdstat", "lvm pvs | vgs | lvs", "smartctl -i [ /dev/hda | /dev/hdb ]".
SMART parameters are monitored and exposed through the web interface.

Cons: rsync'ing is throttled by the NAS CPU (it's easy to monitor usage in the web interface). The DS212+ has a faster CPU and would be better for high throughput applications.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Fantastic! 8/16/2012 9:07:12 AM

Pros: Exactally what I wanted!
I wanted a system to host my music, photos for wife and movies. As well as personal and public data. This does that, plus so much more, I stream my music, photos, movies straight to the PS3/Android/Computers with no problems!

Cons: A bit overwhelming in the beginning because of so many features.

Overall Review: One of my best buys for sure.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Synology DS212 7/27/2012 9:11:27 AM

Pros: Excellent little box. Provides NAS and SAN (iSCSI) services to my systems and has many other nice little software packages built in. The web interface they have created is crisp and professional looking and the unit is compact and super quiet.

Cons: None that I can think of

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great little NAS 7/10/2012 2:10:17 PM

Pros: Simple to setup and administer. It just works!
RAID 1 for the office for less than $500 ... can't be beat.
It now supports new "Apps" for more uses.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: Make sure you buy identical 3.5" SATA hard drives for RAID 1 operation.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Almost there 6/23/2012 3:05:42 PM

Pros: - Very intuitive Javascript web desktop interface
- Download station is as good or better than "Transmission"
- Easily customizable Linux OS that can be augmented with "ipkg", the Itsy-Bitsy Package Manager
- Good build quality, looks nice, drives can be hot-swapped after unmounting

Cons: Doesn't support symlinks.

The latest version of DSM 4.0 still doesn't support symlinks, and the stupid GUI interface silently fails to copy them without telling the user. After moving a directory with symlinks, you'll just see empty folders where the source directories should have been removed. Your links are still there, but you'll assume they're not because the GUI will report "0 files".

Synology tech support said they may support symlinks in the future, but for now it's incomplete Linux ext4 support, which is a critical bug.

You can get around this by SSHing in to the box and using rsync to copy files around reliably.

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