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Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server

B&H # SYDS213 Mfr # DS213
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 2-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • 2.0 GHz Processor
  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • Holds Two 4TB SATA II 2.5/3.5" Drives
  • 8TB (2x 4TB) Capacity
  • USB 3.0/2.0 and SD Card Ports
  • Gigabit LAN
  • Supports iTunes, DLNA, FTP Server
  • iOS/Android Connectivity
  • Hot Swappable Hard Drives

The Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server is a dual bay enclosure that features room for two SATA II 2.5 or 3.5" hard drives or SSDs for a maximum total capacity of 8TB (drives are not included). It also features the ability to hot swap drives for ease and flexibility in case of data loss or corruption.

The transfer speed of data on and off the server is handled with USB 3.0 ports for up to 5Gbps speed. The unit also includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 2.0 ports, and an SD card slot for even more flexibility and transfer options.

Backup options include network and local backup, desktop backup, shared folder syncing, and Apple Time Machine compatibility. It is also capable of backing up from and to USB flash drives and SD memory cards.

There are multiple configurations available - the DS213-2 can be used as a multimedia server, streaming music and movies over your Internet connection using DLNA and uPnP standards, or as a mail server with POP3, SMTP and IMAP support. You can also use it as an FTP server with bandwidth control, custom FTP passive port range, anonymous FTP and transfer log support. If you need a dedicated print server, the DS213-2 can also handle LPR, CIFS, IPP, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print for up to 2 separate printers.

The server also has file sharing capability for individual and group user accounts, along with protocol for managing those accounts, which adds a layer of security to prevent unauthorized access to the server. It also supports RAID 0, 1, JBOD and hybrid RAID configurations, along with support for RAID migration so that you can move data from one RAID array to another.

Speed
Synology DS213 delivers an average 108.41 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment, and 65.36 MB/sec writing. DiskStation DS213 provides data sharing with an easy to use interface. They are available with USB 3.0 support with speeds of up to 5 Gbps. Additionally, hot-swappable drives make it easier for maintenance and hard drive replacement.
Office Applications
Applications are managed in the Package Center, an application portal that hosts applications as ready-to-use packages that combine software integration and one-click-installation. Additional approved 3rd party PHP web application such as content management, customer relationship management & e-commerce system can be hosted on DS213 by using Web Station with support for PHP/MySQL web content.
Data Encryption
The Synology DS213 is equipped with an encryption engine which offloads the encryption calculation task away from the main CPU, helping to improve file transfer speeds of the DiskStation. High-end features previously available only on enterprise level hardware are now accessible on the DS213. The DS213 provides share-level AES 256-bit encryption to aid in the prevention of unauthorized access attempts to the hard drives.
Energy Efficiency
Synology DS213 is designed with energy efficiency in mind. It provides a 92x92mm fan and a smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, and it includes a noise-dampening design. The support of Wake on LAN/WAN, multiple scheduled power on/off and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operation cost. All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials.
Hardware
Processor 2.0 GHz CPU
Encryption Hardware Encryption Engine
Memory DDR3 512MB
Storage Supports two hard drives: (hard drives not included)
2 x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA(II) hard disk or solid state drives 1
Please Note:

Check with the manufacturer for a full list of compatible drives

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Hot Swappable Yes
Maximum Capacity 8TB (2 x 4TB HDD)
HDD Interface 2 x USB 3.0 Port
1 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x SD Card Port
LAN Port 1 x RJ-45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Port
Wake on LAN LAN/WAN
System Fan 1x 92mm
Wireless Support Yes
Noise Level 19.9 dB(A)
Power Recovery Yes
Software
Miscellaneous File Browser
File Station
Windows Access Control List (ACL)
FTP Server Bandwidth Control
Custom FTP Passive Port Range
Anonymous FTP
Transfer Log
Mail Server Supported Mail Server Protocol : POP3, SMTP, IMAP
Web Station Virtual Host (up to 30 websites)
PHP/MySQL
Alternative HTTP Error Page
3rd-Party Applications Support
Surveillance Station MAX IP cam # (Licenses required) : 8 (1 Free License)

Total frame rate (FPS) : 80 FPS at D1 (NTSC:720x480, PAL:720x576), 20 FPS @ WXGA (1280x800)
Photo Station Supported Image Format : BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF, RAW (arw, srf, sr2, dcr, k25, kdc, cr2, crw, nef, mrw, ptx, pef, raf, 3fr, erf, mef, mos, orf, rw2, dng, x3f)
Supported Video Format : 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, FLV, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, QT, WMV, XviD, RM, RMVB, VOB, RV30, RV40, AC3, AMR, WMA3
User can click and download the following video formats: RM, RMVB, VOB, RV30, RV40, AC3, AMR, WMA3, but not able to play it in Photo Station as compressed Flash video
Audio Station Supported Audio Format (USB Mode) : AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WMA VBR
Supported Audio Format (Streaming Mode) : MP3, M4A, M4B
Supported Playlist Format : M3U, WPL
Internet Radio : SHOUTcast, Radioio
DLNA/UPnP Media Server PS3/Xbox 360 Support
Supported Audio Format : AAC, AIFF, APE, FLAC, M4A, Apple Lossless, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, WAV, WMA, WMA VBR, WMA PRO, WMA Lossless
Supported Video Format : 3GP, 3G2, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, DVR-MS, ISO, M2T, M2TS, M4V, MKV, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MTS, MOV, QT, SWF, TP, TRP, TS, VOB, WMV, XviD, RMVB (The actual playback capabilities may vary depending on the DLNA/UPnP client)
Supported Image Format : BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF, ICO, PNG, PSD, TIF (tiff), UFO
Download Station Supported Download Protocols : BT/HTTP/FTP/NZB/eMule
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks : 30
iTunes Server Supported Audio Format : MP3, M4A, M4P, WAV, AIF, The music in WAV and AIF format can be streamed, but the metadata (ex: title, album) may not be indexed on the iTunes
Supported Video Format : M4V, MOV, MP4
Supported Playlist Format : M3U, WPL
Supported Client : iTunes for Windows and Mac
Print Server Max Printer # : 2
Printing Protocols : LPR, CIFS, IPP, AppleTalk, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Multi Functional Print Server (for Windows PC only)
iOS/Android Applications DS photo+
DS audio
DS cam
DS file
DS finder
Windows Phone Applications DS finder
General
Networking Protocols CIFS
AFP
NFS
FTP
WebDAV
CalDAV
iSCSI
Telnet
SSH
SNMP
VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)
File System EXT4
EXT3(External Disk Only)
FAT (External Disk Only)
NTFS (External Disk Only)
Storage Management Max File System Size : 16TB
Max Volume # : 256
Max iSCSI Target # : 10
Max iSCSI LUN # : 10
Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
RAID Migration : Basic to RAID 1
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs : RAID 1
File Sharing Capability Max User Accounts : 2048
Max Groups : 256
Max Shared Folder : 256
Max Concurrent Connections : 256
Max Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections : 128
Windows ADS Domain Integration Domain Users login via Samba/AFP/FTP/File Station
Backup Solutions Network Backup
Local Backup
Desktop Backup (using Synology Data Replicator 3 or Apple Time Machine backup application)
Shared Folder Sync - Max task number : 2
USB Copy
SD Copy
Configuration Backup
Security FTP over SSL/TLS
IP Auto-Block
Firewall
Encrypted Network Backup over Rsync
HTTPS Connection
Management Auto DSM Upgrade
Administrator Group
Push Notification - MSN/Skype/Mobile Device
Email/SMS Notification
Customized User Quota
Syslog Support
DDNS Support
IPv6 Support
VLAN support
PPPoE
Hotspot
Resource Monitor
Connection Manager
UPS Management
Scheduled Power On/Off
Custom Management UI HTTP/HTTPS Ports
HDD Management HDD Hibernation
S.M.A.R.T.
Dynamic Bad Sector Mapping
Utilities Synology Assistant
Synology Data Replicator
Supported Clients Windows XP onward
Mac OS X 10.5 onward
Ubuntu 9.04 onward
Supported Web Browsers Chrome
Firefox
Internet Explorer : 8, 9
Safari (MAC) : 5
Environment RoHS Compliant
Certifications FCC Class B, CE Class B, BSMI Class B
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 40° - 95°F / 5°C - 35°C
Storage Temperature: 15° - 155°F / -10°C - 70°C
Relative Humidity: 5% - 95% RH
Maximum Operating Altitude: 6,500'
Power Consumption Access: 18.48W
HDD Hibernation: 8.28W
Power Requirements AC: 100 to 240V, 50/60Hz, Single Phase
Dimensions (HxWxD) 6.49 x 4.25 x 9.18" / 16.5 x 10.8 x 23.32 cm
Weight 2.75 lb / 1.25 kg
Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server
  • Assembling Kit
  • AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable
  • Installation Disc
  • Welcome Note
  • 2 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SynologyDiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server
     
    4.5

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (15)
    • Compact (12)
    • Quiet (9)
    • Easy to setup (8)
    • Easy to use (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (14)
      • Business (6)
      • Small networks (5)
      • Network (4)
      • Office (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (8), Power user (7), Budget shopper (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (14), Business (6)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (11), Mac (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Awesome

      It is a lot simpler than a normal OS yet has a clean and simple UI. I was worried I would have to learn Linux to be able to take full advantage of the...Read complete review

      It is a lot simpler than a normal OS yet has a clean and simple UI. I was worried I would have to learn Linux to be able to take full advantage of the system, all those worries are gone. It is more like an iphone where there's not much to it and you just need 1 time to walk through a few things and than you feel comfortable. Don;t forget to get a decent surge/ups protector. Synology has adone a great job making this as simple as possible. I am using my DS213 as a data backup/media server utility. It takes care of pretty much everything a normal person would need from a server: data backup, media server, you can host php/mysql sites on it (Wordpress etc). There are a lot of ways to access it, encryption, users all and all sorts of server-side type apps that are all super easy to install using Synology's user friendly dsm 4.2 OS. Good documentation and plenty of online help and discussions. It's more than I expected from a NAS, I am very impressed. I wish I got the 4 bay dual processor model.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Promising but...

      I do a lot of scientific writing and presentations. I need access to my pictures, slides and word docs from work, home and on the move... I need these synced easily...Read complete review

      I do a lot of scientific writing and presentations. I need access to my pictures, slides and word docs from work, home and on the move... I need these synced easily too.
      Synology promised this would be a simple solution to my needs. Initial installation is easy but unless you have experience the rest is tough. I am reasonably good with computers etc and although I have had this for 2 weeks cannot get all the functions to work. Music and pictures will not upload, cannot access the station via web browser and some files/folders refuse to load. The Cloudstation was easy to set up.
      Customer support you say? Yes. I have requested support twice from Synology and more than 10 days have passed with no response. Not encouraging so... if you are not certain that you can do the advanced set up... go for something simpler.
      This is too expensive and the support too poor.
      So... in summary- Bad customer support for what I imagine is a good product, but I would not know!
      Bad show Synology!!!

      Reviewed by 20 customers

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      5.0

      Great NAS

      By DynamoBen

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

        Using this for central media storage (music, videos) and central backup for PCs. The backup software and mobile apps work well. I'm able to reach my data remotely. Currently using a single 3TB drive, so there is room for expansion.

        Easy to use, powerful, high quality. Very happy with this NAS.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        An excellent piece of hardware

        By CrossHiker

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Manage
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Small Networks

          Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

          I use this in my home to backup a Macbook and a Windows 7 laptop. Time Machine works just fine with it. I'm not too sure if I understand/like the backup software for the PC so I may try something else, still haven't decided on that. As a file server/storage device it is very nice. I keep my photos there and all my documents and then I back the whole thing up to an external portable drive through one of the USB3 ports. Everything has worked great. I haven't explored to much beyond the Photostation software which is very nice but it has a ton of apps and potential. Would buy it again. It is also extremely quiet which was important to me and I like the scheduled shutdown and startup. Overall a good value for the money, especially someone who wants backup capabilities as well as centralized storage of files and photos. I bought this to get rid of my Windows XP desktop and still retain a central storage and backup repository.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          1.0

          Promising but...

          By Prof

          from Livingston, New Jersey

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Promising

          Cons

          • Bad Customer Support
          • Complicated To Set Up
          • Disappointing

          Best Uses

          • Don't Buy And Save Money
          • Home

          Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

          I do a lot of scientific writing and presentations. I need access to my pictures, slides and word docs from work, home and on the move... I need these synced easily too.
          Synology promised this would be a simple solution to my needs. Initial installation is easy but unless you have experience the rest is tough. I am reasonably good with computers etc and although I have had this for 2 weeks cannot get all the functions to work. Music and pictures will not upload, cannot access the station via web browser and some files/folders refuse to load. The Cloudstation was easy to set up.
          Customer support you say? Yes. I have requested support twice from Synology and more than 10 days have passed with no response. Not encouraging so... if you are not certain that you can do the advanced set up... go for something simpler.
          This is too expensive and the support too poor.
          So... in summary- Bad customer support for what I imagine is a good product, but I would not know!
          Bad show Synology!!!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Fast,stable, very flexible storage

          By Shorey Metal Works

          from Topeka KS

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Manage
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lots Of Room For Growth
          • Straightforward Operation

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cnc Manufacturing
            • Home
            • Sensitive Materials
            • Small Networks
            • SOHO
            • Unified Storage

            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

            I use the Synology DS213 for ALL of my data storage in a 4 computer SOHO environment.
            This unit feels more like a network server than a NAS. I can work at any computer on the system and have all of the same data available.
            And, while I initially had no intention of using it for storing and playing videos, but I've discovered the multitude of advantages of hassle-free Bittorrent downloading, storing and streaming... all with no impact on system performance.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            4.0

            Nice Package

            By farff

            from Jackson, Miss.

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Manage

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Small Networks

              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

              I have had this up and running for about a week now and it does pretty much everything I expected it to do just fine. I did have a hiccup with the remote access, but that got figured out.

              I use this to store my Lightroom images and catalog since I filled up my primary computer's hard drive. I'm an satisfied that it is doing what I bought it to do.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Perfect for backing up files

              By snow bear

              from pennsylvania

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Manage
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                  For years, I've been wanting to have a shared drive between my Windows desktop and MacBook Pro. I'm tech savvy but not when it comes to servers and networking. I was never able to make my MacBook communicate with my PC. Based on the reviews I decided to get this. It cost more than what I was hoping to spend, but I wanted something reliable and easy to use. This is perfect for my needs. Quick and easy setup. It took a long time for my 3TB drive to run through the disk check - luckily I started it at night and so I just let it continue overnight. It took some setting changes to the MacBook, but after a few Google searches, it connected. I tried a few of the applications that came with it. I liked the idea of the photo station but it took forever to index. With nearly 500GB of images, I decided to uninstall it. It's also black and quiet so under my desk it's virtually invisible. I love that I can access the files through a browser and, my preferred choice, through explorer and finder for easy copy and paste.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  love it

                  By nerdygirl

                  from los angeles, CA

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Manage
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                      I just got this and it has been so easy to set up and use. It's much more responsive than my last NAS and the interface is simple. I can't imagine anyone not loving this NAS.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Linux

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                      5.0

                      Excellent NAS with great features!

                      By Orionizer

                      from North Carolina, USA

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Manage
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast
                      • Highly Compatible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Small Networks

                        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                        I had heard about Synology NAS from a friend and researched quite a bit before deciding to purchase. I've got to say, this NAS is excellent in the price/performance area it's priced in. I also purchased this as a bundle with 2 WD Green drives. I'd recommend getting WD Red drives instead, but for the casual home user, Greens should be fine.

                        I use this device at home. I'm a professional software developer and have set this device up to receive my source code from the office daily and it works great! I've also setup a couple of the internal apps, like the music server and diskstation.

                        The only thing that didn't really work for me was the auto port forwarding for my router. I had to manually setup the port forwards, but my router makes this fairly simple (it doesn't hurt that I'm also a professional netadmin).

                        Overall, this device is great, does exactly what I need it to, and the Synology interface is 2nd to none.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Great Hardware. Great Software.

                        By Matt

                        from Omaha

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Manage
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Small Networks

                          Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                          The Diskstation DS213 has lived up to all of my expectations. The hardware is solid and feels well built. The software is amazing. Easy to setup and use. All of my devices can access it with ease. Ad-on packages are well designed.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Awesome

                          By mrD

                          from UT

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 0 Scripting Needed
                          • Compact
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Fast
                          • Friendly Ui
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Business
                            • Home
                            • Network
                            • Office

                            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                            It is a lot simpler than a normal OS yet has a clean and simple UI. I was worried I would have to learn Linux to be able to take full advantage of the system, all those worries are gone. It is more like an iphone where there's not much to it and you just need 1 time to walk through a few things and than you feel comfortable. Don;t forget to get a decent surge/ups protector. Synology has adone a great job making this as simple as possible. I am using my DS213 as a data backup/media server utility. It takes care of pretty much everything a normal person would need from a server: data backup, media server, you can host php/mysql sites on it (Wordpress etc). There are a lot of ways to access it, encryption, users all and all sorts of server-side type apps that are all super easy to install using Synology's user friendly dsm 4.2 OS. Good documentation and plenty of online help and discussions. It's more than I expected from a NAS, I am very impressed. I wish I got the 4 bay dual processor model.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Other

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                            5.0

                            Simple and reliable.

                            By Brisolis

                            from Osasco, SP, Brazil

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Business
                              • Home
                              • Office

                              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                              Super easy to install, cheap and realiable. Just excelent all around.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Full Featured NAS with apps

                              By TheaterTech

                              from Southern California

                              About Me Value Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Fast
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Business
                                • Home
                                • Office

                                Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                I have been thoroughly impress with the Synology DiskStation DS213. The setup was easy, after installing the hard drives (Western Digital RED drives recommended). I got it communicating on the network, created a RAID 1 volume and shares, then started backing up my data to it. Additionally, with the easily installable apps via the web interface, I was able to add the Syslog app and log all of my network devices to it.

                                Very pleased with this quality device.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                1.0

                                Disappointing

                                By Tap

                                from PA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Pros

                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • Lousy Video Server
                                • Slow

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                  I bought this to stream my movie collection to my Sony Bravio HDTV. It's picky in that only some of my movies show up while Serviio on the other hand shows them all - so it's not my TV. And if I do play one, the fast forward/rewind doesn't work; again with Serviio it does.

                                  I also wanted to do music - I'm not optimistic about that now...

                                  I put a 3 Tb drive in it and it took about 10 hours to format - file transfers are painfully slow with large files - I resorted to putting everything I wanted to transfer onto a usb hard drive and plugging that in.

                                  Installation was not easy either - wouldn't install over a wireless connection. All in all, a mistake I'm afraid...

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Very Happy

                                  By RC

                                  from Alabama

                                  About Me Value Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Fast
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Business
                                    • Home
                                    • Network

                                    Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                    I am very happy with this NAS. It works so much better than a shared folder on even a very fast computer. The energy savings was the key deciding factor for me. It will pay for itself in just about a year from the energy saved over a computer.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    4.0

                                    Top Notch Storage Solution

                                    By Mixed Media Concpets

                                    from Piscataway, NJ

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Business
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                                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                      I was in dire need of some storage for my business. All of our design computers were so full of of files they could barely even process anything in any of our design programs. I really had no experience or knowledge of NAS. The synology DS213 was a great solution to my problem. It was easy to setup and they're diskstation manager made it a breeze to set user permissions and quotas so I can maximize its storage capabilities. I paired the DS213 with two WD Red which are quite and run pretty quick when accessing files. For the price I don't think I could have chosen a better product.

                                      The only issue I had was setting up multiple MACs using time machine backup . It was a little confusing but after a quick call to Synology tech support we had it figured out in no time. Grade A technical support from my experience so far.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      5.0

                                      Lot's of features, Love it.

                                      By LaZaa

                                      from Austin, TX

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                                            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                            I use it in Synology Hybrid Raid mode with 2 WD red to store my photo collection on it. I read lots of review before purchased it and agree, it takes some time to index your pictures. It also need extra space to store converted videos (and i'm not talking about the overhead of RAID) as long as you store them in the predefined folders. Photo+ is great. It has a cool web UI and also has great iphone app (with auto upload feature similar to dropbox). Unfortunately the android version is not that good yet, it is missing the upload feature. However, they publish software updates thru appstore and google play (that is not usual from hardware manufacturers). I hope they will add the upload feature soon.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Other

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                                            5.0

                                            Happy with this purchase.

                                            By wender

                                            from Grass Valley, CA

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                                            Pros

                                            • Easy Setup
                                            • Fast
                                            • Quiet

                                            Cons

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                                              • Network

                                              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                              We are using this as our main data server. It is easy to install and the software provided is very intuitive.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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                                              5.0

                                              Awesome NAS

                                              By redenvy

                                              from Raleigh, NC

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                                              Pros

                                              • Easy Setup
                                              • Fast
                                              • Quiet

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Backups
                                                • Business
                                                • Home
                                                • Movie Storage
                                                • Movie Streaming
                                                • Network

                                                Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                                This NAS is Great. I am using this is my home to run several virtual machines without issues. Also I have put my entire movie collection\MP3 collection on this and am able to stream things over the internet and to all of my Devices in my house. This Synology NAS is really awesome and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to purchase it.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal
                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • PC

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                                                5.0

                                                Excellent NAS for the Light Home User

                                                By Seed

                                                from Oakland, CA

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                                                Pros

                                                • Compact
                                                • Easy Setup
                                                • Quiet

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Home

                                                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                                  I use this for a variety of things. Most importantly backups, of course. What this does is the following quite well.

                                                  Time Machine backups
                                                  iTunes Music Server
                                                  CloudStation style dropbox and syncing.

                                                  Using a third party plugin for CrashPlan I can automate all of my backups not only to the NAS but also to the cloud. CloudStation has my local Documents, Pictures, Movies and Music constantly syncing to the NAS. The CrashPlan client running on the NAS has this folder constantly syncing to the cloud. CloudStation also versions files for the homes user. I find this to work quite well after a few days of time to actually do all the syncs. I feel confident that my data is backing up properly, quickly and accessible locally and remotely when needed.

                                                  For the price this will do this task. Attaching a camera and using surveillance station seems to overwhelm this little machine so if you are doing more that what I intend a beefier unit is suggested.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Personal
                                                  • Computer Platform:
                                                  • Mac

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Great Nas, very versitile

                                                  By Tarasso

                                                  from Austin

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Fast
                                                  • Quiet
                                                  • Versitile

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS213 2-Bay NAS Server:

                                                      So many ways to use, and packages you can load on this thing. Easy. Could use a walk through on some of the uses.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Personal
                                                      • Computer Platform:
                                                      • PC

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