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SynologyDS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (8)
  • Fast (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to setup (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (8)
    • Network (7)
    • Business (6)
    • Office (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (10)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (5), Personal (5)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (6), PC (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Make all your work accessible 24/7

    Set up is not for the novice. Probably why they don't sell them in most retail shops. But once you wade through that what you have is a super fast, VERY large depository...Read complete review

    Set up is not for the novice. Probably why they don't sell them in most retail shops. But once you wade through that what you have is a super fast, VERY large depository for all your work. It can be set to most types of Raid (I chose 0 for speed and size) and can be backed up internally (Depending on your raid config) or to external drives (My choice). I went wit the 3TB WD red NAS drives and back up to WD GoFlex drives. Fast and convenient..and automatic. I have this one and 2013 model I bought last year. 12TB of storage holds all my images and videos with room to grow. I have 4 3TB Seagate GoFlex units hooked up to them for the back up. This newer, more expensive model, has USB 3 for that so things are much faster. It has a Dual core processor as well as 512K RAM. It's capable of so much more than just data storage but that was my reason fro buying them. I have 3 PCs and 1 MAC hooked up to them and they share field seamlessly. By hosting my fielso n it instead of locally each computer has access to the latest version. Sort of like a lightning fast cloud system in your home or office.

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    Underwhelmed

    I bought this NAS with the purpose of digitizing all my records and storing media in a central, easy to access place. Unfortunately, the Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) leaves a lot...Read complete review

    I bought this NAS with the purpose of digitizing all my records and storing media in a central, easy to access place. Unfortunately, the Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) leaves a lot to be desired. I frequently receive device disconnected from network errors when trying to upload large amounts of data. The EZ Internet wizard has a very incomplete list of router vendors and requires manual setup for most of the products I work with. The applications available for download are equally unreliable and difficult to configure.

    TL;DR The Synology OS and compatible software are more of a hindrance than a help to both novice users and experienced network admins.

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    5.0

    Great piece of hardware

    By Gavin S

    from New York

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

          I have several of these devices both at home and at various client sites. These devices are easy to setup, quiet, and compact.

          It works seamlessly in my mixed platform locations.

          Unlike other NAS devices I've used the Synology has had the least issues with utilizing LDAP for authentication.

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

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          5.0

          Small Business Setup

          By print shop

          from santa rosa area

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Setup
          • Fast
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business
            • Home
            • Network
            • Office

            Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

            I use the DiskStation for my small business. When I opened the box I was able to install the drives in a matter of minutes. I plugged it in and had it setup with no problems. I was worried that accessing with their provided software would be an issue, but it actually came in handy. I had a very strange problem with some files that had bad file names, and could not change them from my computer side. I was however able to login through the diskstation software and correct the problem. It is easy to use, and suprisingly powerful. Very happy with the product. I had wanted to buy a NAS for a while, and was not let down with this model.

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

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            4.0

            Great

            By BassFisher

            from Boston, ma

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                  Did exactly what it says.. This is a great NAS for anyone who wants to spend some time to learn how to use one.

                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great for server backups/shared files

                  By Randy S

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy Setup
                  • Fast
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Network
                    • Office

                    Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                    We use this product to for server backups and applications that use common files between servers.

                    It's to setup, the Synology web interface is easy to learn/use. The hardware itself is well made and the fan is quiet.

                    We were using a lower-end Buffalo product; it died after 9 months. We've only had this product a few weeks but I can see the quality difference. And we were able to use this for Windows backup 2012 server; for some reason the Buffalo NAS did not support standard backup on 2012.

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

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                    5.0

                    Nice product

                    By Bdud

                    from Franklin, MA

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Fast
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business
                      • Home

                      Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                      Replaces an Iomega Storcenter and it makes you realize how much this product has evolved. Great performance, simple install and nice apps. Highly recommend.

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

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                      4.0

                      Replaced old NAS with DS214

                      By Large in Lyndhurst

                      from Lyndhurst OH

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                        Good NAS for home use, though it costs more than entry level products from Synology and others. Replaced an eight year old Buffalo LinkStation. Running two WD 4TB Red drives in Raid 1.
                        Data Replicator 3 software is lame and lacks features. Using free Cobian backup 11 and it runs rings around Data Replicator 3.

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

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                        5.0

                        Great intro to the Syn Family!

                        By agentm925

                        from Pearland, TX

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Fast
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business
                          • Home
                          • Network
                          • Office

                          Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                          The wife and I needed a central storage location for all of our movies, itunes libraries and freelance work and this fit the bill nicely. I am only starting out with 1 3TB drive but so far so good.

                          This was way better than the drobo 5N I bought previously in regards to speed and features. I should have chose Synology the first time around.

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

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                          5.0

                          Excellent NAS Server

                          By Jim

                          from Naperville, IL

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Fast
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Network
                            • Office

                            Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                            I am using the DS214 to backup an iMac and MacBook Pro using Time Machine. This, local DS214 then backs up changes each night to a remote DS214 over the Internet. Meanwhile the remote DS214 is backing up 2 Windows machines and remotely backing up the changes to my local DS214. Therefore 2 units are doing backups and remote backups for 2 families.

                            These units have been reliable and have performed flawlessly for 3 months. The administration and setup was not trivial but the administration interface is easy to use. The only thing that could be a little better is the layout of the various administration panels seems more complex that it needs to be. There is a control panel but it doesn't have everything that is needed. There is also a storage manager, backup and restore, and a file manager, all separate from the control panel. You have to look around to find what you need to set everything up.

                            This device is sitting next to the iMac and it is so quiet, I can't hear it operating.

                            This is by far the best backup solution I have ever used.

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

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                            3.0

                            Underwhelmed

                            By A teardrop next to the word "rad"

                            from Washington DC

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                            • Slow

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Network

                            Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                            I bought this NAS with the purpose of digitizing all my records and storing media in a central, easy to access place. Unfortunately, the Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) leaves a lot to be desired. I frequently receive device disconnected from network errors when trying to upload large amounts of data. The EZ Internet wizard has a very incomplete list of router vendors and requires manual setup for most of the products I work with. The applications available for download are equally unreliable and difficult to configure.

                            TL;DR The Synology OS and compatible software are more of a hindrance than a help to both novice users and experienced network admins.

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

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Make all your work accessible 24/7

                            By rmwpro

                            from Costa Mesa, CA

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Fast
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Setup Is A Bit Tricky

                            Best Uses

                            • Business
                            • Home
                            • Network
                            • Office

                            Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                            Set up is not for the novice. Probably why they don't sell them in most retail shops. But once you wade through that what you have is a super fast, VERY large depository for all your work. It can be set to most types of Raid (I chose 0 for speed and size) and can be backed up internally (Depending on your raid config) or to external drives (My choice). I went wit the 3TB WD red NAS drives and back up to WD GoFlex drives. Fast and convenient..and automatic. I have this one and 2013 model I bought last year. 12TB of storage holds all my images and videos with room to grow. I have 4 3TB Seagate GoFlex units hooked up to them for the back up. This newer, more expensive model, has USB 3 for that so things are much faster. It has a Dual core processor as well as 512K RAM. It's capable of so much more than just data storage but that was my reason fro buying them. I have 3 PCs and 1 MAC hooked up to them and they share field seamlessly. By hosting my fielso n it instead of locally each computer has access to the latest version. Sort of like a lightning fast cloud system in your home or office.

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

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Product

                            By Dave

                            from Illinois

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Apps
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Fast
                            • Features
                            • Quality
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Only One Ethernet Port

                            Best Uses

                            • Business
                            • Home
                            • Network
                            • Office

                            Comments about Synology DS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                            This is my third Synology NAS Server in as many months. If you are using external hard drives and looking for a storage upgrade rich in features and availability, this is the device. Easy to set up, easy to use and the apps available can turn this into much more than an eternal file storage device. It can also be a Media Center, backup, FTP server, webhost, and more. It gets along with Linux, Mac and Windows devices. I also have two DS412+ NAS Servers and all are populated with Western Digital Red hard drives.

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

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