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SynologyDS214 DiskStation Diskless 2-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (11)

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    (3)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (11)
  • Compact (8)
  • Easy to setup (8)
  • Fast (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (12)
  • Network (8)
  • Office (7)
  • Business (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (13)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (9), Business (5)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (8), PC (7)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

Synology works with everything

By Reaper

from Texas

About Me Value Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

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

      The only bad part about Synology with relation to video survallance is you have to pay extra for multiple camera licenses. I think you get 2 for free but if you more, you have buy licenses for the system to use those cameras.

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

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      5.0

      Great little unit

      By Carl

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy Setup
      • Many Applications
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Network
        • Office

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

        Small and can easily add larger disks if needed. I use this to back up my family computers wirelessly. Works with PC and Mac laptops. I set up Time Machine on my wife's Mac laptop to back up to this. I like the supplied apps to provide personal cloud mirroring and photo app. Synology has apps for the iPad and iPhone to allow access to your files and photos (and videos, music). Easy access by web browser as well for remote viewing. Works well once you get the hang of it. It has so many possibilities that may be intimidating at first, but just a little bit of time to get familiar with it will help you see and be able to manage all the options. I also like the RAID configuration and web access that you don't get with simple external drives. This unit will allow you to set users so others can share files and you can host a blog. You can use this as a simple backup or as a complex. multi-user hosting server.

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

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        5.0

        My first Home NAS

        By Helder

        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lots Of Apps
        • Quiet
        • Reliable
        • Somehow Fast
        • Some How Fast

        Cons

        • Not That Easy To Setup

        Best Uses

        • Home

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

        I am a professional from IT area and very familiar with professional grade NAS (like EMC's). However this is my first NAS at home and so far I am liking it.
        First, the hardware installation is pretty easy, no tools needed. Connections are also simple, you only need to connect the Gigabit port to the router/switch.
        At boot up, you will need to install the Synology Assistant, which you can download from their site.
        From here it needs some basic knowledge of how a NAS works, so you can setup the way you want. Setup is a little tricky, demands some time to get used to it, the user interface is very friendly though.
        I only suggest to plan how many volumes you are going to create, RAID, etc., in my case I had to reconfigure it 3 times, but that's my fault.
        There are plenty of applications that will support your NAS to work as a Cloud system, Media server, Surveilance storage, etc. I played around with Cloud Station and Itunes Server, both of them have pros and cons, and some study to make it work.
        Overall I am very happy with the system, so far I had no problems and seems very reliable.

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

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        5.0

        Easy Setup

        By RM

        from Severna Park, MD

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Setup
        • Fast
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

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

          Very easy to set up and start using this server. A great alternative to the Apple time capsule.

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

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          5.0

          Great piece of hardware

          By Gavin S

          from New York

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          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

            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

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                      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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