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SynologyDiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server
 
4.6

(based on 34 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (23)
  • Quiet (22)
  • Fast (20)
  • Compact (17)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (27)
    • Network (15)
    • Office (6)
    • Business (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (27)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (24)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (14), PC (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome NAS

    This NAS exceeded my expectations in every regard. I decided on the DS214play because of the video transcoding capabilities but was skeptical that it would actually work as promised. However, it works flawlessly. ...Read complete review

    This NAS exceeded my expectations in every regard. I decided on the DS214play because of the video transcoding capabilities but was skeptical that it would actually work as promised. However, it works flawlessly. I ripped all my kids DVDs and put them on the NAS. They now stream them to our Apple TV, Roku, PS3 and otehr devices. I also use the NAS to backup 2 MAC laptops. The setup for time machine on the NAS wasn't the most simple thing in the world, but Synology has a document explaining exactly what to do. The NAS is very easy to set up and the software is simple to use. My only complaint about the device is that it only has a 2 drive capacity. It would have been nice if there was a 4 drive "play" model available.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice NAs poor streaming

    As a NAs is a very nice equipment.
    For streaming is somewhat deceiving.
    Many problems with some extensions, dts, mkv, no iso, no vob, a dedicated equipment would be more usefull.

    As a NAs is a very nice equipment.
    For streaming is somewhat deceiving.
    Many problems with some extensions, dts, mkv, no iso, no vob, a dedicated equipment would be more usefull.

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    5.0

    Great Product !

    By DD

    from Columbia, SC

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy Setup
    • Fast
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

      Easy to set-up, quiet works great and is fast.

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

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      5.0

      Great product!

      By Matteicki

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

      This is my second one of these. I owned a 212j previously and upgraded to this for the trans coding abilities.

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      5.0

      Great and fast shipment

      By Nati Ohayon

      from Folsom ,CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy Setup

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Business
      • Home

      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

      The product is great and the shipment was fast

      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      NIce little NAS

      By Jr.

      from NY, NY

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Setup

      Cons

      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

      Synology are one of the leaders in the consumer/prosumer NAS market and mainly it is due to the interface design and functionality. Setting this up has been easy and while the performance isn't awesome (I'm running RAID 1) it has not been bad at all.

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      5.0

      Excellent NAS & Media Server

      By Max

      from Brookyln, NY

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Setup
      • Fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

        It took me one evening to set this up as my home NAS server. I got Time Machine Backups & the DS Media Server up and running. The Media server is amazing on both my Samsung TV and Roku.

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

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        4.0

        Brilliant

        By hydmech6252

        from Havelock, NC

        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

        I got this as an upgrade for my Synology DS209 that was getting full. Set up was flawless and copying all my stuff over was easy albeit time consuming. The transcoding does work.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Little Beast!

        By iamgarffi

        from Middletown, CT

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy Setup
        • Fast
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Network
          • Office

          Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

          For a long time I was looking into a dedicated NAS to hold my media safe. I was so addicted to keeping everything on multiple external hard drives, until one of them malfunctioned. I was using DAS prior to buying a NAS, but those required a direct connection to a computer. When I was shopping for a NAS, I found a wonderful set of reviews of Synology.

          DS214play is a fantastic little best! I have fitted it with two 4GB NAS grade 7200rpm (recommended) drives, HGST brand, for great reviews and low price. Using the unit is a breeze. Its quiet, very fast (utilizes 1Gbit connection to the fullest) and highly customizable to its DSM operating system! Load Plex on it and you made you yourself an amazing Media Center with capabilities to organize everything along with Metadata (descriptions, synopsis, tags and artwork) stream to any device within your local network, or even take it outside and stream over the Internet.

          Thank you B&H

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

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          5.0

          Amazing device, does it all.

          By Travis

          from York, PA

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Fast
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Network

            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

            I bought this as a replacement for a single drive WD Cloud nas. This device is amazing. It does everything and it does it fast. The software that Synology provides is top notch. I use the IOS apps for DS file and DS photo among others and they work great. The package repository is a very effective way to get apps installed for anything you need to do. The cloud sync tool is great. I backup my entire NAS to Office 365 for $ per month using the personal subscription. There are other cloud backup options as well.You should be a serious techy to use this device. The portal would be overwhelming for a user that hasn't administered systems before. Some things like enabling SSL are hidden in places you wouldn't think to look.I've got my entire movie collection backed up on to this device and there are several media server options, though for now I've settled on the Synology media server app. It works well and streams perfectly to all my devices.I would highly recommend this device, but only to folks who know how to administer systems, otherwise I'd get something simpler like the WD MyCloud series.

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

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            4.0

            Very good NAS so far

            By kittyridge

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy Setup
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Network

              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

              Only had this unit for a week so far, but it is working mostly as it should with a few hiccups regarding transferring folders to the NAS from my macbook. It only wants to transfer single files and not folders. I've found a workaround for now, but a function this basic shouldn't be an issue in any capacity. Other than that one issue it was easy to set up and connected to my macbook and network without issues.

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

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              5.0

              Your new pet Cloud

              By Mr Brad

              from Carmichael, Ca

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Cloud
              • Compact
              • Easy Setup
              • Fast
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Not At This Time

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Multimedia Server

              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

              Everyone should have a pet cloud..
              This thing is EZ 2 set-up
              I have two router one need to be in bridge mode to work on my whole home network, other then that this thing is a breeze Love It.

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

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              4.0

              first time NAS user

              By Karthik

              from Sunnyvale

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy Setup
              • Fast
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Network

                Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                Was real breeze to setup. and works great with my Airport extreme to my MAC book. the response is just really awesome..

                I got 2 4TB red-drives with this purchase... and they seem to work great... really happy with the purchase.

                Apparently there are some file reliability issues when having a Aperture or iPhoto library remotely sorted... but i am getting around it by using a HFS+ Disk image stored on the NAS itself.. seems to work well..

                very very quite even in the cool mode.. was concerned before the purchase.. but super happy.

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

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                4.0

                Great little NAS

                By Digix

                from Las Vegas, NV

                Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                This is great little NAS with tons of rich features but the processor is at bare minimum for transcoding video, even though it is marketed as being able to, up to 1080p. Usually 480, 720 is OK using Plex but 1080 is pushing it, make sure no other processes are running, or it will buffer. Depending on your use 2 bay is nice but 4 bay is better for true redundancy. Definitely will recommend.

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                5.0

                Everything I expected and more!

                By John the IT Guy

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy Setup
                • Fast
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Network
                  • Office

                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                  I was able to complete the set up (including drive installation) in 5 minutes and was doing time machine backups in 5 more minutes for all my Macs, so 10 minutes to project completion! I am now spending time learning about everything else this amazing box can do and quite frankly they should market this as a SNAS (Server with Network Attached Storage) as it is just that robust and full featured! So do not delay, click "Purchase" today!

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

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                  5.0

                  Great NAS, would buy again!

                  By Cory Johnson

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                    So far I have had this item for a few weeks. I originally purchased it because my media library was starting to become pretty large and I wanted to make sure I had some redundancy of my data. I read a lot of reviews between Synology and Drobo and finally settled on Synology due to the amount of apps available and the reported read/write speed differences. I am highly satisfied with the results of this NAS.I have been using Plex for a while and normally just run it from a computer but after trying out the app built into the device I have turned off the old desktop because it works perfect on the device, I have not had any issues with stuttering or buffering. Keep in mind all of my movies files are 2GB or less, I know some people keep larger formats.

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

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                    4.0

                    Great Network HDD

                    By JimM

                    from Aspen, CO

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Network

                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                      Works well with, Lightroom, iTunes server and Logitec Squeezebox. I now have a redundant raid copy of my photos and music.

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

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                      2.0

                      DLNA issues.

                      By rob_b

                      from phx az

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Dlna Issues

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                      Fast transfer and decent web interface, however, the DLNA option is useless. Would not work with my Sony Blu-ray... bought new Blu-ray same deal. However, my blu-ray worked with both my ASUS DLNA router and Serviio. Installed 3rd party but will not take advantage of the transcoder.

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

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                      5.0

                      Great NAS

                      By Markus

                      from San Jose, CA

                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                      This is my first Synology.
                      Setup is super easy Installation of either synology or 3rd party packages is self explaining too.
                      Now with plex, this is the perfect multimedia station for me.

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                      5.0

                      Excellect Nas Server! Easy to use!!!!

                      By texmexmig

                      from Plainfield, NH.

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Fast
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Network
                        • Office

                        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                        I have looked at other NAS systems...Honestly this was the easiest one to setup and use. Don't waste your time buy this!

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

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                        3.0

                        Nice NAs poor streaming

                        By Narduzzo

                        from Brasil

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                            As a NAs is a very nice equipment.
                            For streaming is somewhat deceiving.
                            Many problems with some extensions, dts, mkv, no iso, no vob, a dedicated equipment would be more usefull.

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

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Media Server

                            By Bob

                            from Riverside CA

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Fast
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                              Wanted to get rid of my dvd, cd and consolidate pictures. Have uploaded all my dvd, music and pictures, nice to have everything in one spot.

                              Next is organizing music and pictures. While they are their, it is overwhelming. Have picture accts for wife and two son's. Enabling rights as to what they can delete or move.

                              Disappointed in Playstation 3 video feed, it is lousy, Samsung smart tv has beta mode, unable to work with NAS.

                              Works well with ROKU, but does not have quick set up like the iphone and ipad.

                              Would like to see iphone / ipad photos stream to my NAS cloud, either I'm not smart enough, or the software is not quite their, but still better than paying more funds to drop box, apple, etc....

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

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