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SynologyDiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server
 
4.6

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (31)
  • Fast (26)
  • Quiet (26)
  • Compact (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (34)
  • Network (17)
  • Business (7)
  • Office (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (31), Budget shopper (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (29), Business (6)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (17), Mac (16), Other (3)

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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4.0

Really Nice and powerfull

By Neitan

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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:

    This NAS is actually very powerfull and robust. I might not be the perfect user for it as Inwas just looking for acproduct to store all my media and stream it to my TVs thru wifi, so I'm not taking advantage of most of the festures it has like cloud, backup, etc. Nevertheless I discovered two flaws in this product (unfortunatelly too late) as my main interest was multimedia streaming and happens that subtitles are not supported to streaming directly to the TV so you are forced to play using DLNA, which I already had on my router, no need for a NAS to do this. I've end up buying a chromecast and now I have subs, but was not the original idea and now having to deal with chromecast lack of DTS support. Second flaw is lack of flexibility when creating disk gropus, you can not set more than 1 DG per hard drive, so in my case I was left with 2 options, either I sacrify one whole disk looking for redundancy or I have all the storage I payed for but with no redundancy at all. As reference, I was trying to create a small mirror for DSM apps and my important files and leave the rest with no mirror, so maximizong storage and still having HA.
    Anyway, leaving this 2 things aside, the product is great, I can reproduce anything without any issues, easy to use and setup and support always present and fast.

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

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    5.0

    love it

    By Chaim

    from nyc

    Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

    Love it

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    5.0

    Great home NAS

    By Meshtale

    from Raleigh, NC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

      We love having network-based storage on our home network.

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

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      5.0

      Very Easy to Setup and Use

      By George at the ballet

      from Philadelphia PA

      About Me Value Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Setup
      • Fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business
        • Home

        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

        At the ballet, we have a ton on photos and video, This allowed us to not only have current photos and video but also our archive items as well.

        The kit made sure we had exactly what we needed to get up and running fast.

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

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        5.0

        Perfect for my setup

        By PMH

        from Houston

        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:

          Love this NAS for my media server setup. DSM software is very easy to use. I can access my digital Media from anywhere!!!

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

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          5.0

          Small but powerful

          By kpax

          from Indianapolis, IN

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compatible
          • Easy Setup
          • Fast
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Bay Limited To 2

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

          I bought DS214play NAS for personal use. Main purpose is to stream video to my TV, play music and time machine. So far, the compatibility with other devices are great. I use mac, PC, android and iOS and I have no problem with any of these devices. I had difficulties with DLNA before since it is so dependent on devices and trying to figure these issues were always time consuming but DS214play took care of all these compatibility issues. Only downside is the 2-bay deck and may be the price. I could've spent more money but I didn't think it would worth the money for my purposes.

          If you want to establish your own household network storage but don't have the time to do so, I would recommend DS214play. The s/w is user-friendly and it has enough CPU performance for household streaming purposes. I couldn't find any major downside yet. I heard transcoding for 1080p is somewhat sluggish but since it works great with DLNA, I couldn't find reason to transcode.

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

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          5.0

          Great unit

          By Mbent

          from Texas

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Setup

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Network

            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

            Product very easy to setup and operate. Runs quite. I have two different units and have not had any problems with the unit.

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

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            5.0

            Great Network Storage

            By Mbent

            from Texas

            About Me Value Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Setup

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business
              • Home

              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

              Product was easy to setup and runs like a charm. Very quiet operation. I have no issues with this sytem.

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

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              5.0

              Great NAS for a motivated Beginner

              By crjvegas

              from Texas

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                  For a "beginner" this NAS was a bit overwhelming, but I imagine it is relatively more user-friendly than others. It was overwhelming because of all the options that the Synology software offers. But, this is a good thing. I had to research how I wanted to catalogue my media and backup via time-machine and it allows me to do exactly what I would like. A lot of flexibility and access to all my files/media - anywhere.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great

                  By ShteinBaum

                  from Cleveland

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy Setup
                  • Fast
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Network
                    • Office

                    Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214play 2-Bay NAS Server:

                    Bought it for a Network Attached Storage solution and it was literally plug and play.
                    Great speed and wonderful overall functionality

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

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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

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              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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