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SynologyDiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server
 
4.9

(based on 27 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to setup (21)
  • Fast (20)
  • Quiet (19)
  • Compact (17)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Home (19)
  • Network (16)
  • Business (15)
  • Office (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (23)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (18), Business (7)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (13), Mac (11)

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5.0

Happy Owner

By DannyBerez

from Chicago, IL

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Network
    • Office

    Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

    I was looking to retire my second PC that had been being used as a file server. This device has been great over the first week of usage. The unit runs very quiet and doesn't seem to get hot. I had my WiFi cameras originally set to FTP to the second PC, but now use the Surveillance Station that comes with the DiskStation... great feature. I like the web interface that can be set up so that I can access things across the internet with the nifty file uploader. My only gripe would be the cheapy plastic hard drive trays... these could be improved upon, but once set up and put into place I don't foresee a reason to touch them unless a hard drive fails.

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

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    5.0

    Exactly what I was looking for !!

    By Al

    from Binghamton, NY

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Fast
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business
      • Home

      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

      As a photographer I am always concerned about safely storing and backing up all my photo files. I had researched RAID NAS options and Synology's reputation stood out. It was extremely easy to set up, transfer my files and even setup access via the web no matter where I am. I highly this product or any of the Synology NAS product options.

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

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      5.0

      Very Nice NAS

      By ken43

      from dayton oh

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy Setup
      • Fast
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business
        • Home
        • Network
        • Office

        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

        I had a 2003 windows domain that I needed to replace, and needed to store all user data on a new site. I didn't want to go windows 2012 domain, so I tried this NAS. The software provided by Synology works very well, and it is seamless as a user on my network to logon and have all user data, favorites, photos, etc connected to the local computer and ready to use. There is no difference, from a user perspective, between this NAS solution and the previous 2003 domain and file server. From an admin perspective, this NAS is much easier to manage.

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

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        5.0

        NAS-tastic!

        By Cyber Security Guy

        from Westfield, MA

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Setup
        • Feature Rich
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business
          • Home
          • Network
          • Office

          Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

          I love this network attached storage device. I have two NAS devices from Iomega that I despise. My Synology drive works flawlessly and has an array of useful software with which to manage files, stream audio and video and manage my video surveillance system. There's so much available software that I continue to learn more about networking as I install and set-up the available software. I've had repeated failures on my other two pitiful Iomega NAS drives, but not the Synology. The Synology NAS just keep purring away protecting all my precious photos and data files. Love it!

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

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          5.0

          Perfect for my needs

          By Mangesh

          from Campbell, CA

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Setup
          • Fast

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Network

            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

            The unit arrived on time.
            It was super easy to setup - just insert the hard drives, power it up, and follow he instructions on the installation card.

            I am upgrading from WD MyBookWorld II - and the Synology is leaps and bounds ahead of the WD NAS.
            The Synology DSM software is amazingly responsive, feature rich and intuitive. The WD software is frustrating and annoyingly slow.

            The Synology is also super fast.

            I copied over my data using rsync.

            I highly recommend the Synology over WD NAS.

            I am using this with two 4TB WD Red drives.

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

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            4.0

            Noisey But a good NAS

            By Arun

            from Coral Springs, FL

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Fast

            Cons

            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • Business
            • Home

            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

            Well, I had a DS212j for a while! I just loved it. What made it all the more beautiful is the DSM 5. I can't put it in words how elegant Synology made it with their attention to detail. Of course they carry this part to their other Disk Stations too. I just love them.

            So I moved, recently. To 214+. Looks elegant, plays well. It is a definitely faster too. The link aggregation indeed helps. There are a few of things that I really didn't like in this hot swappable enclosure.

            - It is noisey. Things are not made to sit tight and snug. So, it vibrates. In a quiet home, it is clearly audible. When you push the disks the noise reduces but then comes back.
            - Then in this version the fan doesn't turn off on disk hibernation. And the fan is not as quiet as in my other model. Adds to the noise too.
            - It is a very open system open everywhere. Motherboard is all open. A free and full path for dust. You gottu dust it very year believe me. My earlier system was well sealed off. Didn't have dust in years!!
            - Front USB should have been USB 3.
            - Sometimes it doesn't start on network access! Or it takes a lot more time than DS212j!

            I was kinda surprised when Synology didn't give attention to these details. I guess these come with the growth. I hope they come back and make it up to their fans.

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

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            5.0

            Perfect home NAS

            By Dan

            from Oxnard, CA

            About Me Value Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy Setup
            • Fast
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business
              • Home
              • Network

              Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

              I upgraded to this from a DS212j that was feeling a little long in the tooth. So far it's been a HUGE improvement. I have always wanted to use PhotoStation to access my pictures from the web/devices, but my old NAS couldn't get through everything...ever. This one was able to crunch through all my pictures in a couple days. I also use Video Station to watch videos, and I've found that this model does an amazing job. I used to have stuttering or buffering issues, but now I don't have any issues.

              Overall, I'm extremely pleased. It feels like the perfect NAS for those that are looking to run multiple applications and have it serve as a backup machine. I went with this one over the DS214play as it seemed that this one was a little faster for most tasks, and I didn't need the live transcoding as all my videos are already in a workable format.

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

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              5.0

              The best Nas Drive you can own

              By Bran

              from NY

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy Setup
              • Fast
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business
                • Home

                Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                I use the product everyday, mostly for home use as well as some buisness use. I orignially had a Synology with only 512mb ram and 1 core processor, and that just wasn't doing it for me.

                I went and bought this model and I couldn't be happier. The price was double of my original NAS, but I now have double the specs and it shows.

                This NAS is really fast, honestly faster than anything I have ever used. I would highly recommend it to anyone I know.

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

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                5.0

                A Multitude of Features

                By Kire

                from Caron, CA

                About Me Value Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy Setup
                • Fast
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Network

                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                  First and foremost, I mainly purchased a NAS as a way to preserve backups of a computer, but to also migrate media files and other files to relinquish space on my main computer.
                  The setup was no what I had expected. I began the installation and was surprised by how the entirety of the process was automated, requiring very little input from the user, myself. I thought it was going to be much more involved, which I don't mind, but having the NAS complete the setup almost entirely by itself was relieving. No more tinkering with the settings or specifying file paths, my only job was to sit back and enjoy the show. Upon completion, it guided me through a few more steps, which then put the NAS online and ready for operation.
                  When I first wanted to perform a clone of my computers HD for safeguarding on the NAS, I was slightly lost about how to go about this since it was my first time performing such a task. Instinctively, I looked in the direction of technical support and found my answer immediately. What I was presented with was a very detailed set of steps, which I followed meticulously, and sure enough, I was performing my first computer back in less than 5 minutes, a success.
                  I thought that transfer rates between the NAS and a computer was going to be sluggish, but I was clearly wrong. Coupled with the Link Aggregation, I was transferring folders with 50GB's of content through my network at alarming speeds, which astonished me beyond words. I thought this would cause a increase in processing power, but it raised ever so slightly, and still had extra power to spare to perform other tasks in the background.
                  Overall, the NAS clearly exceed my expectations, and performed very well given its size. In comparison to other similar products I have tested, the Synology NAS was a clear cut winner.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great for home use

                  By Ecase

                  from Memphis, TN

                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                  Just started using this to pack-up my music, pictures, and files. After a recent issue with my computer's hard drive and almost losing everything I released I needed an easy convenient way to back up my stuff. This was so easy to setup. I would recommend it to anyone.

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                  5.0

                  excellent product!

                  By jontonio

                  from Cambridge, MA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Home
                    • Network

                    Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                    Just what I needed. A little more expensive than I had hoped, though.

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

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                    5.0

                    A nice quiet NAS.

                    By JimE

                    from Chicagoland, USA.

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                      This is to be used to back-up my files on a Linux PC. It was very easy to install the (2.5") disc drives and get it up and running. Things were a little bit more complex doing everything from Linux via the built-in web server to set-up NFS, but it is all working well now (even with disc drives that are not on the "Recommended" list) :-)

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                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Linux

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                      5.0

                      Basically Happy with the NAS

                      By Tony the Tinkerer

                      from Phoenix

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Fast
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Network
                        • Office

                        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                        The Synology DS214+ is a good machine that essentially seems to be doing what it is designed to do. When you open up the box after receiving it in the mail, you will note that does not have a detailed book or brochure to help you install the machine. In fact, the installation manual is composed primarily with pictures. Fortunately, you can go to the Synology website to find out how to install the physical drives (2) and what you need to know to install the basic software that makes the box work. My installation went well with a serious lag in the time it takes to format the 4 TB drives purchased from B + H (it took about ten hours). The only glitch in the machine so far has been a problem with the Kaspersky Anti-Virus software that interferes with commands to set partitions on the drives for the use of clients that will interact with the NAS on the internet. The solution is to inactivate Kaspersky everytime you want to do this type of maintenance on the NAS. I have so far set up a number of users and partitions on the drive and backed up my PC without any difficulty. I would like to work with the NAS to establish it as a multimedia center plus a surveillance center, but that will not happen for another couple of weeks when time allows.

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

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                        5.0

                        Confirming other reviews

                        By Andy

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Fast
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Pricey
                        • Slow Remotely

                        Best Uses

                        • Business
                        • Home
                        • Network
                        • Office

                        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                        This is a great product! Easy to setup and get running, it provides a usable solution to access everything from photos to audio to important documents from anywhere. It is particularly fast on LAN and slow (but not unexpected) for remote access. The remote access speeds also depend on whether or not you elect to use SSL, which I use. The security of taking your important files off of third party cloud providers is priceless. The GUI is simple and relatively intuitive, although it can be improved a bit. The overall cost of the product with the dual drives is a bit steep, but if you use this product for 5+ years, then I think the value is well worth it.

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

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                        5.0

                        Awesome!

                        By brownb

                        from Wa

                        Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                        This is a great NAS. Exceeded my expectations. Easy to use and great features. Love it!

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                        5.0

                        One Awesome NAS Drive

                        By silverbind

                        from Lititz, Pa

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Fast
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business
                          • Home
                          • Network
                          • Office

                          Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                          This drive is very powerful and fast. It will far surpass your thoughts of what a NAS can do and be if you have never used some thing like it before.

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

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                          5.0

                          Solid Product! Easy setup!

                          By Tim

                          from West Covina, CA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Fast
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Business
                            • Home
                            • Network
                            • Office

                            Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                            This product has been used as file server in my office. We almost don't need to take care of it after setup.

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

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                            5.0

                            Great NAS

                            By Wissam O

                            from Los Angeles, CA

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                                  Easy to setup and configure.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  capable server for photo sharing/backup

                                  By Redriver

                                  from Philadelphia

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Fast
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Business
                                    • Home
                                    • Network
                                    • Office

                                    Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                                    Over years we have accumulated plenty digital photos and videos. The file transfer between PC and newly added MBP retina was painful as we discovered. This prompted us to look at NAS. After research we decided to get 214+ over 214play given our primary usage (file / photo sharing and backup). We also picked up a pair of 4TB WD red from B&H. We had an old WD 1TB external hard drive attached to 214+ as the backup using eSATA. As many have commented, the legacy DSM firmware is intuitive and easy to manage. 214+ recognized the Cyberpower UPS quickly via USB and had nice configurable shut-down options to choose from. Set up was easy and the file access / sharing between PC and MAC no longer a painful experience. File transfer speed has a lot to do with the network and client (As result, router was upgraded to ASUS 68u) and quite satisfactory to my work flow. Remote access via http is nice (don't expect same speed as in the intranet). DSM has a lot of feature and we especially like the DS Photo+, which make accessing the photos on various tablet and mobile device an easy and pleasant task. Once the folder is added and photos are uploaded, the 214+ will run the conversion in the background. The colors and contract rendering on ipad is very high quality and we turned our ipad into a picture frame playing the slide shows. On iphone the DS photo+ replay will be slower via data network (loading circle will appear if flipping through photos too quickly). Overall this NAS has added a lot of accessibility and sharing capability to our growing data needs. The material, build and firmware design are of top notch quality. The unit runs very cool and quietly and feels like will last for a long time 24-7. Highly recommended.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Great easy to use & performs as promised

                                    By Steph the Nonprofit Exec

                                    from Rockville, MD

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy Setup

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Business
                                      • Network
                                      • Office

                                      Comments about Synology DiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server:

                                      I am not a technologically savvy person and had help setting it up. But so far the DS214+ has been a great purchase for our non-profit. It does everything we need it to do without being over complicated. 5 stars!

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

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