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SynologyDiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Easy to setup (17)
  • Fast (16)
  • Quiet (15)
  • Compact (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (14)
    • Network (12)
    • Business (11)
    • Office (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (17)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (12), Business (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (9), PC (9)

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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

      About Me Quality Oriented

      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

          About Me Quality Oriented

          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) :-)

              • Primary use:
              • 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

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      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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                              5.0

                              Este aparato es mas de lo que esperaba!

                              By Exus.co - Agencia Web & Digital

                              from Pereira, Colombia

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Fast

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Business
                                • Office

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

                                Sinceramente el DS214+ es mas de lo que esperaba, la cantidad de funciones diseñadas para que el trabajo con un NAS sea mas facil mas que un simple servidor de achivos es una potente herramienta de trabajo en la nube, una nube personal cargada de servicios y caracteristicas!

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

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                                5.0

                                Diskstation DS214+2

                                By Dennis

                                from Huntington New York

                                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 is the real McCoy, don't bother with Western Digital or Iomega, if you want trouble free operation and reliability.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  A great little server

                                  By BoredOfWood

                                  from Champaign, IL

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Fast
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Audio Server
                                    • Backups
                                    • Business
                                    • file server
                                    • Home
                                    • Network
                                    • Office

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

                                    I use a NAS as a file server in my home to allow the family to access all files from multiple computers. We do a certain amount of music streaming as well. Our environment is Win7, Win8, Mac OSX, and handhelds. I also use it for Apple's Time Machine backup. The mirrored disk RAID is critical to me for protection of household assets against a single disk failure.For 5 years I had a NAS (different brand), which worked okay, but was sluggish and the management interface was looking somewhat old. When that NAS lost a disk I did a quick but thorough search of 2-bay NAS products and found Synology well-recommended. So far, a week in, I like it.It was easy to set up both hardware and software. In fact, scary easy to get on my network and running. File access is fast from all my clients. I'm streaming both to iTunes and DLNA devices -- those servers work great. Most of the management interface is pretty intuitive, but only if you have some knowledge of the jargon. I'm still not sure that I'm backing up the NAS to an external USB3 disk correctly. But it is a fast backup! The DS214+ is also very quiet.Synology's documentation is pretty good, but a lot of it is through search results on their website. The problem is that I often get results for earlier versions of their OS (current is DSM 5.x). Some DSM 2, 3, and 4 results look good until you try to follow them and find the interface different.There is a lot of function here to configure this unit as your own personal "cloud", allowing you to access your home files, music, and pictures from anywhere with an internet connection. It looks rich, but I've not tried any of it yet. My main purpose in purchasing the DS214+ is for my in-home local network.Get good NAS drives to run with this NAS, not desktop drives. For 10-20% more cost you get a drive built to coexist in a small cabinet, run extended hours, and has a lower failure rate. (That's probably why my old desktop drive failed.)

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Easy to install and easy to use

                                    By Ophir

                                    from NJ

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

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

                                      Use it in SHR mode (Synology Hybrid RAID), i.e. 2 X 4T disks with mirroring.
                                      I've updated to DSM 5 which looks very nice.

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

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                                      4.0

                                      Nice NAS so far

                                      By David

                                      from Buffalo, NY

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Fast
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          After some research, I bought the Synology DS214+ to serve music for the Sonos Bridge and Connect I just bought. Though there were almost no instructions in/on the package, I was able to set up the NAS using Synology's website. Loading the NAS with content was easy. I did it using the USB port on the DS214+ and over the network. Both were pretty fast- a minute or two for a few hundred GB. I have had no problems with the NAS in the month or so I've had it. The NAS and the Sonos units work together seamlessly.

                                          I bought the DS214+ bundle with two 3GB WD hard drives. I was hoping that this would guarantee compatibility (and I think I did).

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

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                                          5.0

                                          Awesome Device!

                                          By Dave

                                          from Lyndhurst, NJ

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy Setup
                                          • Fast
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                              First time I bought a NAS and this device has not let me down. It is very easy to setup and intuitive. Currently have my time machine with a shared folder that is setup with a quota to prevent the program to use up all of my space on the NAS. I also have my pictures and music in separate shared folders so I can access remotely and on my other media devices. One of the best investments I've made!

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

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