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SynologyDiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to setup (13)
  • Fast (12)
  • Quiet (11)
  • Compact (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Office (10)
    • Home (9)
    • Network (9)
    • Business (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (14)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (7), Personal (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (8), Mac (6)

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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

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                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

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                    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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                                    5.0

                                    Well made

                                    By MimoltaCle_IzDiBest

                                    from Germany, Graf

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Datasafe
                                      • Home
                                      • Network
                                      • Office

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

                                      Well worth the investment. All my pics are safe and reasonably quick to pull from Lightroom. Its smaller than I thought and quiet.

                                      I use the link aggregation and have the 7200 rpm barracuda installed.

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

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