Synology DiskStation for Building your Personal Cloud


When you run out of storage space and need help managing your digital life, consider Synology’s DiskStation DS216j 2-Bay NAS Enclosure. Designed for home and personal use, the DS216j will let users build a personal cloud, while also offering data sharing, multimedia streaming, and cloud synchronization. As a DLNA-certified media server, it is able to host digital multimedia content for local or remote playback on devices such as the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, while TV streaming is also supported with Samsung TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku.

The DS216j also functions as a back–up device, allowing Windows users to back up data using Synology Cloud Station, while Mac users enjoy native Apple Time Machine support. The backup destination can be set as not only local hard drives but also USB devices and public cloud services. Additionally, Cloud Station also lets users sync files among DiskStations and multiple devices, while 2-way sync permits file synchronization between different DiskStations or a DiskStation and cloud services such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and more.

Furthermore, this NAS enclosure is powered by a 1.0 GHz Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core processor and 512MB of DDR3 RAM. Its dual 3.5" drive bays can accommodate both 3.5 and 2.5" SATA III and SATA II hard drives and SSDs, with a maximum capacity of 8TB per drive bay or 16TB total. Its two USB 3.0 ports allow direct connections to Windows, Mac, or Linux systems, while network connectivity is achieved using its Gigabit Ethernet port. When configured as a RAID 1, which offers data redundancy, this NAS is capable of achieving read speeds of more than 112.75 MB/s and write speeds of more than 97.6 MB/s. RAID 0, Basic RAID, and Synology Hybrid RAID are also supported and for those who do not require a RAID, JBOD is also supported. The DS216j supports up to 1,024 user accounts and up to 128 maximum concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP/File Station connections, making it an excellent choice among 2-bay NAS enclosures.