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SynologyDiskStation DS214+ 2-Bay Diskless NAS Server
 
4.9

(based on 31 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (24)
  • Fast (22)
  • Quiet (22)
  • Compact (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (22)
  • Network (19)
  • Business (18)
  • Office (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (27)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (20), Business (8)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (16), Mac (11)

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5.0

Great NAS So Far

By Fourth Stooge

from Asheville, NC

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:

    My wife and I both work at home. She has her own business, I am a telecommuter. As a result, we have a somewhat sophisticated home network because we can not afford down time.

    I originally decided to purchase the DS214+ as a backup device. We back to USB drives and she also backs up to an external hard drive, in addition to both desktop PCs using RAID1 configuration. A recent lightning strike took out most of the network, but the drives survived with their data. Still, adding another level of backup seemed like a good insurance policy.

    I considered the DS215+, DS713+, and DS715 when I purchased the DS214+.

    This unit is paired with two WD RE 2-TB drives in RAID1. It has more than fit the bill, and actually has been used more as a file syncing device, allowing us to have access to needed files when the desktop on which they are stored is not powered on. The DS214+, through BitTorrent, syncs the designated folders and files continuously, and with no noticeable drain on computer performance.

    Setup was very easy. More or less I just installed the drives, plugged it into the network, and stepped through the installation routine. The only snag was the installation routine appeared to hang, to the point that I eventually shut it down. However, it had completed the setup process by that time and essentially the unit was up and running.

    I then went in and manually changed a few things, gave the unit a pair of static IP addresses (one per LAN port), set up the directory structure, and assigned privileges. I found that process simple enough.

    It has now been running continously for two weeks. It was immediately seen by the various computers on the network as another network resource. It can be accessed as a network computer or the drives can be mounted in windows as network storage directly. The smart TV and DVD player both see it and will access it (although I have nothing but some photographs stored that is of interest to them).

    The unit runs cool, is reasonably quiet (the WD RE drives do chatter a bit), and has been trouble free. There are applications available for various purposes. I have both LAN ports attached to our switch, and in theory it splits the load but I have not checked on how effective that is. My main use for the dual LAN ports is a fail-over protection.

    The effectiveness of BitTorrent and the fact that it has no noticeable impact on computer performance has been a pleasant surprise.

    I intend to back up system OS images on the unit, but since we are syncing important and commonly used files, may limit the actual backup role of this device.

    I was impressed with the overwhelmingly positive reviews of this device. I now see it is well deserving of them, including this one. Overall, assuming it continues to be reliable, it is an excellent product.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC
     
    4.0

    Quality Device but Big Learning Curve

    By Go sport go

    from San Jose CA

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Network
      • Office

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

      This device is well built and great for a home server but there is a very large learning curve. If you are not a network engneer, you will find yourself googling just about all the terms in the instructions. Synologys needs to provide a high and mid Level view in addition to the step by step instructions provided. Knowing how to do something is no help when you don't know where you want to go.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Linux
       
      4.0

      Great NAS, Great Features & A little pricey.

      By PeteL

      from Waltham, MA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy Setup
      • Fast
      • Hot Swap Bays
      • Quiet
      • Synology Apps

      Cons

      • Price

      Best Uses

      • backup
      • Business
      • Home
      • Network
      • Office
      • Personal
      • Personal Cloud

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

      This is an additional synology box that I got for a remote location to sync my backup files to. Just like all synology boxes it is fast, reliable and just works. Add in the various "Packages" that you can download / utilize and Synology Disk Stations go way beyond your typical NAS.

      The Hotswap Drive Bays is a nice touch that isn't included in some of their other cheaper models.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC
       
      5.0

      Fastest Delivery

      By Lanshark

      from Brooklyn N.Y.

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Setup

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business

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

        Needed a replacement unit ASAP for a customer. Lead time from other suppliers was 2 to 3 days I had in hand next day. Saved the day

        • Computer Platform:
        • PC
         
        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
           
          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
             
            5.0

            Very Nice NAS

            By ken43

            from dayton oh

            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:

              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
               
              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
                 
                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

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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
                   
                  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
                     
                    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

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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
                         
                        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.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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
                           
                          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
                             
                            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
                               
                              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
                               
                              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!

                               
                              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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