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Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213+

Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213+

Synology DS213+ High-performance 2-bay All-in-1 NAS Server for SMB Users

  • CPU: Dual Core 1.067 GHz
  • Memory: 512MB DDR3
  • Internal HDD: 2x 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA2
  • External HDD Interface: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 1x USB 2.0 Port, 1x eSATA Port, 1x SD Card Port
  • LAN: 1x Gigabit

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  1. 14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazingly Simple to Setup and Fantastic Operating System Interface, January 2, 2013
    Christopher (Boston, MA USA) –

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    I’ve had the Synology DS213+ running for about seven weeks and I could not be more satisfied.

    ** The Hardware Setup **
    The setup couldn’t have been any easier. I screwed my hard drives into their holders and then slid them right into place. I used 2x Western Digital Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive’s (3.5″) based on cost and some decent reviews (and they’re on the compatibility list, which is important). Then just plug-in power & network and you’re good to go.

    ** Software Setup **
    Also a breeze. The device doesn’t come with an OS (I suppose so that you always start with the latest), so I followed some really easy step by step instructions to have it automatically download and install. I walked through some setup screens where the drives were formatted and my admin account password was setup and I was up and running just like that.

    ** My Basic Setup **
    As a home & home/office user, my needs are pretty basic. Using they AWESOME web based Operating System GUI (known as “DSM”) I created accounts for everyone in the family and they all got home shares created for them. Now everyone has a safe place to keep their personal documents. I also created a “shared” share where everyone could share documents or we could put common things that we all need.

    ** My Applications **
    There are a handful of applications that you can install using DSM. For me, I installed Photo Station (used to create photo albums easy access for the family), Video Station (for our Home Movies), and the iTunes Media Server (for all our MP3s) to show up in iTunes. As part of all of this, some additional folders are created (/photos, /videos, and /music) that I copied all of this up into. The built-in media indexer went to work to build a database of the media we uploaded and I got family approve on the purchase :-)

    ** Smartphone Applications **
    Free from the Android & Apple stores are a number of Synology applications to connect to your NAS. I’ve installed and have been using DS Photo so that I can have access to the photos from my iPhone, DS Video so that I can see our home movies, and DS File so that I can access my files from my phone (and upload photos/videos from my phone to my home share). The setup of these was easy and the applications are decent. I have found that the downloader will fail on really large (2+ GB) video files, which many of the HD family movies are.

    ** My Advanced Setup **
    This may be beyond what most home users will do, but I’ll outline the other things I was able to do with this as well in terms of networking. DSM supports a number of Dynamic DNS services (so that when your Public IP Address changes, the name that points to it is updated as well). Along with a free one from Synology (“yourname.synology.me”), they also support the very popular No-IP.com. As I wanted my own domain name and my own SSL cert, I went this route.

    Setup was very easy. I created a No-IP account and added that account into to DSM. I then purchased a domain name and setup that name in No-IP, and purchased a cheap SSL cert to secure the traffic into the NAS from outside my network.

    Although there is a long list of routers that DSM will auto-configure for you, sadly the ActionTec that comes with Verizon FiOS is not one of them. Because of this, I had to manually configure port forwarding so that when I tried to reach the NAS from outside the network it would know where to go. While this was relatively easy, it may not be for someone who is unfamiliar with this. You will, however, find plenty of support in the active forum community.

    ** In Summary **
    If you’re looking for a well priced and very decent NAS for your home or home office, look no further than the DS213+. The ease of setup and wealth of enhancements make it well worth the purchase.

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  2. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Much better than Buffalo Linkstation, October 10, 2012
    Robert Owen (Houston) –

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    I have owned 3 Buffalo Linkstation LS-Q4 (4*1TB) over the past two years. Two have failed at the system level (total data loss despite using RAID 5). All were very slow (average around 8MB/Sec write speed and not much faster at reading). I have now purchased a Synolgoy DS213+ configured with 2 Hitachi (WD) 4TB drives. So far I am very impressed. Performance is much better. Nice features like being able to access the drive even when it is rebuilding/verifying the RAID (which took around 18hours). With the Buffalo Linkstations it took several days to rebuild the array and it was totally inaccessible during that time. The built in management tools do everything I need. The optional applications are somewhat basic (iTunes server can only share with the iTunes program and not iPod/iPhone etc. and doesn’t use the existing iTunes library meta data and the Email Server can’t download email from an external POP3 account) but they are easy to install and uninstall. I’m seeing sustained write speeds of around 23MB/sec and multiple users can still use the device (the Buffalo got difficult to connect with (unresponsive) if one user was loading lots of data). Provided it doesn’t fail in the near future I’d absolutely recommend this over the Buffalo Linkstation.

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  3. 23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213+, March 15, 2013
    Joe Y. (Fairfax, VA) –

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    **Updated 3/19/2013**

    I just received my Synology DS213+ earlier this week. 2 days ago, I received (2) Seagate 4TB 5900RPM drives to put into it. I have some pics sitting on my camera that I’ll upload later. I actually received the NAS a couple days before the drives came in. It’s really hard to put an accurate Star Rating on this because of my background… I have been doing server and networking IT for the past 7 years and really love my job. This is my first home NAS/Server/etc… so I’m like a kid in a candy shop right now. The problem is that there were a lot of things that most people wouldn’t understand or maybe care about, but I will try to hit as many of them as I can. I will say though, the more you understand about IT, the easier and more enjoyable this NAS (or any NAS at that) will be. Just be safe and please try to secure your personal information. If you just do a basic setup on this and put all of your personal documents and photos on there, they are accessible to everyone who knows your “Internet IP” or “Website Name”. I’m not saying that everyone out there is a certified hacker, but why take a chance on your personal information? Don’t be that guy who sets up a home wireless router and leaves it “Unsecured”.

    Like I tell everyone that a little research goes a long way.

    **Initial Instructions Before You Start On The NAS**

    I had read a review that you can’t really do anything with the NAS until you install at least 1 internal drive so I tested it and sure enough, all you can pretty much do is access the main setup webpage of the NAS but can’t go further. That’s fine though because you really shouldn’t be doing anything until you have some drives anyway. What I did though while I was waiting for the drives to come in was to log into my Router and put a DHCP Reservation for the MAC Address of the NAS. This so the IP address never changes and it gives me a “static” IP to forward certain ports to the NAS depending on what Synology Apps I want to use. When the NAS is connected to the Router via the supplied Ethernet (CAT5e) cable, the NAS will pull an IP automatically from DHCP running on the Router. If you pull up the DHCP client table, you’ll see the NAS. I just used the MAC Address and created a DHCP Reservation with it to the IP I wanted (for example, I rebooted the NAS and it pulled the new IP. So now, it will never change. I opened up my web browser and typed in the IP (EXAMPLE) and the NAS webpage came up. Now, I just had to wait for the drives to come in.

    **Getting the NAS Ready**

    So the drives came in and I installed them in the trays. Once the trays “clicked” into position, I turned on the NAS. I went back in to the browser and visited the IP I just used Synology’s proprietary RAID which is expandable. I don’t really care right now because I just wanted RAID 1 which it automatically does with 2 drives. Even though I have (2) 4TB drives, they mirror each other so I still get only 4TB’s of drive space. Most would be like WTF, I don’t get 8TB??? but with this solution, if 1 of the drives fails (WHICH I’VE SEEN MANY TIMES), I still have another drive and hopefully enough time to buy a new one and swap out the bad drive. There are Youtube videos out there showing the process to replace a failed drive. The Synology makes it easy and automatically populates the failed drive for you. I’m guessing that it would take about 2 days to populate a 4TB drive. But I am only using about 1.5TB of drive space right now so it would be faster.

    **Formatting Storage**

    With every 1TB that is advertised, you only get a little over 910GB of space before formatting. Then subtract a little more for formatting. So after 4TB of space the hard drive advertised, I get about 3.64TB of disc space. Then after formatting, I end up with right at 3.58TB of useable space. That should be enough for now. Whats cool about Synology’s NAS is that later on when for example, 8TB hard drives come out, I can buy 2 of them. Then I remove 1 of the 4TB drives and replace it with one of the 8TB drives. After the NAS copies over all the data from the 4TB that’s still installed, I can replace the other 4TB with the second 8TB and then the data from the first 8TB will copy to the second 8TB. Then I’ll have increased my space from 4TB’s total to 8TB’s total ( that’s (2) 8TB hard drives mirrored in RAID 1) of redundant space. I could then buy enclosures for the old 4TB drives and use them for backups or something.

    **Getting Back On Topic and Configuring NAS**

    Ok, I know… I’m getting off topic… So I was talking about… oh yea, So I now have the NAS initially setup. Now, I can access the NAS with my “” IP and login. I just guessed the account was “admin” with no password and got it on the first try. First thing I did was slap a 16 character password on the admin account and…

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