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Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage – Black (DS1812+)


Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage - Black (DS1812+)


Synology DS1812+ High Performance NAS Server Scales up to 18 Drives for SMB Users

  • CPU: Dual Core 2.13GHz with floating point
  • RAM Size: 1GB?DDR3 (Expandable, up to 3GB)
  • Internal HDD: 8x 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA2 (Hard drive not included)
  • Max Internal Capacity: 32TB (8x 4TB HDD)
  • External HDD Interface: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 4x USB 2.0 Ports, 2x eSATA Ports
  • LAN: 2x Gigabit

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Question by Mike K: What are some options for file servers in a MAC environment?
I’m looking to install some sort of high-speed file storage into a MAC os-x environment. Does anyone have any ideas that would make for fast, reliable, network storage that is available to MAC workstations?

(If integrating a W2K3 server makes the most sense, that’s fine too)

Best answer:

Answer by UK_Andrew
If all you’re looking for is file storage, consider a NAS device. We use Iomega StorCenter Pro 200d devices and have done for past 3 years. They run Windows Storage Server 2003 – which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. However, because they’re Windows powered they are easy to manage, have multiple RAID options and don’t need Windows CAL’s. They also support MAC access.

Check them out at www.iomega.com.

If you don’t fancy Windows Storage Server, there are loads of other Linux-based NAS devices on the market such as Adaptec’s Snap Server.

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What customers say about Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage – Black (DS1812+)?

  1. 78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rock solid NAS with great GUI, dual disk failure, 802.3ad, and expansion options, June 10, 2012
    By 
    Tetsu Noguchi “tekkster” (Santa Clara, CA United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage – Black (DS1812+) (Personal Computers)

    I’ve been reading some negative reviews about the Synology, and while I have been really lucky, I can imagine that many setup types might not be ideally suited to the synology design.

    If you’ve read some reviews, and are interested in the link aggregation piece but nervous because of the bad reviews, here’s what went through:

    Initially, i tried plugging both ethernet ports and connecting the two cables to an unmanaged switch. This caused me some issues, and then i realized there is a port bonding that needs to occur. I did that thru the synology interface, but it didn’t bond proerly. I then just un-plugged one of the cables and everything worked great.

    As i wanted the 802.3ad feature to work, i then purchased a cisco gbit managed switch with 802.3ad. Plugged everything in, and still couldn’t get it to work right, until i realized u have to bond the ports on BOTH the switch and the synology. Now, everything works. Bonding is pretty easy, just a few clicks in the synology interface and the same in the cisco interface. I also set jumbo frames just cuz the pull down menu was right there on both interfaces, and then happily noticed that in the osx system references under network/ethernet, the same pull down menu was there.

    Just some thoughts to share if you’re thinking about the synology because of the ability to bond ethernet ports. Save some headache and get a managed gbit switch. Cisco’s sg series can be had for cheap and works great but there are others that are cheaper.

    On another note, some reviewrs said they can’t mount the synology when their laptops are in wifi mode…can’t help there as mine works fine.

    Once again, i love the ds1812+ and if you decide to get one, hope you do too.

    —-

    I still think the Synology is pretty amazing, but I’ve discovered some limitations.

    First, Plex doesn’t work very well beyond a few hundred movies or a few tv seasons.

    My guess? It all comes down to the limitation of the computer on the Synology itself. As great as it is, at the end of the day, it’s a computer, it’s a motherboard, it’s chip, it’s ram. And my guess is that it runs into the same limitations that running server software on a general purpose computer run into. When there’s too much load, it slows down, hangs in weird ways, etc.

    File copying (writing to the Synology) was also a discovery. When copying, up to about 50GB of data, it’s pretty fast and consistently so. But when doing a single copy that exceeds 50 GB or thereabouts, it slows down right around the 50GB mark. Considerably. So fast until then, and suddenly, it’s painful to watch… Stare at it long enough and you see bursts of speed of about 10GB or so, but then it slows down again. Very strange. I found that it’s faster to copy in about 35-50GB increments. More of a hassle, but after the first copy, I imagine it’s not something that would occur that often.

    ——
    What’s there to say about the DS1812+?

    Plenty.

    in short, If you want a super easy to use and setup NAS that’s affordable, reasonably fast, fairly secure and mostly worry free, with a ton of cool server features to boot, this is about as it good as it gets.

    Most multi-disk enclosures have one key purpose and one secondary purpose growing in popularity. The primary purpose of these devices is to make multiple disks appear as one big disk and design it so if one disk fails, everything keeps on working, giving you a day or two to take out the broken hard disk and replace with a newer one.

    The secondary purpose that is growing in popularity among these multi-disk enclosures is NAS functionality. This means you connect it to your network through an ethernet switch, and all the other computers on the network can access it and mount folders/volumes to use either as production storage or as backup.

    There are a few competitors here, and Drobo and QNap are the other two well known competitors in this market.

    I own an older Drobo 4-bay enclosure that doesn’t have the NAS capability, forcing my desktop computer to be the file server for the Drobo, which was attached directly to the server via Firewire.

    The Synology, therefore, is a new experience for me. And it is pretty amazing. You don’t actually have to do very much at all to get it up and running. It’s pretty….ummm…for lack of a better term….stupid easy. I would, however, recommend checking out the reviews for Drobo NAS products and QNap NAS products, just in case. My research lead me to the Synology, but that just means it’s a better fit for me, not necessarily for everyone. For instance, with QNAP and Synology, there is a list of compatible disks. You can’t go and buy disks willy nilly because the disks you buy might not work. You have to check the compatibility list first. Luckily, the DS1812+ has a…

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  2. 28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Synology DS1812+ “NEW BOSS IN TOWN”, March 8, 2012
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    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage – Black (DS1812+) (Personal Computers)

    Best NAS I ever had my hands on. I am replacing my HTPC with this NAS to save some energy (400 WATT HTPC against 50 WATT NAS) and my first try was NetGear ReadyNAS and even it was a great unit, it destroyed my data volume when powering the ReadyNAS off. This was because I used new, just released 4TB Hitachi drives and the netgear ReadyNAS 5 HDD unit had problems with it (firmware bug). Than I tried Drobo NAS and it worked right out of the box but I was missing all the features the Netgear ReadyNAS has to offer and in addition the Gigabit Ethernet (DROBO E)was super slow (20 MB/sec max) what made it impossible to stream Blue-Ray files.
    Finally I found my little superstar! The Synology DS1812+ is incredible. It is fast, feature rich and rock solid.
    I have now 6 x 4TB Hitachi drives in it and keep expanding. I highly recommend this unit and advise to stay away from the mid-level products if you planning to really use your NAS. You get what you pay for. I am a big happy customer after returning all the other units.

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  3. 20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Swiss Army Knife of the NAS World, July 12, 2012
    By 
    Clyde McShizzle (Phoenix) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage – Black (DS1812+) (Personal Computers)

    What can I say? My expectations were more than met with the Synology DS1812+. This is an amazing piece of hardware. It’s small, sleek, quiet, well-built, capable, and loaded with more functionality than I could ever dream of using.

    I bought mine from Amazon along with an extra 2GB stick of RAM (Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL7 SODIMM Single Rank x8 Notebook Memory) and four Seagate 3TB Barracuda hard drives (Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001). Everything came packaged very well.

    Physical setup of the unit was a breeze for the most part. Installing the extra memory was as simple as removing six screws, a cover, and popping the stick into an easily-accessible memory slot. That took all of five minutes. Installing the hard drives was also simple. You simply slide a hard drive into one of the eight provided drive cages, screw it in with four manufacturer-provided screws, and slide the cage back into the NAS. That took about 10 minutes. After that, you plug the unit in and begin the installation process.

    One of the only problems I encountered was with the installation disk. For some inexplicable reason, my computer could not read the disk that came with my DS1812+. The disc wasn’t damaged as far as I can tell, but still my computer could not read it. No big deal, as you can just go to the Synology website and download whatever software you need, which is what I did. The installation process after that was pretty simple. I used an online Synology wiki guide to help with each step, and I was done in about 30 minutes. At first I had a hard time connecting the NAS to my home network, but after powering down the unit and powering back up, I was good to go.

    In case anyone is curious, I elected to go with the Synology Hybrid RAID function (SHR). All four of the Seagates Barracudas were recognized by the DS1812+, and after initialization, I was left with roughly 8.2 TB of usable space. I plan to expand very soon with four more of the Seagate drives, which should give me right around 19.1 TB of usable space, which is more than enough for my video, music, book, photo, and game collection.

    I haven’t used or even figured out how every feature of the DS1812+ works yet, but I am learning. There is a bit of a learning curve involved with buying and using this unit. That’s not to say that you need to be a networking expert to use it, but it does take a bit of reading and research to make sense of everything. There are so many features and extra applications you can download to improve functionality.

    Some pros and cons…

    Pros:
    + Aesthetics: I love the simple, refined, black casing. The blue and green status lights aren’t obnoxious, either.

    + Build quality: It feels solid like a tank without being too heavy. Nothing about the unit feels flimsy or half-ass. However, I really wish the drive cages were aluminum and not plastic.

    + Size: Absolutely perfect size and shape. No wasted angles or space. Looks less like a piece of computer equipment and more like a piece of high-end audio/home theater equipment. Only about 13 inches wide, 6 inches high, and 9 inches deep. Yes, you read that right. The product dimensions listed here on Amazon are WRONG. Those dimensions (18 x 12 x 14 inches) are for the cardboard box it comes in. My dimensions are the correct dimensions, for the actual unit itself. The DS1812+ is perfect on an A/V shelf in the living room. Very high Wife Acceptance Factor.

    + Acoustics: I can’t hear mine. It’s about 9 feet away from me and I cannot hear it at all. Then again, I’m not sensitive to low-level white noise like some people are. There’s no rattling or anything like that, either. Your mileage may vary on whether or not you can hear the fans.

    + DSM software: Absolutely brilliant user interface. Almost dummy proof. Very easy to pick and choose which features you wish to utilize. Package Center is also nice. It allows you to download various add-on apps (antivirus, Plex Media Server, torrent downloads, cloud station, audio station, photo station, WordPress, iTunes server, etc…).

    Cons:
    – Documentation: At this price point, I would like to see a decent paper manual in the box for quick, non-electronic reference. Yes, I know I can download the online user guide and either print it off or look at a PDF file on my monitor, but an actual manual would both be preferred and appreciated. For one thing, I don’t own a printer. Secondly, I would like to read about the features of my new NAS without opening a web browser or PDF.

    – Learning curve: The great functionality of the DS1812+ is both a blessing and a curse. With limited functionality, there’s far less to explain to your user base. With high functionality, there’s quite a bit to explain…

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