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I do dabble in computers but this is my first attempt at setting up a NAS drive. The Synology DS220J seemed an ideal starting point .I also ordered 2 Iron Wolf 6TB drives .I was a bit disappointed with quick installation guide .Just 6 pages on how to connect it up .Nothing about setting it up .Just said on the last page “PC CLIENT web browser http//find.synology.com” .a bit baffling at first . As my iron wolf drives where delayed I installed 2 Samsung 1TB drives to test the setup . Once I had typed http//find.synology.com into chrome it started to make sense . A few pages of info to put in then after about 15 minutes I was on the DLS desktop .Then I was stuck .What do I do now .Well thanks to YouTube I got all the answers ,not from Sinology’s help pages . All went well until I decided to see how I copy from some usb drives I have .The USB ports are at the back next to the power plug .Well while I was trying to plug the usb drive in I managed to unplug the power cable .Of course the drive shut down .On reboot I had to reinstall DLS and some of my setting had gone .Then started to get warnings of bad sectors .And the NAS drive disappeared from my smart TV. I did make a few folders and copied some files over and that seemed very quick .I did have to find some info on make the NAS drive show up under networks on my PCs .Then I left everything till my new Iron Wolf drives arrived .I did a complete clean reinstall and all seems OK .I have now copied over 2TB to the NAS .I have put the fan on full as my music took over 4 hours to copy over (700GBs).But on normally you cannot hear much noise from the drives .
This Synology NAS is great if your looking to setup a central location to store files. The user interface is amazing. This is an entry model in the world of Synology, however if your needs are to simply store files on a central hub and setup different users & permissions this works perfectly.
They have some mobile apps as well which support backing up photos from your phone.
I would recommended this to anyone with basic storage needs. If you’re looking to run virtual machines on this NAS you’d need a higher spec as this one is entry level in terms of hardware.
There are plenty of videos on YouTube you can watch prior to purchase to see if this NAS is right for you.
Parallel habe noch 2 NAS-Server von WD in Betrieb, die ich aus Kostengründen zuerst angeschafft hatte. Da sie aus für mich nicht nachvollziehbaren Gründen immer mal wieder die Sicherung aussetzen und man daher ständig kontrollieren muss, die Software ewig benötigt, ehe sie Serverdaten abruft, stieß ich auf Empfehlungen zu den deutlich teureren Synology-Servern. Das Einarbeiten in die Software dauerte eine gute Woche mit austesten was passiert, wiederholten Resets und Neustarts, aber es ging immer besser, wenn man sich dank guter Onlinehilfen einliest und probiert. Hat man das Prinzip verstanden, ist hier auch die Software besser als bei WD. Nach einem Vierteljahr Betrieb arbeitet der Synology-Server noch immer sehr zufriedenstellend. Anfängliche Kontrollen habe ich eingestellt, da ich Vertrauen zum gerät gewonnen habe. Über hinausgehende Funktionen kann ich nichts sagen, ich nutze ihn aufgrund seiner großen Speicherkapazität nur zum Sichern meiner umfangreichen Datenbanken.
This NAS is great for allowing the sharing of files and photos with the family. We were looking for a way to safeguard our family photos from being lost overtime on old phones and memory cards. It's easy to setup and also to configure if your comfortable with setting up shared folders and basic user permissions, but the internal apps make this easy. The unit requires two harddrives, I opted for two 6tb drives giving a protected data space of 6tb. But you can fit any size drivers depending on your budget.
Great. Got the 2 bay version. Stuck it up in the loft where I have a network point and put all my stuff on it.
it's a bit noisy to be put anywhere habitable in my opinion. Even if you turn the fan down to minimum, you can still hear the hard drives rattling around like a bag of glass marbles in the corner of your room. Hence why I banished mine up to the loft, and even then I had to place it on foam to drown out the low pitched hum down below the ceiling.
Other than that, all good. Now I've got an 8TB cloud in my home that all my devices can connect to. Using my Nvidia Shield as a Plex server for it's progressing power, and the data paths are all pointed to the NAS. One thing that took me a little while to figure out is how to access your shared folders from a Windows PC. Basically once you've created your shared folders on the NAS, you just open a file explorer folder in Windows and enter the address \\YOURserverNAME and click enter. It will ask you for your NAS login, so click the remember me on re-connect and then you will see your shared folders. Right click one of them and select MAP NETWORK DRIVE and then it will stick it in MY COMPUTER on your PC always so you can go straight to it.
I just found out that I can actually download files from the internet to it, from my mobile phone in the living room which is kinda cool...
This is my Mac Time Machine backup unit. It does so much more besides, but I don't know what 90% or more does and don't care.
Easy to configure, I use it with two 8TB internal drives configured as RAID, backing up a pair of Macs. What it does is sits happily in the cupboard next to my router talking care of itself. I ignore it.
This is my second unit. My other unit does the same job elsewhere, and is far, far older. I ignore that as well.
I use this NAS for two things: a) as a storage location for my digital image files, which I can now access from many locations; and b) the destination for my Mac Time Machine backups. (I also backup the image files to an attached external USB drive.) All of this is working.
Setup was straight-forward, but it helped me to have watched several relevant YouTube videos first - this is a significant piece of network kit, and you do need to have some understanding as to what it's doing. There is a "Gotcha!" - if you use the easy install method you end up with one Storage Pool and just one Volume in that pool, in EXT4 format and using SHR (if you have more than one drive). You can't change any of this after set up. if you want something different then you must select 'Manual Setup' , which of course introduces a lot more complexity. It's then up to you to configure Shared Folders and possibly users who can access them.
And of course you need to buy drives in addition to the NAS itself - it's just a box. I spent a total of nearly £400 for the NAS and 2x4TB drives. I'm happy - it's doing what I want - but you need to be aware of what you're getting into.
I found this fairly easy to install. As others have said there is an issue with the 512Mb of ram not being sufficient. However the only inconvenience this caused was it took a couple of days to index and create the thumbnails for all my photos. Once all the heavy lifting is done the ram is sufficient. I bought this so I could have a local backup of my photos and so I could play my digital music through my Sonos system. It's great for music and I am slowly getting to grips with Plex.
Very good piece of kit, well made and very responsive. Fast drag and drop through the network. My one small gripe would be the instructions. They are written for someone who would need to be fairly techie and I doubt most people would get all the benefits of the NAS as instructions are complicated.
Arrived when stated, well packaged. I found the set-up straight forward (but I do have a little experience) and it works well. Reasonably quiet, in fact more quiet than my old expired Buffalo terastation. Price is fair for what you get (went for the Toshiba N300 drives as they were immediately available). Speed is good enough for me (home use). Overall I would recommend. Not sure what Warmth means in the overall ratings so mark it on the basis the casing remains cool and it doesn't appear to throw out much heat, but as thy say, power in / heat out!