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Let me first start by saying that this is a very good starter NAS, however remember it is an entry level model and may not have everything you need or require. I did my research, but not enough! I purchased it along with some cheap enterprise 4T disks and away I went. As I was still evaluating the product I decided to go straight into the Beta DSM 7. Installation was pretty straightforward, and there as some very good installation guides on YouTube if you need more help. The first thing I noticed was that I could not format the disks under Btrfs. For security, I wanted snapshots, so issue number one. Should have done my homework better! But everything else seemed OK, I set up Hyperbackup to both local storage, via local USB and cloud storage. OK I found an issue with local backup, which was logged with Synology, after all this is a Beta. However as I loaded Photos I found the next issue. I have a large photo collection and wanted facial recognition. This is not supported on the j series, apparently because of insufficient performance. Issue number 2. Again, if I had read all the limitations in the literature I would have realised this. The system monitoring is excellent. Within 48 hours it reported a disk issue. Shortly after it started warning of excessive relocations and imminent disk failure. The disk was removed and sure enough, on external test it was found to be on it's way out. This was returned for a refund. However it reminded me that good disks are required for a secure system so I swapped out the other disk and replaced them with 2 Seagate IronWolf disks. As I started to load more applications that I required and import data (only for evaluation, this is still a Beta) I began to realise that with multiple users, more data and more applications the performance was going to be an issue. The DS220j is an excellent starter model, especially for the price. It has access to an extensive level of software from Synology. During the time I had it, it performed excellently with the overnight housekeeping. If you are looking for an excellent home NAS for your family's data then it is the perfect choice. However, if you have semi professional requirements, i.e. snapshot security, multiple users or heavier load application or need facial recognition for your photos then you should think of a higher spec model like the 220+. In my case I returned the product and went for the DS720+ which has met all my requirements completely.
If you are expecting this device to work straight out of the box then think again.
I deplore the cynical advertising that would have you believe that this is a easy to install storage system. It couldn't be more far from the truth.
Firstly, if all you want is backup storage, this is simple enough provided you don't mind your data being transferred by snails. I have never met a slower system than this. Secondly, you will be lucky to get back into the system as it depends on whether it feels like letting you in or not. Thirdly, Synology couldn't give a damn about their customers. Look in their own forums and see how many issues the devices have and read the entries from customers begging Synology to listen to them and provide solutions. These go unanswered and the customers either solve the issues amongst themselves or give up and live with the issues.
For a device that is meant to be accessible from anywhere in the world and allows you to view documents and videos, I wouldn't hold my breath. The mind numbing slowness and the endless list of issues makes this a non-starter.
This device has effectively become an overpriced usb drive in my case. I am a fool to have believed the advertising and have been parted with my money. Lesson learnt.
Edit: This NAS cannot have it's RAM upgraded, something that, at an additional cost might have made the device run at a usable speed.
Do yourself a favour and avoid this like the plague.
Edit: Well 6 months on and I was sort of getting along with the device until an update reminded me as to what a time-wasting device this is. I was well aware of the potential aggravation I could be letting myself in for but as some of the apps were being phased out for newer ones I had no choice. Fast forward 48 hours and I just want to take an axe to the effing thing. Just be aware that even if you reach a sort of equilibrium with this device, the manufacturer will insist on hitting you with poorly written software. I could have ordered all of my 10k photos in photobooks by now and sat down with a cup of tea or coffee, discussed most of them with my wife, all within the time it is taking for the system to update and index itself.
Please do not buy this product unless you really know what you are letting yourself in for.
Another Edit: This system does not have enough memory to run Synology's latest operating system! Less than a year old and I'm being told I either need to roll back to a previous version or buy a more expensive model that has more memory or has memory I can upgrade myself.
Perfect NAS plenty of support videos because it’s not easy to setup especially remote access; I opted to use a 3rd party app called FileBrowser Professional which has a small one off charge and it’s connected via the free built in OpenVPN app (FileBrowser support is excellent). Their is a free Auto backup app and auto delete option for which are great. I have 2 additional external USB drives attached to the NAS for extra backup. Really pleased. Replaced my obsolete Apple TimeCapsule. Unless you opt for a 3rd party additional chargeable Cloud Backup then there is always a risk of loss of data if stollen / flood / fire damage. 5 Stars
Excellent little device for a starter NAS setup. Installation was a breeze using the manufacturers recommended method. If you're new to the world of NAS then my advice would be to just let the Wizard guide you through the setup on recommended settings. There's plenty of add ons available in the DSM software or you could just map it as a network drive, drag and drop whatever you want to store and let the box do it's thing. Your data will be fairly well protected in RAID so you can just set and forget. Despite the comments of some reviewers, noise is not an issue. Ours sits on the living room on a shelf and we never hear it. The LED indicators can even be dimmed/switched off if you find them distracting. I suspect power users would soon find themselves looking for a fancier model once they start taxing the device with multiple tasks but, when compared with the cost of cloud storage, this little box will more than suffice. V happy with purchase. Would heartily recommend, but as with all things technical, it's horses for courses. Do your homework before you choose which model will serve your demands. YouTube is your friend!
It's hard to believe a NAS with raid and built-in ready to use dozens of server packages is so consumer-friendly.
Literally, plug in the power, plug in an ethernet cable, then slide some hard drives in and that's it.
There's a ridiculously customer-friendly web ui which will also act as a tutorial to show you what to do if you want to customise things and how to set some shares up. Within about ten minutes, you have a reliable and powerful NAS just waiting for your data.
The power consumption is very low, and with two drives in it, it was less than 20W.
For those of us that want to maximize the potential of this thing, there's an incredible amount you can do with it. If you want a VM farm, a file server with optional built-in antivirus, a plex server, Jenkins, docker, an LDAP server, A Radius server, a web server, a VPN server... hell you can pretty much do anything out of the box. And then you have the ability to install 3rd party package repositories such as synocommunity!
It's actually hard to comprehend all the things you can do with this. Initially, I've just got it as a backup fileserver for my parents with their computers automatically backing up to it as I know they wouldn't do that themselves.
It's raided so I have redundancy in case a disk fails. the whole thing uses little power and is very quiet so I can mostly just forget it's there. If anything goes wrong I get email reports if a drive fails or anything needs investigating. I can rest peacefully knowing my data is safe. There's even a cool app to automatically copy my data to external usb storage for offsite backups. There's a Replication Sevice to automatically copy my data somewhere else, and a snapshot package to make regular snapshots of my data if anything changes so that I can roll back to older copies of files (like Apple's Time Machine).
There's also the option of encryption, putting all my data in encrypted folders means that my data is safe from prying eyes, or even if someone came into my home and stole it. Great peace of mind, and allows me to save all my personal documents without fear of compramise.
The only thing to bear in mind is that this is only 2 drives. This sounds obvious as it's advertised as much, but due to one of the drives being for redudancy, it means you can only really use one of them. That means this £140 device gives you the same amount of storage as an external hard drive. Obviously you get the benefits of the synology apps, and a reudnant drive in case of hardware failure.. but paying £150 and then buying two drives.. just to have 1 drive's worth of storage feels unfair. It's really worth saving up for a 4 bay synology instead, although they're pricey, as at least you get to use 3 of the drives with that.
If you just want a great, reliable device that you can be up and running in ten minutes, and just throw your data to it and never have to worry about it again (until you need an emergency recovery then this is your thing.
Edit: after using this for a couple of years I've now realized there's a major flaw with the encryption on Synologys, they have a much shorter filename limit than Windows does, so when I copied all my data over to the Synology hundreds of files was lost as they weren't transferred over. I didn't realise this was the case until I needed to restore some data and couldn't find certain files. I since learned about this limitation with Synology encryption all my data over that file length on my Windows machine and found hundreds of files that hadn't copied over properly. So many of these files I'll have to rename myself however many are used my programs and cannot be renamed for the programs to work.
Additionally, and surprisingly. You cannot share subfolders on Synologys. Bizzare.
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.