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Great NAS but we are a MAC environment but its DSM operating system doesn't work for Macs as well as it does for PCs. The main issue is that remote on-demand file access NOT available for Macs - only Windows. That means you can't access files WHEN you want them. You need to keep full copy of them on your local device, which defeats the purpose of having a NAS.
Synology doesn't mention this limitation in its marketing. It's buried as a footnote, if you dig deep enough. Supposedly version 7 of DSM will resolve that but people have been waiting years for it so not sure it will ever happen. Meanwhile Macs have to access files only via a web-interface from offsite locations..
Este NAS me permitió lograr todo lo que quería: -Una unidad de respaldo con RAID -Una unidad de red compartida en mi red local. -Un respaldo automatizado a otro disco duro portatil (solo conecto el disco por USB automáticamente inicia el respaldo y cuando termina expulsa la unidad) -Un respaldo en la nube (Google Drive) automatizado y super rápido. (Antes usaba backup and sync para sincronizar con mi unidad en drive, habían pasado meses y no podía terminar el respaldo de 2 tb. Con este NAS configure el respaldo y en cuestion de dias habia tenido el respaldo completo). Ahora solo sincroniza la informacion que cambia y le toma solo unos minutos tener el respaldo al 100. -Configure el backup automático de fotos para 3 móviles. -Configure el acceso desde el exterior con las mismas apps de synology. -El sistema operativo es fácil de entender y cuenta con todas las opciones necesarias para sacarle jugo al dispositivo.
Antes había comprado el 220j pero no se compara, no me sirvio para nada era increíblemente lento. El 720+ es mucho mejor equipo y de verdad te permite explotar todas las características de un NAS de Synology.
CONTRAS: El único contra que he encontrado es la lentitud al usar unidades USB adicionales con formato NTSF.
The setup is supposed to take 10mins, and I had stuck at 95% for hours. This is due to one of the disk (Toshiba N300 4G made in Philippine) has bad sectors. After remove the disk, the setup is completed quickly
It was very easy to setup and use. Bought it to hold security camera footage as well as a place to store backups. I'm tempted to return a mini PC I bought to support other functions once I learned the NAS had the functions built in. Definitely recommend the memory upgrade. Waiting on a couple of NVME's to see how much of performance increase it would be. Surveillance station looks great and is easy to use. Note that the NAS comes with an allowance of 2 cameras. If you have more, than you would have to purchase additional Surveillance Licenses which are very pricey.
Back in the day I had an Apple Time Capsule for doing Mac Time Machine backups. Then Apple got out of that business, and I went on a search for replacements. First I setup an old MacBook Pro as a server. That worked well, but it had a few disadvantages: It added some clutter to my office (a Mac and external hard drive). It didn't have a RAID drive for data redundancy. And all of the configuration had to be done via the MacBook Pro. This means that hiding it away in a closet wasn't practical.
In order to address those issues, I decided to try the Synology DS720+ NAS. I had never used a NAS before, and I was concerned it would be difficult to setup. I'm happy to report it was quite easy. I would say it took me about 5 hours to setup, and learn about its Time Machine and media serving capabilities.
It's been up and running flawlessly for about a month now. I have 3 Macs that are backing up to it on a regular basis, and I'm using its Plex server for media sharing. It's all working great, and I never have to mess with it. Also, it's so compact that I have it sitting in a network closet. I have it plugged into a CyberPower UPS that provides it with backup power in case of a power failure. It even communicates with the UPS, and does a controlled shut down in case of a power failure.
I am an Information Science professor and a software engineer. I had a WD MyCloud for 4 years that served me very well for backups. The main problem was with the amount of photo and video backups increased the hardware was not able to provide the speed I needed. I was thinking to buy a cheaper version of Synology such as 200 j series but I thought it would not be wise to pay 200 dollars and get something that would be slow again in a few years with a hardware spec not much higher than MyCloud. So I decided to pay another $200 to go for the best option without stretching the budget too much. This one has a 4 core Intel Celeron CPU.
Why you should buy this: You are getting started with NAS world, you want something simple but you are planning to use/learn additional features such as virtualization, plex, dockers, web servers. You don’t want to break the bank. You want to keep it for at least 4-5 years. If you want to learn virtualization or run webservers, dockers, pihole, etc. If you want to run Plex. If you want to use it for surveillance (comes with 2 free camera licenses). Why you should not buy this: If you are using NAS just for storage and backup. If you don’t want to pay additional for hdd (MyCloud comes with Hdd). If your budget is less then $400 (you need at least one HDD which will cost around $60 minimum that would make it over $400).
I think it is a good investment and I believe Synology DSM is simple for beginners but has advanced features that you can learn as you go.