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Synology DS212J DiskStation 2 Bay Desktop NAS

by Synology
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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  • Hot Swap Function
  • 24/7 Power-Saving Download Server
  • DLNA Certified Media Server
  • Effortless Backup
  • Anywhere Access
  • Power-saving with only 17.6 Watts in Operation
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Technical Details
Item Weight939 g
Product Dimensions10 x 16.5 x 22.5 cm
Item model numberDS212J
RAM Size0.25 GB
Computer Memory TypeDDR2 SDRAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Wattage17.6 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 22,833 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 Kg
Date First Available8 Oct 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Synology DiskStation DS212j is designed to provide a solution of file storage and sharing with data protection for your home environment with low power consumption, quiet operation and reliability. Running on DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, it delivers ease of use and a variety of features.

Multimedia Center at Home

DS212j brings innovative and enjoyable multimedia entertainment to your home. Enjoy sound and sensation while enriching your life with personal online albums and blog services. Your social life just gets better. The iPad, iPhone and Android App, DS audio, allows DiskStation users to stream music stored on DiskStation with their mobile devices wherever Internet access is available.

Media Server allows you to stream multimedia files with an UPnP Digital Media Adapter (DMA) to a stereo system or a TV-set. Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft XBox 360 are also supported.

iTunes Server is an easy way to share music with other iTunes clients over the network. You can use iTunes as a multimedia player to browse and play music stored on your Synology DiskStation.

Your 24x7 Download Server

Download Station functions as a 24x7 BT, FTP, HTTP, eMule, and NZB download center without a PC. The eMule & BT search engine allows search-n-download capability without installing additional desktop applications.

RSS feed feature will bring the latest updates directly to you. You can subscribe to multiple RSS feeds that list the information of all your favorite downloads, and your download experience is entirely automated.

Back Up Your Precious Data

Desktop backup provides Windows PC users with the Synology Data Replicator for backing up desktop data to their DiskStation, while Mac OS X users can use Apple Time Machine to back up their critical data to DiskStation.

Server backup includes several alternatives: Local Backup and Network Backup. You can back up data in shared folders or sub-folders and choose between incremental backup options or other flexible scheduling choices. All can be easily configured with a step-by-step wizard to make it simple to create an automated backup solution.

Build Your Personal Cloud

With Synology DS212j, you can centralize all the data and files and share with your family members within local network. If you find this way of managing files particularly useful and interesting, you can have your own personal cloud so the sharing coverage can be extended to the Internet.

The EZ-Internet wizard guides you through all the steps necessary to establish remote Internet access to your Synology DS212j. You will be allowed to remotely access your DS212j anywhere within minutes, and it is just that easy.

Access Files from Anywhere

Manage your files on your Synology DS212j with File Browser which provides easy file navigation on your DiskStation, allowing you to copy, move, delete, rename, upload, or download files without boundaries.

If you are always on the move, Synology provides a handy app, DS file for iPhone, iPad and Android users. Anything stored on Synology DS212j can now be accessed remotely using DS file via the Internet.

Share your Memories to Friends

Photo Station simplifies photo, video, and blog sharing to the public. Features such as theme personalization, blog, and user privilege settings make Photo Station your state-of-the-art lifestyle sharing center on the Internet. Photo Station syncs the album automatically to Facebook, so it is now even more closely intertwined with your social life.

Energy Efficient Design

Synology DS212j is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a 92x92 mm fan and the better airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise dampening design makes it really quiet compared to PC counterparts. Synology DS212j consumes only 17.6 watts in operation, and its unique Scheduled Power On/Off feature lowers the power consumption to minimum.

All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen to continually work to reduce the environmental impact of every product produced.

Product Description

2-bay 3.5 NAS server 1.2GHz, 256MB RAM, 1xGigabit

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Customer Reviews

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423 of 427 people found the following review helpful
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I decided to write a review of the DS212J for two reasons: the first was to reinforce the overall view that this is an excellent product in its own right. The second half gives a few hints/tips on setting up, and problems I've overcome.



I did a lot of review reading before I purchased the DS212J. After weighing up a lot of options (including one or two of its bigger brothers), I came to the conclusion that it is in the sweet spot for price vs. performance. I think the single biggest limitation of the DS212J is that it supports only two drives. However, this is offset by the USB sockets - you could connect two more external hard drives if need be. Also, the way the prices scale means you can always buy a second DS212J (if you really need it) and you won't have spent much more than if you had just purchased one 4-bay NAS. (And since they'll each have an Ethernet connection, there'll be less of a bandwidth limit with multiple users connecting, which is actually a bonus.) So from a price perspective, the DS212J is definitely justifiable.

I had no problem installing the 2 x 2TB drives I had into it. The box is sent out ready to slide open and install the drives, and once you're done you just use a couple of the screws supplied to seal the box. It's remarkably quiet. The amount of noise you can expect to hear from it will depend only on how noisy your hard drives are. I agree with other reviewers that it does feel a bit plastically when it's empty, but once the disks are installed and they give the box a bit of weight, it feels sturdy enough. (Also, once you're done installing everything, it's only going to sit somewhere in your house unattended, so it's not exactly a big issue.
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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unit, Works Perfectly For My Needs 3 April 2012
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So I've had this unit for around a week now and I have pretty much got my head around it. Let me start by saying that this NAS will take a little time to work out and you will need some computer experience. Having said that you don't need to be the head honcho in an IT Department, the instructions are pretty good (you can download them from the Synology site before purchase if you like) and as long as you put some time aside you should be just fine.

I purchased mine with two Western Digital 2TB SATA 6Gbps Power Saving Internal Hard Drive OEM - Caviar Green which work perfectly in this unit. Installing the drives is very simple, all you'll need is a Phillips screwdriver.

I'm not going to go into all the technical details and setup procedures, these details can be found in other reviews and on the Synology website.

Before buying this unit I was using a number of external HDs, on one of the HDs I had my entire iTunes library, including movies, iPhone/iPad apps, Podcasts, Books etc. My main concern was if that drive was to fail I'd be stuffed as I had no other backup. That was the main reason for my purchase of this DiskStation, I wanted to use it in a RAID 1 configuration (for those that don't know what RAID 1 is, it basically copies the data to both drives so you have 2 copies of the information, if one of the drives was to fail the other drive has exactly the same information) giving me peace of mind. I have now copied my entire iTunes library on to the Synology and it works perfectly, I use a Sonos system and it accesses the NAS without issues and plays all my music.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely favourable first impression 30 Nov 2011
By Gwaa Zi
(I have only had this unit for two days, so bear in mind this review is based on initial impressions - I'm also using an old and relatively slow 250GB drive, as I'm not prepared to pay the current post-flood prices for TB drives!)

The DS212J has only been on sale for a few weeks, but it builds upon a well regarded line of NAS devices, and shares Synology's mature DSM operating system.
I've bought the unit as a backup device and media server.

Day 1 thoughts:
- looks cheap and cheerful, no problem with the aesthetics.
- comes with an ethernet cable, which is good, as I've run out.
- case construction is flimsy, and buckled alarmingly when I first opened it (I subsequently learned the knack of avoiding this problem).
- inner drive bays seem well made and sturdy enough.
- acceptably quiet, and my HDD is quite old so this should improve when I get a new one
- windows install software on CD didn't run from Windows 7. The package I downloaded from Synology's site did though, and also contained newer firmware, despite the one on the website saying it was the initial release.
- the installer warns you it will wipe the data on your drives. There may be a way to avoid this, but it wasn't immediately obvious. So, if you plan on using existing drives you will need space to archive the data from them elsewhere before installing them in the Diskstation.
- logging in for the first time isn't covered by the quick guide, necessitating a quick Google search to find out what the default username is (it is "admin") - I did find out later on that the user manual does walk you through this though.
- the web admin interface is quite nice, giving a browser based GUI to the device's OS and apps.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk
In danger of becoming an expensive piece of junk. Bought this and 2 WD Red 3tb disks and can't get past the first stage of set up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by denis parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
I bought this along with a single 3 Tb HDD with the idea that I would download all my DVD/Blurays etc onto it and use it as the network drive for my XBMC media centre, (running... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrthedowster
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for knowledgeable users
Having had this product for a year now I have to say that it is still proving to be great value for money. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rob_m
5.0 out of 5 stars Working well!
Got this as a replacement for NAS device that was showing its age and not big enough. I have put a pair of 4TB WD Red drives in it and it is working well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Glynn Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great NAS device
I boufght this and 2 x 1TB WD Red drives. Setup was very easy and the included apps to stream media and be a central iTunes library are great. Well worth the money. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs G Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Been using it for a good few months - no issues. Perfect - would recommend.
I bought the WD RED HD for it.
Published 11 months ago by S. Thaker
2.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay
I bought this nearly a year ago and at first it was extremely good, It was pretty much install and forget, the only issue being the lights are very bright so if you have it in a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Author2
1.0 out of 5 stars The office IT manager couldn't get this working ????
Failed to create complete backups of data. would open backed up folder to find it was just a shell with nothing in it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. M. Dicker
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Little NAS for the Price
This is a good NAS for its price point, and with it being a Synology NAS it offers a ton of options with the ability to install a wide range of official and unofficial packages for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. I. Simms
5.0 out of 5 stars Computer back up on a network
This product has saved my wife's life work on numerous occasions and so I have bought one for myself when my Ready NaS Duo by Netgear died.. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. J. Montgomery
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