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Synology DS214Play DiskStation 2 Bay Desktop NAS

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  • 1080p Full HD Video Transcoding on the Fly
  • Dual Core CPU Powered by Floating-Point Unit
  • 111 MB/s Reading, 101 MB/s Writing1
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • DLNA Ready Media Server
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Technical Details
BrandSynology
Item Weight1.3 Kg
Product Dimensions23.4 x 10.8 x 16.5 cm
Item model numberDS214play
SeriesDS214 Diskstation
Processor Count2
RAM Size1 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Lithium Battery Weight0.8 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00FWUQNDQ
Best Sellers Rank 2,342 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 Kg
Date First Available17 Oct 2013
  
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Synology NAS (Network Attached Storage) and DiskStation Manager

All Synology NAS run using the Synology designed DSM (DiskStation Manager) operating system. This is available free of charge to all Synology users and has regular updates throughout the year. DSM has a modern, sleek and appealing design and comes with apps for iOS, Android (including Amazon Kindle Fire) and Windows Phone. These allow you to access files while on the go, listen to music, initiate downloads, view photos, watch videos and use Surveillance Station. External access is quick to setup. Synology Quick Connect takes care of the configuration of your router and the free Synology DDNS service allows for easy external access outside of your network, making it easier for you to create a personalized domain. Compatible with all Mac, Windows and Linux environments, Synology NAS allows you to setup your device how you want it to run, manage it personally, create your ‘own cloud’ and can have various permissions to allow friends, family and work groups to have read/write access. Thus, Synology provides a powerful, secure and full-featured network attached storage solution for both home and business users.

Data access anytime, anywhere

Synology allows you to create and run your own private cloud, so your data is no longer on the servers of a third-party. This allows you to easily synchronize data between PCs and mobile devices. Cloud Station allows you to work offline and updates automatically once connected again. It supports HTTPS tunneling and proxy for a secure connection.

A captivating multimedia experience

Synology NAS can be your personal multimedia center for the home. You can stream music, photos and movies via DLNA, Bluetooth, USB or AirPlay to TVs and Hi-Fi systems. Photo Station allows you to display and organize your images. You can tag photos with people and places, creating a mapped timeline. You can also sync directly to Facebook. In Audio Station, each user can have a personal music collection. In addition, the lyrics can be displayed while playing a song. Even without Internet access, iOS users can enjoy their music which is stored in the cache. With the personal iTunes server, your music is always ready to play.

Energy saving

Synology DiskStations and RackStations are designed for minimal power consumption making them a very cost-effective and energy efficient storage option. With the hibernation option built into DSM, you can ensure when you are not accessing your Synology NAS, your system uses even less power, saving you money.

DiskStation Features
  • Create your own personal cloud
  • Central Management System
  • TV streaming
  • Multimedia – access music, photos and films, anywhere!
  • File sharing
  • Energy efficient
  • Complete backup solution
  • Data security and protection
  • Surveillance Station
  • Mobile apps and more!
Professional data storage and management

Synology NAS features an all-in-one data storage and management solution that meets user requirements, while configuration and operation remain simple and clear. The extensive backup features allow you to create and manage backups. Synology NAS devices are compatible with all major operating systems and also support Apple Time Machine. In addition to complete data backups, users can easily perform incremental backups. You can schedule these using the Synology Backup and Replication feature which is built in to the DSM. Users can also backup between two Synology NAS servers or to USB storage devices and SD memory cards. Alternatively, some users prefer to backup to a third-party cloud service. Synology is compatible with any rsync enabled backup service such as Amazon S3, and Strato HiDrive. Synology supports all popular RAID levels and provides the additional Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR). Synology also offers a free anti-virus solution. The integrated Surveillance Station offers a professional monitoring solution with which you, in real time, from any web browser can monitor your property worldwide. Here, the Synology Surveillance Station offers comprehensive functions, such as live view, alerting, snapshots, image optimization, automatic recording, real-time analysis, fish-eye support and digital watermark. In addition, Web APIs facilitate the integration of Surveillance Station with existing applications. You can log into Surveillance Station from within your network, via browser or mobile device using the Synology DS cam app. Note: The integration of the first camera is free. For other cameras, the purchase of camera licenses is required.

Model Name
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DS214
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DS214+
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DS214Play
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DS214se
Floating Point
Hardware Encryption Engine
Hot Swappable Drive
Hardware Transcoding Engine
Wake on LAN/WAN
Wireless Support (Dongle)
Power Recovery
Scheduled Power On/Off

Box Contains

DS214play Main Unit;Accessory Pack;AC Power Cord;AC Power Adapter;RJ-45 LAN Cable

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C L Addicott on 25 April 2014
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I am going to praise Synology as much as the product. This item has had some very good reviews and it does what it does very well. However any item can fail my NAS failed to boot up after just a couple of weeks. I needed to power down to move it. Upon trying to power up I just kept getting a flashing blue power light. I emailed Synology and has a reply within 24 hours. After a brief discussion on the phone we established that the unit was faulty. I returned the item direct instead of via Amazon. (I could have done either). New unit shipped within 24 hours back up and running in no time. I have also emailed technical dept. with an issue. I received a reply and solution by return. Any company can sell product. it's a measure of their worth how they respond when things go wrong!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. M. Wilson on 20 Feb 2014
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I bought this to store my CD collection of about 800 discs and I had been impressed by other reviews. It arrived promptly and in excellent condition.

I had never used a NAS drive before, so I was pleased to find it was easy to set up, and once I had created an iTunes library on the drive I set about the transfer. It took some time, as expected, but not as long using an old LaCie external Firewire drive as it would have done using a modern USB bus powered device.

In use I'm delighted with the drive. I have a great deal of spare storage despite copying in lossless format. It is not at all out of place on the desk beside the computer and it is quiet in use, not intruding on the music.

It has been criticised on grounds of price and also because it does not have wi fi of its own. I do not find the latter a problem and I'm prepared to believe that you get what you pay for. One very happy customer!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Brown on 12 April 2014
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I tried a Buffalo NAS before this and found it to be too much 'designed to a price', too slow, too much tinkering required etc.

This was a contrast, up and running in no time, quick, fully featured and a joy. Despite one of my WD 3Tb red drives being faulty, this kept going and when the replacement drive arrived from WD, it did what it should, mirrored the drive on insertion.

It's hot-swappable, works well with Macs and being a photographer, I love the fact that I can shoot jpegs on my SD card (RAW on my CF) and when I get home, simply put the card in the drive, press the copy button and this copies the images into a dated sub-directory, makes great thumbnails which can then be viewed anywhere in the world, all by itself - they look great on my iPad!

It finds all videos on my Mac and presents them in it's media library which was found without intervention as a source by my Samsung smart TV.

Download the free Apps DS Video, Photo+, File, Finder, cloud and audio and by setting up the NAS port for access via the internet, you can log in on via each of the apps to the areas indicated.

Overall very impressed and pleased with my purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Old Salt on 28 Oct 2014
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I bought this as the heart of a new hi-fi set up, to hold an extensive music collection in FLAC format, with enough space for pictures as well (a 24 MP camera produces huge files, especially if you shoot RAW).

Set up was straightforward, no problems at all.I would recommend downloading the manual from the Synology site and familiarizing yourself before you start the set up, though.

For the technically minded, I have it connected to an Asus RT-AC66U router by gigabit ethernet. There is a Pioneer N50K music streamer (also on ethernet) which then points to sound to a Marantz amplifier (coax) and pictures to an LG smart TV (HDMI). The DS214Play can be accessed directly from 2 Windows 7 PCs and a Linux Mint PC using wi-fi or ethernet and an iPod Touch and iPad using wi-fi.

As far as integration with the rest of the hi-fi system goes- it just worked. Once the FLAC files were loaded they were visible and playable from the Pioneer N50 and it all sounds fabulous. I'm still playing around with various music server packages to find the one I get on with best - either way, none of them have any problems with this bit of kit.

The usefulness of the apps that come with it is down to personal preferences. I tried out all the free ones - they work - but then uninstalled those I didn't want to use once I'd had a play around. The only problem I had was with any of them was Plex, which insisted that further plug-ins needed to be installed for BBC iPlayer (without saying what they were). That problem went away with the first update of DSM.

Overall, I'm delighted with it.

Synology got a lot of criticism after the SynoLocker Ransomeware attacks. Don't let that put you off, they are no more vulnerable than any other make.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By ben5575 on 20 Feb 2014
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Finally, a NAS that actually does what you want it to do.

I will (try to!) be brief, but I wanted to answer some of the questions that I had prior to buying the NAS and couldn't find the answer to. This little box does everything that you'd expect a NAS to do and as other reviewers have said, does so extremely quickly and quietly. So why is it different to other NAS's?

Setup: I run a smart TV, Apple TV, SSD Macbook pro, iPhones, iPads and Airplay music devices. Virgin media.

Using the above setup you can simply 'mirror' data stored on the NAS to your iDevice and then on to any of the airplay devices. This is as you would expect with a traditional NAS setup, and it of course means that the data is beamed twice (once to your iDevice then from there to your Airplay device), eating up your bandwidth.

What makes this NAS different is that you can use the downloadable apps on your iDevice to get the NAS drive itself to stream directly to your airplay devices without using your iDevice as an intermediary. So for example you open the DS Video app on your iPhone, set the NAS streaming to your Apple TV, then you can switch your phone off and it continues to play.

What's better is that you can do the above and then open the DS Video app on say your iPad and watch a completely different film being streamed to it (say for the kids in a different room) at the same time. You could also be in the kitchen, open DS Audio to steam your music to your Airplay stereo whilst you're cooking. Again, all at the same time. It really is that versatile.

The NAS's ability to transcode on the fly allows you to stream non supported media files to say to say your Apple TV. So for example I can quite happily play 1080p .mkv files on your ATV.
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