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Synology DS214se DiskStation 2 Bay Desktop NAS

by Synology
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Hot Swap Function
  • 102 MB/s Reading, 58 MB/s Writing
  • DLNA-Certified Media Server
  • 19W Low Power Consumption
  • Hassle-free System Installation
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight871 g
Product Dimensions10 x 22.6 x 16.5 cm
Item model numberDS214SE
SeriesDS214SE Diskstation
RAM Size256 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Lithium Battery Weight3.1 grams
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 2,724 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 Kg
Date First Available18 Oct 2013
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Product Description

Product Description

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 Names
Floating Point
Hardware Encryption Engine
Hot Swappable Drive
Hardware Transcoding Engine
Wake on LAN/WAN
Wireless Support (Dongle)
Power Recovery
Scheduled Power On/Off

Product Description

2-bay 3.5 NAS server ARM 800MHz,256MB, USB3.0,WoL

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I use a ds213j as part of my HTPC setup (Openelec + rasppi) and I love it. I had an external hdd setup previously and when it died on me just after warranty I decided to give NAS setup a go. It really does complete the HTPC experience. I bought this as my cousin, who is a computing novice, wanted a similar system.

First thing first though. This device is pretty slow and was only able to write at 30MB/s (I only had one WD red HDD installed on it, which may have affected the performance). Apart from that, both devices are identical. As someone who uses NAS alot, and as a multi-purpose device, I can justify spending 40 more to buy DS213j (you get a faster processor and twice the ram). If you're a computing novice and will only use this for saving and retrieving data, buy this device.

If you need any more help do feel free to drop a comment below. I use DS213j on a daily basis and will use DS214se fairly often to troubleshoot problems / configure it in the next coming days.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value 3 Jan 2014
By Andreas Iacovou TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am not new to Synology having previously owned a DS-411J which unfortunately failed after three years. Despite this disappointment, I went for the same brand again as the software (DSM) they use is by far the most intuitive and flexible I have come across for a NAS.

The DS214se is the new entry level 2-bay model sitting just below the DS-213j. My requirements have changed and no longer needing a 4 bay model, I debated whether to get this version or the better specified DS-213j for about 40 more.

The DS-214se has less memory (256mb instead of 512mb) and a slower processor (800mhz instead of 1.2mhz) but is otherwise pretty much the same. For simple home usage such as streaming music, movies and file storage, I have found it to be more than adequate. I suspect this would suit 90% of home users requirements and it's a good move by Synology to release this budget version.

Setting up couldn't be more simple. Once the hard drives are installed in the bays (I'm using 2 x 2TB drives), you simply log on to [...] and follow the on screen instructions to set up the hard drive as per your requirements. It took me about 15 minutes before the drives were available on Windows are ready to be used. The whole process couldn't be simpler. The on-screen software is superb heavy on graphics and easy to get to know.

One difference to note is that the hard drives are screwed into the bays and do not sit in removable trays for easy swapping. Worth noting if you plan to swap drives often.

Coming from the old Synology drive was also simple. The new drive was able to migrate all my files, data and settings which is great if you are upgrading or simply replacing a faulty unit.

I've had the drive for couple of weeks now and must say I'm very impressed and would definitely recommend to both beginners in this area and more seasoned users.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply works, easy to use, can stream to TV! 17 May 2014
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As a first time NAS buyer, I was tempted to look at the cheaper options, but given the mixed reviews decided to choose a more premium product, and I am incredibly happy, from opening the box to streaming the first movie to my TV took about 1 hour (including transfer of movie from PC). (I'd say I am of average computer literacy).

The GUI is easy to use, and best of all intuitive, the only instructions I needed to read were how to set up the QuickConnectID (you do this on the NAS itself in case you are wondering).

The Cloud Station app (you can download apps from the web interface) allows syncing with iCloud, Dropbox etc, or, you can log in remotely using the QuickConnect feature from any web browser. Once the MediaStation app is installed (takes 3-4 mins) you can stream to any UPNP or ELNA device, this was my deciding factor on choosing this box.

I coupled this with two WD Green 2TB drives, all for around 230 (May 2014).

Whilst I have only had the product for a few hours, first impressions are fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this NAS after a single-drive WD MyBook failure and I regret not having bought one earlier.

Config for the DS214se is with two WD Red 2TB drives. I purchased the NAS and drives separately as this was cheaper. Installation was very simple, and the system was up an running within the hour from opening boxes.

Where this unit has surpassed all expectation is with its software and OS. The NAS runs a fully fledged OS that you communicate with through a web browser. The interface is a dream. You down load 'apps' to the NAS for additional functionality.

The most staggering achievement though was in recovering from my failed WD MyBook HDD. The embedded controller in the WD NAS failed leaving the HDD intact. The WD NAS drive was formatted with the Linux ext3 file system which cannot be read in Win7 without additional software (such as excellent Ext2 volume manager), however I plugged the old WD HDD into the USB port on the DS214se NAS via a StarTech USB to SATA/IDE converter (USB3SSATAIDE)... and the DS214se mounted the drive and I retrieved all the data from it over night. To put that into perspective the DS214se was able to interface seamlessly through a third party external HDD interface with no effort on my part. Such is the quality of the Synology OS. This functionality is worth every penny and I'd rate the unit six stars if possible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth money
Very good device, never had a problem with Synology where I can't say that about other well know brands.
Published 5 days ago by Marcelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd have fun with a backup drive....hehehe!
WOW, the DSM 5 software is excellent. I really had fun setting it up. All very intuitive and am still exploring the many extra features and apps. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Iain M. Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID FOR MACS
Avoid this if you run a Mac network. We bought one and it is utterly unfit for purpose. Everything about the Synology is optimised for PC. Read more
Published 1 month ago by An Interested Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, glad I went for the cheaper edition
I historically had a one bay sinology diskstation for years, managing with 176GB as only backed up my work files. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy Steiner
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant device, great software, works a treat
I needed a better backup solution - disc full - so went for one of these with a single 3TB drive.

Very easy to setup, easy to use the software, and a wide range of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Woody
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, nice NAS
I just needed a NAS as a storage for my movies. Nothing more and nothing less. If not silent, really quiet as I have it in my living room and was terrified of my girlfriend's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SiS pj
5.0 out of 5 stars Good NAS, works with Windows and Mac (time machine)
I use this with in a RAID 1 configuration, with both windows and an iMac (time machine).

Runs very cool, even after first backup 500GB. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but took some time
I bought this NAS drive to be used as an iTunes server. Having read the reviews I thought this would fit the bill and most of the reviews said it was easy to set up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Great product. I got the NAS enclose to provide virtualised storage for a study lab I had setup up so i needed a box that supports iSCSI and NFS. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gboye
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than I expected
Even though I did read all the spec's... when I actually got the unit and installed the drives I was surprised at how much functionality it had. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aidan D.
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