Easy to use NAS, very fast for the price,
This review is from: Synology DS211j 2-bay - No HDD - NAS Enclosure (No HDD Installed) (Electronics)
After a lot of research and having seen it review in Custom PC magazine, I decided to replace my aging QNAP TS109 NAS which was slow and did not play nicely with any HDDs over 1TB that I put in it. Needing more space and wanting more speed, I ordered the DS211j.
The server has only been up a week or so, but here is my experience so far.
Well packaged, the NAS has clear instructions (albeit on CD) and all the leads that you'll need. The construction seemed pretty solid and it was very easy to install the HHDs. I was worried about how the fan would sound, but have been pleasantly surprised that I barely notice it.
The DSM user interface was a dream to use (especially compared to the QNAP) and apart from the very lengthy formatting and mounting of the new hard drives it has been a very simple process.
What has astounded me, however is how fast the thing is. I am consistently getting read and write speeds in the 30 and 40 MB/s which I have been very pleased with.
I see that there are a whole bunch of other features that I will use (like media streaming, remote access) but haven't got round to it yet. All in all very pleased with purchase, and I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants fast, cheap network storage.