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Synology DS213J 8TB (2 x 4TB WD Red) 2 Bay DiskStation Desktop NAS

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  • Floating-Point Unit Enabled CPU Favored Multimedia Processing
  • Large 512MB RAM for Multitasking
  • Over 100MB/sec Reading, 70MB/sec Writing
  • Wake on LAN Ready
  • Cool and Quiet Chassis

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Size: 8TB | Style Name: WD RED Drives
Technical Details
Item Weight5 Kg
Product Dimensions17 x 27 x 25 cm
Item model numberDS213J/8TB
SeriesDiskstation DS213J
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 106,450 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.3 Kg
Date First Available13 May 2013

Product Description

Size Name:8TB  |  Style Name:WD RED Drives

Product Description

Synology® DiskStation DS213j is a budget-friendly 2-bay NAS server for small offices and home use, specifically designed to provide a solution for 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 variety of features.

High-Performance Multimedia Processing with Smart Energy Management

With a RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment, Synology DS213j delivers read and write speeds of over 100MB/sec and 70MB/sec respectively, allowing you to share an entire Blu-ray quality video in less than 3 minutes. The built-in Floating-Point Unit CPU speeds up thumbnail processing to enhance photo viewing at different resolutions, while the large 512MB RAM ensures maximum speed when running multiple multimedia applications.

Synology DS213j is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a large 92mm fan and smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, but its noise dampening design makes it quiet compared to a public space in a library. Support for Wake on LAN/WAN, multiple scheduled power on/off, and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operating costs.

Your Data is Safe with Synology

DS213j with Synology Hybrid RAID helps you balance storage capacity and data redundancy so you can have your space and use it too (custom RAID configuration available for advanced users). Your DS213j is also the ideal one-stop centralized backup solution: from PCs to NAS, NAS to NAS, NAS to peripheral storage media (such as USB stick) or NAS to remote storage via a whole host of options.

24/7 Download Portal

Feed your data-appetite with Download Station, your 24/7 download portal. With its comprehensive built-in BT search engine, you can find and download files in just a few clicks. So turn off your PC and let your DS213j download all your content directly to your centralized storage. With DS download on iPhone® and Android™, you can manage download tasks even while on the go.

Personal Entertainment Center

Enjoy multimedia easily with Audio Station, and Video Station. Find movies and TV shows online or record your favorite programs with a DVB-T stick, and play them on all devices including Windows, Mac®, DLNA, AirPlay®, Bluetooth, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Take photos on your mobile device and let Instant Upload automatically send them to your DiskStation so they are ready for sharing through Photo Station or social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Plurk and Picasa.

Anywhere/Anytime Availability

QuickConnect and EZ-Internet configure your DS213j for accessing over the Internet with minimal effort. Combined with Synology’s mobile apps for every popular feature, including DS photo+, DS audio, and DS video for anywhere multimedia access, DS download, DS file, and DS cloud for seamless file download/access/synchronization, DS cam for home security, you can enjoy your NAS anywhere, any time.

Powered by Synology DSM

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a web-based OS that provides private cloud service. It is designed to make your everyday living easier.

The built-in Package Center allows you to download and install the packages designed specifically for your unique needs, whether it’s sharing files on the cloud, sharing photos on an online album, setting up a VPN environment or even an antivirus to protect your system. All will happen with just a few clicks.

The simple interface allows you to obtain and configure storage capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your personal cloud and lets you access it anywhere. Synology DSM will help you maximize productivity and get more out of your digital assets with minimal fuss.

Box Contains

Main Unit
Installation Disc
Welcome Note
Assembling Kit
AC Power Adapter
AC Power Cord
RJ-45 LAN Cable

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Size: 6TB Verified Purchase
This is more of a warning than a review, for reviews I would suggest looking at the DS212j on Amazon without any HDDs installed. I decided to buy the DS212j/6Tb rather than buy HDDs separately, even though it worked out slightly more expensive to do so, as I believed the HDDs would be those most suitable for use in this device.

As always my order was seamless and it arrived the very next day. I opened the NAS to see what HDDs were installed, and then checked them against the list of approved compatible drives on the manufactures website, and was surprised to find they were not listed. I queried this with Synology and they advised that they do not bundle HDDs with any of their products and that the HDDs would have been installed by Amazon or one of their suppliers.

So I raised an incident with Amazon, asking why drives not listed as compatible were installed in this device, and what that means in terms of support. I don't feel fully comfortable storing my data on a device with non-approved HDDs installed. I was advised that I would get a response within a week. After a week I got a reply saying it was still being looked into and I would a response within a few days. After another week passed, I was advised that my details would be passed on to the manufacturer and they would get in touch (I replied explaining again that the manufacturer doesn't bundle the HDDs). After *another* week, Amazon confirmed that they used only drives that are Synology's supported list. At this point I started to get angry and pointed out again, for the third time, that the drives were NOT on Synologys supported list. The issue was eventually escalated and someone from Amazons supply company called and within a couple of hours was able to confirm that the wrong HDDs had been installed in the device.
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Style Name: WD RED DrivesSize: 4TB Verified Purchase
As other reviewers have noted, this is a great NAS device that's almost silent in operation (unlike my Buffalo LinkStation) and really simple to set up and use. I selected the recommended Hybrid RAID (SHR) configuration, which apparently allows for one disk's worth of redundancy (if one disk fails the volume remains accessible).

The supplied pictorial 'Quick installation guide' is useless - more confusing than helpful. Fortunately, however, set-up couldn't be simpler. The unit already contained two 2TB drives, so I just plugged it in, connected to the network using the ethernet cable provided, and ran the supplied CD on one of the PCs on the network. The Web Assistant launched automatically, downloading the latest firmware and checking the HDDs. That was it.

The DiskStation then appeared as a network drive on all computers on the network (a mixture of Windows OSs). It was also available in FileBrowser on the iPad.

All peripherals should be this easy to use.
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Style Name: WD RED DrivesSize: 6TB Verified Purchase
As per other reviews, simple to setup and use. Although I'm a bit more technically minded than other members of my family and friends, I appreciate it when a product has been well designed and thought out. I wanted mine for uploadin my large CD music collection to play with Sonos (removing the need to have my PC switched on for local music). It's been a doddle to upload and the interface through a web browser is very easy. If you can use Windows Explorer you can use this.

Virtually silent in operation, smaller footprint than I originally expected. Well worth the money.
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Size: 2TB Verified Purchase
A RAID drive like this uses two separate hard discs with the same data duplicated on each, so if one fails there is still a copy. I bought the DS212J DiskStation populated with the two Samsung HD103SI 1TB drives in the bays supplied by the vendor. System set-up was simple after reading the Synology instructions.

I chose to follow this solution for my first-line backups this after the single drive in my supposedly ultra-reliable Western Digital NetStore suffered component failure on the drive's control card and it cost me a small fortune to recover the data from the undamaged hard disk platter.

The Synology is not quite as fast on the 100/1000 LAN as the unit it replaces, and the two 1TB drives combine to only give me 912GB of actual formatted storage, but the peace of mind is immeasurable.

I have designated user areas on the drive (this is not partitioning) for specific purposes, eg Music, Pics, Docs, Backups. The drive allocates space as required and the only limit on any one section is the full capacity of the system. The user areas can have their own access passwords, usually the same as the user passwords on the machines talking to it.

I've not used any of the custom software that came with it apart from the Synology Assistant to get it up and running, which took about ten minutes, most of which was the reading of instructions and checking I was not doing anything silly, and of course the Anti-Virus. System updates are offered on a regular basis, but I choose to apply them manually, and again only for the software I am actually using.
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