Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

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Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

In the last few years Synology have gone from a name very few people knew to being an industry leader in network storage devices. Their products for home and business have evolved quickly, each iteration offering new features which enhanced the customer experience and through offering a wide range of devices to suit every need they have maximised sales.

Today Synology are launching the latest of their Home/Small Office DiskStations, the DS213j. A 2 drive NAS it offers a balance of features and performance which should appeal to those looking for their first external storage device, or those looking to upgrade from an older model with more basic functionality.

Packaging and Bundle

Synology use a reasonably plain box for their DS213j and other than a model name sticker it is pretty much identical to their other recent devices. Inside we find the DS213j in its own cardboard container, wrapped in foam with the bundled extras also in their own boxes.

Bundled with the DS213 we find a selection of screws for installing our storage drives. There is a quick guide pamphlet giving us a very high level view of what we need to do to start using the device and Synology have also provided a software CD that includes a full installation guide and user’s manual in PDF format. A separate power unit is supplied with the DS213j and Synology have also included a RJ-45 LAN cable. Therefore everything we need to get up and running, other than a hard drive, is included.

1 Comment

  1. Rob June 30, 2014
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    I bought one of these just before Christmas 2013.
    I use it for file storage, and transferred my mail server to it soon after.

    Whilst it does absolutely everything it says on the tin, the only problem is Synology itself.
    I had religiously upgraded the firmware every time a new version came out, and everything was fine until 3 months ago, when , after a firmware upgrade it started rebooting itself. At first the reboot was every couple of hours so it wasn’t a huge deal. Then after another firmware upgrade it became worse until it was continuously rebooting.

    I raised a support request with synology very early on, and checked their forums. A lot of people had experienced this, but synology took the line that it must be a hardware problem. I went through the various hoops they set me, but the one thing they would not consider was that the firmware was causing the problem.

    I upgraded it again last night and instantly the problem improved although it didn’t go away.

    I would not buy another one of these, and I am considering asking for my money back if they don’t stop being in denial.

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