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Synology DS115j Review

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One of the key apps within DiskStation Manager is File Station. This is a file browser and allows us to trawl our NAS at a directory level. It also allows the user to access the files on another device to easily upload them to the NAS. As well as the usual file control abilities rename, delete, cut/copy/paste we can compress files into .zip archives directly on the NAS and create share file links that allow users who don’t have credentials for the DiskStation to download the file.

Elsewhere Audio Station allows management of the music library stored on the DiskStation and like VideoStation and PhotoStation allows us to view our content on other devices such as TVs, phones and tablets (or give external access to items such as our photos to family members).

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Synology also have a full suite of mobile apps available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone too. These include media players for streaming audio and video content as well as mobile versions of File Station and DSFinder.

Synology DS115j Review- Conclusion

When buying an entry level NAS we need to have our expectations set a little. We won’t be getting a powerful multi-core CPU or masses of memory. In this arena USB 3.0 support (and SATA3) are somewhat of a luxury that would only add cost. What do we get? Well we get a stylish looking, compact casing which feels sturdy and an installation process which is quick and simple. The CPU used is powerful enough to manage our content without issue and the OS experience responsive. That said, we do really need to stick to one task at a time to maximise this aspect. In terms of drive performance the unit is rated for around 100mb/s read and 60MB/s write with idle power use just 3w. All very good for an entry level device. All of this is enhanced by the presence of the floating point unit which takes on tasks such as transcoding audio to mp3 on the fly to reduce bandwidth.

Keeping in mind that the DS115j is the entry level model it is great to see that the OS used by Synology is the exact same on this model as their more expensive NAS devices. That is the key selling point of this model, and the rest of Synology’s range. Without doubt it is the best NAS operating system we have used, by far. It is intuitive and we can configure it exactly as we wish, from the users through the normal functions such as media streaming or back-ups and then onto more niche functions such as video surveillance from up to 5 cameras.

With a great RRP of £78 ($120 and €75.50 before tax), all in all an ideal first NAS.

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About Author

Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.

3 Comments

  1. Terziyski

    On the Synology website the max reported HDD capacity is 6 TB (6 TB HDD X 1).

  2. Terence

    Great introduction to this product – thanks. I’m thinking of getting it to stream HD video files to a smart TV. This will pretty much be what it is exclusively used for, which is why I don’t want to pay a lot. Will it be up to snuff for this job? I’m totally new to NAS, in case this seems a naive question.