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Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

The DS213j

Synology DS213j front view
Synology DS213j lighting

The DS213j uses a predominantly white chassis which is a thick, durable plastic. A grey band runs down the right side and there we find a selection of status LEDs and a power button.

The DS213j measures in at 165x100x225.5mm (HxWxD) and without any drives installed it weighs 0.91Kg.

Synology DS213j side Synology DS213j base

Down the sides of the device we find the Synology brand name and the top is blank with four rubber feet and some air vents on the base.

Synology DS213j rear view

Turning to the rear of the DS213j we find a single 92mm cooling fan. Then below this are two USB 2.0 ports, a GBLAN port (with Wake On Lan), Kensington lock slot, full reset button and power input.

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Stuart Davidson

1 Comment

  1. Rob

    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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