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Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

Synology DiskStation DS213j Review

Software – DiskStation 4.2

Synology DS213j disk installation

The Synology DiskStation manager software has provided a cutting edge for Synology devices for some time. The latest version of the software, DSM 4.2, was released just a couple of months ago. Building on the success of the 4.0/4.1 and continues to put us in full control of our device via a desktop like environment accessed through our browser.


The user interface of DSM 4.2 is the same as 4.0/4.1, which is no bad thing as we found the upgraded interface in 4.0 to be excellent and we can access key features through the icons on the desktop or delve a little deeper through areas such as the control panel.

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Key to the latest OS is apps on demand where Synology allow us to install only those components that add value to us. Using the Package Centre tool we can switch apps on or off, install new apps and upgrade existing apps that we are using.


In addition to the software within the system we can also install programs on our desktop PC for cloud storage, picture uploads and PC backups (including Time Machine support for MAC). Synology also provide a selection of apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone too; ensuring all our devices can use and share media when connected to the DS213j.


As well as offering file sharing, ftp, surveillance, antivirus, webmail, and printer sharing the DS213j offers multimedia functionality too. First we could download content via Bit-Torrent with the Synology client then with Video Station, Audio Station and Photo Station DSM 4.2 ensures that our DiskStation becomes the ultimate multimedia platform. With bespoke interfaces we can quickly find any media stored on our device and even play HD videos within the web interface or stream as an iTunes server.

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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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