Synology DiskStation DS215j - 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage - £129.99 @ Amazon
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Synology DiskStation DS215j - 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage - £129.99 @ Amazon

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Found 11th Oct 2015
Typically over £135, I know it's only a small price drop, but for a fantastic Network Storage solution this is a great deal. I've been using it for several months, highly recommend it.

Product Description
Synology DiskStation DS215j is a 2-bay NAS server designed for home and personal users to enjoy effortless data sharing, multimedia streaming, and cloud synchronization, while keeping data safe and secure. Running on Synology DiskStation Manager, DS215j delivers an abundance of feature-rich applications to enhance your digital life.

Classic 2-bay NAS, Equipped with Dual Core

The first 2-bay NAS designed for personal users that comes with a dual-core CPU, Synology DS215j is an exciting piece of news for users worldwide eager to upgrade their home NAS. With the new CPU solution, the DS215j delivers reading speed over 111.41 MB/sec and writing over 87.49 MB/sec, a 20% gain compared to its predecessor. Powered by a built-in floating-point unit, DS215j transcodes audio tracks into MP3 format on demand to reduce streaming bandwidth and speeds up thumbnail generation to yield a refreshing photo viewing experience. The addition of a USB 3.0 interface provides transfer rates 10 times higher than with USB 2.0. Despite all of the generous upgrades, DS215j remains budget-friendly.

Packed with network storage features, Synology DS215j serves not only as your private cloud to access files anywhere, but also as a backup device, DLNA music and video library, online photo album, local copy of your public cloud, 24/7 download portal and so much more to satisfy your daily data management needs.

Cross Platform File Sharing & Synchronization

Synology DS215j offers comprehensive network protocol support, assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server and the web-based file explorer, File Station. HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure secure file sharing over the Internet. Cloud Station allows users to sync files among multiple devices and platforms, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android tablets or phones, effortlessly keeping everything up-to-date. Cloud Sync keeps your Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Baidu, Box and hubiC storage in sync with your personal DiskStation at home.

DLNA-Certified Media Server

As a certified DLNA DMS (Digital Media Server), DS215j serves as a ready media server with the capability to host digital multimedia contents for remote playback. DLNA-compliant devices can access the shared contents on DS215j in the same local area network without fussing over privilege settings. Not only does it make your multimedia bank available without any pre-configuration, Synology mobile apps transform your mobile device into a remote control of your DS215j, sending movies and photos to your TV or music to your speaker right from the palm of your hand.

Box Contains
DS215j Main Unit
Welcome Note
Accessory Pack
AC Power Adapter
AC Power Cord
RJ-45 LAN Cable
Community Updates

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29 Comments
always heat for synology devices. i've got the DS115 single bay and I couldn't do without it.
HankHandsome

always heat for synology devices. i've got the DS115 single bay and I … always heat for synology devices. i've got the DS115 single bay and I couldn't do without it.


Same here with the 213J
Agreed with the ds214play - use and abuse every feature
i always think i could do more with mine, even though I probably do enough as it is - cloud & photo storage, connected to kodi for media streaming and remote access for downloading as well

i'd stream my music off it as well if i had more reliable data streaming with virgin
"Four bays good, two bays bad" - well almost, these are good, I have an older version and years after purchase still get updates, very please - longest serving bit of IT kit I have :-)
Banned
Can you access data stored on the server from anywhere in the world if internet access is available?
jihadijulz

Can you access data stored on the server from anywhere in the world if … Can you access data stored on the server from anywhere in the world if internet access is available?


Yes.
Got the 215j, great piece of kit. Use it every day.
This might drop in price as 216 model has just been announced...
Love my 213 & may jump to 216 when I can
i wnt through bespoke offers and got it for £105.55....
I sent mine back after having problems with thumbnail generation. It has been a known issue for years and still remains unfixed. Some users who don't have lots of photos never experience the problem so it depends how you use your NAS.

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Am in the process of sending back my 214Play after the power died suddenly and the disks are screaming they're in degraded mode.
I love it, don't get me wrong, but it don't take kindly to power disappearing.

Their support was pretty good when I got it helping me get it set up...but they've been a bit disappointing arranging this return. 3 days before they responded to the ticket, 2 more days of convincing them it was faulty...now having to send it back at my cost (it's within the first year) with no commitment in how quickly they'll either
a. fix it
or
b. send me a new one

I'm not saying don't get one...just advising caution on what happens if it goes wrong. I paid what I considered to be a high price for mine, and their support isn't quite what I expected.
ourdave

Their support was pretty good when I got it helping me get it set … Their support was pretty good when I got it helping me get it set up...but they've been a bit disappointing arranging this return. 3 days before they responded to the ticket, 2 more days of convincing them it was faulty...now having to send it back at my cost (it's within the first year) with no commitment in how quickly they'll either a. fix itorb. send me a new oneI'm not saying don't get one...just advising caution on what happens if it goes wrong. I paid what I considered to be a high price for mine, and their support isn't quite what I expected.



First port of call should be with the retailer you bought it off and claim under SOGA.
Can I run Plex on this without issues in conversion?
greazedlightning

Can I run Plex on this without issues in conversion?


Plex server? yes but you'll not be able to transcode with it, you'll need a 'play' version for that approx. £100+ more
Not really a price drop, it was this price a couple weeks back, then it keeps jumping around £129-£134.
paulj48

Plex server? yes but you'll not be able to transcode with it, you'll need … Plex server? yes but you'll not be able to transcode with it, you'll need a 'play' version for that approx. £100+ more



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If you need to transcode any video files using Plex then you're better off buying a small HTPC (eg. NUC i5, Brix, HP ProLiant) to do the grunt work. Synology boxes are going to frustrate you for this part as they aren't really powerful enough. Should work okay if your files are already encoded in a suitable format.

Probably better to buy a RaspberryPi 2 (£30) or Amazon Fire and then use Kodi as a front-end to stream from the Synology.

Big fan of Synology devices and their operating system (DSM), but don't expect them to be able to transcode your video files.

See this Google Sheet for an idea of what devices can transcode 1080p:
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yorkiebrain

I sent mine back after having problems with thumbnail generation. It has … I sent mine back after having problems with thumbnail generation. It has been a known issue for years and still remains unfixed. Some users who don't have lots of photos never experience the problem so it depends how you use your NAS.https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=synology+thumbnail+generation&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&sourceid=Mozilla-search&start=0&gws_rd=ssl#hl=en&q=synology+thumbnail+issue[img]http://www.camelcamelcamel.fr/uk/chart/new.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0&lang=en[/img]



Interesting issue. Should be possible to fix with a software or even firmware update no?
For transcoding Plex you'll need a DS214Play or QNAP TS-251, and these will struggle with medium-high bit rates at 1080P. The only NAS I have toyed with that has decent 1080P transcoding ability is the TS-253 Pro (quad-core Intel Celeron powered), but that costs £270.

The problem is that Plex is not clever enough to use the hardware encoding extensions within ARM/Intel CPU's, so it eats huge processor resource. ARM's and Atoms cannot cope, and even the Celerons are hard pushed. A small media PC is the best way to go if you want to transcode at 1080P or above.
I have one of these. It's very good but the only thing I'm disappointed with is that it struggles to stream or play large 1080p mkv files.
Great piece of kit, have one but - as mentioned earlier - Bespoke for around £105 and TCB too!
What's this bespoke lampoonery of which you speak?
yorkiebrain

I sent mine back after having problems with thumbnail generation. It has … I sent mine back after having problems with thumbnail generation. It has been a known issue for years and still remains unfixed. Some users who don't have lots of photos never experience the problem so it depends how you use your NAS.https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=synology+thumbnail+generation&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&sourceid=Mozilla-search&start=0&gws_rd=ssl#hl=en&q=synology+thumbnail+[quote=yorkiebrain]I sent mine back after having problems with thumbnail generation. It has been a known issue for years and still remains unfixed. Some users who don't have lots of photos never experience the problem so it depends how you use your NAS.


This was fixed ages ago. Simply download and use the sinology photo upload tool. It gets the host computer to generate the thumbnail and not DSM.
pclemmit

This was fixed ages ago. Simply download and use the sinology photo … This was fixed ages ago. Simply download and use the sinology photo upload tool. It gets the host computer to generate the thumbnail and not DSM.




That doesn't fix the issue - it just moves the problem. It is not possible to disable thumbnail generation and have working DLNA. That is the real problem.
Is it possible and or reasonably easy to setup to have two of these on the same network and use one to mirror the other?
Yes....rsync

I had my (ds214play - but same OS) rsync to a readynas no problem...it would connect to lots of things, but definitely another NAS.
Hubby is a network engineeer & geek... he swears by Synology! we have a DS215+ (2 bay) and its great for media storage & playback to all out home devices and also sharing photo's to friends/family abroad. *heat!
This is a brilliant piece of kit at a good price
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