Synology DiskStation DS216SE - 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage (NAS) No Disks - £99.99 @ Amazon
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Synology DiskStation DS216SE - 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage (NAS) No Disks - £99.99 @ Amazon

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Found 18th Dec 2015
Best price according to CamelCamelCamel. Latest model from the DiskStation range. Not as powerful as the DS215J however this is £30 more and this model will likely fit the bill for many NAS users.

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Product Description
Centering on the core features of NAS devices, Synology DS216se provides handy and effective network storage under budget. Not only does DS216se centralize and back up your digital contents, it makes cross-platform and cross-device sharing effortless.

DS216se delivers an average 102 MB/s reading speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment, and over 59 MB/s writing. The built-in floating-point unit enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, and is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail processing, making photo viewing a refreshingly new experience.

Equipped with Synology's full multimedia applications, DS216se is also an ideal solution for users looking for entertainment and download center, providing easy and energy-efficient download service as well as multimedia streaming capabilities. With Synology's rich cloud applications, DS216se serves as your personal cloud whose content is available anywhere on demand.

Easy Setup and Management

Web Assistant is a web-based utility to make every DiskStation as easy to install as possible. Installation is done inside your existing web browser by setting up all vital system components in few simple steps. Combined with a quick start widget, users can simultaneously tour the DSM operating system and set it up to use right away.

For users unfamiliar with complicated router configurations or those who simply want to save time, Synology EZ-Internet Wizard simplifies the process of setting up access to DS216se from the Internet by walking through all of network settings including firewall, port-forwarding, PPPoE setup and DDNS registration. The multi-tasking web UI on DSM allows users to run multiple applications simultaneously on one tab browser and switch between them instantly. Synology Hybrid RAID allows you to reach maximum use of your hard drive while keeping your storage safe with data redundancy.

Certified DLNA Media Server

As a fully certified DLNA DMS (Digital Media Server), DS216se serves also as a ready media server with the capability to host digital multimedia contents for remote playback. Once connected to a wireless router, DS216se is set to stream music, photos and videos to DLNA-compliant devices without any pre-configuration, thus enabling users to enjoy their collection on larger screens or with quality speakers. Synology even makes it possible for users to browse and select DiskStation contents using DS audio - a handy mobile app - to designate a DLNA player within the same local network to play it.

Anywhere/Anytime Availability

QuickConnect and EZ-Internet configure your DS216se for accessing over the Internet with minimal effort. Cloud Station allows users to sync files among multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android tablets or phones, effortlessly keeping everything up-to-date. Combined with Synology's mobile apps for every popular feature, including DS photo, DS audio, and DS video for anywhere multimedia access, DS download, DS file, and DS cloud for seamless file download/access/synchronization, you can enjoy your NAS anywhere, any time.
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Love synology NAS kit. Definitely the gold standard. I have the 214se... tempted to upgrade. #resisting
what is this please
ralphaverbuch

Love synology NAS kit. Definitely the gold standard. I have the 214se... … Love synology NAS kit. Definitely the gold standard. I have the 214se... tempted to upgrade. #resisting



I've got the DS115 and I'm hoping they wait a while before updating that because I'll have no choice but to get it :). Definitely one of those bits of kit that I wonder how i ever did without one.
Have a DS212. If it broke today I'd get another Synology NAS ordered straight away.
Q from the Duncan Thicket corner...
Is this a move up or down from a DS215j?
I too have DS212J since it was released excellent bit of kit never let me down.
How easy is it to upgrade from my 212j? Disks out of the old and into the new or would I need to backup the data and restore?
nope no need to backup. I have done it myself take old disks out put in new DS simple.
This is £30 LESS. ...?
got 215j via prime app with £10 discount to bring to £120.
get a QNAP TS-251 ok its near double this but has a celeron processor, ram is upgradable and.............................................

it has a HDMI port meaning you can install Kodi, Plex, even vm's and run native off the NAS.
if your using this for media think about the other device you'll need to play it... the qnap does both in one box.
HP Microserver G8 much better value at nearly same price after cashback, 4 bays and can do a lot more if you wanted. They just had another cashback promo but seems to have ended, no doubt it'll be back soon as Gen9 has been released
Edited by: "Myriad" 18th Dec 2015
Im looking for a deal on a qnap as synology don't seem to support Dbpoweramps Asset which is what I'll be using.
kiish

HP Microserver G8 much better value at nearly same price after cashback, … HP Microserver G8 much better value at nearly same price after cashback, 4 bays and can do a lot more if you wanted. They just had another cashback promo but seems to have ended, no doubt it'll be back soon as Gen9 has been released



Personally I think this is great advice, and it's exactly what I've done, however some people just aren't interested in or simply don't have the knowledge to be setting up a NAS themselves. Buying this would suit anyone who simply wants to shove a couple of disks in it and get it working in a couple of minutes.
Rogerbutler

what is this please



Basically a mini home server without hard drives you add them yourself and you can stream movies etc on all your devices
kiish

HP Microserver G8 much better value at nearly same price after cashback, … HP Microserver G8 much better value at nearly same price after cashback, 4 bays and can do a lot more if you wanted. They just had another cashback promo but seems to have ended, no doubt it'll be back soon as Gen9 has been released


If you want a server, buy a server, if you want a NAS, buy a NAS. Different products.
Hmmm tempting, been thinking about a NAS as I'm doing a lot more photography stuff. Probably prefer the Microserver though
r0cky69

If you want a server, buy a server, if you want a NAS, buy a NAS. … If you want a server, buy a server, if you want a NAS, buy a NAS. Different products.



What makes you think a server can't be turned into a NAS and much more?

FreeNAS etc exist for this reason.

For the same price, i'd much rather pay for a 4 bay "server" which I can turn into a NAS / Windows Server / VM Testing/Learning all at once then a 2 bay over priced "synology" NAS. There is enough tutorials on youtube etc to help those getting started with the Microserver.
Edited by: "Myriad" 18th Dec 2015
kiish

What makes you think a micro server can't be turned into a NAS and much … What makes you think a micro server can't be turned into a NAS and much more?


micro servers are great bang for buck but there bigger and louder and is not plug and play...

get the qnap
I've got the DS215j. It's fantastic. I've always wanted a way to back stuff up properly in RAID and have confidence that what I've got backed up on disk is safe if one of the hard drives dies. I would say the HP Microserver comments are valid, but totally different product. They cost more to run in terms of power, won't be as quiet if you plan to have it in your front room, and you need to be really into servers to get it running (eg if you're new to them, you'd need to Google and YouTube quite a lot to get yourself started). Plus you'd need Windows (extra cost) or Linux (unfamiliar to a lot of folks). This, you just buy two hard drives to go in, screw them in, fire it up, give it some time to sort itself out, then it runs, and you control everything through a browser-based OS. It's slick, fast, quiet, reliable.

The apps included are SUPERB. They support Chromecast and AirPlay / DLNA too. So you can use DSAudio to AirPlay to a hifi, or to Chromecast music to the TV. Similarly, DS Video lets you Chromecast, but be warned the model the OP posted, and the 215j, aren't powerful enough to transcode if you have video in weird formats. The "play" editions of these NAS' can transcode so might be worth the extra spend if that's important to you.

There's lots of stuff I've never investigated fully, but I know you can host websites on this box, it does surveillance cameras, has a web interface for your photographs, a bit torrent client, audio, video, and a really easy to use operating system that runs in the browser. You can extend storage with USB hard drives if you need to.

I'd get another in a heartbeat if this one of mine broke.
cigbunt

micro servers are great bang for buck but there bigger and louder and is … micro servers are great bang for buck but there bigger and louder and is not plug and play... get the qnap



Not as big as they look, it is a 4 bay NAS so size is expected to be bigger than 2 bay. My g8 is quiet after initial power on.

4GB RAM (upgradeable), 2 Core/2 Thread 2.3GHz CPU (upgradeable) for £100 doesn't really compare to QNAP or this.

I added a cheap £15 graphics card and now I have HD as well and is quiet with it running.
Edited by: "Myriad" 18th Dec 2015
kiish

For the same price, i'd much rather pay for a 4 bay "server" which I can … For the same price, i'd much rather pay for a 4 bay "server" which I can turn into a NAS / Windows Server / VM Testing/Learning all at once then a 2 bay over priced "synology" NAS.



You might, but I don't, nor would a lot of people this device is targeted at. Personally, I evaluated the HP Microserver before I got the Synology NAS. It's not overpriced for something you can put on your bookshelf, needs no upkeep, and does what I need it to - backup and serve media. But yes, for your needs, Microserver sounds perfect.
storeyrich

You might, but I don't, nor would a lot of people this device is targeted … You might, but I don't, nor would a lot of people this device is targeted at. Personally, I evaluated the HP Microserver before I got the Synology NAS. It's not overpriced for something you can put on your bookshelf, needs no upkeep, and does what I need it to - backup and serve media. But yes, for your needs, Microserver sounds perfect.



If its simply for "media" and "backups" there are much cheaper alternatives for <£70. Zyxel NSA325 v2 and highly rated is very easy to use, one click install for things such as Plex/SMART/Dropbox/Time Machine etc

Considering the fact you need network cable connected, it will most likely end up in a corner next to their router or under a desk rather than a book shelf

Edited by: "Myriad" 18th Dec 2015
Great NAS boxes.!
kiish

If its simply for "media" and "backups" there are much cheaper … If its simply for "media" and "backups" there are much cheaper alternatives for <£70. Zyxel NSA325 is very easy to use, one click install for things such as Plex/SMART/Dropbox/Time Machine etc Considering the fact you need network cable connected, it will most likely end up in a corner next to their router or under a desk rather than a book shelf



I could have got something cheaper, alternative, by another make. But Synology's reputation and the ratings of users on Amazon mean it was a no brainer. Synology release updates to their OS every few weeks, and the apps that complement the NAS on a similar frequency. Having had one, and tried others, I can attest it's a damned good product. Cheapest isn't always best. If you want a hassle free box, this is the way to go.
kiish

Considering the fact you need network cable connected, it will most … Considering the fact you need network cable connected, it will most likely end up in a corner next to their router or under a desk rather than a book shelf



My router is on my bookshelf, lol. It doesn't matter where it sits really. Point I was making was it's the size of a couple of DVD boxsets, and could tuck anywhere. You can get WiFi adapters for them, or use a homeplug to have it wherever you want.
kiish

Not as big as they look, it is a 4 bay NAS so size is expected to be … Not as big as they look, it is a 4 bay NAS so size is expected to be bigger than 2 bay. My g8 is quiet after initial power on. 4GB RAM (upgradeable), 2 Core/2 Thread 2.3GHz CPU (upgradeable) for £100 doesn't really compare to QNAP or this. I added a cheap £15 graphics card and now I have HD as well and is quiet with it running.


yup micro servers are great... but there not for everyone. some people just want a simple solution, plug and play with a smaller footprint.

i would definitely consider the micro server if you can get one of those cash back deals
Since HP Micro Server is a Server meant for Business use (I assume), does HP support it with bios/firmware updates after warranty has ended?
Qnap all the way. Check out the 253pro or if you're feeling lively the 471.
Got a DS214play, like others have said, buy another in a heartbeat.
So, should I go for this or the 215j given this has half the RAM? I have been waiting for a while for a price drop on 215j without luck.
It will be used to serve files, store photos, and deliver music to sonos. I will also be looking to store films (although Panny plasma won't receive directly - need to investigate solution via now TV box, bit that's a job for a rainy afternoon). Thanks for any advice.
harryg001

So, should I go for this or the 215j given this has half the RAM? I have … So, should I go for this or the 215j given this has half the RAM? I have been waiting for a while for a price drop on 215j without luck. It will be used to serve files, store photos, and deliver music to sonos. I will also be looking to store films (although Panny plasma won't receive directly - need to investigate solution via now TV box, bit that's a job for a rainy afternoon). Thanks for any advice.



If you can afford the extra few pounds then I would get the 215j as it will probably serve you longer without the need to upgrade as its a bit more powerful. Also once you start using the nas and possibly experimenting with its many apps and features you may find the extra power useful.
storeyrich

I've got the DS215j. It's fantastic. I've always wanted a way to back … I've got the DS215j. It's fantastic. I've always wanted a way to back stuff up properly in RAID and have confidence that what I've got backed up on disk is safe if one of the hard drives dies. I would say the HP Microserver comments are valid, but totally different product. They cost more to run in terms of power, won't be as quiet if you plan to have it in your front room, and you need to be really into servers to get it running (eg if you're new to them, you'd need to Google and YouTube quite a lot to get yourself started). Plus you'd need Windows (extra cost) or Linux (unfamiliar to a lot of folks). This, you just buy two hard drives to go in, screw them in, fire it up, give it some time to sort itself out, then it runs, and you control everything through a browser-based OS. It's slick, fast, quiet, reliable.The apps included are SUPERB. They support Chromecast and AirPlay / DLNA too. So you can use DSAudio to AirPlay to a hifi, or to Chromecast music to the TV. Similarly, DS Video lets you Chromecast, but be warned the model the OP posted, and the 215j, aren't powerful enough to transcode if you have video in weird formats. The "play" editions of these NAS' can transcode so might be worth the extra spend if that's important to you.There's lots of stuff I've never investigated fully, but I know you can host websites on this box, it does surveillance cameras, has a web interface for your photographs, a bit torrent client, audio, video, and a really easy to use operating system that runs in the browser. You can extend storage with USB hard drives if you need to. I'd get another in a heartbeat if this one of mine broke.


Thanks for taking the time to give out all this information. I've been after something that could do all this but I keep going round in circles. You've now nudged me towards buying a Synology NAS. (Just need to decide which model!).
Thanks Storeyrich
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MrHappy37

If you can afford the extra few pounds then I would get the 215j as it … If you can afford the extra few pounds then I would get the 215j as it will probably serve you longer without the need to upgrade as its a bit more powerful. Also once you start using the nas and possibly experimenting with its many apps and features you may find the extra power useful.



Thanks for the advice; I appreciate it. I reckon I'll hold out then.
Got my 215j from Amazon.fr for £112 delivered.
out of stock, but you can still select amazon and they will deliver when it comes back in stock.
r0cky69

If you want a server, buy a server, if you want a NAS, buy a NAS. … If you want a server, buy a server, if you want a NAS, buy a NAS. Different products.



If you know what you're doing, and want a NAS, buy a Microserver. For the money it's a no-brainer.
What's the difference between this Synology NAS and the WD My Cloud Personal Storage NAS 4TB?
I realise the WD is £40 more expensive, but seeing as it already has 4TB of storage included, it actually works out much cheaper. What's the difference? Don't they basically both do the same thing?
soundoftheatom

What's the difference between this Synology NAS and the WD My Cloud … What's the difference between this Synology NAS and the WD My Cloud Personal Storage NAS 4TB? I realise the WD is £40 more expensive, but seeing as it already has 4TB of storage included, it actually works out much cheaper. What's the difference? Don't they basically both do the same thing?



Personally I wouldn't use the WD MyCloud because it uses a proprietary file system so if the enclosure fails all the data on the disk is much harder to recover access to and who knows other limitations there are in file names/file size etc. The Synology on the other hand uses an industry standard open source filesystem so it's easy to access your files after a failure like that. To get this feature from WD you have to pay a lot more and get the EX4 range or higher.
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