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Synology DS216j 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage Enclosure £129.99 @ Amazon
Synology DS216j 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage Enclosure £129.99 @ Amazon

Synology DS216j 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage Enclosure £129.99 @ Amazon

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According to the camels this has dropped to nearly its lowest price of Amazon again, so if anyone was on the lookout for the price to drop

A versatile personal cloud storage for everyday life

* Dual-core CPU with hardware encryption engine
* Over 112.75 MB/s reading, 97.6 MB/s writing
* Easy to use web operating system on any browsers
* Everywhere access with iOS/Android/Windows ready mobile apps

# Maybe worth checking on Flubit if they can undercut this further.

# They price matched BT shop, also 2% quidco from them.
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Got the 215j. Excellent bit of kit. Streams to all my tablets, phones, Android box and tv's.

I've got the DS115 and wouldn't do without it. Would love to upgrade to the DS116 but won't have the money for a while.

I'm still running the 211j. Still going strong on DSM 6.0 with 2 x 2Tb Western Digital Reds in it.

Would one be able to run Plex server on this?

Now all we need is properly priced 8tb drives

benjai

Would one be able to run Plex server on this?



i've got the Plex app on the DS115 so i would assume it would be on this as well. i never use it though - prefer kodi

They price matched BT shop, also 2% quidco from them.

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benjai

Would one be able to run Plex server on this?



​yep, no problems, as long as you stay away from subtitles. Transcoding in Plex is crap if you need to do it on the server side.

If anyone has a power cable for this going spare let me know please!

I just ordered this because it looks really cool! Think it will save me from having to constantly put things on USB and then connect it up to my NVidia shield. lol

sunilm

I just ordered this because it looks really cool! Think it will save me … I just ordered this because it looks really cool! Think it will save me from having to constantly put things on USB and then connect it up to my NVidia shield. lol


lol

Brilliant product, use mine daily

benjai

Would one be able to run Plex server on this?


You can but on mine its a bit flaky and falls over every other time i use it. I gave up

sunilm

I just ordered this because it looks really cool! Think it will save me … I just ordered this because it looks really cool! Think it will save me from having to constantly put things on USB and then connect it up to my NVidia shield. lol



The Shield TV has both Plex client and server built into the latest firmware. You can connect an external HD to it and use it like a NAS ands stream media from it...

shield.nvidia.com/blo…ver

ianjw

You can but on mine its a bit flaky and falls over every other time i use … You can but on mine its a bit flaky and falls over every other time i use it. I gave up



The CPU in the DS216j doesn't have enough grunt to transcode. You'll have issues unless your clients are capable of direct playing your media and have sufficient network bandwidth to handle higher bit rate streams.

This is still an excellent price for this but of kit.
Edited by: "Berhwale" 28th Sep 2016

I had one of these briefly just to test out synology software Vs my windows NAS setup and i have to admit, it is rather simple and even though the synology does not have the raw power of a windows server/nas setup, it was fast enough to run sonarr/couchpotatoe/sabnzbd etc without slow down, streaming media from wifi or 4g was smooth, better then my current windows method, remote access is possible without port forwarding, great for guys in uni or those without direct access to a router, raid setup is simple too.

I only had this model for a short time because i needed a 4 bay version but would still highly recommend this.

Agree with the comments. I have the DS212, great piece of kit. Besides Sonar, downloaders and file streaming, I also use the backup software. They have tools that will connect to onedrive / icloud collect all your photos from yours devices, bring them down centrally and then we backup everything to amazon at a stupidly cheap price. Buy NOW!

Would this device be able to store xhamster videos and stream to iPad for offline viewing?

Berhwale

The CPU in the DS216j doesn't have enough grunt to transcode. You'll … The CPU in the DS216j doesn't have enough grunt to transcode. You'll have issues unless your clients are capable of direct playing your media and have sufficient network bandwidth to handle higher bit rate streams.This is still an excellent price for this but of kit.


Agreed. For transcoding on the fly, you'd be looking at the DS216:Play (at a minimum).
It's that time of year though when Synology are about to announce new kit. I imagine 117/217 are on their way.

2017 Synology goodies en route:

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how do these compare to a HP proliant - I have one of these and had 3-4 years now and was thinking of upgrading and wanted to know how the compare - i have the n54 i think if that helps

I use the Hp for sickbeard, sabnzbd and plex server - if this helps

rob200375

how do these compare to a HP proliant - I have one of these and had 3-4 … how do these compare to a HP proliant - I have one of these and had 3-4 years now and was thinking of upgrading and wanted to know how the compare - i have the n54 i think if that helpsI use the Hp for sickbeard, sabnzbd and plex server - if this helps


You can run a modified version of the synology firmware on your HP ProLiant, I am doing it now.
Edited by: "rdann" 28th Sep 2016

Hot. Bought one a few weeks back. Make sure you budget for 2xhdd and recommend you run raid 1 for proper redundant data storage.

The unit is well impressive and has endless features. Quite complex it you want to customise the setup though, but that is the reality of these all singing all dancing NAS systema.

Got an offer for £118.54 (9% off) via Flubit. Have bought for a friend. Thanks OP!

I only got offered £120.67

Yeah its a bit random. Not used it for many months

rob200375

how do these compare to a HP proliant - I have one of these and had 3-4 … how do these compare to a HP proliant - I have one of these and had 3-4 years now and was thinking of upgrading and wanted to know how the compare - i have the n54 i think if that helpsI use the Hp for sickbeard, sabnzbd and plex server - if this helps



The AMD CPU in your Microserver is quite a bit more powerful than the ARM chip in the DS216j, but it's still not up to transcoding 1080p video. I ran Xpenology with SABNZBD+, SickRage, CouchPotato and Plex on an N36L for a year, on paper the N54L CPU is around 70% faster, but not fast enough to make any difference.

I now run Xpenology on a Dell T20 with a Xeon CPU (virtualized on ESXi 6.0), the T20 is more than capable of transcoding four 1080p streams at once. You can pick up a T20 for a little over £200 if you get the right deal and rebate.

Edited by: "Berhwale" 28th Sep 2016

Great bit of kit, i needed a solution for streaming my bluray rips with HD audio. I have this setup without plex as not been a fan of plex for ages. Using kodi on my PC and fire tv box v2 requires no transcoding as both can handle large files and convert the audio at least on my bedroom fire v2 into stereo for my tv, pc just passes through to my amp. I run infuse on my iPad as it also can play the DTS HD audio formats without transcoding on the server side. There are lots of android boxes for very little money that can play HD audio without the need to transcode. In my experience if you can't play an MKV natively it's usually the audio. Anyway I have had no issues with synology, lots of updates on a regular basis, emails any issue, but hasn't been any except updates. Good price, good buy, good kit, heat
Edited by: "Staypuff" 28th Sep 2016

Would it be easier to use the Synology OS? What software did you need to run on your mobile phones/tablets to view the 1080p content?

Berhwale

The AMD CPU in your Microserver is quite a bit more powerful than the ARM … The AMD CPU in your Microserver is quite a bit more powerful than the ARM chip in the DS216j, but it's still not up to transcoding 1080p video. I ran Xpenology with SABNZBD+, SickRage, CouchPotato and Plex on an N36L for a year, on paper the N54L CPU is around 70% faster, but not fast enough to make any difference.I now run Xpenology on a Dell T20 with a Xeon CPU (virtualized on ESXi 6.0), the T20 is more than capable of transcoding four 1080p streams at once. You can pick up a T20 for a little over £200 if you get the right deal and rebate.


hitman007

Would it be easier to use the Synology OS? What software did you need to … Would it be easier to use the Synology OS? What software did you need to run on your mobile phones/tablets to view the 1080p content?



The Synology OS is called DSM. The Xpenology software is a bootloader that allows you to run DSM on non-Synology hardware (including virtualized on VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, etc.).

I run an Xpenology/DSM virtual machine on my server. This VM runs the standard Synology Plex server package which streams/transcodes and syncs to various devices running the Plex clients: Nexus 6P phone, two Nvidia Shield TVs, Roku3, Plex Native and Web Clients on Windows PCs and a Chromebook.

Berhwale

The AMD CPU in your Microserver is quite a bit more powerful than the ARM … The AMD CPU in your Microserver is quite a bit more powerful than the ARM chip in the DS216j, but it's still not up to transcoding 1080p video. I ran Xpenology with SABNZBD+, SickRage, CouchPotato and Plex on an N36L for a year, on paper the N54L CPU is around 70% faster, but not fast enough to make any difference.I now run Xpenology on a Dell T20 with a Xeon CPU (virtualized on ESXi 6.0), the T20 is more than capable of transcoding four 1080p streams at once. You can pick up a T20 for a little over £200 if you get the right deal and rebate.


ok thanks for the info - food for thought

Berhwale

The Synology OS is called DSM. The Xpenology software is a bootloader … The Synology OS is called DSM. The Xpenology software is a bootloader that allows you to run DSM on non-Synology hardware (including virtualized on VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, etc.).I run an Xpenology/DSM virtual machine on my server. This VM runs the standard Synology Plex server package which streams/transcodes and syncs to various devices running the Plex clients: Nexus 6P phone, two Nvidia Shield TVs, Roku3, Plex Native and Web Clients on Windows PCs and a Chromebook.



Do you run dsm on the vm so you can backup to That location?
Of i understand this Means you dont need a synology as a destination device to run a backup over rsync.


Edited by: "kotr" 28th Sep 2016

Bought one of these at the start of the week from Amazon for £133 after my ds212 gave up the ghost. I'm impressed with it so far. Seems much snappier than my old unit. Transferring the hard drives was super simple to, with DSM importing settings automatically.

Good info. I can see myself looking into this.

Berhwale

The Synology OS is called DSM. The Xpenology software is a bootloader … The Synology OS is called DSM. The Xpenology software is a bootloader that allows you to run DSM on non-Synology hardware (including virtualized on VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, etc.).I run an Xpenology/DSM virtual machine on my server. This VM runs the standard Synology Plex server package which streams/transcodes and syncs to various devices running the Plex clients: Nexus 6P phone, two Nvidia Shield TVs, Roku3, Plex Native and Web Clients on Windows PCs and a Chromebook.



Berhwale

The CPU in the DS216j doesn't have enough grunt to transcode. You'll … The CPU in the DS216j doesn't have enough grunt to transcode. You'll have issues unless your clients are capable of direct playing your media and have sufficient network bandwidth to handle higher bit rate streams.This is still an excellent price for this but of kit.


Wasn't transcoding that was the problem. The server would just disappear randomly, effectively crashing and needing to reboot the nas to get plex to restart. It would work fine for a couple of days maybe then disappear again. Wasn't uncommon looking at the plex forum. In fairness there was good dialogue and regular updates too try and fix it. I just can't be bothered with trying to keep up when the standard media streamer works fine with my Samsung telly, just doesn't look as pretty

kotr

Do you run dsm on the vm so you can backup to That location? Of i … Do you run dsm on the vm so you can backup to That location? Of i understand this Means you dont need a synology as a destination device to run a backup over rsync.



The VM is my main file storage; I don't back up to it, I back it up to a couple of 4TB USB drives. However, it is a fully functioning copy of DSM and it can act as an rsync target.

Anyone know about an updated model of this being released?

Just got mine delivered via flubit. Quicker than amazon!
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