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Synology DS218j 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure @ Amazon £138. 99
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Synology DS218j 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure @ Amazon £138. 99

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Posted 18th Jul

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Cheapest price yet for this NAS. I personally have the 218+, but this is great for your average user.
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vkusuman18/07/2019 09:35

I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still …I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still relevant in Cloud age. The biggest drawback is the photo backup app is terrible, doesn't back up the photos, and can't even load them properly for browsing on mobile. Not voting.


NAS is your own personal cloud. Why would you trust a cloud you have no control over?
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Recommend a well priced nas drive for this?
Agreed, great price! Had been tracking one of these for several weeks but managed to get an open box one during Prime Day for £114 through the Warehouse 20% offer. Good deal though, voted hot.

Using the Ebuyer 20% off code through eBay which is still live I also managed to pick up two 4Tb Toshiba NAS drives for £90 each
Edited by: "tom49" 18th Jul
I have one of these (hooked up to an APC UPS which has safe shutdown via a USB cable, and was also on special offer on Prime Day), running with a couple of 8TB WD Reds. Haven't had any problems with it in the last 18 months, I've been very impressed.
I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.
Not sure if NAS is still relevant in Cloud age. The biggest drawback is the photo backup app is terrible, doesn't back up the photos, and can't even load them properly for browsing on mobile. Not voting.
Is the performance much better on this compared to the 215j
Edited by: "Friendly_Potato" 18th Jul
I have the DS216j with 2 3TB WD Red and never had any issues... it’s just a bit slow...
I've been using the previous version "DS216J" for the last three and a half years. Only difference is the CPU speed. Haven't had any problems with it.

It's got two mirrored 3TB drives in it. A "Seagate Baracuda" that I stripped from an external USB drive and "WD Green".

I use it as backup and temp storage for movie files. I download 4K movies which can be up to 70GB and copy them to the NAS. When I want to watch the movie, I use the "Infuse Pro" app on my "Apple TV 4K".
Is this better than 2bay Seagate personal cloud?
vkusuman18/07/2019 09:35

I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still …I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still relevant in Cloud age. The biggest drawback is the photo backup app is terrible, doesn't back up the photos, and can't even load them properly for browsing on mobile. Not voting.


Now I've been looking at getting one of these, firstly to back up my device's data. But I also want it so I can access my photos and music. Is this not suitable?
vkusuman18/07/2019 09:35

I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still …I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still relevant in Cloud age. The biggest drawback is the photo backup app is terrible, doesn't back up the photos, and can't even load them properly for browsing on mobile. Not voting.


NAS is your own personal cloud. Why would you trust a cloud you have no control over?
OdhranC18/07/2019 01:53

Recommend a well priced nas drive for this?


stick with WD Reds
kowalski18/07/2019 21:57

stick with WD Reds


Thanks for the advice. Going to shop around for one now
Thanks @phiras we have added this to the Highlights page
How many cameras licences does this allow
Got me the 212 version and it’s still going strong!!
mccririck18/07/2019 18:13

NAS is your own personal cloud. Why would you trust a cloud you have no …NAS is your own personal cloud. Why would you trust a cloud you have no control over?


Just remember to have an offsite backup..
Halfmad18/07/2019 23:38

Just remember to have an offsite backup..


Ah you mean like on a NAS....
shonkygeeza18/07/2019 14:59

Now I've been looking at getting one of these, firstly to back up my …Now I've been looking at getting one of these, firstly to back up my device's data. But I also want it so I can access my photos and music. Is this not suitable?


That’s what I use mine for.
mccririck18/07/2019 23:39

Ah you mean like on a NAS....


Depends where the NAS is.

I backup to a 216J in the loft, but my main Synology NASes are virtual running on a Dell T20 server in the garage at the end of my garden.
krokkodillo18/07/2019 13:03

Is this better than 2bay Seagate personal cloud?


The Synology can do a lot more than the WD, but the cheaper ones are somewhat limited by the ARM CPUs they run on. For example, they can all run Plex, but you wouldn't want to do any transcoding on a 218j (a 218+ or 218play have better CPUs for this, but are also more expensive).
OdhranC18/07/2019 01:53

Recommend a well priced nas drive for this?


If you are going back up the data (and you really should) then I would buy a couple cheap external drives (e.g. WD My Book) and shuck the drives from their cases, rather than buy a 'NAS' HDs. NAS drives fail just like any other drive and the price premium/extra warranty still won't get your data back.
This or the 218j+ what’s the difference between these 2
i currently have Iomega 1 tb had snf use nvidia shield tv as my Plex serve to stream movies from my Iomega nas ,
will this be any good to run plex and backup my Iomega has mivies and desktop
Sparco18/07/2019 11:38

I've been using the previous version "DS216J" for the last three and a …I've been using the previous version "DS216J" for the last three and a half years. Only difference is the CPU speed. Haven't had any problems with it.It's got two mirrored 3TB drives in it. A "Seagate Baracuda" that I stripped from an external USB drive and "WD Green".I use it as backup and temp storage for movie files. I download 4K movies which can be up to 70GB and copy them to the NAS. When I want to watch the movie, I use the "Infuse Pro" app on my "Apple TV 4K".


Exactly same setup here
Yh get 2 x 4TB in this and use raid 1 - this allows for one drive failure and fast read and write. Pretty cheap solution to be honest.
mccririck18/07/2019 18:13

NAS is your own personal cloud. Why would you trust a cloud you have no …NAS is your own personal cloud. Why would you trust a cloud you have no control over?


"Because I don't have anything to hide!"
That's the explanation I got most of the time when I ask about privacy.
Privacy is not the same as secrecy.
maxyone119/07/2019 07:44

"Because I don't have anything to hide!"That's the explanation I got most …"Because I don't have anything to hide!"That's the explanation I got most of the time when I ask about privacy.Privacy is not the same as secrecy.


It's not just about privacy either, how safe is your data on someone else's cloud? Now and in the future. You don't know.
mccririck19/07/2019 07:45

It's not just about privacy either, how safe is your data on someone …It's not just about privacy either, how safe is your data on someone else's cloud? Now and in the future. You don't know.


Totally agree with you but a lot of people do not understand this.
Now be carefully as some of them will tell us to put back our tin foil hats.
Any ideas on which version of Plex this is compatible with?
vkusuman18/07/2019 09:35

I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still …I have this, had 2 disk failures in 3 years.Not sure if NAS is still relevant in Cloud age. The biggest drawback is the photo backup app is terrible, doesn't back up the photos, and can't even load them properly for browsing on mobile. Not voting.


There's no such thing as the cloud. It's just someone elses PC. If your happy leaving your data on some elses PC, then be my guest!

I have the 216 version, but just use it as a multidisc server rather than as a backup drive, as NASes aren't really meant for data backup so much as hardware backup (ie. if a hard drive dies on you it can be replaced / reconstructed easily within the device, assuming you have RAID step correctly.)
SteetieHJ19/07/2019 07:56

So you can't buy more? 2 max licenses?


Amazon have additional licences but they aren't cheap at £48 each. Even the 4 license pack is £42 each
mccririck18/07/2019 23:39

Ah you mean like on a NAS....


NAS or paid service as long as it's off site.
maxyone119/07/2019 07:44

"Because I don't have anything to hide!"That's the explanation I got most …"Because I don't have anything to hide!"That's the explanation I got most of the time when I ask about privacy.Privacy is not the same as secrecy.


and personal cloud devices.. you are trusting the OS and hardware to be secure. with many companies this isn't always the case..
i don't know how this, or any other "nas storage" is a deal?
one could use an old dell desktop instead.
old desktops can be had for less than £40 including delivery, hard drive, OS, giga ethrenet and wifi.
they can take up to 4 hard drives and have multiple usb ports.
they are energy efficient with about 60watt power draw (while nas draws <50watt - this is not much of a difference)
any experts dare to explain how £140 is a deal?
If you plan to use this for anything other than storage then getting an Intel based Synology is a huge advantage as it opens up docker (obviously at a higher price though...). I had a 411 for years which was good but you were stuck with the limited number of packages that were available. I have a 918+ now which is excellent. Yes, you can always build one yourself but I don't have the time anyore for all that faff.
Edited by: "redtom" 19th Jul
Fantastic products. I have the ds213j and it’s still going strong. Streams all my hd movies and music around the house and backs up all my files and CCTV. Software is quality.
Edited by: "funkymonkeyboy" 19th Jul
Can you put freeNAS on this?
missmisiowa19/07/2019 10:24

i don't know how this, or any other "nas storage" is a deal?one could use …i don't know how this, or any other "nas storage" is a deal?one could use an old dell desktop instead.old desktops can be had for less than £40 including delivery, hard drive, OS, giga ethrenet and wifi. they can take up to 4 hard drives and have multiple usb ports.they are energy efficient with about 60watt power draw (while nas draws <50watt - this is not much of a difference)any experts dare to explain how £140 is a deal?



Convenience, ease of use,no need for another screen, and more simple to access remotely.
Windows can be a hassle to maintain and keep secure especially on an old slow non-SSD sub £40 PC (what specs are you finding at this price?). Linux most people wouldn't know how to use.
And this is also new and more reliable than an old PC.
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