Synology DiskStation DS212j

6/23/2012 10:53:10 AM

We’ve considered some twin-disk NAS enclosure of Synology before, and DiskStation DS212j is the latest product in an absolutely successful product line. It appearance is much more elegant, fabulous than its predecessor  - DS211j, with the easily noticeable change is the lack of USB port in the front. Unfortunately, USB3 haven’t been equipped in the cheaper NAS enclosure off Synology, but it is still useful for us to use USB to copy files from USB sticks or memory card readers.

Description: Synology DiskStation DS212j

You can buy NAS as an enclosure and provide it as your own disks, or another more expensive alternative option is ready-fitted disks. It is quite simple to install disks – just take the outer shell off and slide the disks into its suitable positions. Besides, DS212j also takes the advantages of adding a 92mm fan, which is much quieter than that of other models.

Full description about the interface

Description: Synology Diskstation DS212J dual-bay NAS drive interface

Synology Diskstation DS212J dual-bay NAS drive interface

The way how to set up the DS212j is just a piece of cake, although you have to wait approximately 10 minutes for it to format your disks. The DSM interface of Synology bears some resemblance with Linux desktop, with an interface controlled by icon and ability of opening several windows at the same time; therefore, the setting up steps for main features such as RAID, shared folders and media streaming serves is not difficult at all, and towards features you are unable to identify in the menu, the searching is convenient for you to use.

In reality, all features of DS212j require the minimum changes to let them work. Tools like Download Center, which can be used to download files over FTP and BitTorrent independently with the PC, are definitely available after a few clicks.

DS212j hasn’t been equipped with more distinguished features than its predecessor, with 1.2GHz processor and 256MB RAM, both are too modest for the premium models of Synology. However, the DSM interface is quick response, even in case it runs several tasks at once. While reading and recording larger files with NAS devices, RAID 0 configured disks outperformed RAID 1, achieved the average result as 62MB/s in comparison with 40MB/s. Besides, if you use the RAID 0 configuration, all your data will be lost if it fails, while RAID 1 provides you a full backup data on the second disk. Nevertheless, NAS devices perform slower with small files, achieving 11MB/s in RAID 0 and nearly 10MB/s in RAID 1.

This disk performs much faster than DS212j in reading and recording larger files but achieves less than 3MB/s in dealing with small files. However, in general, the efficiency will be obviously improved, and even with the small files, its performance is nearly to meet the maximum Ethernet connection at 100Mbit/s.

Shared tactics

It is quite easy for us to share folders, printer and external disk station across the network. DS212j also supports iSCSI, which is widely used to map shared disks such as a local one; then this will absolutely useful for programs like Windows Media Center, which may encounter problems with shared folders on network. DLNA and UPnP media streaming support are also equipped and work quite well, while NAS devices can work as an iTunes server.

DS212j is such a perfect, powerful and easy-to-use device. In comparison with its predecessor, it performs with small files a little bit slower and we also miss its front USB port, but much faster data streaming towards the larger files and a quieter fan keep it balance.

Description: Synology has gone with the latter with DSM 4.0, in that many of the popular apps are absent once you've installed the OS.

DSM 4.0: here you’ll find the Control Panel, the packages window and the little “start menu” on the top, which shows the installed packges.


Comments: Synology negotiates with the latest NAS enclosure, but in general it is still a Best Buy.

Network enclosure storage 3½in twin-disk, Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbit/s, 3 USB2 ports, UPnP media, iTunes, printer server, USB, web, FTP server, 2 year RTB warranty, 165x100x225mm.

Power consumption: 11W idle, 24W active.



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