• SPECIFICATIONS
  • CPU Model: Marvell Armada 375 88F6720 @ 800MHz
  • Memory: 512MB DDR3
  • Bays: 2
  • Storage support: Up to 12TB (2x 6TB HDDs)
  • RAID: RAID 0, 1, JBOD, Synology RAID
  • File System: EXT4, EXT3, FAT, NTFS
  • Pros:
  • Easy to set up
  • Good performance
  • Feature-packed
  • Cons:
  • None

Build Your Own Cloud Storage

Every time when Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are sent to us for review, we can’t help but marvel at how far technology has come when it comes to providing end-users with their own network-based storage solutions. Synology is a name that has made its rounds as a brand that provides consumers with bare-bones network storage solutions that is easy to use, and this time we get to play around with the Synology DS215j NAS system.

The DS215j is a dual-bay NAS, and is capable of supporting up to 12TBs of storage space, as HDDs have more storage space within them. This particular model is capable of supporting both 3.5- and 2.5-inch SATA III drives, with the latter requiring optional disk holders to hold the smaller-sized drives.

The DS215j comes with two USB ports for fast and direct transfer of data to and from the NAS

The DS215j comes with two USB ports for fast and direct transfer of data to and from the NAS

Powered by a 800MHz dual-core Marvell Armada 375 88F6720 processor, the DS215j also packs 500MB of RAM which allows user to quickly access their files. At the back is a LAN port which connects the NAS to the network, and two USB ports, a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, for direct transfers to and from the drive.

If you’re wondering about RAID support, fret not as the DS215j supports a number of types, including RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and Synology’s own Hybrid RAID. Controlling the DS215j is also a cinch thanks to Synology’s own DiskStation Manager software, as it has easy to use features, an intuitive interface and even add-ons that improve the user experience.

The DS215j is capable of fitting two HDDs or SSDs with the combined storage of up to 12TB

The DS215j is capable of fitting two HDDs or SSDs with the combined storage of up to 12TB

In terms of performance, our network transfer tests yielded transfer rates of about 40MB/s, which is excellent considering that the local transfers were done over Wi-Fi. Streaming media is also not a problem as our videos suffered no lag or noticeable degradation in quality.

While the DS215j functions as your personal cloud storage service, you can also sync the files stored in other cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox so that you have redundant backup both locally and online. Another thing to note is that there is also the DiskStation Manager app for both Android and iOS, so you can back up your photos, videos and music from your mobile devices as well.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Synology DS215j is a great NAS solution for end users who are looking for a solution to store multimedia files and/or work documents, and be able to access then from anywhere with an internet connection. Hard drives come separately, but it’s still a very easy product to set up.

(previously published in issue December 2014)

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