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Synology DS213J NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

Code: A78NR

  • Centralise and backup your digital contents, which you can share easily across platforms and devices
  • Diskless model – no hard drives are installed in the two bays available, with each bay able to hold up to 4TB
  • Over 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write speeds, under a RAID 1 configuration

Product details

Synology DS213J NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

• Centralise and backup your digital contents, which you can share easily across platforms and devices
• Diskless model – no hard drives are installed in the two bays available, with each bay able to hold up to 4TB
• Over 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write speeds, under a RAID 1 configuration
• Automatically backup your Windows or Mac computer to this NAS drive
• Keep files or backups stored on the NAS safe with backups to a USB, the cloud or to another Synology NAS and RAID configurations available
• DLNA certified media server, so you can stream music, pictures and videos to DLNA compliant devices without pre-configuration
• Number of different apps for Apple iOS and Android devices, such as DS file for browsing and uploading files
• Backup stored files to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, hicloud S3 and other cloud services

Special feature
• Install Surveillance Station to remotely record and view footage from IP cameras paired with this NAS drive

Good performance NAS drive that is packed full of features
This Synology DS213J NAS drive is great for anyone looking to have a central location to store files and have multiple people simultaneously streaming files off it. No hard drives are pre-installed into the two bays, although you can add up to 4TB to each bay*, for a potential storage size of 8TB. Simple to setup with the web-based operating system (OS), you can use your existing browser to access it.

The Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is the web-based OS that comes with every Synology NAS. The built-in package centre lets you download and install the packages/apps that fit your unique needs. Whether you want to share files on the cloud, share pictures on an online album, have downloads be automatically started for you or set up a VPN environment, these can all be done with a few clicks. Synology DSM helps you maximise productivity and keep you in complete control of your personal cloud, with minimal fuss.

How does this differ from the Synology DS214se?
Although the two look similar there are definite differences between them. In terms of hardware, the DS213j comes with double the RAM (512MB) and a higher specification CPU. This leads to higher read and write speeds in the DS213J (over 100MB/s and 70MB/s vs. 102MB/s and 58MB/s), which means you can share an entire Blu-ray quality video in less than three minutes. The higher specifications also mean it can support SATA III, giving it access to the full 6Gb/s transfer speeds, instead of limiting it to 3Gb/s even if the drive can support more (which is the case in the DS214se).

Can I automatically backup my computer to this NAS?
Both Windows and Mac computers can be backed up to this Synology NAS drive. Windows computers can use the Cloud Station application that is available within the package centre. Similar to Dropbox, the Cloud Station lets you keep files locally on the computer or on your mobile and then automatically syncs it to the NAS. Mac users can use Time Machine to back up their system to the NAS.

Losing any files, whether it’s backups or important files, can be frustrating and there are a number of ways you can avoid that. The first is RAID configurations – RAID 1 can be configured for your NAS setup and provides you with the redundancy needed by simultaneously writing identical data on both drives. This means you essentially lose one drive’s worth of storage space. You can also use the Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), which is an automated RAID system that maximises the use of your hard drive while providing you with data redundancy. The great thing about SHR is you don’t need to know anything about the different RAID configurations to get the right mixture of storage and redundancy for you.

The other way you can ensure your data isn’t going to be lost forever is to backup to external sources. You can back up the data on the NAS to an external USB device, so you have a locally available backup ready. Alternatively, you can backup to another Synology NAS or rsync compatible server. This option gives you an off-site backup of your data, to prevent loss of data caused by disasters at this Synology NAS’s location. Or you can back up to a cloud service, such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and hicloud S3, which is a readily available off-site solution if you don’t have the ability to backup to different NAS drives.

What apps can I use with this NAS drive?
Configure this NAS drive for accessing over the Internet with minimal effort, through the QuickConnect package. Once setup, you can access and control your NAS drive through the various mobile apps, including DS photo, DS audio and DS video for multimedia access, DS download, DS file and DS cloud for file download/access/synchronisation.

DS download lets you manage download tasks made through the Download Station package. The package provides you with a 24/7 download portal, where you can turn off your computer and let the NAS drive download files from multiple file hosting sites directly to your centralised storage. An auto unzip service also extracts compressed files to your Synology NAS, so you can use the files straight away. Surveillance Station is another package that can be installed, the software lets you remotely record and monitor footage from IP cameras paired with the NAS drive*. Through the web browser or mobile device (DS cam) you can watch live footage, schedule recordings and playback recordings, so you can protect your home or office remotely.

Can I play my media files stored on the NAS to other devices?
As a certified DLNA media server, once connected to a wireless router, you can stream music, pictures and videos to DLNA-compliant devices without the need for pre-configuration. This gives you the ability to enjoy your media library on the big screen or with better speakers. Through DS video you can even stream your video to a TV through Apple TV, using AirPlay.

What other features are there?
Users can be added with their access, what groups they are part of, volume quotas (how much space they can take up on the NAS drive) and what applications they can use, all configurable through the DSM. Support for iSCSI lets you create a virtual hard drive that your computer believes is connected to it locally. This provides you with an ongoing off-site storage location for you to use.

*For a list of products that are compatible with the DS213J, be that hard drives or IP cameras, please click here

Specification table
Capacity 0
Maximum capacity 8 TB
Number of hard drives 0
Maximum number of hard drives Two 3.5 and 2.5 inch drives (4 TB in 2 bays)
Expandable storage No
Backup Options Cloud Station and Apple Time Machine
RAID Options Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Integration with cloud services Amazon S3, Baidu Cloud, Box, Dropbox, Glacier, hicloud, hubiC, Google Drive, OneDrive, Microsoft Azure
Connections 1 x Ethernet port (10/100/1000 Mb/s), 2 x USB 2.0
Operating systems compatibility Apple Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Microsoft Windows XP or later, Ubuntu 9.04 or later
Remote access via web Yes
UPnP Yes
AirPlay Yes
Smart device app? DS note, DS audio, DS video, DS photo+, DS cloud, DS file, DS download and DS cam
Compatibility with third party applications/devices Apple TV (AirPlay), Chromecast, Samsung TV, Roku
Wi-Fi Yes (Wi-Fi dongle not included)
Protocols SSL/TLS, Rsync, HTTPS
Encryption Yes
Password protection Yes
Read speed Over 100 MB/s (under RAID 1)
Write speed 70 MB/s (under RAID 1)
Processor 1.2 Ghz Marvell Kirkwood
Memory 512 MB DDR3
Dimensions 100 mm x 225.5 mm x 165 mm
Colour White
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Package contents
NAS Unit
Accessory Pack
AC Power Adapter
AC Power Cord
RJ-45 LAN Cable

Could you please tell me if this unit is able to transcode and will this unit accept the plex server to run a central media hub for all my plex devices?

Asked by: jamesbmalone
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item in your intended application.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-11-26

What are the recommended 4TB drives suitable for this? Do they mirror each other? How easy is it to back up from this on to another external hard drive?

Asked by: DT DT
a suitable drive for this would be the WD 4TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Retail Box. This item does have raid capability so the drives can mirror each other also it is the ideal one-stop centralized backup solution: from PCs to NAS, NAS to NAS, NAS to peripheral storage media (such as USB stick) or NAS to remote storage via a whole host of options.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-07-17

Which HD will fit this enclosure? Please advise

Asked by: Carine
It takes 3.5" the maximum capacity is 8tb in total = 2 x 4TB, it can take 2.5" with an adapter (we don't sell )
Answered by: Neil G
Date published: 2015-07-17

Compatible with Mac OSX?

Asked by: Jake123music
I am pleased to advise the product you mentioned will do exactly what you require.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-07-17

Re Synology DS213j 2 bay NAS Hi Do I have to buy hard disk storage as well? Thanks Ian
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes this is the enclosure only, drives would be sold separately.
Answered by: RS
Date published: 2015-07-17
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A78NR Synology DS213J NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure (1+) £168.99

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