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Synology DS214+ NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

Code: A79NR

  • 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 6TB
  • 208MB/s read and 153MB/s write speeds, under a RAID 1 configuration and using Link Aggregation

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Synology DS214+ 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 6TB
• 208MB/s read and 153MB/s write speeds, under a RAID 1 configuration and using Link Aggregation
• 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, eSATA, 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

Have a central location for files and know they will be safe
This Synology DS214+ is a high performance NAS server for small to medium business users. The two model design is supplied without any hard drives, so you can add up to 6TB hard drives* for a combined total space of 12TB. Manufactured with two Ethernet ports, the dual LAN ports support a failover mechanism. This provides you with a continued availability of the network in case of LAN failure. Using link aggregation (both Ethernet ports being used), this NAS drive (under RAID 1) can deliver read and write speeds of up to 208MB/s and 153MB/s respectively, for quick and efficient backups and streams. Setting up these backups and more is simple with the easy to use NAS operating system (OS).

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.

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 being 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.

Setting up external sources to backup the data stored on this NAS drive is an alternative way to ensure your data won’t be lost. You can send the backup to a connected external USB or eSATA drive, for a locally based backup. You could also backup to another Synology NAS or rysnc compatible server. This gives you a safe off-site backup of your data and files, which would otherwise be lost if your Synology NAS and the location around it were to be damaged by a disaster. Integration with cloud services such as Amazon S3 and Glacier, gives you the ability to have an off-site backup without needing another NAS drive.

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.

No matter what you want to use this NAS drive for, the multitude of different packages you can install, ensures you can build it to meet your needs. The VPN server package turns this Synology DS214+ into a VPN server, allowing you to connect to your private network remotely. RADIUS server strengthens security by using the Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) protocol to secure access to your home network. 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 DS214+, be that hard drives or IP cameras, please click here

Specification table
Capacity 0
Maximum capacity 12 TB
Number of hard drives 0
Maximum number of hard drives Two 3.5 and 2.5 inch drives (6 TB in 2 bays)
Expandable storage No
Backup Options Hot swappable drives, 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 2 x Ethernet port (10/100/1000 Mb/s), 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x eSATA
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 audio, DS cam, DS cloud, DS download, DS file, DS finder, DS photo+, DS video
Compatibility with third party applications/devices Apple TV (AirPlay), Chromecast
Wi-Fi Yes (Wi-Fi dongle not included)
Protocols SSL/TLS, Rsync, HTTPS
Encryption Yes
Password protection Yes
Read speed 208 MB/s (under RAID 1 and using Link Aggregation)
Write speed 153 MB/s (under RAID 1 and using Link Aggregation)
Processor Dual Core 1.33GHz Marvell Armada XP Floating Point
Memory 1 GB DDR3
Dimensions 103.5 mm x 232 mm x 157 mm
Colour Black
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Package contents
NAS Unit
Accessory Pack
AC Power Adapter
AC Power Cord
RJ-45 LAN Cable

What are the main differences between the DS214 and the DS214+?

Asked by: cambshiregordon
Read/Write speeds: DS214: 110 MB/s reading; 100 MB/s writing. DS214+: 208 MB/s reading; 154 MB/s writing. CPU Speeds: DS214: Marvell Armada XP 1.066 GHz, Dual Core. DS214+: Marvell Armada XP 1.3 GHZ, Dual Core. RAM Capacity (DDR3): DS214: 512 MB. DS214+: 1 GB. Ports: DS214: USB 2.0 x 1; USB 3.0 x 2; Gigabit LAN x 1. DS214+: USB 2.0 x 1; USB 3.0 x 2; eSATA x 1; Gigabit LAN x 2 (with failover support). Max. User Accounts/Max. Groups/Max. Shared Folders: DS214: 2048/256/256. DS214+: 2048/256/256. Max. concurrent file transfers/Max. concurrent download tasks: DS214: 128/30. DS214+: 256/50.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2015-10-07

Hi, Although I know the Maximum Supported Data Capacity can vary between the hard drives used; please can you advise what is the Maximum Supported Data Capacity?
Asked by: Anonymous
Max. Internal Capacity\t8 TB (4TB HDD X 2) ~DH)
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17
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