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Synology DS216se NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure (Diskless)

Code: A89UZ

  • Centralise and back up your digital contents, which you can then 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 8TB
  • Over 102MB/s read and 59MB/s write speeds, under a RAID 1 configuration

Product details

Synology DS216se NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure (Diskless)

• Centralise and back up your digital contents, which you can then 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 8TB
• Over 102MB/s read and 59MB/s write speeds, under a RAID 1 configuration
• Automatically back up 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 and other cloud services
• Two years manufacturer warranty
• Manufacturer part number: DS216se

Special Features
• Install ‘Surveillance Station’ to remotely record and view footage from IP cameras paired with this NAS drive
• Front LEDs with four brightness settings, so you can choose the most comfortable and appropriate level for you
• Consumes little energy and can be scheduled to power on or off

Budget friendly NAS with a host of features
The Synology DS216se provides you with your own personal cloud under budget. It can deliver read and write speeds of 102MB/s and 59MB/s, coupled with full multimedia applications, it is ideal if you’re looking for an entertainment and download centre. No hard drives are pre-installed into the two bays, although you can add up to 8TB in each bay*, for a potential storage size of 16TB.

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, this 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 – which also lets you sync files across multiple devices and other cloud services. Mac users, on the other hand, can use ‘Time Machine’ to back up their system to the NAS.

Losing any files, whether they’re backups or important files, can be frustrating and there are a number of ways you can avoid that. You can set up RAID configurations with RAID 1 available. 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 redundancy.

Additionally, you can specify backups to external sources, such as an external USB drive, to another Synology NAS or rsync compatible server or to cloud services, such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and hicloud. This provides you with off-site backups of your data, to prevent loss of data caused by any unexpected damage.

What apps can I use with this NAS drive?
Use the ‘QuickConnect’ package to configure this NAS drive for internet access with minimal effort. Once set up, you can access and control your NAS drive through the web and 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.

There are an abundant amount of tools that you can use to manage your multimedia files with ease and convenience. ‘Photo Station’, ‘Audio Station’ and ‘Video Station’ provide you with platforms to build a seamless entertainment hub without the worry of extra monthly fees for storage. ‘Surveillance Station’ is another package which 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.

Can I play my media files stored on the NAS to other devices?
The Synology DS216se is a certified DLNA media server, so you can stream music, pictures and videos to DLNA-compliant devices, which are on the same local network, without pre-configuration. This allows you to enjoy your content on smart TVs, speakers, media players, games consoles and more, with support for Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

*For a list of products that are compatible with the DS216se, be that hard drives or IP cameras, please click here

Specification table
Capacity 0
Maximum capacity 0
Number of hard drives 16 TB
Maximum number of hard drives 2 x 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SATA II/III hard drives (8TB in 2 bays)
Expandable storage No
Backup Options Cloud station and Apple Time Machine
RAID Options Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Integration with cloud services Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, SFR and hicloud
Connections 1 x Ethernet port (10/100/1000 Mb/s), 2 x USB 2.0
Operating systems compatibility Windows XP onwards, Mac OS X 10.7 onwards and Ubuntu 12 onwards
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 note, DS photo, DS video
Compatibility with third party applications/devices Apple TV app & AirPlay, Chromecast, Samsung TV, Roku
Wi-Fi Yes – wireless dongle needed (not included)
Protocols FTP over SSL/TLS, Encrypted Network backup over Rysnc, HTTPS connection
Encryption Yes
Password protection Yes
Read speed 102 MB/s (under RAID 1)
Write speed 59 MB/s (under RAID 1)
Processor Marvell Armada 370 800MHz processor
Memory 256 MB DDR3
Dimensions 100 mm x 225.5 mm x 165 mm
Colour White
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Package contents
Power adapter
Power cord
Ethernet (RJ-45) cable
Welcome note
Accessory pack

What 2 and 3 TB HDD are compatible with this device?

Asked by: John
Technically, any SATA HDD would operate in this enclosure, however we would recommend NAS optimised drives, designed to cope with difference in operation for NAS storage units. The following are a couple of examples of the types offered by WD and Seagate.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-12-08

Will this I'm prove my computer speed for gaming etc

Asked by: AskingWizard
No, I am sorry but the item will not work for this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-11-01

Hi Can I add this drive directly to my Netgear router via USB?

Asked by: Mark
No this item connects via lan.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-17

what disks can I buy that fit this please

Asked by: Jane
The unit has two bays which will accommodate, 2 x 3.5-inch or 2 x 2.5-inch SATA II/III hard drives. Maximum storage size of drive per bay is 8 TB giving a total of 16 TB maximum storage. You can find full specifications of the unit on the manufacturer website. Whilst we do not currently offer a 8 TB unit suitable for this device we do have 6 TB NAS optimised hard drive that would be fine, you would need 2 of these to use RAID or mirroring functionality.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-07-07
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Bulk Prices

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A89UZ Synology DS216se NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure (Diskless) (1+) £119.99

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