Synology DS216J NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure (Diskless)

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About this product


  • Two hard drive disk bays accept up to 16TB total storage
  • Monitor files on smart devices via various iOS and Android apps
  • Over 112.75MB/s read and 97.6MB/s write speeds

Product overview

• 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 112.75MB/s read and 97.6MB/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: DS216J

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

A NAS drive that has been specifically designed for home and personal users
The Synology DS216J NAS drive is perfect for anyone looking to build their own personal cloud. The drive is capable of delivering read and write speeds of over 112.75MB/s and 97.6MB/s, providing fast backups, effortless data sharing, multimedia streaming and cloud synchronisation. 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 it’s 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 unexpected damage to this Synology NAS drive.

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 setup, 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?
As a certified DLNA media server 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 DS216J, be that hard drives or IP cameras, please click here

Rated 5 out of 5 by from NAS Storage I bought this since I am ripping all my CDs and moving all my photos etc to a NAS where they can be stored in a single place and shared effectively round 'my network'. I wanted something solid, durable and quiet and low energy. This product ticks these boxes and gives me good future growth possibilities.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service Ordered online and collected next day great service
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from On the face of it sturdy bit of kit but its still only a two drive caddy with a bit of Tech I am lost to understand why at the £10 more as a Seagate product that contains a 4 TB hard drive this is value for money. Yes I get you can add two drives and raid them but it still only a caddy for those drives with a small amount of networking Tech.
Date published: 2017-10-25
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PC Connection Type:


Technical Specifications


Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 1GHz dual-core processor



Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

Operating Specifications

Maximum Capacity:


Ethernet Speed:

10/100/1000 Mb/s



Dimensions & Weight







Product Specifications

RAID Options:











FTP over SSL/TLS, Encrypted Network backup over Rysnc, HTTPS connection

Password Protection:


Backup Software:

Cloud station and Apple Time Machine


Package Contents:

1 x DS216J
1 x Power adapter
1 x Power cord
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45) cable
1 x Welcome note
1 x Accessory pack



2 years

System Requirements & Software

Compatible Smart Device App:

DS audio, DS cam, DS cloud, DS download, DS file, DS finder, DS note, DS photo, DS video

Power Specifications

Power Supply:


Technical Specification


How am I supposed to fit drives to this? Because of rubber mounting bushes the standard screws are far too short. It should come with special longer screws with a plain shoulder to fit in the rubber bushes.

Asked by: Eric
The item is provided with screws for mounting the drives.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-11-21

Will this allow easy storage and viewing of photos direct from iphone

Asked by: Dylan
Unfortuently this item would not be best suited fr your intended use.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-05-18

can i swap my Seagate ST3500418AS [465 GB] and a WDC WD10EARX-22N0YB0 [931 GB] from a netgear readyNAS directly into this unit and then run cctv direct to it

Asked by: Dunc99
I am sorry but the item in question does not support use in your intended application.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-04-05

Hello, please can you send me a link to a web-page which sells disks for the Synology DS216J Personal Cloud Storage? I want to buy the box from you but not sure where and how much the disks are. Thank you.

Asked by: Richard
the best drives to buy for this are the WD Red series, the enclosure supports 8TB of storage over 2 disks so 2 of the below would work fine
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-12-05
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