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    Synology DiskStation DS213+


    Synology unveiled the new DiskStation DS213+, a high performance 2-bay NAS server designed as a secure, energy efficient, and full-featured storage solution for small and medium businesses.

    Synology DS213+ delivers high performance when needed, but during low activity level it also uses very small amount of power. During System Hibernation mode, DS213+ consumes only 2.6 watts of power to listen for network activities, and resumes back to operation in very short amount of time upon demand. Compared to shutting off the whole system, System Hibernation brings a closer balance between smart energy management and system responsiveness.

    Here are the main specifications:

    Package and accesories

    The unit arrived inside a green and white box box with the Synology logo on it.Features and specifications at the rear of the box.Synology DiskStation truly earns the title of “green product” because all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials.

    Bundled with the DS213+ chassis are the following accessories: an AC adapter, an installation CD ,a lan cable ,a welcome paper and a manual and some screws.

    The Nas

    The Synology DS213+ DiskStation has a nice black plastic surface.All in all, the DS112+ is a very nice looking unit.

    Either side has the Synology insignia carved out – as seen on other 2012 models and although this is unit is entirely plastic it still holds a level of quality and edge of professionalism.

    Moving to the front of the unit along the right edge of the unit are various LED indicators .Al those features are there to help monitor and even connect to and control the unit. The LED indicators are as follows:
    • Status LED
    • LAN LED
    • Disk 1 LED
    • Disk 2 LED
    Under those leds are 1 x SD Card Port , 1 x USB 2.0 Port ,c copy button and power Button.With just one single touch, you can quickly backup data from a USB storage device or a SD card to a Synology DiskStation. Just plug in the external storage devices into DiskStation, push the copy button on the front panel, and all files will be uploaded immediately to a specific shared folder on the DiskStation.

    Next moving to the rear we get to the basic connectivity side of things. This is where we have our single Gigabit LAN port ,one eSATA port and dual USB 3.0 ports to ensure high speed transfer rates no matter the usage. Also included is a cooling fan to keep all of the important bits safe and a DC jack to power the unit,a sata port and lastly a Kensington security lock port to ensure the unit goes nowhere once it is installed. Synology DS213+ is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a 92 x 92 mm fan and the smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise dampening design makes it really quiet compared to PC counterparts. The support of Wake on LAN/WAN, multiple scheduled power on/off and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operation cost.

    At the bottom of the unit there are many ventilation holes.Also we see the rubber fits for stabillity.


    Here we see the front without the cover on it. The cover allows air to flow over the drives and acts as a sound diffuser as well.The installation of the drives is really quite simple. Users need only pull off the front piece which covers the dual drive bays and we see a rather standard front face on our DS213+.Then we simply slide out the hot swap trays we find that standard screw mounting is used to hold the drives in place on the tray.

    The drive sleds are plastic instead of aluminum or steel because the plastic absorbs vibration and doesn't transfer it to the drive like the metal sleds. Synology also uses rubber grommets between the drive and the sled, another vibration arrestor.

    When looking inside the product, we can find the SATA Data and Power connectors.The PCB is being covered by a metallic plate.

    The DS213+ platform includes a 1.067 GHz Freescale MPC8544E dual-core CPU and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM.The built-in Floating-Point Unit makes for faster thumbnail processing to enhance photo viewing at different resolutions.

    The DS213+ can be configured in multiple EXT4 formatted volumes using Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1 options.The built in volume creation wizard makes complicated technology look simple. A few simple clicks are all you need to create a working volume, ready for storing all your important data in no time.With SHR, the time consuming volume creation in the past no longer exists. You can immediately start to store data in your DiskStation just shortly after. As you are storing files, the process will take care of itself in the background without affecting your work.Unlike traditional RAID that creates volume based upon the smallest hard disk within the array, SHR divides each hard disk into smaller chunks, creating additional redundant storage. This allows the capacity of each disk to be utilized to its maximum possible, thus optimizing total volume capacity.Depending on your choice, SHR provides 1 to 2 hard disks fault-tolerance of data protection. So even if one hard disk fails to function properly, your data is still accessible unaffected.

    Software DSM 4.1

    DSM has been one of the main reasons why Synology NAS servers are the best among network-attached storage devices, thanks to its vast amount of features and robust and easy-to-use interface.Synologys beta version 4.1 of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system (firmware) for DiskStation NAS servers is already available.The final update will be available in a month or so.

    The new version offers some major additional features to the already feature-rich OS, including a Video Station and mobile apps for Windows Phone 7. The Video Station allows users to organize their movies and adds support for USB digital TV tuners. Users can also stream videos and recorded TV programs to standard network media streamers. Synology's mobile apps, including DS Audio, DS Photo +, and DS Finder have been available for iOS and Android devices. Version 4.1 of the OS will bring this support to Windows 7 Phone users.

    The new Syslog Server is even more robust and proactive. It’s capable of processing thousands of logs per second, making your DiskStation the only server you’ll need for collecting logs. The revamped user interface lets you customize the periodic report – on a daily, weekly and monthly basis – displayed in an easy-to-understand graphical representation. The best part about it? Everything runs in real-time, so whenever you need to check up on the latest status, you can do it with just a few clicks.Capable of collecting thousands of logs per second.Better and customizable archiving policy.Enhanced notification for matched keyword in logs.

    The new DSM 4.1 version includes improvements for the Audio Station (better design).The new Audio Station features a personal library for your exclusive sound collection. Set up special playlists for your morning jog or a weekend special, and DS audio can load the lyrics to allow for a perfect sing-along. Even locked up inside a submarine deep down in the depths of the ocean with no available network, DS audio just keeps the music alive.

    DiskStation Manager offers a desktop on-web that’s completely intuitive with customizable settings, realizing the idea of software personalization. Designed with full user experience, the DSM desktop offers a suite of management tools for you to easily tidy up the desktop and keep track of server status.Create shortcuts on desktops for apps, sub-folders, and any file you like. When the desktop becomes cluttered, arrange them into groups to stay efficient. Name the groups to anything you like, as long as you can spot them easily.Instant Preview is a great help when you have too many windows open and you don’t know which one is which. Mouse over one of the icons on your DSM any other app that you have running. Simply click on the thumbnail preview so you may once again view the interface of the apps in full screen.Having too many programs running at the same time may cause a messy desktop. Here you need the Show Desktop button in the upper-left corner to clear the screen.

    The Cloud Station (now supporting two shared folders).The personal cloud now enjoys a wider coverage and offers more choices. With Cloud Station’s automatic file sync, your work will always be up to date across Mac, PC, and even mobile devices. With or without network, you can review and edit presentation slides wherever you are. Files in shared folders can be synced automatically. So a shared folder can work as a data exchange hub for all team members to access and share the latest updates. All communication is encrypted to enhance data security.

    The Photo Station (now supporting timeline and faster thumbnail creation).Photo Station automatically maps out photo albums with a timeline at your call. Scroll the time bar to view the entire photo collection by month or by year. There are also various tags for you to filter out photos within seconds. You can geo-tag the trip to Grand Canyon on Google Maps or tag family and friends with automatic facial recognition. Your online photo gallery is now perfectly equipped to share with the world.

    The Surveillance Station has a new refreshed design.The new Surveillance Station 6 has a completely overhauled user interface, making it much easier to navigate. Surveillance Station is now even more autonomous and intelligent with a slew of object tracking features from Live View Analytics to keep watch for you. 3rd-party system integrators can now use Synology Surveillance Station’s web API to integrate it with their own access control system for more flexibility and better use of Synology’s NVR software.

    In addition, version 4.1 also refines and adds more business features to the server, such as making the NAS compliant with VAAI (vStorage APIs for Array Integration) and offering RAID Fast-Rebuild Technology, Mail Server Enhancements, and support for authentication security with NTLM v2 and Kerberos v5.By installing Mail Station, available as a package in Package Center, you’ll be able to use a web interface to send and receive mails. By enabling multiple SMTP service, you can switch between your different business accounts. Or set up multiple POP3 service so you can receive mails from different services, such as Gmail or Hotmail.

    Synology DiskStation gives you a multifunction printer that comes with maximum value at a minimized the cost. There’s no need to purchase an expensive printer that comes with built-in network capability. Simply connect the printer to a DiskStation and so that family members or colleagues can access the printer over the network. Printing, faxing, and scanning are no longer restricted by cables and a single client computer. Click on the link for the full list of USB printers.For those with iOS devices, you will be able to print photos, email, web pages, and documents wirelessly directly from your handheld. By connecting an AirPrint-enabled printer to your DiskStation, you are all set as long as all the devices are within the same network. You can print from your bedroom, the living, or just about anywhere. It’s not necessary to purchase the latest printer model on the market; the Synology DiskStation enables existing printers to become AirPrint compatible. Click on the link for the full list of AirPrint-compatible printers.With Google Cloud Print, you can make home printer and work printer available to you anytime. It works on your phone, tablet, PC or any web-connected devices. Just connect your printer with DiskStation, whether it is Google Cloud Print ready or note, and you can print from apps like the Chrome browser or Google docs. The best part about it is that there is no driver installation required. Say you are backpack travelling, you can even use your smartphone to print out photos for your parents at home.

    Video Station lets you browse and organize all video contents stored in your DiskStation conveniently. Videos are categorized automatically through identifying metadata on Internet database. USB DTV tuner allows TV programs to be live streamed or recorded onto DiskStation. Video Station is accessible via PC, Mac, and iOS devices.

    Synology DiskStation can serve as a media server and deliver rich media experience to multiple devices. You can stream digital contents from a DiskStation to a media device such as a stereo system. Or, music and videos can also be streamed onto a DLNA/UPnP compatible TV set so you can enjoy the entertainment easily on a larger screen.

    The Synology DiskStation serves as a sophisticated 24/7 download center that provides you with hands-on user experience with file downloads. With a few clicks, Download Station will autonomously complete the tasks for you. You can just drag-n-drop the existing BitTorrent™ file on your computer onto Download Station and start the task right away.EMule download service is integrated into the Download Station web interface. Simply connect to an eMule server on the list and you can immediately start searching. eMule protocol obfuscation is supported. In addition, for those who share one DiskStation can enjoy multiple download queues from various users, which means everyone can download simultaneously.

    To manage the downloads, you may also set the upload/download rates and the maximum connections in the eMule settings. For batch downloads, you can create multiple download tasks by entering more than one ed2k links at once, or simply upload a text file containing multiple links.

    -Support BitTorrent™, FTP, HTTP. FTPS, SFTP, eMule, NZB news server, and multiple file hosting sites
    -Set a download schedule to limit the bandwidth and download activities to certain time periods
    -E-mail notification can be send from the system to inform you when a download task completes
    -Download Station automatically unpack/unzip the downloaded files with or without a password
    -Create the Password List so Download Station can directly apply them when unzipping the archives

    Test System

    I now begin the benchmark portion of this article, but first let me show you my test system and the software I used:

    OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD
    Mainboard X79 MSI GD65 - Intel SATA 6G controller in AHCI mode
    Processor Core i7 3960X at default configuration
    Graphics Cards GeForce GTX 580
    Memory 16 GB (4x 4096 MB) DDR3 1600 MHZ
    Power Supply Unit 1200 Watt
    Monitor Dell 3007WFP - up to 2560x1600
    OS related Software Windows 7 64-bit SP1

    Using only a single hard drive (Seagate Barracuda 3TB XT 7200RPM)for testing in each NAS.


    This certainly is an impressive result and an excellent start for the DS213+ .

    Comparing the Synology DS213+ to the Qnap TS-219 PII(2.0 ghz cpu) we can see that it is slower at most of tests,though still managing to beat the other two units.

    In terms of power consumption the DS213+ is extremely efficient, using less power than other units. The low power consumption levels are courtesy of the Freescale MPC8544E dual-core CPU processor .


    Hard drive hibernation or sleep mode is a quit powerfull feature that will make your hard drive power down in order to save power. This hard drive hibernation will occurre when the drives is out of work for some time.With hibernation the hard drive saves the current state and will resume this state when the drive is about to work again.

    Enable hard drive hibernation in Synology DSM is pretty Straightforward. Do the following in order to setup your hard drive hibernation:

    *Login to DSM.
    *Go to ‘Control Panel’.
    *Go to ‘Power’.
    *Go to tab ‘HDD Hibernation’.
    *Choose your time.
    *Click ‘OK’ button.

    During System Hibernation mode, DS213+ consumes only 2.6 watts of power to listen for network activities, and resumes back to operation in very short amount of time upon demand. Compared to shutting off the whole system, System Hibernation brings a closer balance between smart energy management and system responsiveness.I used hibernation on DS213+ and I have not experienced any problems with hibernation.


    Synology has done a very good job when it comes to adding new software and features to their NAS products and this includes models made years ago.The DSM 4.1 software is as powerful as previous versions, which were very impressive.Synology are constantly updating this software and we are certain it will remain class leading for the foreseeable future.Installation and setup is incredibly easy. The dual core processor not only improves the speed of the unit but it should allow the entire system to run more efficiently and quickly. That said, the more important upload and download performance was very strong.

    The price is a bit high (£271) and there are cheaper alternatives in the market.Certainly there is a sizable cost difference, but that also comes with a sizable power consumption difference as we have shown here today. Once you start to calculate the amount of watts needed , we can start to see how spending more upfront on the DS213+ will equate to long term cost savings. These savings may, over time far outweigh the initial cost since these units are built to provide many years of service and the need for replacement is often as long as ten years out.Overall the Synology DS213+ is an impressive product with it's Hibernation function that sets a new standard for all NAS devices.

    Last edited by testman78; 12-01-2014 at 03:34 AM.

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    A very nice breakdown of the features of this new NAS, thanks.
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