This popular unit is a budget oriented two-bay NAS intended to be used for file transfer and storage, giving users and extra layer of data safety.
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Pro Access to a wide variety of applications
Like other Synology devices, this NAS has access to a wide array of apps. It has apps for cloud storage service integration, surveillance, file downloads, file transfers, and many more.
Pro Improved multimedia experience with digital streaming
This NAS units is a DLNA-certified media server, which allows for the best possible multimedia experience by streaming digital contents to DLNA-certified products, like media players, TVs, or game consoles.
Pro Easy remote access with QuickConnect
This NAS unit supports QuickConnect, which is a quick and easy way to connect the NAS to the cloud. QuickConnect allows users to easily browse their media from anywhere without the hassle of configuring a router.
Pro Data safety with RAID1 support
By using RAID1 with this unit, the chances of data loss decrease considerably, since the contents of the first drive are mirrored on the second one. This way, if anything happens to one of the hard drives, there's copy on the other one.
Pro Simple, intuitive OS
This NAS uses the DSM (DiskStation Manager) browser-based operating system, which has a simple UI and intuitive design, bringing NAS to the average user in the simplest way possible.
Pro Good data transfer speed
A dual-core CPU allows this NAS to deliver media files at a faster rate than previous generations while still maintaining a low-power usage. This enhances data transfer, backups, and cloud synchronization.
Con Single USB 3.0 port
Having a single USB 3.0 port may be an issue for some users looking to transfer a large amount of data from multiple sources via USB. It’s a small issue to complain about, but definitely an issue. In total there are two USB ports: one is 3.0 , the other one is 2.0.
Con Can't handle media applications
If you want a unit which can be used as a media server, the DS216J cannot deliver. Although it’s advertised to handle multimedia work, its hardware is too underpowered to handle tasks like video file transcoding.