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  • tech6 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    I love Synology NAS devices for their functionality but their entry level models are usually underpowered and painfully slow. Reply
  • RoboJ1M - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    I have a DS413j.
    For anybody having transfer speed problems with a J series Synology NAS, try setting up Jumbo Frames (MTU 9000) across your network. My write speeds with 2 x WD RED drives jumps from 12MB/s to 50MB/s because of less CPU load on the NAS. In fact, during transfers with JF *on*, CPU usage stays at about 80%, so the HDDs become the bottle neck. Four drives and RAID5 may be a different story. I guess they don't have TCP offload engines? Hopefully checksumming is offloaded to a dedicated chip.
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  • TrackSmart - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    Any idea on pricing? I have no idea what "budget-conscious" means in the NAS market, so this post has very little meaning. Reply
  • Cow86 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    I think the 212j was $170 or so (€170 anyway here in europe...) at launch (not that it's really dropped), so I'd expect the same with the 213j. Reply
  • ganeshts - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    MSRP is $220, but I expect it to sell in the US at USD 200 (just like the 212j) Reply
  • TrackSmart - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    Thank you for the responses. I also appreciate that the article has been updated with this very useful piece of contextual information. Excellent. Reply
  • xaueious - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    Can the FPU just be enabled on the Marvell 6281 Kirkwood CPUs? Or is it a hardware option?

    Also, does this have USB 3.0?
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  • ganeshts - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    Pretty sure it is a hardware option (probably fused off by Marvell depending on the pricing at which the SoC was obtained).

    No USB 3.0 (just two USB 2.0 ports)
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  • xaueious - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    Supposedly it supports WOL now, unlike the DS212J? Can someone confirm? That's a big deal. Reply
  • wicketr - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    I wonder how this will compare to the DS714. It should be released next month. And rumored is a release of a more more consumer priced version of the DS714. Would love to get something with that Intel chip in it at a reasonable price. Reply
  • thebigfudge - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    I have a DS211J with the latest DSM (4.2). It is rock solid, I have never had any issues with it. I have it running 24 hours a day as a backup destination and file server. The Synology apps are commendable, I use CloudStation as a Dropbox replacement (on desktop at least, their mobile apps are not quite there). You can certainly stream music from it, and I have hosted photo albums using it, but the performance is what you should expect from this tier. In other words, it is slow. Multiple-gig file transfers on LAN are quick enough. The DSM user interface is highly polished and is very well documented. That said, I am finding the Linux underpinnings more and more handy. I installed a JVM and run some Java apps that require 24/7 polling. It's a decent sandbox for screwing around with a server without getting involved in a full blown development machine. Reply
  • patters - Saturday, June 15, 2013 - link

    This model is the first product to use an ARMv7 processor (Marvell Armada 370 SoC), and the FPU is a significant speed bump for these entry level units. I have updated my third party packages for Java, Serviio, and CrashPlan to support it, by cross compiling the various native dependencies:
    http://pcloadletter.co.uk/2012/01/30/crashplan-syn...
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