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Featured Synology DS218j & DS218play DiskStations Reviewed

Discussion in 'Synology' started by thiggins, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Synology's DS218j and DS218play bring good value and performance to two-bay NAS buyers.

    Read on SmallNetBuilder
     
  2. CivHunter

    CivHunter Occasional Visitor

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    Tim thanks for the review. I have one question. I am currenty using a DS211J for file back up on my PC. I don't use it for media streaming but I'd like too. My biggest complaint is how slow the user interface is and how slowly it responds when trying to stream a movie. Now I know it' several years old and the value model but I was curious if you could tell any difference in the way these 2 newer units respond to user inputs in regards to each other. I am considering upgrading and as I do so on a slow cycle I'll probably go with the play version but I would love first hand user input. Thanks!
     
  3. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    The responsiveness of the admin GUI on both products was about the same. BUT I did not test the GUI while streaming or transcoding.

    The DS211j has a Marvell Kirkwood SoC. It was impressive back in the day, but not so much now.
     
  4. iwod

    iwod Regular Contributor

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    I honestly dont think there are any differences in all the 2xJ, I have a 211j too, and it does it job well enough. But If anyone wants to upgrade they should definitely consider NAS that has either Brtfs or ZFS. I have seen far too many silent image or video / files corruption.
     

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