synology Stories May 14

While offering a large variety of options for NAS and extended storage, Synology’s Surveillance Station, a part of its DiskStorage Manager, offers free storage for two cameras and is flexible enough to work for everyone from the homeowner to large business applications. If you’ve been thinking about adding a NAS like the DS918+ to your home as a backup solution or media server, that NAS can also serve as a surveillance station. Configuring said NAS inside DiskStorage Manager can be a little overwhelming if you’re not familiar with it, like me, but Synology does a good job of walking you through getting everything setup. Check out the video below. expand full story

synology Stories March 31

expiredAmazon has deals on SanDisk, Synology, and Samsung storage in its World Backup Day sale

It’s World Backup Day and Amazon is celebrating with a huge 1-day Gold Box filled with deals on SanDisk storage, Synology NAS systems and more. There’s plenty of deals to choose from with the usual Prime shipping requirements in place. Our top pick is the Synology 2-bay DS218j NAS for $130. You’ll also find this offer at B&H today. That’s down from the usual $170 price tag and a new Amazon all-time low. If you’re looking to dive into NAS storage, World Backup Day is a great place to start. This model sports a 2-bay design with up to 113MB/s read speeds. Perfect for starting Time Machine backups or PLEX media servers. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Other notable deals in today’s Gold Box include:

synology Stories March 28

In late February, Synology debuted its latest NAS, the DS1019+. As one of the company’s higher-end options, it boasts a plethora of prosumer features and notable specifications. But starting at $550, the question is, is the storage solution worthy of its more premium price tag? Today we’ll be taking a look at how it handles everything from 4K video transcoding with Plex to running smart home controller software and more. Head below for a full report.

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synology Stories March 27

expiredSave $30 on Synology’s DS218j 2-Bay NAS and kickstart your home backup server at $140 shipped

Newegg offers the Synology DiskStation DS218j 2-Bay NAS for $139.99 shipped when code EMCTWVC27 has been applied at checkout. That’s good for a $30 discount from the going rate at retailers like Amazon and B&H, comes within $4 of the all-time low and is the best we’ve tracked in a few months. Synology’s 2-Bay NAS supports up to 24TB of storage and boasts a maximum of 113MBps transfer speeds. In terms of I/O, you’re looking at two USB 3.0 ports as well as Gigabit Ethernet input. All of which makes it a fantastic backup or media server. Nearly 240 shoppers have left a 4.1/5 star rating.

synology Stories February 27

While moving into a new apartment at the beginning of the year, one of my computer’s hard drive suffered a casualty. Determined to never unintentionally lose data again in the future, I set out to find a reliable solution for hosting Time Machine backups. At the end of the journey enters the two-bay Synology DS218play NAS, an affordable yet powerful storage solution. Loaded with 20TB of storage, I’ve been using the NAS for a few days and am left with a great first impression. Head below for a closer look.

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synology Stories February 17

expiredThe #1 best-selling NAS system at Amazon is on sale for $250 shipped (Reg. $300)

Amazon offers the Synology DS218+ 2-Bay NAS DiskStation for $249.99 shipped. For comparison, it usually sells for $300 and today’s deal is a new Amazon all-time low. Note: currently backordered a few days. This model sports a 2-bay design, making it perfect for entry-level setups. Features include 4K transcoding, three USB 3.0 ports, and gigabit Ethernet. Pair your purchase with some WD Red hard drives and get rolling right out of the box. This is the #1 best-selling NAS system at Amazon with over 400 reviewers leaving a 4.5/5 star rating.

synology Stories February 16

expiredStart your Plex server or create a Time Machine w/ Synology’s 2-bay NAS for $250 ($50 off)

Amazon offers the Synology 2-bay DiskStation DS218+ NAS for $249.99 shipped. At $50 off the going rate, this is the first major drop we’ve tracked and is the lowest available. I love Synology NAS setups (and run one personally). The user interface is one of the best out there as it’s very intuitive and easy to use. Plus, you’ll be able to use this NAS to run your own Plex media server. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

synology Stories February 5

expiredSynology’s 2-Bay NAS expands your home media server for $185 shipped (Reg. up to $250)

Newegg is currently offering the Synology 2-Bay DS218play Disk Station NAS for $184.99 shipped when checking out with code EMCTVTA36. That’s good for a $50 discount from the going rate at Amazon, is $5 under our previous mention and is the lowest we’ve seen. It sells for $250 at B&H. Synology’s DS218play NAS is a fantastic way to expand your home’s media server. It supports up to 24TB of storage across its two hard drive bays and offers up to 112 MB/s transfer speeds. Rated 3.9/5 stars.

synology Stories December 18, 2018

expiredSave $60 on Synology’s DS218play 2-Bay NAS, now on sale for $190 shipped (All-time low), more

Newegg is currently offering the Synology DiskStation DS218play 2-Bay NAS for $189.99 shipped when code EMCEREX46 has been used at checkout. Normally selling for $250 at B&H, that’s good for a 24% discount, beats the Amazon all-time low by $37, and matches the best price we’ve seen. Synology’s DS218play NAS supports up to 24TB of storage across its two hard drive bays and offers up to 112 MB/s transfer speeds. Rated 4+ stars from 70% of customers. 

synology Stories December 13, 2018

More and more people (and companies) are adopting network attached storage systems for keeping files and documents secure and on-site. Using a local NAS will allow you more control over filesystem access and security, which is becoming a must-have thing these days. Synology is one of the main companies making quality NAS systems and recently introduced its latest DS1819+.

The DS1819+ runs off of the companies familiar DiskStation Manager with a plethora of applications available at the click of a button. The DS1819+ offers high-end specs that make it perfect for a small- to medium-sized business, keep reading to learn more.

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synology Stories November 25, 2018

expiredSynology’s DS218play 2-Bay NAS expands your home media server for $190 ($40 off), more

Newegg offers the Synology DiskStation DS218play 2-Bay NAS for $189.99 shipped when code 119ZFCF211 has been applied at checkout. That’s good for a $40 discount from the going rate at Amazon and B&H, beats the Amazon all-time low by $35 and is the best price we’ve tracked. Synology’s 2-bay NAS supports up to 20TB of storage, transfer speeds up to 112 MB/s and to top it off, has an intuitive web interface. Rated 4+ stars from nearly 70% of customers.

synology Stories September 20, 2018

expiredSynology’s in-house 802.11ac Router offers impressive customization: $100 (Reg. $150)

Amazon offers the Synology 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless Router for $99.99 shipped. Also at B&H. Originally $150, it’s been selling for closer to $125 lately with today’s deal being a new Amazon all-time low. This model from Synology offers 802.11ac speeds across both 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies, along with four gigabit ethernet ports. Rated 3.5/5 stars.

synology Stories March 19, 2018

expiredSynology’s Gigabit 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router gets rare discount to $180 shipped

Update: also available at B&H.

Newegg Flash offers the Synology RT2600AC 802.11AC Gigabit Wireless Router for $179.99 shipped when promo code NEFPSCB15 is applied during checkout. We’ve rarely seen a discount on Synology’s in-house router, which originally sold for $240. Today’s deal is $15 less than the Amazon all-time low and the second best that we’ve tracked all-time. Features include dual-band support with MU-MIMO, beamforming, and one USB port. Rated 4.2/5 stars by over 200 Amazon reviewers.

synology Stories January 12, 2018

expiredSynology’s 2-bay NAS is back down to its Amazon all-time low: $180 (Reg. $275)

Amazon currently offers the Synology 2 bay NAS Disk Station (DS216play) for $179.99 shipped. This NAS typically sells for $275, making today’s discount with $95. It’s also a match of the Amazon all-time low and the best offer we’re seeing. Rated 4.3/5 stars from 139 customers. This deal keeps fading in and out of stock, meaning shipping may be delayed. But regardless, you’ll still be able to lock in the discounted price.

synology Stories October 20, 2017

How to: Connect a Synology NAS to your network wirelessly [Video]

I use a Synology NAS in my daily workflow to store high quality versions of my YouTube videos for archival purposes. Yet, I’ve been wanting to relocate the NAS to a shelf in the back of my office to save space on my desktop. Unfortunately, access to Ethernet from my shelf wouldn’t be easy. I didn’t want to go through the process of running cable from my router to my NAS, so a wireless solution seemed like the obvious choice.

synology Stories September 24, 2015

QNAP NAS w/ AirPlay: TS-131 1-Bay $135 (Orig. $215), HS-210 2-Bay Fanless $145 (Orig. $289), more

Woot is back at it again with the QNAP NAS deals. While Synology makes some great and affordable options as well, the well-rated QNAPs tend to come down even lower. Woot has the QNAP TS-131 1-bay Personal Cloud NAS for $129.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $80 under the original listing, between $18 and $31 under the next best prices/Amazon, matching our last mention and the best we can find.

You’ll be able to store all your most important files in the cloud and stream your content on the big screen with DLNA and AirPlay support. This model boasts an ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core at 1.2GHz with 512MB RAM, and USB 3.0 connectivity. It has a 4.4/5 star rating from nearly 100 Amazon customers.

The rest of today’s QNAP NAS deals from Woot (shipping costs included) can be found below. All of the models support AirPlay and are at the best prices we can find. The TS-231+ is matching our previous mention and the HS-210 2-Bay Fanless is actually $10 less today:

synology Stories April 6, 2015

expiredInternal storage: WD Red 3TB NAS HDD $100 shipped (Orig. $155), Toshiba 5TB HDD $150 shipped (Orig. $290)

Best Buy via eBay offers the WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Drive for $99.99 with free shipping, which is $55 below list, $20 better than Amazon and the best current price we can find. Also available via Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,100 Amazon reviewers. This drive is optimized for a NAS:

Serial ATA interface Enables simple connection to a compatible network storage device with up to 8 bays.

Data transfer rates up to 6 Gbps Ensure a rapid response when updating files. Internal data transfer rates up to 147MB/sec.

64MB cache buffer For fast processing speed.

3D Active Balance Plus technology Offers dual-plane balance control to help minimize vibration for quiet operation, reliable performance and long-lasting use.

Manual, software, cables and mounting screws are not included.

Need more space and don’t mind losing WD’s NAS optimization? This 5TB Toshiba drive is on sale for $149.99 shipped (Orig. $290).

If you’re looking to dip your toe into the NAS world, then this 1-Bay Synology box at its best price ever would be a great place to start.

synology Stories February 20, 2015

expiredFour-pack Western Digital 3TB 3.5-inch Red NAS hard drives $400 shipped (orig. $800)

Today only, Newegg is offering a 4-pack of WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Drives (WD30EFRX) for $399.99 shipped. At $100 a piece, that’s 50% under the original listing for each drive, $14 under Amazon’s price and the best we can find on a 3TB model.

WD’s Red drives feature IntelliPower and are specifically designed for use inside of home Network Attached Storage devices like those from Synology, QNAP and others. Features include:

  • Capacity: 3 TB
  • Rotational Speed (RPM): IntelliPower
  • Microsoft operating systems prior to Vista, 32-bit operating systems, and Mac systems prior to OSX 10.4 may not support volumes greater than 2TB. To recognize the full capacity of this drive, you may need multiple partitions. Check with the manufacturer to verify your system’s compatibility.
  • Interface: SATA3
  • Data Transfer Rate: 6 Gb/s Buffer to Host (max); 145 MB/s Host to/from drive (typical)
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
  • Read/Write: 4.4 Watts
  • Standby: 0.6 Watt

They have received a 4.5/5 star rating from nearly 2,000 Amazon customers. You can pair up your new discounted REDs with Synology’s DS415play NAS or one of the company’s other highly rated solutions.

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