synology Stories September 20

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

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

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 BestBuy.com. 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.

More from WD:

WD Red NAS Storage NAS Hard Drive

The next generation of hard drives for home or small office network attached storage systems.

Next-generation experience Every component, line of code, and product decision was built on our passion and determination to deliver the best NAS experience. The next generation of WD Red hard drives delivers on this promise with massive capacity and NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

Experienced in NAS With superior technology that is driven to impress, WD Red is a reflection of the most extensive NAS partner compatibility-testing list that is available on the market.* That means when you buy a NAS enclosure, you can trust that WD Red will be the most compatible drive available. Our pride is in our product and our vision is shared with our customers…

synology Stories September 4, 2014

Synology has expanded our favorite network-attached-storage (NAS) lineup with its new DS115j DiskStation.

It may be geared towards small office and home users, but this single-bay NAS is still full-featured and runs the same version of DiskStation Manager (DSM) as the rest of the DiskStation boxes. And this is key because DSM is what truly sets Synology apart from its competition.

Use the DS115j to backup backup all of your devices, stream media, sync data across devices, backup data from your public cloud accounts (DropBox, Google Drive), and so much more. It supports drives up to 5TB from any manufacturer and up to 6TB from the Western Digital NAS-optimized Red lineup.

The DS115j is currently available from Synology and should hit Amazon shortly at the MSRP of $129.99.

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synology Stories July 15, 2014

Synology has announced a new model in its line of popular Network Attached Storage devices with the DS415play. An updated, 4 bay-version of the DS214play that was revealed last fall, the latest model is also designed with your home entertainment and media experience in mind. Featuring full 1080p video transcoding, the DS415play can efficiently store and beam all of your media content to your home network with fast, multi-channel streaming.

It features a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom CE5335 “Evansport” CPU with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and four hot swappable 2.5 or 3.5-inch drive bays. You can pack up to 24TB of solid state or traditional hard drive storage into one of these. As for connectivity, the new DS415play has a single Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports.

It runs Synology’s latest DSM 5.0 software, which features an easy to use interface with several handy content streaming apps built right in. You can find out more about DSM and why every Mac and iOS user should have a Synology DiskStation in our full run down on 9to5Mac. You can also get a better look at Synology’s hardware in general in our DiskStation review.

The DS415play has an MSRP of $539.99 and is expected to become available in US stores sometime around the end of the month. Amazon currently has it on pre-order for $540 and the older DS214play listed at $348.99 shipped (Reg. $370, within $18 of lowest).

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synology Stories June 25, 2014

Synology DiskStation 4-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS412+): $567 shipped (orig. $735)

Update: Newegg is now offering the below Synology DS412+ for $539.99 shipped using code AFSUMRLNG3 in the cart.

Amazon has the Synology 4-Bay DS412+ DiskStation (Diskless) Network Attached Storage for $566.62 shipped. That’s $168 under the original price, $35 under the average selling price and the lowest we can find.

Synology’s NAS solutions can be a great way to organize your shared assets/videos/photos/other files at home or for a small business. The DS412+ has a Dual Core 2.13 GHz CPU, 4 drive bays that support up to 16TB of storage, and an intuitive UI for managing files. You can find out more about the UI in our complete run-down and more about Synology’s hardware in general here.

This NAS has received a 4.5/5 star rating from nearly 200 Amazon customers.WD’s Red internal drives are specifically designed for NAS situations and can be a great option for a Synology Diskstation

synology Stories June 13, 2014

expiredWestern Digital Red 3TB NAS optimized 3.5-inch hard drive $105 shipped (Reg. $140)

B&H is offering the 3TB Western Digital Red 3.5-inch NAS internal hard drive for $104.99 shipped today (add item to your cart to see the discount). That’s $95 off the original price, $20 off Amazon’s current price, and the lowest we’ve seen the 3TB model go for by $10.

This drive is designed for optimal performance in 24/7 NAS environments. Along with enhanced NAS performance you also benefit from enhanced energy efficiency greatly reducing the cost involved in running a variety of NAS solutions.

The WD Red NAS drives come with a limited 3 year manufacturer warranty and have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,100 Amazon customers. We also spotted a nice price on the 4.3/5 star rated 2-Bay Synology DiskStation Network Attached Storage (DS213j) for $192.52 shipped (Reg. $230).

synology Stories June 5, 2014

expiredWestern Digital Red 4TB NAS optimized 3.5″ hard drive $140 shipped (Reg. up to $200)

Ebay is offering the 4TB Western Digital Red 3.5-inch NAS internal hard drive for $140 shipped. That’s 50% or $140 off the original price, $35 under Amazon and most other trusted retailers, and the lowest price we can find. WD’s Red line are built and designed to work great in home/office NAS set-ups, and come with limited 3 year manufacturer warranty. 

If you’re looking for something a little smaller, Newegg is offering the 2TB version of the above drive for $120 using code EMCPDPE23, matching the lowest we’ve seen. We also have a great deal on a starter NAS drive from Synology for $300 shipped (Reg. $440).

The Western Digital Red NAS drives have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,100 Amazon customers.

synology Stories May 29, 2014

Amazon has the Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS214+) for $299.99 shipped. That’s well over $140 off the original price, about $70 off the regular selling price, $59 off the next best trusted retailers and the lowest we’ve seen this particular model go for.

Synology’s NAS solutions are an excellent way to centralize your back ups and shared assets/files in a small business or home scenario. The DS214+ features “SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Support,” Dual-Core 1.33GHz Processor, up to 8TB storage capacity and an excellent UI for managing your files known as the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM). The latest version of DSM (5.0) is available for this unit via update. You can find out more about the impressive interface in our complete run-down on 9to5Mac and more about Synology’s hardware in general in our quick review.

Amazon reviewers give this unit a 4.5/5 star rating.

Amazon is also now offering the 4.8/5 star rated Synology 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS414) DiskStation for $449 shipped , which is $50 under the regular price and the lowest we can find.

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synology Stories April 25, 2014

expiredNAS Setup: Synology DiskStation DS214 $280 (Reg. $330), WD Red 3TB HDD $120 (Reg. $150)

Newegg offers the Synology DiskStation DS214 for $279.99 with free shipping when you enter coupon code NASCSYN214 at checkout. That’s $50 below retail, $20 under the average street price, and the best deal we have ever seen for this highly-rated NAS.

Perfect for home and small office use, the Synology OS features iOS integration, AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in. iTunes support allows users to stream stored content to their favorite iDevice wherever they have internet access via iOS apps. In our review we concluded that every Mac and iOS user should have a DiskStation.

Even better, pack your new DiskStation with some discounted Western Digital 3TB RED drives for $119.99 shipped with coupon code EMCPFHE86 (matches best price ever). Rated an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars.

synology Stories March 31, 2014

While it’s always a good idea to back up those important files you have polluting your once perfectly tidy desktop, there’s no better way to celebrate World Backup Day 2014 than with a fresh copy of all your most cherished content to your favorite storage medium.

According to WorldBackupDay.com, 30% of people have never backed up their files before, so we’re here to give you a break down of some solid storage options. Most people take a three tiered approach to back ups with local storage or NAS, external hard drives and online cloud backups just to be safe. While both Dropbox and Google Drive are great options that offer free storage, you can always find out which online cloud option suits you best with 9to5Mac’s “Online backup services: why, how & which?” guide. Apple’s Time Capsule is a nice secondary possibility and we’ve rounded-up some current discounts on Network Attached Storage bays as well as some dependable portable drives you can check out below:

External Drives:

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HD (Black): $70 (Reg. $120) WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HD (Black): $59 (Reg. $85) WD My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 Portable HD (Black): $99 (Reg. $150) Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 Desktop HD (Black): $80 (Reg. $115) Toshiba Canvio 1.5TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $65 (Reg. $100)

NAS:

Synology DiskStation 5-Bay Diskless NAS (DS1513+): $779 (Reg. $900) Synology America DiskStation 8-Bay Diskless NAS (DS1813+): $1000 (Reg. $1200) More NAS options

synology Stories November 5, 2013

Synology has announced two new entries in its line of Network Attached Storage systems for small businesses and home office environments. The all-new DS214se is Synology’s most affordable solution coming in at a MSRP of just $159.99, which is even less than some of the company’s 1-bay options. The ‘se’ in the product name stands for single-role edition meaning it’s engineered to efficiently run through one major task at a time.

The DS214se makes the most of what a NAS is built for: remote access, file sharing, backup, and media streaming.

synology-dsm-9to5toysIt’s completely compatible with Synology’s much-loved DiskStation Manager 4.3 NAS operating system, which supports a breadth of features presented in an easy-to-use interface:

  • File Station with folder link sharing – easily share data without having to set up custom permissions
  • Cloud Station with selective sync – Keep files, file-types, and folders in sync across all of your devices
  • Scheduled Backup – Keep local data safe from accidents
  • iOS, Android, and Windows Phone support – for convenient remote access

“The DS214se is an ideal solution for users who want backup, remote access, and the benefit of Synology’s DSM with its rich ecosystem” said Thadd Weil, public relations manager at Synology America Corp. “It’s an advanced storage utility, that brings the private cloud down to our most affordable level ever.”

The DS214se is now shipping globally and will be available in the United State within the next few weeks. Amazon is now taking pre-orders. expand full story

synology Stories October 21, 2013

Amazon has the Synology DS213+ DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage for $299 with free shipping. That’s $156 below retail and the lowest price we’ve ever seen by $20. Please note this price drop is likely due to Synology’s announcement of the DS214 system. Both devices have extremely close tech specs but the DS214 has Synology’s new hot-swappable drive system and increased read/write speeds. It is due to ship in the next few weeks.

Perfect for home and small office use, the Synology OS features iOS integration, AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in. iTunes support allows users to stream stored content to their favorite iDevice wherever they have internet access via iOS apps. We have reviewed several of Synology’s offerings in the past and have always been impressed with their flexibility and breadth of rich-features.

Update: Amazon just dropped the price of the Western Digital 3TB Red NAS-optimized drives down to their lowest ever, $125 shipped or save another $15 if you don’t mind rebates. Fill your new Synology with these Seagate NAS-optimized 4TB drives for $180 with code EMCYTZT4668 or grab the Western Digital 2TB Red drives one sale for $99.

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synology Stories October 15, 2013

Synology has quietly pushed out the new DiskStation DS214 as their latest offering for SOHO and small businesses. It features dual-core processing capabilities, increased read/write speeds of over 100 MB/s, and new tool-less bays for easier drive installation.

This new NAS will also run DSM 4.3, which includes a revamped Cloud Station, Photo Station, Video Station web apps and complementary iOS apps. We have reviewed several of Synology’s offerings in the past and have always been impressed with their flexibility and breadth of rich-features. The DS214 is now shipping over seas and will be available in the US within the next few weeks for $329.99. Full press release can be found below the fold.

To laminate how great of a value the new DS214 is we are going to take a look at a current ‘deal’ being floated for the previous generation DS213+. We must advise that it is a smarter move to hold off for a few weeks and pick up the DS214 as the two models are nearly identical. Both NAS systems include a dual-core processor, 512 MB of system memory, 2 drive bays, 1x USB 2.0 / 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Gigabit ethernet, and 2 year warranties. There are only two advantages to the DS213+. First, the processor is clocked a negligible .01 GHz faster and second it includes an eSata port. We believe that a current generation system with hot-swappable drives for $10 less is a much more attractive purchase.

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