Synology DS 712+ vs DS 212j

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by williamrodz, Jul 29, 2012.

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Which NAS should I get?

  1. DS 712+

    3 vote(s)
    60.0%
  2. DS 212j

    1 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. Other NAS, please indicate

    1 vote(s)
    20.0%
  1. williamrodz macrumors newbie

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    I'm really considering purchasing a NAS device for my home network and decided upon the Synology DS 712+ and the DS 212j. The DS 712+ is more higher end and offers some more capabilities than the cheaper DS 212j, but they are both 2-bay NAS devices, accommodating up to 2 4TB drives with great features. I plan to install two 3 TB hard drives (the second one for redundancy) for Time Machine backup for 4 Macs, Centralized Media Storage, and the occasional torrent download. Which of the two models should I get? Should I shell out an extra $300 for the DS 712+ or go with the cheaper DS 212j ? Also, where is a good place to buy the hard drives and which specific hard drives do you recommend? THANKS A LOT, any advice is appreciated !:D
     
  2. monsieurpaul macrumors regular

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    DS212+: better than DS212j and cheaper than DS712+

    On a side note, RAID is not a backup. You should put one of your drive in the Syno and the other in a USB 3 enclosure plugged to the Syno for backup.
     
  3. williamrodz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now that you mentioned the DS 212+, I think I'm seriously deciding between it and the DS 212 (no plus) . Is the DS 212+ worth the extra money ? I'm thinking of purchasing either the WD Red 3 TB disks or the Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDDs.
     
  4. monsieurpaul macrumors regular

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    It depends on how you want to use it:

    - 212+ have twice the ram (512 MB vs 256 MB) and a faster processor than the 212j and the 212. But it still an ARM processor, while the 712+ has an Intel processor + 1 GB of RAM.

    Do you want to use a lot of services on it (Photo Station, Media Station, download station, iTunes server, etc.)? If so, you'll need more RAM and a faster processor. If you want to use Crahsplan, you'll be way better with an Intel processor. On the other hand, if you just need shared folder on your network, the DS212j will be just fine.

    I own a DS212j and I am very happy with it.
     
  5. williamrodz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just bought the DS 212+ and will be using it for backup and media server. I think it's appropriate and should satisfy my needs. I also purchased two WD Red 3 TB Drives to use. How did the setup process go for you? Is the file transferring fast?
     

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