Synology DS212J NAS Unboxing

Synology is world renowned company and famous for making great NAS (Network Storage devices) products and they had sent me their latest NAS product called DS212J which is a 2 disk NAS device and was launched in Nov 2011 and I do the unboxing for the same and give you an overview of the device, this device is also going to be available in India.

This Synology diskstation DS212J apart from offering the typical NAS functions like central backup / storage offers advance media streaming via it’s DLNA / itunes server and its content can also be accessed on smartphones like Android or iPhone via there apps and you can also create your own personal cloud with the same.

Synology diskstation DS212J

Listed below is another video in which I show you how to install a Hard disk (HDD) and configure the Synology DS212J NAS.

I had also created a video that is listed below in which I show you the robust Download Manager that comes with this NAS which can help you in downloading files or torrents even when your PC is switched off.

If you are wondering why you need a NAS in a home environment read this article that I had written earlier.

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  1. Ade George

    Hello Ranjit, could you please answer my question? I really need help. This is the question below

    Hey Ranjith, I want to add another Hardrive to my Synology ds212j. I want to know if I have to do anything special since I’m adding to the 2 Terabytes I already have in the DS212j. Is it as simple as just following your video? Thanks

  2. Ade George

    Hello Ranjit, could you please answer my question? I really need help. This is the question below

    Hey Ranjith, I want to add another Hardrive to my Synology ds212j. I want to know if I have to do anything special since I’m adding to the 2 Terabytes I already have in the DS212j. Is it as simple as just following your video? Thanks

  3. zencor

    Thanks alot for all the Videos on the DS212J! I will now get one right after the new year, running 2x 3TB WD Red disk in raid 1…

    What is you opinion on running a raid 1 setup for time machine backup and fileserver for homeuse? Over kill or just a careful setup?

  4. zencor

    Thanks alot for all the Videos on the DS212J! I will now get one right after the new year, running 2x 3TB WD Red disk in raid 1…

    What is you opinion on running a raid 1 setup for time machine backup and fileserver for homeuse? Over kill or just a careful setup?

  5. gtaking111

    DONT BUY WD RED! They have a high failure rate you would be better off getting a segate barracuda or a wd black!

  6. louisvl10

    Synology is the best IMO because they have a lot of options in the software, unlike other brands. WD, Lacie or Seagate aren’t specialized brands for NAS and tend to have less good software and fewer features.

  7. TalesOfWar

    Really? This is the first I’ve heard of this. Got any links about this? (genuine question, I’m not being an asshole lol)

  8. gtaking111

    I cant post links but just google wd red high failure rate. I have been using seagate hard drives for the last 10 years all of them still work. Other western digital hard drives are fine my friend has a 12tb nas with green drives. Hitachi deskstar 7k3000 are also very reliable.

  9. TalesOfWar

    Interesting. Seagates have been the worst for me (after Samsung, I’ve had a 100% failure rate for all the Samsung drives I’ve had). I’ve only ever had 1 WD drive die on my but then again it was 15 years old lol. Most of my Hitachi drives have died too. The Green Drives aren’t really made for NAS use. I did a bit of research and it seems it was the early batches of RED drives that had firmware issues, but the drives themselves were mostly fine. There was a similar issue with older green drives.

  10. christvbible

    Smart packaging, very good features, looks promising. However. Beware. It is almost impossible to set up without having a degree in computing or at least 3 years networking experience. This product is for gurus only.

  11. Claus van Dijk

    i want to use a NAS as ftp server so i can upload and download files when im in at other location. let me know is this possible trough a WAN address? so example the nas is installed in my home. and im in my office iand i want to use a ftp client to access it. so is this possible?

  12. BopNiblets

    Does the RSS feature handle downloading to different folders for different TV shows (Similar to uTorrent or qBittorrent)?
    Such as from ShowRSS?
    Thanks!

  13. rcrholden

    That’s really useful. I’m getting one tomorrow, having given up on the WD My Book Live. You also have the world’s greatest accent !!

  14. Carlos Delao

    i see that you mentioned you stream your downloads to your tv…what tv are you using? will this work with apple tv 3…thank you

  15. dutynow13

    Hi, Ranjit, and thanks for the videos about the Synology DS212j. Very helpful. I got one a few days ago … .

    Question: You seemingly create a static IP out of thin air by adding “00″ to the assigned address. Is it that simple? I mean, can I do that (on my Mac) and it will just be OK? Don’t need to contact my Internet provider or go through a more technical and involve process?

    Thanks in advance for your answer.

  16. rkgsd

    All drives fail eventually regardless of brand as you probably know. Whether it’s sooner rather than later I think is a roll of the dice.I just has a Western Digital 1.5tb Green start failing after 2 years. I was using it as a network storage drive connected to a router’s USB port and on all the time.It started giving “redundancy cyclic’ error messages when trying to copy large files. Luckily I was able to transfer most of the files off of it before it started dying completely.

  17. Ankur Verma

    hey ranjit, hows you.

    I had called the ebm guys, but I think the ebm is asking about 12 k + for DS112j.

  18. ranjgoth

    Hi great video.
    I have installed one 2 TB hdd. And it works fine. But then I installed a second hdd on 1,5 TB the problem is that i creats a second volum but i cant see this volum in the file manager. Any ide what i may have done wrond? I used the guide. I can see the disk is fine and is working but i cant put any files on it.

  19. geekyranjit

    As far as I recall the second HDD has to have the same size or larger than the first HDD, you cannot add a smaller second HDD for further support please contact synology.

  20. Thomas Hadden

    Hello, when you speak of Synology automatically using VPN and PPTP, does this mean that the internet connection is secure, meaning minimum risk from hackers ? Is this similar to the VPN tunnel?

  21. Manjunath S

    Hi Ranjit, I got a ds213 recently, Its setup and everything works fine on lan, however I have trouble accessing that from internet, I tried all the ready settings from synology, the ez internet setup way. Nothing has worked yet, can you please help me to configure it. I would really appreciate it. Thanks

  22. geekyranjit

    If you cannot access it remotely even after setting up with Ez Internet it’s most probably your router you have to open specific ports on them manually again again some routers are easy to work some give a tough time for support please contact Synology directly.

  23. Manjunath S

    Thanks for the quick reply, I have created a ticket in synology, no one has responded, I even tried calling them, they told me they will call me back took my number, never got a call, if you have any other means of contacting them please let me know.

    The router I have is TP link TL-WR1043ND, the same router you have reviewed in one of your videos. Its also listed in supported routers list on synology nas, while using ez internet,

  24. Manjunath S

    Someone from synology did contact me. Suggested me to do the dmz. It didn’t work though. I replied the same to them but no reply from them after that. Also I contacted tp link, they say that nas is not supported. I asked them to help me to open router, they sent some steps which didn’t work. Please let me know his to go ahead with this.

  25. FLAKKU03

    I am wondering wheter you can schedule when your files download will start and set a time when it’s finished.

  26. Edward Finley

    How can I get files OFF the Synology. I loaded a bunch of pics on it and I want to get them off and onto a usb/firewire drive. Can’t figure out an easy way to do this.

  27. Steve Wallace

    Hi Ranjit,

    Thank you very much for the informative video. I felt lost while trying to set up the DS212J on my own. Your video was extremely helpful and I set up everything without a problem. I will now explore your other videos.

  28. Sidharth Deshpande

    can you upload a torrent file from another site and ask the download manager to download that torrent?

  29. Emmanuel Mwaka

    Great tutorial Ranjit!

    You mention that the video downloaded in this video is “streamed” to your other devices, did you actually mean stream och do you have to download/sync it to your other devices? If no, do you know of any Synology NAS that can stream audio/video? =) Thank you!

  30. TaranLeo80

    Thanks for the detailed video!

    I have just bought a DS212j and unable to find it on my network. Few questions for you
    1. Does the indicators on DS212j network port blink when its connected to the router(mine are not blinking)
    2. I dont have any internal disks installed in DS212j. I am trying to access my external hard disk connected through USB port. Can this be reason that I am unable to access the diskstation on my network.

    Please suggest.

  31. geekyranjit

    You need to install at-least one internal HDD as the OS for the Synology NAS DSM is installed on the first internal HDD without that the NAS will not work, once you have even one internal HDD use the synology assistant and install DSM and do the initial setup of the NAS once the volumes and a shared drive is created then you can attach external disks.

  32. ozeeo

    this should be abailable under control panel > vpn. then you set your connection. you can also setup you modem/switch to do this. i use to use DD WRT software on a linksys modem to do this, but this is a little harder to setup. hope this helps

  33. Topher Vanous

    Hi Ranjit,
    Do you recommend installing two, 2TB HDD vs one, 4TB HDD? Thank you very much for the video.

  34. Nigel Dcruz

    Hi Ranjit. I like your video as you seem to be well aware on NAS and Downloading issues. I recently bought an iMac and configured my torrent and setting my WD My Book Live which as a built-in NAS as my default folder for downloads. I am able to connect but once i shut-down my iMac and restart the iMac is not able to connect to the NAS and hence i’m getting a torrent error. I can reconnect same by going to settings and reconnect but otherwise it will not. Plz help to solve this issue


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