This recent upgrade to the popular Synology DiskStation DS212j looks to have hit the lead in the “most impressive media server (storage)” stakes.
The Synology DiskStation is a Network Attached Storage device for the home with multimedia support for all your movies, music and photos.
Fast, quiet and customizable via Synology’s impressive DiskStation OS, the media server oozes class and polish.
Just some of the features in this iteration:
- Multimedia streaming to multiple devices at home and whilst away over the internet.
- 24×7 Downloading via bittorrent and multiple other protocols
- Desktop backup
- Personal Cloud – access your files from anywhere
- Photo Station for video and photo sharing with blog and facebook syncing abilities
- Energy Efficient 17.6 watts in operations with scheduled on/off feature
- Max capacity 6Gb (2x 3Tb HD)
If you are looking to make the switch to a dedicated media server from an all in one media hub / player such as the Western Digital WD TV Media Player then this is the Media Server you should compare all others to.
Synology DS212J Hardware
- CPU Frequency : 1.2GHz
- Hardware Encrypted Engine
- Memory : DDR2 256MB
- Internal HDD/SSD : 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA(II) X 2 (with Disk Holder) (Hard drive not included)
- Max Internal Capacity : 6TB (2X 3TB HDD) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
- External HDD Interface : USB 2.0 Port X 2
- Size (HxWxD) : 165 X 100 X 225.5 mm
- Weight : 0.94Kg
- LAN : Gigabit X1
- System Fan : 92x92mm X 1
- Wireless Support
- Noise Level : 18.3 dB(A)
- Power Recovery
- AC Input Power Voltage : 100V to 240V AC
- Power Frequency : 50 / 60Hz, Single Phase
- Power Consumption : 17.6W (Access) ; 5.5W (HDD Hibernation)
- Operating Temperature : 40 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)
- Storage Temperature : 15 to 155°F (-10 to 70°C)
- Relative Humidity : 5% to 95% RH
- Maximum Operating Altitude : 10,000 feet
- Certification : FCC Class B, CE Class B, BSMI Class B
- Warranty : 2 Years
Synology DLNA/UPnP Media Server DS212J
- PS3/Xbox 360 Support
- Supported Audio Format : AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, WAV, WMA, WMA VBR, WMA PRO, WMA
- Supported Video Format : 3GP, 3G2, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, DVR-MS, ISO, M2T, M2TS, M4V, MKV, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MTS, MOV, QT, SWF, TP, TRP, TS, VOB, WMV, XviD, RMVB (The actual playback capabilities may vary depending on the DLNA/UPnP client)
- Supported Image Format : BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF, ICO, PNG, PSD, TIF (tiff), UFO
This model is diskless, so you will need to pair it with a couple of Hard Drives such as the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD30EZRX or for a cheaper option, a couple of 1Tb Drives can be bought for around half the price: Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA II 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive Retail Kit – WDBAAY0010HNC-NRSN