Synology DS115j reviews

35 customer reviews

+ This server scores very high on performance. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 35 reviews.
WiFi, Marvell See full product description

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Miroslaw,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Pleased with this device
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Dec 2014

David, Sutton in Ashfield

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to physically install hdd. Setup fairly easy. Quick response to queries from technical support email system. Seems to be a reasonable choice of software.
Bad points:
Underpowered CPU makes heavy weather of the probably unnecessary automatic "conversion" of photos and videos - which I think is just a word for producing a shedload of different sized thumbnails, possibly for iTunes use. There's no way of switching this off easily.
File manager though adequate is pretty clunky and can be slow - see above.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Dec 2014

Richard,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
+ Lots of features
+ User friendly inteface
+ Very platform diverse (Mac, Windows, iOS etc)
Bad points:
- Can be difficult to setup without prior knowhow
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Dec 2014

Martin, Inverurie

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Practical design
Easy to fit HDD
Easy to add running aps
Bad points:
Didn't find mounting screws for HDD in box (not big deal for me).
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Mar 2015

HENRY, Milton Keynes

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy setup, all done through web browser. Software upgrade taken care of at initial setup. Additional apps easily installed, I'm using the Surveillance app and it's very good considering it's free.
Very smart in appearance with a good quality build to it. Quiet in use when reading and writing...I'm using a 2 TB Western Digital Green drive in it present. Disk installation was easy and hassle free.
Bad points:
USB3.0 ports would have been nice over the USB2.0.
The CPU gets pushed to its limit with most tasks but it doesn't appear to affect the overall performance; mine is happy recording a constant stream from 2 cameras.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Feb 2015

andrew, Doncaster

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
It seems to have great functionality
Bad points:
It is really fiddly to setup and configure and Synology support is pretty non existent. The support consists of an email response within 5 working days which was actually 8, and then did not answer the question just listed some standard issues.
Overall rating 5.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jan 2015

This Synology DS115j is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

WiFi Yes
Processor brand Marvell
Processor series Armada 370
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 0.8
Depth in cm 22.4
Number of USB ports 2
Height in cm 16.6
Width in cm 7.1

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Manufacturer's Description

The perfect blend of versatility and affordability

Compact, lightweight, and energy-efficient, DS115j is perfect for budget-conscious home users looking for a simple, yet feature-rich NAS server. Easily back up documents, monitor live surveillance feeds, or build a personal cloud to share files with friends and family.


Award winning OS – DiskStation Manager

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a sleek, browser-based operating system running on every DiskStation and RackStation, which makes managing your Synology NAS a breeze. Featuring an intuitive user interface, DSM makes accessing and sharing your data smarter and simpler. Synology’s Package Center lets you download and install useful add-on packages designed specifically for individual or business needs, meaning you can enjoy more entertainment in your life or better productivity at work.


Home surveillance, accessible for all

With the Surveillance Station add-on package and two free IP camera licenses, DS115j serves as your home surveillance hub. Simply connect multiple IP cameras to the home network, pair them with DS115j, and then easily view live surveillance feeds, record videos, or enjoy other advanced features like motion detection or push notifications. Support for thousands of IP cameras makes it easy to find compatible models and brands. Safeguard your home, without breaking the bank.

Backup data in multiple ways

No worries about data loss. DS115j is the perfect backup destination for your data, as it supports Windows Backup for Windows users, whereas Mac users enjoy native Time Machine support. You can choose your backup destination to not only be local hard disks, but also connected USB storage devices. Additionally, Backup & Replication allows you to schedule backup tasks and restore the server to any particular point in time, while still minimizing storage consumption and processing time by saving only the specific data block that has been changed between versions.


Ultimate file center

File Station is a fast and secure feature to share and manage your files stored on DS115j. Just drag-n-drop and you can upload data from Mac or PC. Advanced filters make it easy to search for documents, photos, or videos. You can reach your files on mobile devices via DS file – a dedicated mobile app for file access, management, and sharing. HTTPS, SSL/TSL encryption, and link expiry dates also ensure file sharing over the Internet at a high security level.


The most compatible sharing

Enjoy seamless files sharing across Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms as DS115j offers comprehensive network protocol support including FTP, SMB2, AFP, NFS and WebDAV. With Windows AD and LDAP integration, DS115j can fit effortlessly into any existing network environment – there is no need for IT administrators to maintain two sets of credentials. You also won’t worry about missing files with the Recycle Bin feature which is supported on AFP, CIFS, File Station, and WebDAV. All files deleted in a shared folder will be automatically moved into the Recycle Bin.


Your files anywhere with cloud service

DS115j brings you comprehensive cloud service. Cloud Station lets you sync files among DiskStations and multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as Windows mobile devices, whereas 2-way sync allows file synchronization among different DiskStations. You can even sync files between Google Drive, Dropbox, Baidu and DiskStation – establish your hybrid cloud to enjoy more storage flexibility and prevent data loss.


Connect your data quickly and easily

Synology aims to provide you the most convenient way to enjoy all services on DS115j. With Synology QuickConnect, you don’t have to deal with difficult DDNS setup. QuickConnect frees you from complicated router configuration and port-forwarding, so your entertainment and work files can be accessed on any computer, laptop, or mobile devices instantly without extra charge.


Enjoy multimedia library

DS115j provides you a central platform to organize, backup, and share photos, music, and video collections. Featuring a streamlined and sleek interface, Synology packages – Photo Station, Audio Station and Video Station – let you build a seamless entertainment hub effortlessly. Since everything is saved on DS115j, you can enjoy more customizable content arrangement and sharing privileges, and no worries about extra monthly fees for storage capacity.


DLNA Certified® media server

As a DLNA Certified® DMS (Digital Media Server), DS115j can serve as your primary media server, with the capability to host digital multimedia content for local or remote playback. Once connected to a router, DS115j streams music, photos, and videos to DLNA-compliant devices, such as DLNA TVs or gaming consoles without any pre-configuration. You can even browse and select content on DS115j using DS audio and designate a DLNA player within the same local network to play it.


Stream content to your TV

DS115j is highly compatible with other devices, letting you manage and enjoy digital content with the devices you already have: computers, mobile devices, TVs, DLNA devices, and stereos. Synology offers the latest support for TV streaming, including Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast, meaning you can stream digital content stored on DS115j to your widescreen TV effortlessly.


Get mobility with our apps

Synology offers versatile mobile apps – DS audio, DS video, DS photo+, DS cloud, DS file, DS download and DS cam – allowing you to access and manage the contents of your DS115j with smartphones and tablets. QuickConnect brings you an easy experience as it eliminates complicated router configuration or port forwarding. With Synology mobile apps, your multimedia collection and work files are always on the go.


Eco-friendly NAS server

All Synology NAS is designed with energy efficiency in mind. DS115j only consumes 4.97W in HDD Hibernation and 10.52W in access. With special fan and the smart airflow design, the DS115j keeps the system running cool 24/7, while its noise dampening design makes it quieter than PC counterparts. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen, so all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials.


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