It only does… EVERYTHING! // Synology DiskStation DS216 Review // NAS Server

It only does… EVERYTHING! // Synology DiskStation DS216 Review // NAS Server

For most consumers, a single external hard
drive hooked up to their computer might be enough for secondary storage – or maybe hooked
up to their router as a pseudo-NAS. But when has “enough” ever really been enough? After amassing a collection of 5 different
external WD MyBook & MyCloud drives hooked up to my network switch, I’ve decided to
start looking at more advanced and capable solutions. So today, we’re talking a look
at the Synology DiskStation DS216 NAS server. [PRE-ROLL]
[INTRO] The DiskStation DS216 is a NAS – or Network
Attached Storage – server. It takes the traditional concept of an external hard drive with an
ethernet port to access on multiple computers and adds in so many features.
This device can serve as network storage, a print server, email and internal service
directory backups, automatic backups for your computers, a web cache, as well as a means
of getting your USB external hard drives on the network. All bundled up in a sleek and
quiet, yet quite powerful package running their kickass custom DiskStation Manager OS.
Yes, a full-fledged OS right on the NAS. We’ll get to that later! Let’s chill my geeking out for a moment
and take a physical tour of the DS216, which isn’t the easiest name to say. Let’s call
it BossDisk or something… no? Okay. [PHYSICAL TOUR] Here we have a black box that’s roughly
the size of two of my WD MyBook Live drives. Matte black covers the entire box aside from
the front panel, which is a glossy black. I’m never a fan of glossy plastic, but this
isn’t the worst implementation of it. On both sides of the device we have the Synology
logo, which also acts as a slotted vent for the internals. The bottom features the specs
and FCC sticker, a couple more vents and 4 small, but effective rubber feet.
The back of the device features a 92mm exhaust fan, 2 USB 3.0 ports for adding external hard
drives or transferring files on or off of USB drives quickly, a gigabit ethernet port,
a kensington lock, and the DC power input. The DS216 is capable of wireless connectivity
with a dongle, but by default it simply connects via gigabit LAN – which will get you the best
performance anyway. The front is where we get to the fun stuff!
We have 4 LEDs – a general status light, LAN connectivity, and Disk 1 and Disk 2 status
LEDs. The brightness of these can be adjusted via their Operating System. Below that we
have the template for what could be a SD card slot – which might be on other models, along
with a USB 2.0 port. Then we have power and reset buttons with LEDs for those as well.
Then we get to that glossy panel I was talking about. It fits in-between the hard drive mounts
via some rubber grips, so a simple pull will remove it, exposing the two hard drive sleds.
The sleds are indicated by dots for 1 and 2. They come out with the convenient handle
by just pushing in the tab at the top. This is a completely tool-less process – which
is awesome. The drive sleds are even tool-less, featuring removable side rails on the sleds.
Once you pull those off, the drive comes right out of the sled. This makes drive-swapping
super easy and fairly quick. Both 3.5” Sata 2 and Sata 3 hard drives
are supported, as well as 2.5” SSDs and Hard drives. Internally they get formatted
as the EXT4 file system and can be configured using a variety of RAID types – JBOD, RAID
0 and RAID 1, and Synology’s hybrid RAID, which allows you to expand the volume via
adding another drive into the system. This is more applicable to models with more than
2 drive sleds, but it’s still a very neat system.
My loaner unit came with 2 2TB drives, but you’ll need to provide your own, of course. [SPECS] What about internal specs?
This magical little box is rocking a 32-bit dual core 1.3ghz Marvell Armada 385 processor
and 512MB of DDR3 memory. It’s not a beast gaming rig, but more than enough to handle
the data transfer functionalities that it’s here to serve.
Again, this model features 2 drive bays and can hold up to 16TB – by a max of 2 8TB drives.
Though some RAID types might not allow that. External drives are supported when formatted
as EXT4 or EXT3, FAT, NTFS, or HFS+ – but HFS+ is only supported at a max size of 2TB
and in read-only mode. Still a nice set of compatibilities.
It weighs just under 3 pounds and has a 60W power supply. And it is running their DiskStation Manager
Operating System, which is a pretty awesome browser-based OS, with a super clean Ubuntu
or OSX-y feel to it. [OPERATING SYSTEM] Let’s take a look at that OS, shall we?
It acts just like a normal desktop operating system would – with an app launcher, system
tray, and window management, all within your web browser. When first hooking it up, you
should be able to just go to to create an account and get set up with the
software. From there, you can configure… everything!
You can set up cloud services to sync with or back up shares on the drives, manage users
and file shares, get instructions for setting up your file shares as network locations on
your computers, and even set up a malware service to continually run on the drive and
make sure nothing you drop in the shares is malicious. The OS also lets you configure your server
to act as a DLNA media streaming service to stream some media – such as photos – to your
media player. Keep in mind, though – this is meant as a
normal file server, NOT a media streaming server, so it’s not going to run Plex or
Kodi or anything like that. That’s not what this is for. It can do basic media streaming,
but no serious transcoding, just streaming the original formats. It can support up to 16 IP cams and up to
5 connections for a personal VPN, as well! It’s really some impressive stuff. [PERFORMANCE] Using the NAS for day-to-day storage was pretty
straightforward. Once you set everything up in the software and mounted your network shares,
simply copy files over. It has a low-power mode that it activates after certain lengths
of inactivity, but I never experienced any issues with it not wanting to wake up once
I wanted to move files to it or anything like that.
It has some pre-set shares for things like music, movies, etc. but you can also just
set up your own folder structures and shares for virtually as many users as you want. Well,
not unlimited, the user account limit is 2048, with 128 maximum concurrent file transfers
– but hey, that’s enough for most of us. I hooked the DS216 up to my normal Linksys
gigabit switch via a CAT6 cable, and was getting my usual, expected speeds for file transfers
to my computers, which averaged roughly between 115 and 150 megabytes per second using Teracopy.
(Yes, I DO mean megaBYTES and not megaBITs.) While there are probably ways to get it to
go faster, this was plenty fine for me and what I’m used to having between computers.
If you get their higher-end 4-drive model, it features 4 ethernet ports and a load-balancing
capability so it can actually utilize the 4 LAN connections and get slightly better
speeds – very cool. There’s a ton of features that I honestly
am not ever going to have time to fully mess with. These include downloadable software
packages for their OS to extend its functionality with iTunes music delivery, email and support
ticket systems, proxy servers, WordPress hosting, and even Android apps for managing some of
the file streaming and surveillance capabilities. [CONCLUSION] This was a rather long video, as this is a
very complicated, but badass little box. At this point, it’s hard to look at my normal
NAS drives and see them as very useful at all. If mass storage drives weren’t still
out of my price point, I’d love to pick up their 4-drive NAS server, load it up with
as many Terabytes as possible and ditch these individual NAS drives in a heartbeat. As always, product links to this bad boy will
be in the description below. Thanks for watching my review of the Synology DiskStation DS216,
a really awesome NAS server. Leave a like if you enjoyed it, make sure
to subscribe, and check my channel for other awesome videos like my recent microphone reviews
or Ear Bud challenge! Until next time, my name has been Adam or
EposVox, and I’ll catch you later!


  • EposVox says:

    The Synology DiskStation DS216 is a dual-bay NAS (Network Attached Storage) server that's capable of more features than I could cover in one video.
    Capable of delivering your data quickly, backing up your data, acting as a personal cloud server or VPN – this little box does it all. For a price.

    (Also, their DiskStation OS just updated to a new version and added even more features.)

  • EposVox says:

    Product links: (DS216)
    – USA:
    – Canada:
    – UK:

    Thanks to Seagate for providing the drives for this test!

    "DS216 is a feature-rich 2-bay NAS server, suitable for workgroups and office environment. With a hardware encryption engine, DS216 delivers speedy performance and protects data effectively, while boosting productivity."
    Read more:

  • jasper xo says:

    Can you please link the video on how to record ps3(console) gameplay using OBS multiplatform

  • SirCrest says:

    That's a pretty nifty small box. I guess if you don't have too much data (like maybe 4TB [Which is still sizable]) then it would be a pretty decent choice given you could get a set of ST NAS 4TB for about 130-140 each for a solid RAID1.

    but I like the idea of expansion. The plugins and OS looks really cool though, like it's a proper server and not just a straight SAN. I sympathize with all the external boxes, they are sometimes cheap and a short term solution, it's an addiction.

    Great video as always.

  • LordDrachenblut says:

    I really wish this device would have had 3 drives instead of 2. only 2 drives seems to leave more room for data loss if a drive fails

  • PsiPandaSnipes says:

    intro gave me a fucking seizure

  • JessTheUnicorn says:

    Your cables scare me 😛

  • Croaty says:

    what microphone are you using

  • Wyatt O'Shea says:

    Awww yeah that Diablo 3 poster :P.Do you still play it? (assuming you did at some point because of the poster lol).

  • Capp00 says:

    hehehe…..dongle. Always thought the person that named that was just trolling his friends and it stuck.
    This looks like a pretty good NAS option. Thanks for another excellent review.

  • Garrett says:

    It's good to hear they got a decent speed. My WD Mycloud EX2 is….horrendously slow. As such, I'm in the process of making a Linux server for print and fileshare, potentially VPN and FTP as well. (take a look at the Dell T20, ~$180 before disks, and Ubuntu Server is free)

  • JessTheUnicorn says:

    Why did you disable comments on your latest video? :O

  • PeeWeePotato says:

    Love your voice.

  • Tech Sway says:

    At 6:11 what unit is that picture showing? You mention it's a 4-bay NAS but I don't know any 4-bay NAS by Synology that has 2x eSata expansion connections, a kettle lead connector and 4x LAN ports. That picture looks to be the DS1515+ as the DS415+ only has 2x Gigabit LAN ports.

  • Brian Hansen says:

    Dude, you should reedit this video, and cut out the sticker with mac and serial, as it can be used to run dsm on a pc or vm.. google xpenology

  • quiton Ansley says:

    what does it mean by dongle does that mean it can connet by wifi to or by wifi with a wireless usb?

  • Hong GAO says:

    Sysnology's NAS does some kind of transcode

  • Hardcore Hardware says:


  • Mark Tony says:

    can i ask what your usual broadband speeds are?

  • Eli Linares says:

    Great review, I wanted to ask you, are you sure you cannot run Plex on this? it comes with a package manager and everything, I read somewhere that Plex can actually be installed on these Diskstations, however I'm not sure about this particular model, I'm looking forward to buying one, but I want to make sure which one to get, thanks!

  • robert feller says:

    Great review…please don't say "bad boy" in the future. Never. Ever!

  • TheGisUber says:

    You sound like Taran

  • Sean Coley says:

    The Synology boxes seem extremely expensive for the weak hardware they
    include. When looking at the CPU and RAM included, I notice that you can
    buy and/or build systems for 50-80% cheaper. Do you think Synology
    boxes are worth the price despite weak hardware for the steep price? I
    am launching a photography/cinematography/photo booth business and plan
    on storing between 2 and 6 TB of additional photos and videos a year. I
    intend on programming each photo booth to automatically upload the
    photos to a server/NAS so they can download them in real time, and
    provide links to photo/video albums for clients. I am also considering
    hosting Cpanel as I have been paying $300 a year for my Cpanel reseller
    account with a hosting company. Any suggestions for me? Thank you!

  • toobalkain says:

    Cache means "a group of things that are hidden," and entered English in the 1700s. It can also mean cache memory, or "a part of a computer's memory where information is kept so that the computer can find it very quickly." This word is pronounced CASH.

    Cachet has several meanings. It can mean "prestige," "medicine prepared so that it can be swallowed," or "an official seal," the oldest meaning of the word in English, first used in the 1600s. It is pronounced cash-AY.

  • Nexus Designs says:

    please make a video about the WordPress app on the nas

  • ImperiuM97 says:

    can you stream files from usb atached HD with the app ?

  • Jumoka Cobbs -Sounds Nerdy says:

    Great review! I have this on my wish list on Amazon and will be pulling the trigger soon.

  • Chris Grillo says:

    Stumbled upon your channel, liked the way you presented things, subscribed… I plan on buying one of these pretty soon…

  • Marcos Melendez says:

    It looked like this had gaming capabilities but the guy never touched that. This is just another click baiting video

  • Paul Anthony Fawcett says:

    I'm currently looking at purchasing a Synology and this answered any questions i had running about in my head. Good review buddy. P.S. Great voice. I work in the broadcast television industry as a cameraman and i found your voice to be right up there with pro voiceover guys. You should look into doing voiceover work. I'll keep you i mind for sure should i require an American VO in the future. Good job.

  • splashdanmark Splashdanmark says:

    if you install plex it will transcode but the hardware is problery not up to it.

  • Gracie Henker says:

    why are you rushing your speaking so much…. slow the fuck down a bit I'm sure most people won't mind when you aren't falling over your own speaking making it obvious your reading a script
    EDIT: Ill offer my solution so I'm not trolling, Do your audio segment then prepare the video part afterward.

  • Stelan1999 says:

    i got a problem with my ds214 which has upload/download speeds of 1-2mbit/s…

  • Damyan Scannell says:

    Oh my god! I love your marvel pvc table cover where did you get it from?

  • Max351 says:

    Thanks for the video! I was very interested to see you own some WD MyCloud NAS. You don't really compare them to the Synology. What's so different about those 2? And what is it you can't do with the WD? Thanks.

  • Accessfm says:

    Great review but it's completely confusing why you would have a game controller resting up against the NAS in you thumbnail when it has no capabilities of that kind whatsoever.

  • Alvaro Augusto Fiorotti Junior says:

    Hello Man.. Great Review.. Does it possible sync with GoogleDrive, OneDrive, Dropbox.. or one of them? Thanks

  • Palle sørensen says:

    Synology Disk Station and Synology rt2600 work together

  • Roxroy Bollers says:

    do know if I can install Ubuntu on this?

  • potatochobit says:

    enough is enough, kid.

  • Ke LI says:

    It can not backup videos (ios 10.3.3).

  • Mike Nelson says:

    You have a really cool voice. Could listen to you all day, but I have shit to do! 😀

  • VesselGr says:

    Can it works as a system backup server?

  • Razin MA says:

    Did u transfer your data from ur mybooklive to this synology? What is the best way to do that? I have 2tb wd mybooklive n plan to replace it with a synology nas.

  • BajaMedic says:

    Looking at the sinology DS218+ and found your review of the older model. Great review!

  • jerry mander says:

    I have been using a 216 for 3 years with no problems.

  • El Majdaki Mouna says:

    Hello thank you for the awesome review it only when i access amazon it is DS116 not DS216

  • B MC says:

    Dude…your voice caught me off guard. Wow. Pretty cool.

  • Anna G says:

    Thank you for all of the detail! I am currently shopping for a NAS to get my personal media organized and have my personal life run much smoother than my work life. This helped me understand what the hell I am buying, thank you again!

  • Chris Butler says:

    you should really be trying to exhale as you talk instead of inhaling and you'll get all of that roboty voice out of your videos, but great video.

  • Nanny Noya says:

    It is called: DS-two Sixteen — Because of the 2 disks and the model year 2016 😉 — Nice video by the way.

  • cheeseburger says:


  • Paul says:

    How is the fan noise?

  • OnVideoLane says:

    What audio equipment are you using?

  • Paul Barden says:

    But you can use Plex on this NAS!

  • Al Donald Videos says:

    Your channel is awesome.

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