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Old 06-01-2014, 11:32 AM   #2026
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Hi guys

Is there a difference between 214se and 213j? I just want a nas for storage. Do I need the additional CPU and ram?
at the point of time im also deciding on this. . but in the end gotten the 213j instead after viewing again at the pros and cons
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Old 06-01-2014, 12:35 PM   #2027
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Depends on your usage~ se or j series slows a bit... compare to normal series

If just a file server, se or j is enough..
If you need more than letting the NAS as a "File Server" go for DS214 instead.
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Old 06-01-2014, 12:53 PM   #2028
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I'd choose a 214 for its dual nics.
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:35 PM   #2029
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Hi guys

Is there a difference between 214se and 213j? I just want a nas for storage. Do I need the additional CPU and ram?
You don't need lots of ram if all you are doing is storage. Only time you might need more CPU and RAM would be when you do host web server or database.

As a guide, I am using a DS414 with 1GB ram. I've never seen it go above 180MB of ram before, and I do torrenting, FTP, CCTV recording and small web server for my personal use. CPU also never goes above 30% even when I am taxing it on load.

For a lower spec NAS, I wouldn't expect it to go much higher than this.
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:39 PM   #2030
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Looking for some advice too

I am on a DS1813+ and is running DSM 4.3-3810 Update 3

I noticed an issue. My file transfer performance will drop drastically after a while (e.g. days of using). For example, today it might be about 100 MB/sec to 112 MB/sec but after several days, it will drop to as low as 11 MB/sec. I can see the slower performance in FTP and file transfer from Windows to NAS.

Then I tested using NAS tester 1.4 and confirmed that it has dropped to 10 MB/sec etc.

To resolve, I need to reboot the NAS. Sometimes once, sometimes even two times.. then it will go back to the original optimal performance... but then after a few days, the cycle repeats itself..

Anyone have seen or heard of a similar issue
When you are doing those file transfers, did you monitor your CPU % and load??? Are you using single link or LACP???

I know yours is a high-spec NAS, but you never know something might be consuming your resources.
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:15 PM   #2031
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What switch and hdd are u using? Raid level?
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:05 PM   #2032
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Unmanaged switches are known to cause slowdown under heavy load.
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:09 PM   #2033
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Thanks bro zenith, negativzero, alantcy and jtjt00

My switch is Cisco SR2016T 16-Port Rackmount 10/100/1000 Gigabit Switch. The thing is this never happens before but only recently (even when I have a less powered DS1511+, the transfer speed never once in 2-3 years dropped).

Having said that, you guys gave me some ideas and I will monitor. Zenith point is interesting. I noticed my router only allow DHCP from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.99 while I have deliberately set my IP of my NAS a a static address as 192.168.1.222. I wonder if this might cause it but I will test it out. I know it sounds crazy but this is the only change I can recollect (except for the firmware updates in the NAS)

I will also check the CPU % and load % too.

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Old 06-01-2014, 03:38 PM   #2034
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ur dhcp pool is confined to .1 to .99 but ur subnet is probably still a /24.
manual assigning an address outside the pool is ok.
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:45 PM   #2035
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I'd choose a 214 for its dual nics.
haha.. good choice... welcome to the family~
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Depends on your usage~ se or j series slows a bit... compare to normal series

If just a file server, se or j is enough..
If you need more than letting the NAS as a "File Server" go for DS214 instead.
Thanks! What do you mean by more than a "file server"? Any examples?

I'd choose a 214 for its dual nics.
Thanks! What's the purpose of having dual nics?

You don't need lots of ram if all you are doing is storage. Only time you might need more CPU and RAM would be when you do host web server or database.

As a guide, I am using a DS414 with 1GB ram. I've never seen it go above 180MB of ram before, and I do torrenting, FTP, CCTV recording and small web server for my personal use. CPU also never goes above 30% even when I am taxing it on load.

For a lower spec NAS, I wouldn't expect it to go much higher than this.
Thanks! I'll just be looking at using it as an "external HDD", but I'm able to open files from my pc and mac. I'll be looking at torrenting using the NAS as well. So will a se/j be better?
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:46 PM   #2037
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just got a used ds213 from a fellow user here and loving it so far. With regards to the compatible router list on the synology website, anyone has a good working combination for the DS213 instead of starhub's dlink dvg-n5402sp?

i've also heard of ppl using another router to work in tandem with the dlink dvg-n5402sp. Any thoughts?
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:49 PM   #2038
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Thanks! What do you mean by more than a "file server"? Any examples?

Thanks! What's the purpose of having dual nics?

Thanks! I'll just be looking at using it as an "external HDD", but I'm able to open files from my pc and mac. I'll be looking at torrenting using the NAS as well. So will a se/j be better?
>>>> you use the NAS to centralized your DATA only... Not using for MultiMedia purposes, Web hosting those kind... entry level NAS should be good enough.. Since its the entry level NAS , performance slow a bit, you need to bear with it hahahaha~~~~

>>>> with dual nics, you required a managed switch to boost up the bandwith and network throughput. Good speed can be achieved with this

>>>> you plan to use the NAS for sharing across the MAC/PC platform, PLUS Torrent Download... go for DS214... you wont regret
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:53 PM   #2039
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just got a used ds213 from a fellow user here and loving it so far. With regards to the compatible router list on the synology website, anyone has a good working combination for the DS213 instead of starhub's dlink dvg-n5402sp?

i've also heard of ppl using another router to work in tandem with the dlink dvg-n5402sp. Any thoughts?
shouldn't a nas be able to work with any router?
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>>>> you use the NAS to centralized your DATA only... Not using for MultiMedia purposes, Web hosting those kind... entry level NAS should be good enough.. Since its the entry level NAS , performance slow a bit, you need to bear with it hahahaha~~~~

>>>> with dual nics, you required a managed switch to boost up the bandwith and network throughput. Good speed can be achieved with this

>>>> you plan to use the NAS for sharing across the MAC/PC platform, PLUS Torrent Download... go for DS214... you wont regret
Can explain abit more on he nics? Still don't really get it

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