Synology DS1522+ NAS Review

Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – And Now for Something Completely Different, sort of…

Many who have been following the release strategy of the popular network-attached storage brand, Synology, have been noticing something of a shift towards premium business products this last few years. The brand still features numerous solutions that are targeted toward home, value and prosumer users, but it is undeniable that Synology has been giving a great deal of attention to top-tier business and enterprise above all else in 2022. So far, the new Synology DS1522+ NAS is a solution that on the face of it is something a little bit more SMB and Prosumer, arriving in a 5 Bay desktop chassis and mid-range server CPU form. This new system has striking differences in a few key areas though compared with the DS1520+ predecessor and with little mention of a new DS922+ or DS923+ from the brand in any form, many are wondering if the new DS1522+ is what the shape of the smaller end of the Synology portfolio is going to look like moving forward. Today I want to review the Synology DS1522+ to find out whether this new iteration of the popular Diskstation series is a move for good or for bad, discuss its hardware and what this newer configuration of hardware is able to do. Let’s find out if the Synology DS1522+ NAS deserves your data.

Review Chapters

Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – Quick Conclusion

The Synology DS1522+ is a good NAS drive and most business-focused users are going to appreciate what this newer configuration of hardware is able to provide. There was never any doubt in the extent to which this new NAS would support DSM7, and given its architecture, there is virtually nothing in the popular NAS software that this system cannot do. Likewise, having the option of 10GbE on a Diskstation of this scale will be hugely attractive to some, though the proprietary means with which you need to upgrade is arguably less desirable. The R1600 CPU is a good choice of processor for file handling and simultaneous tasks, as is the 8GB of memory that this system arrives with, plus the potential to ramp it up to 32GB. After that though, the desirability of this system to home users and multimedia users is a little less compelling and with such a large audience of users who look at NAS for their media streaming, the DS1522+ not featuring a more graphically enabled chip will leave them somewhat underwhelmed. Bottom line, the DS1522+ is a solid and full DSM7 supporting system here and you cannot fault the design, internal/external performance and ease of use of this Synology NAS. However, there will always be users wondering why this NAS never arrived with an Intel chip.

SOFTWARE - 10/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.4
PROS
👍🏻8GB of ECC Memory that can be scaled to 32GB – LOVELY STUFF
👍🏻Optional 10GbE Upgrade
👍🏻Continued Support of Synology Hybrid RAID on this scale
👍🏻4x LAN Ports by default
👍🏻Expandable with another 10 Drives down the line (2x DS517)
👍🏻NVMe SSD Bays for Caching will be very useful with this 5-Bay RAID Storage
👍🏻DSM 7.1 is hands down the best NAS software and services in the market right now
👍🏻3 years base warranty, with optional extra 2yrs
👍🏻Numerous storage service advantages inc. BTRFS, Fast RAID Rebuild and Auto-Repair
👍🏻First Party Hybrid Cloud services with Synology C2
👍🏻Exceptionally good surveillance software included
CONS
👎🏻That CPU is going to divide opinion
👎🏻HDD & SSD Compatibility list is a little thinner than I expected
👎🏻Optional 10GbE upgrade is via a heavily proprietary route



Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – Packaging

As always with Synology Diskstation NAS, The DS1522+ arrives with familiar two-tone livery-covered brown box packaging. It’s an attractive presentation indeed and I have always appreciated Synology’s approach to providing what looks like generic packaging that when you take a closer look is clearly specifically designed for this system with neat finishing touches. It is a small detail but for a brand that I believe heavily stars itself on Mac presentation, these small image details do all add up.

With regard to protection in transit, this system arrives a little less protected than some of the bigger desktop NAS systems. Featuring a predominantly cardboard internal frame, with foam panels, this system arrives in a moderately protected fashion in terms of movement in transit. Additionally, as the systems are always shipped unpopulated, this is less of an issue.

Inside we find the usual Synology retail kit and although the system does not arrive with media, it does feature pretty much everything else you’re going to need to deploy this product for the first time. Inside we find the unit itself, an external PSU, details on the first-time setup, information on the 3 years of warranty (that can be extended to 5 years), screws for 2.5 in media, keys for the hard drive trays and an ethernet cable.

Taking a closer look at that external PSU, it is a Synology branded 120W power block with separate mains power connector. Five-bay NAS systems tend to be the tipping point when it comes to internal or external power suppliers. Personally, I always prefer an external PSU for reasons of speedy replacement, when in a pinch and less warranty hassle.

The system also arrives with a single RJ45 cat 5e ethernet cable. I know this system features multiple ethernet ports but only a small percentage of users will likely take advantage of link aggregation, failover or load balancing and it would be wasteful to include cables for this smaller percentage of users. Likewise, as this system is gigabit ethernet by default, cat 5e is perfectly acceptable here.

Overall, the presentation of the Synology DS1522+ retail kit is pretty much everything you would expect. All fairly standard stuff that is presented neatly and securely. Let’s dig a little deeper and discuss the design of the new Synology DS1522+ Diskstation NAS

Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – Design

The design of the Synology DS1522+ has changed very little in this now third generation of the popular compact 5-Bay Diskstation from the brand (not inc the DS1513/15/17/etc which were especially more business-focused). Taking advantage of a larger and modified version of the familiar chassis found in the DS920+, this five-drive system is surprisingly small in stature given the level of storage and connectivity that it contains. Additionally, there is more ventilation dotted around the system than one might expect for its scale and although the chassis is predominantly plastic in its external casing (surrounding the internal aluminium frame), it still feels very sturdy in its build quality and is dripping in that slick Synology branding and design.

The sides of the DS1522+ square chassis have the vented Synology logo and there is additional ventilation around every storage bay from the front that all works in conjunction with the two rear active cooling fans on this system. It is a good balance between functionality and modern design here on the DS1522+ and Synology have been tweaking this design for many years now to ensure this system still looks pretty darn good on any desktop setup.

The SATA bays on the front of the Synology DS1522+ are all lockable and support 3.5inch and 2.5inch media. Additionally, the system does not require full population to operate and will easily function with as little as a single drive. The Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) feature that allows you to take advantage of mixed capacity RAID configurations is also supported on the DS1522+ and although the compatibility list for this NAS is a little stricter than the lights of the DS920+ (oddly, Pro series HDDs from Seagate and WD Red are not here and no drive above 16TB), it is still a little bit more varied than more enterprise NAS that the brand has unveiled in 2022.

Synology has recently been changing its position on supported media in its systems and many were concerned that the DS1522+ would be similar in HDD/SSD compatibility to the likes of the DS2422+ and DS3622xs+ (i.e. only officially supporting use of their own HAT5300, SAT5210, SAT5210 and SNV3400 media). The range of drives that appear on the DS1522+ compatibility list includes several 3rd party NAS and server-grade HDD/SSDs, though there are still some glaring omissions at the time of writing (eg a number of WD drives are missing and only Red Plus and Purple present, plus drives above 16TB are absent). You can still choose to use non-Synology verified drive media in the DS1522+, but the brand does state that you are using the system in a setup that is not how it was intended and might result in support issues down the line.

The trays of the DS1522+ themselves, much like the chassis, are plastic in material, but are click and load drives that ensure the installation of hard drive media takes just a few seconds, as well as the support of installing 2.5inch media using the included screws from the accessory kit. It is a very straightforward system to get up and running and installation of drives have come a long way since the days of having to fiddle with SATA and power connectors inside your old DiY tower desktop case.

Although the Synology DS1522+ does not feature an LCD panel for real-time information on your device, it does feature numerous LEDs that denote the activity of the storage media, network connectivity, system status, and any errors that may have been encountered internally. Synology has always been rather clear that management of their systems needs to be conducted with an additional client device (computer, smartphone or larger server overseer program) with the likes of a KVM setup being largely out of the question here.

The DS1522+ also features a front-mounted USB port that allows quick and easy attachment of external storage to be utilized for backups in either direction (with a specialized USB backup tool to craft more bespoke and tailored synchronization and exchanges), as well as to simply attach a few supported accessory devices easily. It is a shame that this port is USB 3.2 Gen 1 and therefore limited to 5Gb/s, rather than the more popular Gen 2 10Gb/st connection that is becoming widely available. This may limit the speed of some backup operations quite significantly and when you are talking about a large RAID-enabled five-bay storage system that can support up to a 20TB drive in each one, we are talking serious amounts of data here.


Alongside the five SATA bays of storage, the DS1522+ also features two rather useful m.2 NVMe SSD bays that allow you to install superfast m.2 PCIe performance storage drives into this modest-sized system. These bays are ventilated and allow for additional heatsinks to be attached to SSDs inside. Synology has been a keen supporter and innovator of SSD caching in storage servers. Its benefits and improvements via the many different types of SSD cache that are possible to improve the overall access and performance to the primary storage in a number of ways and I’m glad to see Synology continuing with this feature here.

It is worth highlighting though that Synology continue with their strict use of these bays for SSD cache only and does not allow their use as independent storage pools and volume creation. This is a real shame as this system not only can benefit via the optional 10GbE connection, but also many users would like this area of super fast storage to be more directly beneficial to specific DSM applications, priority databases, virtual machines or even dense multimedia use. There are ways and means to unofficially mod your Synology NAS to allow these bays for use as storage pools, but it is not recommended, is not officially endorsed and could potentially be patched out in a further firmware update, thereby resulting in these NVMe storage pools being a touch unstable long-term.

Overall, I still really like the design of Synology Diskstation devices and the DS1522+ is another great example of the brand really putting in the hours in, crafting a device that is just a huge leap from what other brands put out in physical architecture. Although it seems tremendously understated and discreet in its scale, that is kind of the whole point and often one of the main reasons people are so happy to have a Synology on their desk whilst they work. Let’s take a closer look at the port and connections of the Synology DS1522+ to see how it has improved on its predecessor, as well as just how much you are going to be able to do with those five bays of RAID storage.

Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – Ports and Connections

The port and connections available on the DS1522+ are remarkably similar to the previous generation DS15XX+ Diskstation from Synology, but with one rather important upgrade that I will talk about later on. The DS1522+ NAS external performance, even if fully populated with SSDs, is going to be negligible (dual-core CPU and 5 SATA drives) and therefore Synology has clearly had to balance factors such as value and necessity when choosing the connectivity of this system. For the most part, what we see here is largely what we expected and perhaps a little safe, but they do manage to cram quite a lot into this tiny little box.

As always, with these rather compact chassis, the rear of the system has two active cooling fans that are designed to keep the internal components operating at optimal temperature efficiency. These fans can have their RPM adjusted manually or left on automatic modes to ensure they increase or decrease in speed as needed. As this system is a plastic external casing and these fans are too rather small plastic fans, noise shouldn’t be too much of a problem unless you choose to install more enterprise or large capacity drives.

On the subject of day 1 network connectivity, there is a mixture of good and bad news. The Synology DS1522+ NAS arrives with four ethernet gigabit ethernet ports that allow users to create multiple network connections with this device at 100MB/s+ each, or link aggregate them in order to achieve 400-450MB/s+. This will of course depend on the storage media and RAID configuration you opt for, but this is a good number of network ports for such a modest-sized device. The fact that they are still gigabit ethernet in 2022 is something of a disappointment though and whilst all other NAS brands right now have already shifted gear in their latest releases to 2.5 GbE, Synology still appears steadfast to be sticking to gigabit ethernet. However, networking on the DS1522+ NAS is not quite over yet…

This is because the Synology DS1522+ NAS also features a network expansion port that allows users to install an optional 10GbE ethernet upgrade module. This module, although an additional purchase, is something a lot of users are going to be glad they can utilize later in the system’s life to improve network performance in this device.

You may also have noticed that I have not referred to this upgrade as a card, but as a module. This is because the upgrade port on the Synology DS1522+ uses a unique proprietary design, which I will get onto in just a moment

According to Synology’s own reports, the DS1522+ with the 10GbE upgrade card achieved up to 736 MB/s sequential read and 796 MB/s sequential write performance. This does seem a little surprising, as I would hope that this system, if fully populated with SATA SSDs would do a better job of saturating a 10G connection, but I will be running my own tests for YouTube shortly.

Inside the network upgrade port, you find a PCIe Gen 3 x 2 slot (so a potential 2,000MB/s bandwidth). This is not a commonly used adapter connector and this means that you cannot use off-the-shelf 10GbE ethernet upgrade cards when upgrading the system, but rather you need to use Synology’s own first-party, specifically designed adapter on this system, the E10G22-T1-mini. On the plus side, that is a decent amount of bandwidth being made available to a single 10GbE connection and it will be interesting to see if Synology can flesh out a range of accessories for this adapter slot, despite its small form.

Additionally, many users will embrace the convenience of this upgrade module method compared with the slightly more hands-on and internally invasive PCIe upgrade methods that are traditionally associated with network upgrades. However, this module costs a pinch more than normal 3rd party PCIe 10GbE upgrade cards and is also a little bit pricier than their own normal PCIe 10G upgrade card Synology’s own E10G18-T1).

The fact that it arrives in this proprietary form is possibly another move by this brand to keep everything in a ‘first-party ecosystem’ which I know a number of users are less keen on. Nevertheless, having an option of 10GbE here is tremendously useful to have, but I query whether this module was the only way it could have been done. 

Another form of upgrade that is possible with the Synology DS1522+ is with storage expansions. This device can be connected to two official DX517 expansion chassis allowing you to store up to 15 bays of storage across the complete storage system. Although these expansions have their RAID managed by the main DS1522+ NAS, as they are JBOD (just a bunch of drives), this is still going to be tremendously useful to users who either wish to expand their existing SHR storage pool easily or wish to create mirrored storage backups with the main NAS storage. Expansions like these allow users to focus the budget they intend to spend on their NAS storage more appropriately away from day one capacity and instead towards the system power, whilst also having the option to expand existing storage pools without needing to reconfigure or create brand new pathways for existing client devices.

Finally, the Synology DS1522+ also has an additional USB port that allows you to attach further external storage, a UPS device, or a few other compatible USB accessories to the Synology DS1522+. DSM 7 and DSM 7.1 reduced the range of supported USB devices for reasons of compatibility.

Overall, the external connectivity and available upgrades that you can attach to the DS1522+ are all moderately good for a system of this scale and despite some of my reservations about how Synology have chosen to pursue the upgrade path towards 10GbE on this system, it is still hugely important and advantageous that this is possible on this system. The rest of the connectivity present here is pretty much everything we expected, including the slightly underwhelming gigabit ethernet by default, I’m sure there is plenty here for most SMB users to sync their teeth into to make the most of the Synology DS1522+ in their network setup. Let’s discuss the internal hardware and how it has changed in this latest iteration of this product family.

Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – Internal Hardware

When I first announced the Synology DS1522+ here on NAS compares, the predominant and loudest comment made by you guys was regarding the CPU choice that the brand opted for in this device. Up until this point we had gotten used to the Synology 5-Bay effectively supersizing the architecture of the 4-bay that came before it (eg DS918+ > DS1019+ and DS920+ > DS1520+) and we’re all pretty convinced that this system would and should feature an Intel Celeron processor. When the hardware for the new DS1522+ NAS did arrive, many of you were quite surprised Synology had opted for another embedded Ryzen CPU, the Ryzen R1600.

Now, let’s get it out the way immediately. For a five-bay NAS device running DSM7 and with an optional 10GbE connection – the Ryzen R1600 is a good CPU. Its two-core, four-thread architecture, though a little weaker than many would have hoped, has an excellent power vs efficiency level and when combined with the support of ECC memory enables the system to get more done reliably and also whilst utilizing less raw power. Other desktop and rackmount NAS from Synology that feature a similar quad-core Ryzen (the V1500) proved that this processor is more than up to the task of managing multiple RAID pools and volumes whilst in 24/7 server use. Equally, no doubt Synology have benefited from lessons learned in the previous embedded Ryzen NAS developments that have resulted in this new R1600-equipped system benefiting in how well it runs DSM7 applications. Although industry measurements are a little few and far between on this relatively new processor, the hardware architecture behind it stands out very well.

The issue for many, as mentioned earlier, is going to be that this is NOT an embedded graphics processor and many users look at this scale of solution as a mixed-use device for home and business, or just for purely enjoying multimedia, are going to be a bit underwhelmed as that is something that this processor is less suited for. The hardware architecture we have here is going to result in very high CPU utilization for even mid to low-end multimedia handling and heavier tasks such as 4K multimedia and transcoding while streaming, are going to push this process to the 100% utilization mark very quickly. Many are concerned that Synology may be in the process of reshaping the lower tiers of their portfolio to solely utilize these Ryzen processors, something I assume and indeed hope not to be the case. Additionally, it is worth highlighting that this particular family of Ryzen CPUs (The R1000 series) does feature AMD Vega embedded graphics options, so it is an odd choice by the brand to stick with this product family but opt away from more graphically proficient processors that are in the line-up.

Moving forward, we can discuss the memory that is utilized by the Synology DS1522+. Much like previous five-bay NAS systems, the DS1522+ arrives with 8GB of memory by default. Arriving in SODIMM DDR4, the system can have its total available memory upgraded to an impressive 32GB across two slots. Those looking at the Synology DS1522+ for surveillance, large databases, containers or virtualization are definitely going to be pleased with this style of total memory available in the system’s life.

Additionally, it is worth highlighting that the DS1522+ is yet another solution from Synology that features error-correcting code (ECC) memory, which is certainly a high-end business preference for many. This type of memory benefits from an additional module on board that checks data as it enters and exits the RAM and if inconsistencies or errors occur during the write, this memory recognizes this when comparing the format of the binary at the beginning and end of its pass through, restoring the data to its integrity before it is committed to the larger NAS system during a write operation. Those that utilize larger databases or simply huge amounts of data that are high in frequency but low in volume. Will certainly see the benefit in this rather than encountering corrupted data days, weeks, months or even years down the line. This is by far the smallest NAS that Synology has released to feature this more enterprise-grade memory.

There is no avoiding that the CPU choice of the Synology DS1522+ is certainly going to divide opinion. As Synology continues down its path towards being a more enterprise and high business solution provider, I do think their shift towards more corporate storage and file management focus in its chosen hardware is only going to increase. That isn’t to say that the hardware on offer inside the DS1522+ is not good. Quite the opposite, from the design of the internal components and how they are laid out in this 24×7 server, to the general quality level of both the CPU and memory. Aside from multimedia concerns, you still have a very proficient and good-value Synology server here in terms of hardware. Likewise, this five-drive NAS is with it two NVMe SSD bays working with that CPU and memory combo is going to result in some very fast, responsive and highly productive storage for you, your home and/or your business. It will be interesting to see how the Synology DS1522+ compares against the Intel-powered Synology DS1520+ that came two years before it in terms of performance. Let’s discuss the level of support that the Synology DS1522+ provides towards Synology’s award-winning software.

Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – Software and Services

Now, to cover the WHOLE Synology software and services that are included with the DS1522+ NAS would result in a review that is twice as long as this review so far! Synology’s Diskstation Manager software that comes with this device (either DSM 7 or DSM 6.2 depending on your preference) provides a massive arrangement of services, applications (first and third party supported) and a huge number of client applications for desktop, mobile, windows, mac and linux (as well as a bunch of other more home-based tools). These allow management and access to the data on the DS1522+ in very tailored ways, as well as the web browser-based access that has the appearance, intuitive design and responsiveness of a local operating system. The DSM interface can be accessed by hundreds of users at the same time (with each user having tailored access, rights and privileges). DSM is available with ALL Synology NAS and the depth and abilities of DSM on any NAS are dependant on the hardware architecture of the NAS itself. In the case of the Synology DS1522+, it supports practically EVERYTHING (with the exception of SHR, as previously mentioned). If you want to learn about the latest version of DSM 7 and the software and services that are included with the DS1522+ NAS, watch my FULL review below (alternatively, you can read the DSM 7 Full Review HERE):

As mentioned, the DS1522+ supports pretty much the entirety of the DSM 7 and DSM 6.2 applications and services. If you are an existing user of SaaS and PaaS (Software as a service and Platform as a service) from the likes of Google Workspace and Office 365, knowing that you can synchronize these systems or choose to export away from them onto the Synology services is going to be very appealing. Key business applications that are included with your NAS are:

Synology Office – Create documents, spreadsheets, and slides in a multi-user environment. Real-time synchronization and saving make collaboration a breeze.

Synology Chat – Aimed at businesses, Synology Chat is an IM service that transforms the way users collaborate and communicate.

Synology Drive – Host your own private cloud behind the safety of your NAS with 100% data ownership and no subscription fees.

Synology Moments – Manage your photos and videos with deep-learning algorithms that automatically group photos with similar faces, subjects, and places.

Synology Calendar – Stay on track, share calendars, and schedule meetings, while ensuring sensitive information remains safely stored on company premises.

Synology Active Backup for Business (ABB) – Consolidate backup tasks for virtualized environments, physical servers, and personal computers, and rapidly restore files, entire machines, or VMs – completely license free.

Synology Hyper Backup – backup you NAS safely and efficiently to multiple destinations with deduplication, integrity checks, compression, and versioning.

Synology Surveillance Station – Safeguard your business, home, and other valuable assets with reliable video surveillance tools.

Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) – An intuitive hypervisor that supports Windows, Linux, and Virtual DSM virtual machines. Its powerful disaster recovery tools help users achieve maximum service uptime.

Synology High Availability – Synology High Availability (SHA) combines two Synology NAS servers into one active-passive high-availability cluster, alleviating service disruptions while mirroring data.

Synology Central Management System (CMS) – Synology CMS allows you to manage multiple Synology NAS servers quickly and conveniently from a single location.

Synology Video Station – Manage all your movies, TV shows, and home videos. Stream them to multiple devices or share them with friends and family.

Synology Photo Station – Built to help photographers manage their photos and share them with clients for feedback or business development.

Synology Audio Station – Manage your music collection, create personal playlists, stream them to your own devices, or share with family or friends.

Synology File Station – Manage your Synology NAS files remotely through web browsers or mobile devices.

You cannot really fault the software and services that are included with the Synology DS1522+ NAS, as you are going to get the very best experience available on the platform, thanks to the hardware and architecture of this NAS. DSM 7 is an ever-evolving platform, so if you are reading this now at the time of publishing or years later, there is always going to be something in DSM for everyone.

Synology DS1522+ NAS Review – Conclusion & Verdict

The Synology DS1522+ is a good NAS drive and most business-focused users are going to appreciate what this newer configuration of hardware is able to provide. There was never any doubt in the extent to which this new NAS would support DSM7, and given its architecture, there is virtually nothing in the popular NAS software that this system cannot do. Likewise, having the option of 10GbE on a Diskstation of this scale will be hugely attractive to some, though the proprietary means with which you need to upgrade is arguably less desirable. The R1600 CPU is a good choice of processor for file handling and simultaneous tasks, as is the 8GB of memory that this system arrives with, plus the potential to ramp it up to 32GB. After that though, the desirability of this system to home users and multimedia users is a little less compelling and with such a large audience of users who look at NAS for their media streaming, the DS1522+ not featuring a more graphically enabled chip will leave them somewhat underwhelmed. Bottom line, the DS1522+ is a solid and full DSM7 supporting system here and you cannot fault the design, internal/external performance and ease of use of this Synology NAS. However, there will always be users wondering why this NAS never arrived with an Intel chip.

Synology DS1522+ PROS Synology DS1522+ CONS
  • 8GB of ECC Memory that can be scaled to 32GB – LOVELY STUFF
  • Optional 10GbE Upgrade
  • Continued Support of Synology Hybrid RAID on this scale
  • 4x LAN Ports by default
  • Expandable with another 10 Drives down the line (2x DS517)
  • NVMe SSD Bays for Caching will be very useful with this 5-Bay RAID Storage
  • DSM 7.1 is hands down the best NAS software and services in the market right now
  • 3 years base warranty, with optional extra 2yrs
  • Numerous storage service advantages inc. BTRFS, Fast RAID Rebuild and Auto-Repair
  • First Party Hybrid Cloud services with Synology C2
  • Exceptionally good surveillance software included
  • That CPU is going to divide opinion
  • HDD & SSD Compatibility list is a little thinner than I expected
  • Optional 10GbE upgrade is via a heavily proprietary route
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    106 thoughts on “Synology DS1522+ NAS Review

    1. Really wish they would have just given us two 2.5Gbe/1Gbe and two USB 3.2-Gen2 ports. Even at the RRP to $850 with the 10Gbe expansion, that sounds ok…4x 1Gbe just feels like a waste of hardware/space and cabling management is going to be a nightmare to setup 4 port LAG.
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    2. I decided not to buy DS414, but wait for better DS416 price. Then I decided not to buy DS416, but wait for better DS418 price. Then I decided not to buy DS418, but wait for better DS920+ price. Now I decided not to buy DS920+, but wait for better DS1522+ price ???????? I hope to finally buy a NAS ????????
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    3. I am looking into getting my first NAS system. Your series has made it so much easier to understand on what to look for when jumping into the NAS pool. Thank you.
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    4. Synology is now just giving a middle finger to all Plex/Emby users. That would be awesome to see Synology carry this CPU through it’s range of 2022 SMB range. Perhaps they have a plan I’m not aware of, maybe their Play series will have iGPU’s and target enthusiasts?
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    5. ??? Are there any NAS units that allow for RAID configuration with an all Solid State storage . To eliminate noise and mechanical HD failures? If so, would you please elaborate?
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    6. Instead of spending the first minute (maybe more) on some old shitty advert that doesn’t relate to how the Synology DS1522+ performs, maybe you should delve into the facts that are crucial for this device, if you have the skills… I’m hoping I can find true facts somewhere else.
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    7. Great review! I want to purchase a DS1522+. It is $699.99 at Amazon in the USA diskless. The DS1520+ still sells there at $679.99. I’m not sure that these ever sell at discount — can you reply to let me know? If not, I may as well buy the newer DS1522+ now. I’m a veteran and some resellers provide veterans discount (not Amazon) — are there other resellers anyone here is aware of that may have a veteran’s discount opportunity (for example when I buy at Apple, Home Depot, Lowes, etc). Thank you.
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    8. Thanks for the great video.

      It would be nice to see in real time how the 1522 works with playing or editing video files. I normally perform all video rendering from my PC, not the NAS, and use the NAS for file storage. But, how will the 1522 perform if I decide to edit an older video file that Is stored on the 1522?
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    9. So, they managed to go even below their anemic V1500B. Wow, just wow. Obviously, scratching features off DSM 7 and pushing cheap Toshiba drives with Synology labels nobody ever asked for at eye-watering prices onto customers wasn’t enough. Amazing how some companies will put forward so much effort into running their brand and trust built over decades straight into the ground.
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    10. Poor. Synology seems stuck in the past and trying to tap into the Apple mindset of slick software and limited market options for upgrades. Aged 1gb ports, aged and few USB, limited HDD and SSD compatibility, proprietary and expensive 10gb port (20% of unit cost!), and expansion boxes priced as if they’re full NAS boxes. I won’t be sticking with Synology for my next box, for sure. Shame, as the software is good, but it isn’t that good
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    11. Cores one-to-one will always be better than threads, plain and simple. So this certainly is a downgrade, at best a sidegrade. Whether that higher clock speed will mitigate some portion of that remains to be seen.
      Doesn’t change the fact that this is a completely pointless product though, when looking at the competition and even recent DS generations, as well as the myriad of shortcomings and downsides Synology has imposed on its customers in general at this point. Disappointing but not surprising.
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    12. Was looking at this NAS model but ended up building my own unraid NAS with an Intel i5 12500 in a Jonsbo N1 case, 32gb ram with a 2.5gbe lan port for a total of £670. I will still continue to use a few of the sonology apps on my DS718+ like photos etc but unraid seems the way forward for me.
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    13. Seagulls must be mating in the background ???????? 9:27, 34:08, 35:22 and even got 2 I hate seagulls at 30:44 and 36:19 ???? Good review, thanks for your time putting this together, looking forward to the Plex test! Also did you color your beard? ????‍♂️
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    14. I’m always checking the CPU, and picked models that had the atom processor. I know the history of this, tiny power usage with good performance, which does work well in my testing; although I suspect some of these other processors maybe doing better, I’m just not familiar with them enough to put money on them. Although every machine that I’ve across which is performing really really badly always seems to have a Celeron in it.
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    15. Great review, looking forward to the media streaming and the network test video. On one of your previous videos you’ve mentioned that it’s possible to stream 4k without transcoding and the need of an embedded gpu as long as it is done locally on a capable client, I wonder if this NAS can do an easy job streaming 4k to an AppleTv 4k via Plex while on a gigabit ethernet?
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    16. Why synology is so poor in regards to the USB ports???…it’s disappointing…not to mention about 1GBE ethernet…Real bad connectivity…worst hardware upgrade ever…
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    17. I am about to buy DS1821+. Do you think that its successor DS1823+ will come out later this year? Is it worth waiting a couple of months? I am not in hurry, but if I could get a great deal on DS1821+, I’ll take it anyways 🙂
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    18. Synology would be best served to hire you as part of their development review before they release their devices in the wild. Woopee.. this can hit 32GB of ECC DRAM. I am still running my DS-918+ because that also runs on 32GB RAM, I have two 512GB M.2 SSD drives in the cache slots. I have four Seagate 8TB 7200 RPM drives, and the CPU has 4-Cores/4-Threads. Yeah, I’d love to have a newer CPU with more speed, cache memory, and built in GRAPHICS, but Synology isn’t listening. So I am not running out to by a new system from Synology and for once in my NAS journey, I am starting to look into other brands with 2.5Gb LAN ports and quite frankly better CPU specs.
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    19. It looks like ds1621+ would be a much more solid option – it’s not that much more expensive, but it’s got better cpu and regular pcie slot as opposed to this proprietary contraption. I’m looking to upgrade my ancient ds1512+ which has served me well for what feels like eternity, but I was seriously hoping for 2.5G as my network is all 2.5G…
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    20. Great job as usual. Thank you. I use Wi-Fi only so not concerned about 10Gbe Ethernet. What i am concerned about is the lack of integrated graphics and transcoding. Here in the US the DS 1520+ and DS 1522+ sell both for $700 at some locations. I am not sure if the 22 version is really a significant improvement for those who care about transcoding and do not have extensive surveillance camera system.
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    21. I recently got a DS1520+ at a good price even though I knew this model was out. I wanted 5 bays and Plex hardware transcoding. Since it is for home use the potential file throughput performance, 10Gbe, and extra RAM is not that important vs. transcoding. I have UniFi system with NVR so I do not need surveillance support. No issues with HDD compatibility either. I am normally one to always want latest and greatest but not in this case.
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    22. I actually prefer my DS1520+ with 20GB RAM (aftermarket RAM upgrade from Crucial) due to its ability to process and transcode video effectively via hardware. I honestly think a more powerful Ryzen CPU should have been used, or maybe a laptop based APU that has hardware acceleration. I’m worried this is a miss from Synology and have zero desire to upgrade.
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    23. By the time you put 10GB Synology proprietary network card and Synology proprietary M.2 SSD, the cost of this NAS is already above 1250 EURs and I don’t even include here a proprietary memory upgrade, exactly just like apple, why these companies only copy the bad examples. Ok, good luck with that.
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    24. Great video my friend. Still holding out a shred of hope that Synology will still release the 922+ this year :- Are you guys in the know, hearing anything to that end? Either way, keep up the good work fellas – love the channel!
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    25. JUST made this video Live, so if you are only seeing 480p/720p, come back in 15mins when YouTube has finished processing the higher resolutions. Thanks for watching!
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    26. I cannot beleive that there is NO WAY to sync any folder and file type from android device to synology nas… that drives me nuts… it’s either super complicated third party app to configure or the only syncing possible is with ds file that does ONLY pictures or synology photo crap app… I just want to sync ANY folder and their files in it (like download, ringtones and so on)… why the hell can’t synology do such thing ??? ds cloud does NOT permit to sync android folder to nas, it only sync the cloud that is on the nas to the android device, I want the other way around, there is no way to sync android ANY type of android files to nas.. urgh…
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    27. My synology is messing up my local network and I can’t figure out why. Internet drops for a few seconds every few min on all connected network devices. If I disconnect the NAS from the network, it seems to work just fine.
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    28. Login Speed – seemed easier with entering user name and password on the same dialogue to only hit enter once, especially when credentials are stored in the browser. Perhaps they changed it for increased security, prefer the old way.
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    29. 8:40 – I wish we could find the person responsible for using a Funnel for the filter icon and make them walk the plank. Funnels are not filters.
      But its too late now. The damage is done. People associate the funnel image with the filter action in software just like they associate the piece of paper with a folded corner for “new file”.
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    30. The missing “For you” from moments sorely missed – it was a great AI system for finding potential duplicate (or near duplicate) photos that just doesn’t work as well as the storage manager reports that only really find exact duplicate pictures.
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    31. 1.Log center cant be modified or set to exclude users or certain things you dont want logged.

      2.It is not compatible with DScloud anymore so you cant sync to mobile like you can do on DSM6 with the DSCloud app from Synology but you can use the Synology Package Center to download Resilio Sync or Good Sync but you have to pay a monthly/yearly fee for every user.

      Unlike Qnap when you buy your hardware, you arent forced to pay for syncing from and to your own hardware.

      With that said there is still a solution using Webdav to-way Nas-pc with Raidrive but you have to pay for software for Pro features.

      Mobile sync: Use Foldersync to-way Mobile-Nas, but you have to pay for software for Pro features.

      So far as i am aware of limitations using Synology DSM7 when it comes to syncing —> If you want Pro features or you want to use your Nas without reaching out to third-part software without paying extra fees it is recommended to switch to other Nas brands for me i feel Qnap has been working using 30 users for Laptop/Pc/Mac/Android/Iphone all Apps/Software working perfect Pro features without paying extra fee´s or forced to use third-part tools total control for Log center, File-Folder, Photo, Video, Virtualization, Web-sites and so much more.

      Other annoying difference i had with Synology i had was this—> i had to make a ticket to find out i cant use Synology Mobile App DS Cloud or that one cant choose what Synology Package-Log Center loggs, it wont let you choose to include, exclude or to delete certain logg if you press Clear button on the loggs that are in “Files downloaded” it deletes all, if you clear “user logins” it deletes all that and you cant revert the deletion.
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    32. Totally agree with your view on Photo Station. I’m glad you covered this as your feedback might get recognised. I don’t want to upgrade until Photos is comparable to what Photo Station had/has to offer.
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    33. almost perfection?
      Audio Station is totally broken, playback is being cut off,
      Media indexing fails to scan more than 50% files,
      translations in DSM are not complete, some even have nonsense,
      I have no idea what Synology have been doing all the time releasing such buggy software
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    34. Useful but a bit of a ramble with Robby. My time notes:

      https://youtu.be/xZrjPF4nmRc?t=674

      11:14 User Interface
      12:00 Help Center
      12:35 Control Panel
      14:03 Security
      15:27 Collaboration Suite
      15:45 Synology Drive
      17:18 Multimedia Apps
      18:47 Plex and 3rd party app issues
      19:47 DSM 7 background package integration improvements
      20:25 HyperBackup, USB copy
      21:24 Cloud Synchronization
      22:27 Business Applications
      23:30 Storage Manager
      25:15 Fast Raid Repair
      26:35 RAID 6 speedup
      27:19 Bench testing, storage performance, UI improvements
      29:00 Surveillance Station
      30:04 Virtual Machine Manager
      32:40 USB changes on DSM7
      34:08 Security and UI
      34:40 Resource Monitor and UI
      35:00 Storage Analyzer
      36:55 Recommendations
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    35. I’ve installed it as a VM on my DS1821+ and I’m completely disappointed with the new photos app. Maybe I’m old fashioned idk but the way timeline view is implemented it doesn’t allow you to look at a timeline on an album level anymore like you could do in photostation. You have to choose between album view or timeline view. I like to look at my photos different ways and this makes the app kind of unusable for me. Additionally I would like them to shows tags on the timeline view when you’re inside an album that has multiple albums underneath it but no photos in it directly. I’ve reached out to them but very little hope of it getting done in my opinion. I’m not upgrading until photos is useable as photostation is no longer supported on dsm7. Additionally I had a lot of indexing / conversion issues on my VM with my photos directory. Not sure if that’s just a VM issue or not
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    36. Hi. Is it safe and or good for my Synology 920+ to be shut down during the night and sometimes for 30 days at a time while away? Many thanks for your great videos.
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    37. I upgraded both my DS 218J and my brand new DS920+ to DSM 7.0 and liking it a lot! No real problems. Moments with my Photos lost its tags during the transition to Synology Photos. I have to redo them but that’s ok. Everything else is great. I agree with this review.
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    38. so is there any reason for me to wait for the DSM update to come through automatically on my DS1520+ or should I just manually update now? Is it likely that more changes will be made to it before the automatic update comes through?
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    39. Does DSM 7 introduce any issues with access via the NFS protocol? I use my DS420j strictly as a file server in a Linux environment and do not really care about photo station, music station, etc. Quick, reliable access via NFS is my main concern. Thank you for your fine videos.
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    40. Photos all seemed to work once I requested a re-indexing. However, photo sharing is completely broken. Even if you request that anyone can view with a URL, Synology NAS still requests a username and password. Sigh…………………
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    41. I notice the absence of Amazon S3 on the cloud service for HyperBackup… Is it still possible to backup to Amazon S3 Glacier storage in DSM7? Or they removed it not to compete with their own C2 solution?
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    42. Thanks for your valuable videos. I missed the loss of DS Cloud, so syncing became a problem. I started using Syncthing after upgrading to DSM7. I also have a problem with Synology Drive from my laptop on a company network, while using Express VPN. It keeps trying to connect to the server. When I switch off the VPN it works fine. Maybe I will switch to Syncthing on this Windows machine as well. For me this is a key function for a NAS so I didn’t expect it to work less good. But all and all it’s a big improvement.
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    43. No mention of the issues with third party packages that worked fine in 6.2.4 but no longer work in DSM 7, it might be almost perfect IF you only use Synology apps.
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    44. Hello, I am sure that it will surely be for reasons of not extending the video too much, but your way of showing and explaining the news and characteristics of this new DSN are not very clear, at least for me you are going too fast and a bit messy. I’m not saying it in a bad way but I think you could do it in a more calm and neat way. Thank you very much anyway.
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    45. I use a KDLinks media stream box to watch movies and videos I store on my Synology NAS DS918+. Does DSM 7.0 support the ability for the stream box to sign into the NAS and stream the files?
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    46. 20:53 I ran into the exact issue you have 2 days ago on DSM6.2.4. I opened a support ticket that is still open, however I suspect it’s a browser based issue. Try opening in a different browser and see if you can view all of the back up options in that. It’s a Munster to me how this happened as I even cleared my browser cache and it persisted in Firefox. When I opened in safari it was “fixed}
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    47. Show idea, upgrading synology hardware. Example, use a ds213 case and change the motherboard to a newer model including modifying the case for USB ports if needed.
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    48. Your shows are good, however, can you please make them shorter/succinct. Perhaps add text boxes on the screen so we can see that as you move on. Again, you do a fantastic job ???? thanks for your hard work.
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    49. One thing I’d love is for larger NAS to support mounting volume from older smaller NAS.
      For instance, I had an old DS411j that failed on me, one of the drive failed but the NAS was full, so now I can’t even start it up. I just wish I could buy some of the 12 slots new NAS and then mount my 4 old drive into the new system and then just transfer data and format the old drives to add them to the new volume. I asked Synology if we can do that, their answer: nope, unless you build a Linux computer and mount drives on Linux and transfer your data. If I need to build a Linux computer, I’d better off just to use FreeNAS and never have to deal with Synology DSM…
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    50. Microsoft Edge is base on Chromium, so any issues you have with Chrome will most likely happen in Edge as well. You need to test on browses like Firefox that are not base on Chromium.

      I use Firefox and only have one M.2 slot filled and the 4 HDDs bays are full. Testing what I could zooming out made the empty M.2 disappear. It did not make the icon show under the other one as shown by you..
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    51. i have a test DS119j and upgraded it to DSM 7 and it’s very slow. Tested 4gb of photo’s and the database is going on for days.
      Going to upgrade my DS1821+ now. Hope 10GB will still work.
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    52. For the past week, Universal Search has been HOARDING CPU and RAM!
      Indexing just goes on and on and on, non stop!

      I can’t find a workaround!
      Disabling Universal Search in DSM 7, disables Synology Drive and Synology Office
      Instructions for this problem, found on forums, are all for DSM 6 and DON’T work on DSM 7
      This is pathetic!
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    53. For me it doesn’t matter as much if the new apps arent quite as good as the old ones yet as long as they have been written on a newer platform that easier to add missing and new features later rather than an app that was based on ds 4. Apple’s old website went down before a launch not to increase excitement but because it was old and rubbish and had to be .
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    54. Still I have hibernation issue and I opened a ticket with Synology support. After analyzing the debug logs, they came back with SMB and VMM are the cause of periodic waking up of HDD’s. But still I couldn’t find an answer from support that why this periodic waking up which exactly happens each hour related to VMM and SMB, assuming no laptops connected to NAS in the test period and no VM was running. Will update in case support answers me.
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