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The DS213air is a do-it-all home NAS that supports two 3.5-inch SATA hard drives with a maximum capacity of 8TB. PC Mag points out that you can extend the abilities of the DS213air with "packages for installing antivirus, remotely sharing data, and for adding iTunes, web, and media server capabilities." PCMag also warns that "the case, unfortunately, has a rather flimsy feel and is a hassle to remove to install hard disks." A big feature of the DS213air is its built-in WiFi, but SlashGear notes when switching to wireless, speeds "dropped to 9.82 MB/sec read and 8.34 MB/sec write." However despite the slower WiFi speeds, when using a wired connection, CNET says, "for a budget home storage device, it was indeed very fast via Gigabit Ethernet."

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CNET Oct 22, 2012

The Synology DiskStation DS213Air is a great network storage device for home users, especially those who also want to extend their Wi-Fi network.

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PC Mag Dec 27, 2012

With dual NAS and Wi-Fi router functionality, great features, and a wonderful interface, the DS213air gives Apple's Time Capsule a run for its money.

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PC World Jan 31, 2013

Small or home businesses can save a lot of money by deploying a NAS box instead of a full-blown file server; but Synology’s DS213 is a much better device for the same price.

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SlashGear Oct 5, 2012

As a standalone NAS with a traditional wired connection to your home or small office network, the DS213air performs much as we’ve come to expect from the budget end of Synology’s range ... Wireless, however, is a more mixed bag.

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albiondotcom albiondotcom

The best private NAS you can get at a fair price. With two HD-slots you can work constantly in RAID 0. Mirroring and restoring work perfect. The operating system is more like a small server than a NAS. You have everything from Mailserver, Cloudserver to Security-Camera-Server in one small system....

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