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Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by Greg


Synology’s BC115j-1200 Stores Data, Safe And Sound

It’s a pretty incredible world where you can get two terabytes of date storage for under $200. But it’s even better when you get what is essentially a miniature computer alongside for that same price. The magic of modern technology as it applies to magnetic disk drives- often referred to as Moore’s law even though it’s actually Kryder’s law- maybe shouldn’t be shocking. But for many people, it’s still a nice surprise to realize that pretty much everything you’ve been storing amongst your many devices can be easily moved to a safe location for backup.

The Synology BC115j-1200 is a network attached storage device or NAS, basically your own personal file server. Available in a few different flavors, including a mirrored dual-bay 6TB version for those who need a bulletproof option, ours was a single-bay 2 terabyte model. Part of their new BeyondCloud line, they bill it as the “central platform to organize, backup, and share photos, music, and video collections”. We’ve seen quite a few different NAS devices over the years, from a variety of companies, and those from Synology have long been among our favorites. In fact, the BC115j looks pretty similar to the last model, which is perfectly fine- it’s fairly compact, quiet, and

In the past, we often would suggest getting a “bare” device, and using your own hard disks. But at this price, there’s no question that it simply makes sense to take advantage, especially since Synology is using Seagate drives, backed by a three-year warranty and even an interesting optional sort of insurance plan called Seagate Recovery Service in case of damage to your NAS. But best of all, everything is pre-installed and ready to go out of the box, with full cross-platform support and easy configuration. No more dealing with router issues or complicated port-forwarding- just start copying your files over and then you can share them across all of your computers, media streamers, smartphones, tablets, and even your fancy TVs and other DLNA-compatible gadgets. And though local storage of your important file is best, safe and secure, it has downsides as well. Portability and convenience are critical too, which is why you can easily choose to connect your folders and files to external services like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, and more.

There are plenty of free dedicated apps as well, with sleek interfaces, for easy browsing of media like photos, videos, audio, and even notes. Performance wasn’t amazing- we wouldn’t suggest transcoding 1080p on the fly- but keep in mind that you’re looking at a low-priced, almost budget model that’s impressively capable. Still, with only 256 MB of RAM and an 800 MHz, and no SD card reader or USB 3.0 support, some may want to spend a little extra for more features. Everyone else will enjoy the solid, stable, easy-to-use Synology BC115j-1200, available now online and in stores for $179 or so.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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