Why a Synology NAS is the best Prime Day gift you can buy yourself

A NAS enclosure is the ideal way to upgrade your home network. Adding a network attached storage enclosure gives you the ability to stream your locally-stored media to all devices on your home network, back up photos, documents, and other data from connected devices automatically, and so much more.

Synology has two outstanding Prime Day deals, with the budget DiskStation DS220j and the high-end 4-bay DS920+ both on sale for 20% off. The deal makes the DS220j a fantastic bargain, and if you’re looking to upgrade from an existing Synology NAS, the DS920+ at just $440 is unmissable.

Let’s go into some more detail on each NAS and why you should consider picking it up. The DiskStation DS220j is a budget NAS enclosure that is ideally suited for first-time buyers. If you wanted to try out a NAS enclosure but held off on buying one, it makes sense to start off with something like the DS220j and see what’s on offer. And at just $136, it is very affordable.

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The DS220j has two drive bays that holds a total of 32TB of storage, is powered by a Realtek RTD1296 chipset, and comes with Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, 512MB of RAM, two USB 3.0 ports, and a single fan. The DS920+ has much more powerful hardware in the form of a quad-core Intel Celeron J4125 chip, 4GB of RAM, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and four drive bays that can hold a total of 64TB of storage.

You can set up a Plex media server directly on the NAS and stream 4K videos to any connected device on your home network. Plex has apps on just about every platform — including most smart TVs — making it the ideal media streaming solution for your home. While the DS220j can handle Plex streaming, the DS920+ is the far better option if you’re looking to stream 4K content from Plex to several devices at once.

You can set up a Plex server to stream media, back up data from devices, or even host a website.

Media streaming is the most popular use case, but a NAS enclosure can do so much more. You can effortlessly back up data from all of your work and personal computers by using Synology’s excellent Drive solution, and also upload photos and other documents from your phones and tablets to the NAS with ease.

I have a private audio and video streaming service set up on my NAS, and it lets me access my media collection from anywhere in the world. You can also run your own mail server, set up a custom website and host it directly on the NAS, run your own VPN server, and use Docker to run custom containers.

The best part about buying a Synology NAS is its extensibility. The DiskStation Manager software is the best you’ll find in the industry, and it gives you an exhaustive list of features to choose from. While most NAS enclosures offer similar hardware, Synology’s differentiator is in the software, and that’s what makes its products the standout option in this category.

So if you’re interested in building a media server in your home, the DS220j for $136 is a great way to get things started. If you already have a NAS and are looking to switch to a more powerful model, the DS920+ is available for just $440 on Prime Day, making it a truly standout deal. If you want to take a look at NAS hard drives on sale and see what other options are available in this category, be sure to take a look at the best NAS deals for Prime Day.

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