Review Synology DiskStation DS-713+ Expansion

Synology DS713

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The DS-713 is a two bay unit with unique expansion options.

Synology DS713+

Synology DS713+

You need a lot of storage once you start creating Music and Video libraries, and more so, especially when using with higher quality content such as Flac or Blueray.



DS713+ connection options

DS713+ connection options

Connectivity options include dual USB 3.0 (rear) ports and one USB 2.0 (front) and an eSATA (rear) port for expansion.

Dual Gigabit Lan provides Network connectivity.

Link Aggregation is ultra quick with read speeds 202.3MB/sec and write speeds of 135.8MB/sec.

Synology DS-713 Scalability Up To 35TB

Eventually the two-bay 713 reaches its limits, and upgrading is a snap with the DX-513 5-bay expansion unit. The DX-513 connects to the 713+ via a proprietary eSATA cable with specially designed locking devices, the ability to expand storage capacity to a maximum of 35TB is accomplished with very little time invested and configuration is a breeze.




Synology DX-513 5-Bay Expansion Unit


                  Solution: Synology DX-213  2-Bay Expansion Unit




You gotta love having options.

I know I do, and Synology has many options when using the 713+ with either the DX-513 or DX-213 expansion units.

What is unique about this arrangement is that it allows the user to expand in a manner that Macro and Micro Integrates all the parts as well as applications to function as one unit.

Dual USB 3.0 (rear) ports and one USB 2.0 (front) and an eSATA (rear) port allow for further expansion options. Thus, 35TB is possible.


  • Extremely simple and quick to setup
  • Plethora of features to satisfy home and SMB users
  • Awesome CIFS and SMB performance in RAID1 configurations


  • Does not offer tool-less trays

The Bottom Line The Synology DS-713+ packs a lot of power in a small box with its dual-core Intel Atom 2.13GHz processor, and provides flexibility to businesses and home power users that do not need a lot of storage at first but may like to upgrade easily in the future.

On a personal note, not having tool-less trays was not an issue for me.




2 Comments so far:

  1. Cindy says:

    I agree that it is nice to have options. It’s especially good when you are on a tight budget like I am. Thanks

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