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Synology Disk Station DS710+ Review

With the burgeoning and the developing demands for the need for robust, expandable and sophisticated network storage devices the Synology Disk Station DS710+ achieves a major feet in terms of fast throughputs, sophisticated and intuitive web interfaces.

Synology Disk Station DS710+ review

Specifications

Features  

Description

1. Device Type   NAS server
2. Host connectivity   Gigabit Ethernet
3. Max supported storage   4 TB
4. Installed devices/ Modules Qty   2 (max)
5. Dimensions   4.1in*6.2in*9.1in
  3.7 lbs
6. Processors installed   1*Intel Atom D410 1.6 GHz
7. RAM installed   1GB
8. Storage controller type   RAID
9. Controller Interface Type   Serial ATA-300
10. Data Transfer Rate   300 MBps
11. Supported Devices   Hard drive, Disk array (RAID)
12. RAID Level   RAID 1, JBOD, RAID 0
13. Hard drive Type   Hot-swap-2.5”/ 3.5” shared
14. Networking Type   Network adapter
15. Data Link Protocol   Gigabit Ethernet
16. Network /Transport Protocol   Apple Talk, FTP, PPPoE
17. Remote Management Protocol   HTTPS, SSH, Telnet
18. Network Services Compatibility   HTTPS,
  Microsoft CIFS,
  Apple File Protocol (AFP),
  Network File System (NFS),
  FTP
19. Features   iTunes server, Samba support, Print server
20. Expansion Bays   2(total)/2(free)* hot-swap-2.5”/3.5” shared
21. Interfaces   1 x eSATA – 7 pin external Serial ATA,
  3 x Hi-Speed USB – 4 pin USB Type A,
  1 x Ethernet 1000Base-T – RJ-45
22. Power   AC 120/230 V
23. OS required   Microsoft Windows 2000 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later, Linux
24. Sound emission   33 dBa

Features

The Synology Disk Station is the first Network storage device that is based on 3.5” hard drive providing easy storage access. Removing and installing the hard drives is easy than the Synology DS209+, accessing the bays from behind.

The storage can be expanded to up to seven hard drive bays by installing the DX510 expansion enclosure that costs another $500. The DX510 is bulky than the DS710+ and connected via the eSATA port. Disregarding the expansion the DS710+ works wonders as a dual bay network storage device.

The DS710+ has three USB ports, apart from the eSATA port, two in the back and one in the front. The one in the front can be used to backup data completely into the hard drives. The ports can be used to connect external hard drives or printers.

The Disk Station DS710+ comes both with and without storage. The hard drives can be set up in RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. When connected with the DX510, the DS710+ supports other RAID configurations and also Synology’s Hybrid RAID providing support for hard drives of different capacities.

The initial setup is quite easy if you have a little knowledge of the network storage devices. The NAS server comes with an application called the “Synology Assistant” guiding you through the setup, although not very efficient. Unlike the setup application, the Web interface is a state of the art. Upon its launch all the features and operation are well organized and listed.

The Synology DS710+ network storage device packs several advanced features like support for Windows Active directory services. The NAS server provides clean file sharing across multiple platforms including Mac, Linux and Windows. It has several application stations that include surveillance station, Download station, File station and photo station.

The Surveillance station provides support for 16 IP cameras although only one camera license is included and for the rest its $49 per license. The surveillance feature is sophisticated and allows viewing several images and records them. The Download station allows downloading from authenticated web sites and also supports BitTorrent client.

Cost

The Synology Disk Station DS710+ costs about $499 USD.

Review

The Synology Disk Station DS710+ network storage device offers great and fast throughputs in both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. The server scored 321.8 Mbps for write test and 322.7 Mbps for Read test. The NAS server functioned very quietly and remained pretty cool during peak operations.

Synology DS209+ NAS Server

The Synology DS209+ NAS server is an upgrade to the last year’s Synology DS107+. This NAS Server is robust and intuitive with a convincingly compact design and a wide range of features, making it one of the most powerful devices available in the market today. Its expandability, flexibility and speed are outstanding.

Synology DS209+ NAS Server

Specifications

Features   Description
1. Device Type   NAS Server
2. Host Connectivity   Gigabit Ethernet
3. Dimensions   3.5in*8.6in*6.3in
  2.2 lbs
4. Built-in devices   Print server

5. Processors installed   1*800 MHz
6. RAM installed   512 MB
7. Storage controller Type   RAID
8. Controller Interface Type   Serial ATA-300
9. Data Transfer Rate   300 MBps
10. Max storage Device   2
11. RAID level   RAID 1, RAID 0
12. Hard drive Type   Standard 3.5”
13. Networking Type   Network adapter- integrated
14. Data link Protocol   Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
15. Transport protocol   FTP
16. Expansion Bays   2 (total)/2 (free)* internal -3.5”
17. Interfaces   2*Hi-Speed USB -4 pin USB Type A,
  1* Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX /1000Base-T- RJ-45,
  1*Serial ATA-300- 7 pin external Serial ATA
18. Features   Security lock
19. Power   AC 120/230 V
20. OS required   Apple MacOS 9.0 or later, Microsoft Windows 98 or later
21. Min operating temp   50 ½ F
22. Max. Operating temp   95 F

Features

The 800 GHz Synology’s DS209+ packs all the features of its predecessor DS107+ including RAID configurations and several other features. The Synology’s DS209+ houses a 800 MHz processor supported by 512 MB RAM that performs very well in Home and Office situations. The NAS device does not include hard drives during the purchase, allowing you to configure, expand your storage, as you require. Luckily, the device supports SATA drives of all sizes from various vendors. Adding to it, it also supports RAID configurations.

Unlike the other NAS devices, DS 209+ requires a Phillips head screwdriver to install the hard drives. Setting up the device requires installing the software that comes along with the product that detects NAS on the network, install printer and launches Web Interface. By default the device does not have any shared folders or its features turned on. The Web Interface allows creating a shared drive to be accessed by the users. All of the device features are conspicuously listed on the left pane of the software window.

You can also switch between the RAID configurations using the “Volume Management”
DS209+ comes with two USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a reset button on the rear. The appealing blue indicator lights are present on the front indicating the network activity and power status. There is also a USB port, an eSATA port on the front.

The surveillance station feature of the NAS device supports upto 10 cameras as compared to the 6 in the DS107+. Sadly only one camera license in included, which makes you pay $49 for each license.

One notable feature of the DS209+ compared to the DS107+ is its Download station, which is capable of downloading from Websites requiring authentication. It also supports eMule file sharing services. On the other hand it does not keep track of the RSS feeds, which is rather disappointing.

Some other features are The Data Replicator, PhotoStation and lots more.

Cost

The Synology DS209+ NAS server is estimated to cost around $499 and may vary depending on the hard drives.

Review

The DS209+ clearly packs a whole lot of features than its previous edition DS107+. It runs quietly and smoothly. The performance tests in both RAID configurations provided unparalleled results topping the charts, thanks to the new configurations of processor and RAM.
RAID 1- 240Mbps on write test and 322Mbps on Read test
RAID 0- 256.3Mbps on write test and 375.5Mbps on read test.

These blinding throughputs make Synology DS209+ NAS Server a competitor for all the other NAS Servers. Its very much expensive for the features it offers but it surely excels in what its designed to perform.

Synology Disk Station DS410 NAS server

The Synology Disk Station DS410 is the most affordable four-bay, full-featured device of all the Network storage devices released by Synology so far. It may be pretty intimidating for a tyro, but advanced users will milk the most out of this RAID 5 capable NAS server. It is intended for small-scale home or business environments.
synology disk station price

Specifications

Features  Description
1. Device Type   NAS server
2. Host connectivity   Gigabit Ethernet
3. Installed Devices   4 (max)
4. Dimensions   7.2in*9.1in*6.6in
  4.9lbs
5. Built-in devices   Print server
6. Processors installed   1* 1.06 GHz
7. RAM installed   512 MB
8. Storage controller type  RAID
9. Controller interface type   Serial ATA-300
10. Data Transfer rate   300 MBps
11. Supported devices   Hard drive, Disk array(RAID)
12. RAID Level   RAID 5 hot spare,’
  RAID 1,
  RAID 10,
  RAID 6,
  RAID 5,
  JBOD,
  RAID 0
13. Hard drive Type   Standard
14. Networking Type   Network adapter
15. Data Link protocol   Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
16. Network /Transport protocol   LPR/LPD, AppleTalk, FTP, PPPoE
17. Remote management protocol   HTTPS,
  SSH,
  SNMP,
  Telnet
18. Network Services Capability   Microsoft CIFS,
  Microsoft Active Directory (AD),
  Apple File Protocol (AFP),
  Network File System (NFS),
  FTP
19. Features   iTunes server, firewall protection
20. Expansion bays   4(total)/4(free) *internal
21. Interfaces 2 x Hi-Speed USB –   4 pin USB Type A,
  1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T -RJ-45,
  1 x eSATA-300
22. Cables included   Network cable-6.6 ft
23. Power   AC 120/230 v
24. OS required   Symbian OS 9.1 (Series 60 Platform),
  Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0,
  Microsoft Windows 2000 or later,
  Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later,
  Linux

Features

The Synology Disk station DS410 is aesthetically pleasing and is pretty compact for a network storage device supporting four 3.5 inch hard drives. Unlike the DS710+ the drive bays are easily accessible to install and replace the hard drives. It is a bit laborious work considering that it needs a screwdriver to install the drives.
The Dual-Ethernet feature is missing in the NAS server. The Network Storage Device has two USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA port on the back, although it does not have a USB on the front.
The NAS device runs cool thanks to the two efficient fans during heavy operation. Its also easy replaceable.
The Disk Station is available both with and without storage. The storage drives can be setup in various RAID configurations, including the efficient RAID 5 configuration.
The Synology “setup assistant” application is not as robust for the initial setup, but the server’s Web Interface is exquisite, elegant and provides flexibility to the network storage device. All advanced features and menus are well organized and neat.
The features of the DS410 are similar to the DS710+. Certain basic features include FTP/HTTP server, media streaming servers, user accounts and support for external hard drives and printer and many more.
The DS 410 NAS server includes advanced support for Windows Active Directory Services. The server supports excellent file sharing across several other OS like Mac and Linux. It also provides support for Apple’s Time Machine.as a backup solution.
The DS410 network storage device has several application stations like the surveillance station, Download station, File station and Photo station, which can be accessed even through the local network or the Internet.
Talking about the surveillance station, the DS410 supports 12 IP cameras, although only one license is provided. You have to pay $49 for each license. The surveillance system is quite comprehensive able to record based on scheduling and motion sensing.
The Photo station allows you to organize your photos into albums in a well-organized manner.
The Download station provides support for BitTorrent client and can also download files from authenticated websites like RapidShare.

Cost

The Synology Disk Station DS410 costs about $499 without storage and $1200 with 4TB storage.

Review

The Synology DS410 offers the highest throughputs in its RAID configurations. It topped the charts with about 279 Mbps for write test and 422.6 Mbps for read test.
The NAS server functioned very quietly and comparatively cooler compared to the DS710 even during heavy load conditions. Holistically the DS410 is worth the cost and does what it’s designed for.

Thecus N4200 NAS Server Review

The Thecus N4200 is one of the very few four Bay NAS Servers available in the market that offers fast throughputs, great convenience and stability. The new included feature is the backup battery providing stability to the network. The hard drive bays accept all standard hard disks in both SATA and RAID configurations, which is an added advantage. It also packs a few frequently used features in network sharing.

price of thecus n 4200

Specifications

Features  Description
1. Device type  NAS server
2. Host connectivity  Hi-Speed USB/ Gigabit Ethernet/ eSATA-300
3. Max supported capacity   8TB
4. Installed Devices Qty  4(max)
5. Built in devices  Built-in Battery, LED panel
6. Processors installed   1* Intel Atom D510 1.66 GHz
7. Multi-Core Technology   Dual Core
8. RAM installed  DRAM 1GB
9. Storage Controller Type   RAID
10. Interface Type   eSATA-300
11. Controller Interface Type  Serial ATA-300
12. Data Transfer Rate   300 MBps
13. RAID Level  RAID 1,RAID 10,RAID 6,RAID 5, JBOD,RAID 0
14. Hard Drive Type  Hot-swap- 2.5”/ 3.5” shared
15. Networking Type   Network adapter- Integrated
16. Data Link Protocol  Fast Ethernet, Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
17. Network/ Transport Protocol  AppleTalk, TCP/IP, FTP, SMB
18. Features  iTunes server, Download client, print server, Dynamic IP address assignment,
  Digital Optical Monitoring(DOM) support, Load balancing, Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X),
  UPnP Media Server
19.Expansion Bays  4(Total)- 2.5”/ 3.5” shared
20. Interfaces  6* Hi-Speed USB- $ pin USB Type-A,
  2* eSATA-300-7 pin external Serial ATA,
  2* Ethernet 10Base-T/ 100Base-TX / 1000Base-T- RJ-45
21. OS Required  UNIX,
  Apple MacOS X,
  Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7,
  Microsoft Windows 2003,
  Linux,
  Apple MacOS 9

Features

The Thecus N4200 is a four Bay NAS device that is well suited for small-business applications, although it lacks certain advanced features and its high price is a turn down. It has a few unconventionalities of its own, namely its Battery module, a dual disk-on-module design and the ability to house both 3.5” and 2.5” hard disks. If you don’t mind the cost and need a high performing device its RAID capable feature is exactly what you need.

The hard drive bay design is very attractive. The N4200 has front accessible bays and drives can be replaced when the device is running. The server doesn’t include storage drives, but it can house either 3.5” SATA drives or 2.5” SATA drives each up to 2TB. These hard disks support RAID configurations- RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 6 and RAID 5.

On the front, the server has a tiny LCD that displays detailed information like its IP address, hostname and temperature. The N4200 has four USB ports, two eSATA ports, a LAN port and a WAN port on its back. The USB and eSATA port can be used to connect external hard drives and printers. The N4200 has its firmware installed in both modules of the dual-DOM design. This enables you to continue functioning even though one module fails.

The N4200 has all the basic features one can expect in an advanced NAS server, that includes FTP, UPnP MediaServer, iSCSI and more. One of the most interesting features is its ability to mount ISO files. Once it’s mounted its available on the network for users. The shared folder option is not very intuitive when it comes to privileges to users. The Thecus N4200 has a Backup utility, the Windows Backup Utilty, is very primitive.

Cost

The Thecus N4200 NAS Server is available from $641.99 USD.

iTechFreak Review

The Thecus N4200 although primitive in its Backup utility, excels in performance tests. It is one of the fastest devices available in the market.

RAID 0- 751.1 Mbps on write test, 615.5 Mbps on read test.
RAID 5- 549.7 Mbps on write test, 569.1 Mbps on read test.
N4200 delivers fast throughputs, but its just too pricy for the features it brings to the consumers.

Western Digital ShareSpace Network Storage System (4TB)

With the burgeoning demands for larger terabyte storage devices and increasing number of consumers storing gigabytes of videos, photos and music, we have been witnessing major changes in the storage Industry. This thirsty need for storage is becoming a common place for users around the world.

review of western digital sharespace

Specifications

Features Description
1. Device Type   NAS Server
2. Host Connectivity   Gigabit Ethernet
3. Max Supported Capacity   4 TB
4. Dimensions   7.7in*7.8in*6.3in
  10.8 lbs
5. Data Link Protocol   Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
6. Power adapter   External
7. Voltage Required   AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
8. Storage controller Type   RAID- Internal
9. RAID Level   RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 0
10. OS Required   Apple MacOS 10.4.11 or later,
  Microsoft Windows Vista/2000/XP
11. Interfaces   1 * Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-T- RJ-45, 3*Hi-Speed USB-4 pin USB Type A
12. Service and Support   3 years Warranty
13. Min Operating Temperature   41 F
14. Max Operating Temperature   95 F

Features

The Western Digital NAS device is a 4-bay device comprising of 1 TB WD Drives. These drives consume 33% less power than the other drives whilst running cool. The promising feature of this storage device is its all-metal enclosure in place of a plastic enclosure in the previous storage devices. The Device as such is about the size of five 1 TB drives stacked on top of each other. The enclosure allows the drives to run quite cool compared to the previous drives. The Chassis is craggy enough to last long and leaves the unit cold. The ports are well within reach and push-buttons for easy data transfers. The drives can be easily swapped after powering it down.

The WD ShareSpace has 3 USB ports, two in the rear and one in the front, Gigabit Ethernet and two buttons.

Some of its features include iTunes server support, email alerts, Microsoft Active Directory support, a download manager, WD AnyWhere network backup software, MioNet remote access, an FTP server, and so runs the list. It also includes certain administration options. Storage is handled in RAID0, RAID1, or RAID5. It runs smoothly with Windows 2000/XP/Vista as well as OS X. The primary interface with NAS is with the Browser where you can access your download manager. Certain things like permissions, user access are made as easy as possible.

Now moving to the transfer speeds. Average transfer speeds reported to be lying in the range of 6.5 MB/s to 7.91 MB/s that’s equivalent to nearly 52-63.28Mb/s. Its not a blistering speed, but certainly good enough. It seems to be a little bulky for certain consumers, but a good new- entry for NAS devices.

Price

The Western Digital ShareSpace is prices at about $699 with two 1 TB drives and $999 for four 1 TB drives.

Review

The Newbie if the NAS devices WD ShareSpace packs great storage capacities with portability to a certain extent. It has four 1 TB drives stacked on each other, enclosed by an all-metal enclosure giving us a robust product. The all metal enclosure allows it to run cool compared to previous devices. The USB port is a notable providing users compatibility with present systems. ShareSpace provides decent transfer speeds and certainly a big step in NAS. Although we have got certain complaints from customers stating that these devices are not compatible with MAC OSx systems. Its certainly worth the cost for it provides greater capacity and reliable speeds. The most appreciable part is that its installment is plain and simple and removing the need for professionals to do the work.

QNAP TS-259 NAS Review

The QNAP TS-259 Pro is a network attached storage NAS server which is 2-bay. It is very powerful and can provide an affordable and easy-to-management solution with iSCSI service for virtualized and clustered environment. It can work on different platforms of business applications to maximize the efficiency of the data center in the business environment.

qnap ts-259 pic

Specifications

Specification Description
CPU Intel® Atom™ Dual-core Processor
DRAM 1GB DDRII RAM
Flash Memory 512MB DOM
HDD 2.5/ 3.5″ SATA x2
HDD Tray 2 x Hot-swappable and lockable tray
LAN Port 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
LED Indicators Status, LAN, USB, eSATA, Power, HDD 1, HDD 2
USB 5 x USB 2.0 port (Front: 1; Back: 4)
  Support USB printer, pen drive, USB hub, and USB UPS etc
eSATA 2 x eSATA port (Back)
Buttons System: Power button, USB One-Touch-Backup Button, Reset button
Alarm Buzzer System warning
Form Factor Tower
Dimensions 150 (H) x 102 (W) x 216 (D) mm
  5.91 (H) x 4.02 (W) x 8.5 (D) inch
Weight Net weight: 1.74 kg (3.84 lbs)
  Gross weight: 2.92 kg (6.44 lbs)
Sound Level(dB) w/o HDD installed: 33.3 dB
  Stand by: 33.7 dB
  In operation: 34.2 dB
  (with 2 x 1TB HDD installed)
Power Consumption (W)    Sleep mode: 16W
  In Operation: 25W
  Power-off (in WOL mode): 1W
  (with 2 x 1TB HDD installed)
Temperature 0~40˚C
Humidity 0~95% R.H.
Power Supply Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, Output: 84W
Secure Design K-lock security slot for theft prevention
VGA Reserved VGA interface for maintenance
Fan 1 x smart fan (7 cm, 12V DC)

Features

The TS-259 is highly compatible with VMware® vSphere4 (ESX 4.0 and above) virtualization platform as well as VMware virtualization environments and Windows cluster servers.

Some extraordinary features like WebDAV, Share Folder Aggregation (also known as DFS), IPv6 and IPv4 dual-stack, Wake on LAN, schedule power on/ off, HDD S.M.A.R.T, comprehensive log systems, and policy-based unauthorized IP blocking are included in this server. You can say the server is multilingual as it supports file sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX platforms.

It also discharges secure storage with the help of iSCSI features like
1) NAS + iSCSI storage solution
2) Flexible multiple LUNs management
3) Secure IP SAN environment deployment
4) Designed for virtualized and clustered environments

There is also a special feature of storage expansion through the Virtual Disk Drive (VDD). Along with this it delivers superior performance and high reliability for business applications by low noise and low power consumption.
The applications of the network server are
1) Web File Manager
2)Multimedia Station
3)Download Station
4)Surveillance Station
5)iTunes Server
6)UPnP Media Server
7)Apache Web Server
8)MySQL Server
9)QPKG Plug-ins

Price

The cost of QNAP TS-259 Pro NAS server is $600 inclusive of VAT.

Review

Talking about the pros of the server, it is an outstanding performer and is fully packed with features. Moving on the cons it is expensive compared to the other network storage servers.

The overall rating of the QNAP TS-259 Pro NAS server is 4.5 out of 5.