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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




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),
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


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.


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


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.

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


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


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.


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


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.