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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.