Synology DS207+ NAS Server

A Closer Look

A Closer Look
 
The DS207+'s front fascia features an on/off button; USB copy button; an eSATA connector; a USB 2.0 port and four lights that represent Status, LAN, and Disk 1/2 activity. At the rear of the unit, the DS207+ features 2 x USB 2.0 ports for external HDD's, a Gigabit LAN connector, a reset button should you forget your password, and the power supply input for the PSU.
 
Synology DS207+ front panel Synology DS207+ rear panel
 
Synology has included some nice rubber feet on the bottom of the DS207+ to prevent the unit from sliding around on your desk. And the overall look of the DS207+ is very classy. 
 
On the underside of the chassis there is a louvered vent which facilitates the passage of cool air to be drawn up into the chassis and expelled via the fan at the rear of the unit.
 
Synology DS207+ upright Synology DS207+ underside
 
In order to gain access to the internals of the DS207+, all that is needed is to remove two screws from the rear and then slide the unit apart.
 
DS207+ slides apart DS207+ outer shell
 
Once inside, the complexity, or lack there-of, really becomes apparent. The DS207+ features a small PCB with two SATA plugs and 2 x 3-pin power connectors attached. I'll show you the motherboard in greater detail over on the next page, so don't worry.
 
Situated over the rear of the motherboard, courtesy of four screws, is the steel housing for the HDD's. As the DS207+ is only capable of running a singular HDD or RAID 0/1 array, there is only provision for two HDD's. Interestingly, you can see that the fan at the rear of the unit protrudes below the steel HDD housing plate. This assists with drawing cool air over the componentry on the motherboard from the louvered vent at the bottom.
 
DS207+ connectors DS207+ HDD housing
 
Let's head over the page to see what kind of components Synology has used to control the DS207+ NAS server.
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12-10-2008, 06:20:27

PV5150
Looking to take the leap towards Network Address Storage (NAS)? Synology' DS207+ NAS has everything that you'll need for a SOHO NAS solution.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...073839552s.jpg

But don't take our word for it - check out the review

12-10-2008, 07:42:32

Rastalovich
Great review. These units are excellent pieces of kit.

Unfortunately for me they're still priced as if they're being targeted at businesses - what's more, IT people within businesses. Gloss or repack them anyway they like, 230 without any thrown in drivespace is alarming. And if they're looking to really target the average home buyer, they will have to have some sort of drive in them. Yes they're basic to put together - but that is scary to most who dont dabble inside pcs on a regular basis.

And heres the thing - if u do dabble inside pcs, u wouldnt pay 230 for one of these for 2 drive storage when u have an old pc.

Good tech. Throw in merely 2x500g drives for the price and it'd be a good purchase.

12-10-2008, 07:49:48

PV5150
Thanks Rast, and yes I wholeheartedly agree with everything that you've just said. As if the cost of the NAS itself isn't enough, then to factor in the cost of one or two fast HDD's into the equation - you're up for some serious coin.

12-10-2008, 14:02:35

JN
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.

13-10-2008, 07:54:00

PV5150
Thanks Jim I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.



I'm sure you could and the results would be worth the extra effort too.

13-10-2008, 08:23:40

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding

13-10-2008, 08:52:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding
Very true. Almost makes me wanna build a wireless NAS and have it tucked away in a cupboard somewhere with a wireless N card installed.

Just a shame I don't have the time to fiddle, which I guess makes the PnP nature of the Synolgy appealing.
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