Synology NAS DS211 & DS411j Review
Published: 16th November 2010 | Source: Synology | Price: £220 - £270 |
The rise of the digital household is a strange thing. It was less than a decade ago when many homes had one, perhaps two desktop computers or laptops. General media was on USB Flash Drives, CD, DVD and for the oldies, the floppy drive. Indeed we have moved on from those days; the average household often has a 1:1 ratio of people to computers, all of which are connected to a high speed broadband connection. Ever growing music and video libraries have removed all emphasis from the CD/DVD format and as of late, even our Televisions and Media Devices are beginning to leverage the power of internal and external networks.
Naturally these days, the sensible thing to do is to store files to a central location which can be accessed on multiple devices. Now not everyone has the space, budget or ability to justify a standalone desktop for the purpose of file storage so this is the next best thing - NAS.
Forgive us, we fully appreciate that the concept of network attached storage is nothing new, but regardless we are keen to show you all two new products from Synology - the DS211 and DS411j. Having already been impressed by their previous products we were keen to find out more.
The full details of the two NAS Servers are as follows.
• CPU Frequency: 1.6GHz
• CPU Clock Rate: 1.2GHz, 16bit@DDR800
Volume Type: Basic, JBOD, RAID0, RAID1
Volume Type: Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6
Windows ADS Domain Integration
DLNA/UPnP Media Server Support
iTunes Server Support
The two units sport near enough the same feature set. It is very interesting to note that the dearer 411j features an inferior processor with less onboard memory. Time will tell if this will hurt the NAS device's performance.
Let the unboxing begin!