Reviews and Problems with Synology Disk Station DS209+
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13 November 2009
Summary: The DS209+ is a great full featured replacement for the DS207+. The DS209+ like the DS207+ is a NAS device for both home and business use. During the time of this review Synology announced the support of 2 terabyte drives (click here to see what drives are supported by the DS209+). Also as stated in the introduction the support of NFS appeals to those who are using VMware ESX Enterprise at work and want to build up a lab.
Summary: I absolutely love this device! It has so many wonderful features that it would take you a couples of days just to configure them to the best setting for your home and then just sit back and enjoy it all. All of the setting a pretty straight forward and should not be to hard to setup for the average user, but if you are having a problem just go to the Synology forum , there is a wealth of information to be had from here.
Conclusion: Synology has made a great decision releasing the DS209. By shedding off $200, the DS209 is much more within the price range where home users or small business users would be willing to spend on a NAS. Even though by saving $200 means that you will be missing an eSATA port, reduction of the number of connections, and having lower maximum number of users, we do not think that these features would be a major drawback toward where the DS209′s $300 targeting audience.
Synology Disk Station DS209+ Network Attached Storage Device Review
30 March 2009
Summary: Synology DS209+ with its 800MHz CPU and 512MB RAM is expected to deliver impressive performance, bring forth the concept of energy saving with Power On/Off design, and offer variable RAID management. It also features 3-speed smart fan control that should ensure a cool and quiet NAS server in the office environments. Let’s find out if it is really so!
Pros: Excellent performance, Top-notch design, High quality of manufacture, eSATA port, Localized interface and services, Multi-language integrated Help system, User-friendly web-interface, A lot of integrated services, Supports external connection via PPPoE, Good logging options, Copying data from external drives with a single button press, Telnet and SSH available in the official firmware, Handy software tools for working with the NAS remotely
Cons: High price, Firmware source is not free, No VPN protocols other than PPPoE
Conclusion: The DS209+ is a winning product from Synology. I really like the new updated user interface. The AJAX based user interface is sleek looking and responsive. The menu options are well-organized and easy to navigate. Users would quickly fall in love with the sleek look and appreciate the ability to customize the interface with the Favorite feature.
Excerpt: The DS-209 is right up there with the best home/SMB NAS units currently on the market. Not only does it provide a fast and reliable storage solution for your network, but it also works as a small server that offers everything from web hosting to file sharing to video surveillance and beyond.
Conclusion: Synology’s Disk Station DS-209+ is a compact dual-drive box that doesn’t forget about performance. Indeed, this badboy is one of the fastest in its class. Offering top read and write speeds of over 42MB/s and 36MB/s respectively, the Disk Station DS-209 is perfect for enthusiasts chucking huge files across a Windows, Linux and Mac network.
Summary: The Synology DS209 is an excellent little unit, with a more complex than necessary set up routine. Still for those looking for a highly featured, high performing NAS with an easy to use and flashy menu, it's certainly a compelling choice.
Pros: Small, encouraging design, Heavily featured, Quite fast
Cons: Initial set up routine too complex for average users, Disk management could use some work