Reviews and Problems with Synology Diskstation DS207+
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Synology DS207 Review:Feature-packed NAS for business and pleasure
27 October 2008
Conclusion: Dual-drive BYOD SATA RAID 1 NAS with Active Directory and AFP support.
Pros: LAMP webserver (HTTP, PHP and MySQL support), UPnP AV Media, iTunes, proprietary photo and USB print servers, Built in BitTorrent, HTTP, FTP download service, Gigabit Ethernet with 4K and 8K Jumbo frames supported
Cons: iTunes server doesn't support Apple DRM files, Can't modify created volumes, Only RAID1 volume expansion supported
Summary: DS207+ is designed with Windows ADS authentication, USB printer sharing, dynamic website hosting, and data backup. In our today’s review we are going to take a closer look at this award-winning solution.
Pros: Excellent speed parameters, Cute exterior design, High quality of manufacture, eSATA port, User-friendly web-interface, Various integrated services, Can be connected to an external network via PPPoE, Excellent logging opportunities, Copying data from external HDDs with a press of a single button, Telnet and SSH available in the official firmware, Handy tools for working with the device remotely
Cons: High price, Source code of the firmware is not free, VPN protocols other than PPPoE are not supported, You have to use a special program to load the firmware into the device before beginning to work with it, Noisier fan than in the DS107+, Fuzzy image from the camera in the Surveillance Station, No integrated Help system
Summary: Network attached storage is not exactly the most affordable means of storing and sharing your data, but as Synology has proved it is a very easy and reliable way of doing so. Those wanting to share large amounts of data among multiple networked computers should seriously consider a NAS device and if you just read your way through this review then I can assume that you have.
Conclusion: Synology has done a fine job with product presentation. There is plenty of pertinent information on the retail box, which improves the chances that the Synology Disk Station DS-207+ SATA Gigabit NAS will satisfy the consumer needs. Appearance is attractive for the home user. The white and black enclosure of the DS207+ gives it a very clean appearance. While it might look more at place in the home office than on the corporate rack, only the tech guys see the rack anyways.
Pros: Extremely easy setup, Good performance, Compact size, Attractive finish, Nice cooling, Support for 2 TB of storage possible more., eSATA support, Ability to add USB Hard drives, USB print server, Rubber feet for side mounting, Inexpensive compared to PC Servers
Cons: Expensive compared to other NAS devices, Still not as fast as a full blown server, May be out of place in a company rack server, Going to be hard to justify the high install bill for clients.
Summary: The Synology Disk Station DS207 and DS107 are seriously good quality products and we highly recommend them to anyone looking at either a single bay or dual bay NAS solution for the home or small office. Unfortunately products like the Disk Station DS207 and DS107 are more of a luxury than a necessity. Though if you can afford to spend $200 (single bay) or even $330 (dual bay) on just the NAS device, then either should be at the top of your shopping list.
Summary: Synology has hit the nail on the head once again with this outstanding product. They have taken the DS106 and all of its success, packed in some more features and added support for another drive. What more could a person want? This unit leaves little to be desired as it comes out of the box ready to do anything the home user, or even the corporate user could want to do. From FTP serving to automated backups, right down to basic home file sharing this unit has it all.
Pros: Easy setup, Nice interface, Fast transfers, USB print server support, External drive support, Daisy chain support
Cons: Extra features that are not needed (iTunes server), Loud startup beep, Instructions are a little lacking, Transfers interrupted when unit resyncs it's file system
Conclusion: So how well did the Synology Disk Station DS207+ perform in today's review? There is no doubt that the Synology DS207+ is an excellent product. The build quality is very good and it certainly looks very classy, whilst ensuring a small desktop footprint. The Synology DS207+ also provides good cooling for the hard drives contained within, and the cooling fan manages to remain reasonably quiet most of the time.
Pros: + Excellent feature set, + Looks, + Build quality, + Effective cooling, + Performance, + Storage capacity and array options for such a small unit
Cons: Absolutely nothing, It's times like these that I wish we had an OC3D 'Highly Recommended' award as the recommended award doesn't really seem to do the unit justice.