Conclusion: Final ThoughtsTo setup and configure the Synology USB Station 2 was very straight forward with the Synology Assistant. The DiskStation Manager 3.1 operating system is used throughout the Synology NAS range and allows the Synology USB Station 2 to offer a large range of features from acting to a media server, printer server to running a home FTP server.
Pros: Small & compact, Flexiable Operating System, Extensive range of features, Respectable EXT4 speeds
Conclusion: Once powered on and plugged in, the LED indicators are very useful in letting you know when everything is hooked up and ready to go. The Synology USB Station 2 comes with software that you need to install to be able to use everything. Once this is installed, you’re ready to go. The software will install an icon onto your desktop so just double click that when you’re ready, it should load up instantly.
Conclusion: While the USB Station doesn’t quite offer you the full features of a NAS and you do need to take into consideration the added cost of a storage device of some kind with USB conectivity, Synology have bundled all the most commonly used features of their other devices into it. On top of this, they’ve maintained the simple installation and nice user interace found on the much more expensive models.
Pros: Printer sharing, Easy Installation, Nice User Inerface, Most of the features found on more expenisve NAS drives, Passive cooling means its silent
Cons: No USB 3.0 port, Only 2 x USB 2.0 ports, Download station speeds are not the greatest
Summary: The USB Station 2 is an affordable way to introduce as much or as little network storage into the office or home as you care. It’s not quite as fast as integrated NAS solutions using SATA disks, but ought to be plenty quick enough for most domestic purposes. The USB Station 2 is also relatively easy to configure thanks to Synology’s friendly but powerful DSM 3.0 firmware, and is exceptionally discreet -- both in size, power draw and noise levels.
Pros: Easy way to share USB drives across a network, Comprehensive interface
Excerpt: Networked-attached storage (NAS) is damn useful. In addition to providing a convenient means of backing up important data stored on your computers, today’s consumer-orientated models typically incorporate a DLNA media server. As a result, they’re able to stream multimedia files to any device that’s capable of accepting them. Synology’s stylish, white box does all that for only £85.
Excerpt: Overview The Synology USB Station 2 is a quick way to turn any spare USB external hard drives into a network storage solutions. It supports USB printers; can handle external hard drives formatted using FAT32, NTFS, or EXT4 file systems; and has plenty of features and a simple to use and robust Web interface.
Excerpt: 2 Flares 2 Flares × KitGuru has reviewed many Synology products recently and our findings have shown that they have been incredibly successful targeting both the business and home enthusiast markets with high performance solutions. As many people are immediately discouraged by typical NAS pricing however today we are going to look at one of their latest ‘stripped down’ products for the mass market.