Hardware Secrets
Home | Camera | Case | CE | Cooling | CPU | Input | Memory | Mobile | Motherboard | Networking | Power | Storage | Video | Other
Content
Articles
Editorial
First Look
Gabriel’s Blog
News
Reviews
Tutorials
Main Menu
About Us
Awarded Products
Datasheets
Dictionary
Download
Drivers
Facebook
Links
Manufacturer Finder
Newsletter
RSS Feed
Test Your Skills
Twitter
Newsletter
Subscribe today!
Search
Recommended
Upgrading and Repairing PCs (21st Edition)
Upgrading and Repairing PCs (21st Edition), by Scott Mueller (Que Publishing), starting at $27.99


Home » Storage
Synology DiskStation DS211j NAS Review
Author: Ted Kritsonis 32,371 views
Type: Reviews Last Updated: October 17, 2011
Page: 2 of 7
The Hardware

The DS211j runs on a 1.2 GHz Marvell Kirkwood MV6281 processor, 128 MB of DDR2 RAM and a maximum storage capacity of two 3 TB SATA-300 3.5” or 2.5” hard disks (6 TB total) in JBOD, RAID 0 or 1 arrays, with iSCSI support also included. Our review unit came preconfigured with a 1 TB drive installed in one of the two drive bays inside.

There is a 70 mm fan inside that keeps airflow circulating to the drives, and Synology has made a point of presenting the DS211j as an energy-saving unit. The drives can be set to hibernate when idle, including the option of telling the unit to power on and off based on your preferred schedule.

Synology has clearly considered all types of consumers in designing the hardware and software to make it as user-friendly as possible for the setup process. From the hardware side, you only need to plug in the power cable to the slot in the back and a wall outlet, and then plug the included Ethernet network cable directly into your router. It’s advisable that you ensure you’re either using a router with Gigabit ports or a Gigabit switch; otherwise, you won’t be able to fully appreciate the speed that the DS211j can offer. To be truthful, having a media server to stream content almost demands that you have a ‘fatter pipe’ through which to push the data.

The unit comes with very basic setup instructions that take you through to the step of sliding in the included install disc into a Windows PC, Mac or Linux computer, and then launching the DiskStation Assistant software. After the install is complete, the DiskStation should immediately become recognizable across the network, though we found it interesting that Macs recognized it in the Finder even before we ran the Assistant.

Print Version | Send to Friend | Bookmark Article « Previous |  Page 2 of 7  | Next »

Related Content
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS Hard Disk Drive Review
  • Thecus N5200 NAS Review
  • Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB External HDD Review
  • MSI GS70 STEALTH Laptop Review

  • RSSLatest Content
    Sony Xperia T3 Smartphone Review
    September 22, 2014 - 1:50 AM
    ASRock D1800B-ITX Motherboard
    September 18, 2014 - 3:20 AM
    PNY XLR8 120 GiB SSD Review
    September 10, 2014 - 3:30 PM
    ASRock D1800M Motherboard
    September 8, 2014 - 1:37 PM
    Samsung Chromebook Review
    September 2, 2014 - 6:30 PM
    ASUS H97-PRO GAMER Motherboard
    August 22, 2014 - 2:26 PM







    2004-14, Hardware Secrets, LLC. All rights reserved.
    Advertising | Legal Information | Privacy Policy
    All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST, GMT -08:00)