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Date: June 1st, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Synology
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS



Hardware

  • CPU Clock Rate: 1.2GHz

  • Memory: 256MB

  • Internal HDD1: 3.5" SATA(II) X2

  • External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port X3

  • Size: 160mm X 218mm X 88mm

  • Weight: 0.98kg

  • LAN: Gigabit X1

  • Fan: X1(70mmX70mm)

  • Noise Level:2 24dB(A)

  • Power Recovery

  • AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V

  • Power Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase

  • Max Capacity (Internal HDD): Up to 4TB

  • Max Supported IP Camera: 5

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)

  • Storage Temperature: -10°C to 70°C (15°F to 155°F)

  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%RH

  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 feet


RAID Management

  • Volume Type: Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

  • Upgrade from Basic to RAID 1

  • Expand RAID 1 with Larger Hard Drives


Applications

  • Surveillance Station 2

  • Photo Station 3

  • File Station 2

  • Audio Station

  • Web Station

  • PHP/MySQL

  • Download Station 2

  • iTunes Server


UPnP Multimedia Service Support

  • Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox360

  • Audio Format: AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMA VBR, WMA PRO, WMA Lossless

  • Video Format: ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, WMV, XviD

  • Image Format: BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF, ICO, PNG, PSD, TIF (tiff), UFO

  • Playlist Format: WPL, M3U


There are a wealth of features and specs beyond what I've listed here; so many in fact that it would be easy to take up a couple more pages. A full listing can be found on Synology's website.


So to sum it up, this is a fairly robust NAS that is probably better suited for a corporate environment or for users who run a business at home and have network storage needs that go beyond the basics. For the average computer user in search of a starter NAS, the DS-209 is likely to be overkill.

 

PRODUCT COMPOSITION



Synology packed the NAS in a plain box that arrived without any indication of careless mishandling by the shipper. It was even double boxed; complete with foam blocks inside to prevent the contents from being jostled around.



Everything to get the NAS up and running is included with the exception of the hard drives. Accessories include a power cable, setup CD, quick start guide, and Ethernet cable. A full manual in PDF format is available on the setup CD.

 

 


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