Last year I had the opportunity to review the DS2089 two bay NAS from Synology, and after testing it out I was thoroughly impressed with the performance, feature set, and price. I now have the newer DS210j model on my desk to try out and I'm eager to see what it can do. It looks nearly identical to the DS209 but the two units have some differences in internal hardware and cost. While the DS209 is best suited for a small business environment, the DS210j is a more budget-friendly home NAS solution while still providing a feature set that rivals its more robust (and more expensive) siblings. I have to say, pretty much anything a home user could want in a NAS is here – print server, DLNA media server, web server, FTP, iTunes server, download station, and of course all kinds of storage and backup functions. Mac and Linux compatibility is here as well. All of this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are some additional features that we'll check out over the course of this review. Let's begin, shall we?
SYNOLOGY CORPORATE PROFILE
Synology America Corp. located in Redmond , Washington is the North American branch of Synology Inc. Synology has been delivering award-winning NAS (network attached storage) devices to small business and home users since early 2000. Synology is a network attached storage company, with all R&D focused solely on delivering the best in class network attached storage devices with forward-thinking features at an affordable price.
When you purchase a Synology product, you will have peace of mind in the value that our products deliver and if you ever need a little help, our in-house support team, located in Redmond Washington is second to none.
Synology DiskStations include both disk and rack style NAS stations, in multiple configurations from entry-level to business class. With world-wide recognition for performance and reliability, Synology Disk Stations bring value to every day IT functions. Disk Station Manager software, a Synology exclusive, comes with every model, enabling robust functionality, and feature sets, in an intuitive AJAX web-based interface.
From mid-sized businesses to home users, Synology Disk Stations are designed to bring affordable peace of mind to digital asset managemnet. Synology is fully committed to providing exceptional services, with both pre and post sales support. All Synology Disk Stations come fully backed by Synology's hardware warranty, and 24/7 online product support is available through the Synology online forums, the Synology Wiki and Synology's website.