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Synology DiskStation DS212 NAS Review

Synology DiskStation DS212 NAS Review

Sam ChenJuly 31, 2012

A DiskStation for Your Home

We all spend tons of money and tons of time shooting the perfect pictures, making those perfect videos, and writing the perfect term papers, but most of us don’t have a backup plan just in case that hard drive starts clicking. Most hard drives on the market today have a typical lifespan of 3-5 years and with drive capacities hitting sky-high limits these days it’s fairly easy to lose years and years of your hard work in a single drive failure.

Luckily, there are solutions out there, and one of the more popular solutions these days are NAS units, or Network Attached Storage units. Most NAS units are basically lower powered computers that serve as dedicated servers for your documents, music, movies, photos, etc. These devices typically connect to your home business or network, and with a little setup, they pretty much can work as a hard drive that’s constantly on and constantly available to every computer on the network. Pretty cool, huh?

Today, we’ll be reviewing such a device – the Synology DiskStation DS212. The DS212 is a two- bay NAS unit primarily designed for homes or small business work group users. Below I’ve included some of the more important hardware specifications on the unit.

Synology DiskStation DS212 Specifications

CPUMarvell Kirkwood mv6282 1.6Ghz ARM Processor (Marvell ARMADA 300)
Memory16-bit@DDR3, 256MB of RAM
Internal HDD/SSD3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA(II) X2 (Hard drive not included)
Max Internal Capacity8TB (2X 4TB HDD) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) (See All Supported HDD)
External HDD InterfaceUSB 3.0 Port X 2, USB 2.0 Port X 1, SD Card Port X 1
Size (HxWxD)165 X 108 X 233.2 mm
LANGigabit X1
System Fan92x92mm x1
Noise Level19.0 dB(A)
Power Consumption18,2W (Access) ; 6,8W (HDD Hibernation)
Warranty 2 Years

As mentioned earlier, the DS212 is a two bay NAS. This means that you’ll have access to no RAID (JBOD), RAID 0 and RAID 1 setups. You’ll also notice that the DS212 comes with a 1.6GHz ARM CPU along with 256MB of DDR3. As expected, this processor will power the Synology DSM 4.0 software pre-loaded into the DS212 itself.  Additionally, the system also has the maximum internal capacity of 8TB, which can be made possible by connecting 2x4TB hard drives,with possible support for larger hard drives most likely through future firmware upgrades.

Honestly though, the specification and features page on this device stretch for pages. Think I’m kidding? Check it out for yourself. That’s because NAS units these days are jam-packed with features as they are pretty much low powered computers and they’ll be able to handle many of the tasks full featured x86 servers can handle.

Intrigued? Let’s move on.

About The Author
Sam Chen
Hardware and Technology Enthusiast. SSD Evangelist. Editor-in-Chief. You can find Sam's full biography here