With the amount of computers in households rising at an extreme rate, an easier way of sharing files between computers is definitely needed. Normally you’d have to go about setting up shared folders across the network, which, as some of you probably know, is not the most reliable system. Well, today we have the Synology DS212 NAS to review which will definitely make your lives easier if you’re looking for a simple way to share files across your home network.
The Synology DS212 NAS simply plugs in to your home broadband router and features two drive bays to store the hard drives you’ll be using over the network. With the ability to install up to 6TB of storage (2x 3TB HDD), the possibilities are endless. You could create a media server for sharing all of your films and music, or you could use the DS212 to connect to all of your home office computers to enable some simple file sharing functionality.
The DS212 looks very sleek, and this year features a black exterior instead of the previous year’s white exterior, which you might have seen on the DS211. The Synology logo is features on either side of the DS212 and the entire unit is finished off in a rough, matt finish.
If we take a look at the front you’ll see a variety of different LEDs, buttons and ports. From top to bottom, these are:
- Status LED
- LAN LED
- Disk 1 LED
- Disk 2 LED
- SD card port
- USB 2.0 port
- Reset button
- Power button
The rear of the Synology DS212 features a 90mm exhaust fan, to extract heat from the unit whilst in use. Underneath the fan, you’ll see two USB 3.0 ports as well as an Ethernet port (RJ45) and an AC connector.
The bottom of the unit features four rubber feet to prevent the DS212 from slipping.
Bundled in with the unit itself, we have the quick start guide, power cables, LAN cable, screw for HDD trays and an installation CD, which contains the guide, setup utility and data replicator 3 software.