We've got a lot of content on our computers these days, from the digital music files we collect to all those treasured digital photos and videos. The last thing you would want to happen is to lose all of those precious files, so you need a reliable backup solution that is separate from your home computer.
I've had the wonderful opportunity to toy with the Synology DiskStation DS207+ these past few days and I have to tell you that it is world's better than any external hard drive I have ever used. From serving as a multimedia hub to backing up all your vital data, this is probably one of the best backup solutions you can get. It's so good, in fact, that it is a device designed more for small business and corporate applications rather than homes and small workgroups.
If you're a big business, Synology also covers those bases with their DS-106j and DS107e products. But for now, let's check out our DS207+ and see how it works out.
The Synology DiskStation DS207+ is marketed as an ultra-high performance 2-bay SATA NAS server with advanced data protection and Windows ADS authentication for small business and corporate users. It's powered by a 500 Mhz processor and 128 MB of onboard RAM. The unit supports up to two 1 Terabyte drives, though larger drives may work, but don't seem to be readily available as of yet.
Because it's a network storage solution, you access its contents much like how you would access a server. The folders found within can also be accessed as a shared folder on your network. It's also quite small and could find it's way nestled quite comfortably besides your broadband modem and router. Connectivity is provided via a Gigabit Ethernet connection for plenty of upstream and downstream speed.
Inside the Box...
In terms of features found in this glossy white wonder, you get:
- RAID 0/1 support
- Super power savin (11W-52W)
- Encrypted network backup
- Encrypted FTP with hack prevention
- Remote file management with a web browser
- Website hosting with PHP+MySQL
- USB printer sharing
- Dual 3.5-inch hard drive bay for data redundancy
This last point is particularly noteworthy, because it means that if one of the drives fails for whatever reason, you've got yourself another backup. This also means that you are, in a sense, paying double the price for your hard drives. A small price to pay for added piece of mind.
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