Back October of 2015, Synology released the DS216play, and DS216se both which we reviewed. Today, we are looking at Synology DiskStation DS216, which is touted as high-performing NAS solution suitable for small offices and workgroups. This versatile 2-bay DiskStation carries a hardware encryption engine, that allows it to effectively protect data including speedy performance. Furthermore, its usage of hot-swappable drive trays to market easy installation maintenance along with continuous service uptime should a difficult drive should be replaced. The DS216 also uses the USB Copy button for easy data transmission between external drives and the NAS.

Back October of 2015, Synology released the DS216play, and DS216se both which we reviewed. Today, we are looking at Synology DiskStation DS216, which is touted as high-performing NAS solution made for small offices and workgroups. This versatile 2-bay DiskStation carries a hardware encryption engine, that allows it to effectively protect data including speedy performance. Furthermore, its make use of hot-swappable drive trays to market easy installation maintenance and continuous service uptime should a difficult drive have to be replaced. The DS216 also uses the USB Copy button for easy data transmission between external drives and the NAS.

Synology quotes the DS216 with average read and write performance of over 111MB/s configured in RAID 1 by using a Windows environment. Furthermore, the DS216 has a built-in floating-point unit to increase the overall performance of the key CPU, which certainly will come in convenient for media enthusiasts who need upload huge amounts of photographs and HD videos. To help expand its efficiency, Synology has embedded the DS216 with an encryption engine that diverts encryption calculation tasks from the primary CPU, and can give attention to other tasks. Additionally, the DS216 is 50% and 110% faster in encryption reading and writing speed, respectively, in comparison to its predecessor, the DS214.

Design and Build

Like almost all their NAS solutions, the DS216 contains a high-quality plastic enclosure with a matt black finish that has the Synology branding on the sides, which double as supplemental ventilation. The DS216 also offers rubber pads underneath in order that it is usually securely located by your workstation.

Leading panel is host to both drive trays where users get access to install HDDs or SSDs, which is included in a drive bay panel. To eliminate, you simply accomplish the panel. Each tray also offers a drive tray lock to physically secure the drive from being removed.

On the proper side of leading panel may be the Status indicator, which displays the status of the machine; the LAN indicator (which displays the status of the network connection); two Disk indicators, which displays the status of the installed drives; and the energy button just underneath. Also on leading panel certainly are a USB 2.0 port-allowing users to hook up external hard disks, USB printers, or other USB devices-and the Copy button, which copies all data from the linked USB device to the drives installed drives when pressed.
The trunk panel shows the large ventilation section of the fan, which gets rid of heat to keep carefully the DiskStation cool and running well. If the fan somehow fails, the DS216 will emit a beeping sound. On underneath will be the LAN port, two USB 3.0 ports, and the energy port for the AC adaptor. The DS716+ also offers a reset button and a Kensington Security slot.

Testing Background and Comparables

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