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Synology DiskStation DS214 NAS Review

Rating: 9.0.

Synology have been one of the key players in the Network Attached Storage Devices for some time now, and each new DiskStation model is eagerly anticipated. The DS214 is no exception with it first being teased at Computex in June of this year, along side its more powerful DS214+. This release also ties in with the latest update to the DSM Operating system; version 4.3.

The DS214 is based on a dual-core ARM chip running at just over 1 Ghz whereas the DS214+ features a dual-core Intel Atom processor running at a nifty 1.6 GHz. That said, we now see faster processors in our mobile devices, so is this enough to handle all the server requirements we expect from a Synology NAS?

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CPU Frequency Dual Core 1.066GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine Yes
Memory DDR3 512MB
Internal HDD/SSD 3.5” or 2.5” SATA(II) X 2 (hard drives not included)
Max Internal Capacity 8TB (2 X 4TB hard drive) (The actual capacity will differ according to volume types.)
Hot Swappable HDD Yes
External Storage Interface USB 3.0 port X 2, USB 2.0 port X 1
Size (HxWxD) 165mm X 108mm X 233.2mm
Weight 1.3kg
LAN Gigabit X 1
Wireless Support Wireless Support Yes (wireless dongles not included)
Wake on LAN/WAN Yes

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