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Synology and Y-Cam Grasshopper Bundle Review

Rating: 8.5.

We have reviewed many Synology products on Kitguru over the last year, but today we are looking at a bundle deal in conjunction with leading camera manufacturer Y-CAM. The ‘Grasshopper' Basic package can be picked up for £549.99 – it includes a Synology DS211J with 2 Y CAM Knight S cameras.

For your £549.99 you get the two bay NAS system, two IP based surveillance cameras with 2TB of storage. Today we will look at the package bundle to see if it offers good value for money.

Synology release a wide selection of NAS systems and it can be difficult to keep track. What is the difference between the DS211 and the DS211+ and DS211J ? Many people seem to be confused with the Synology naming conventions, but it is surprisingly easy to break down.

“+” series = performance range.
standard series (no digit) = mixture of performance and storage.
“j” series = entry level consumer, concerned about capacity but not performance.

DS = Diskstation
First Digit = number of bays
Second numbers = year for the release

Therefore we know that the DS211j is the entry level, mainstream model for basic duties.

We have never looked at the Y CAM products before and as can be seen on this page, they make a wide range of products for home and business use. The Y-CAM Knight S is a camera that can be used without a NAS system and it has built in movement sensors with the option to immediately email, send an SMS or even take snapshots or video when motion is detected. It has also night vision capabilities. The UK retail price is £135.

It is a 1/4″ CMOS camera with 310,000 pixels and a focal length of 3.6 mm. Night Vision is supported between 12-15m.

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