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Synology and Y-Cam Grasshopper Bundle Review

The DS211j is very similar in appearance to the faster DS211+ which we reviewed in December 2010. The J model is cream and grey and is an attractive little NAS design for the home. It measures 161 x 88 x 218 mm and weighs 0.98 kg.

Along the front are a series of activity lights for power, LAN and hard drive status. There is a also power buttons and a USB connector underneath.

At the rear is a cooling fan, supported underneath with a gigabit network connector, two USB ports, security lock and power connector. There is also an emergency reset button on this panel.

The DS211j is easily opened by simply pulling on the side of the chassis. Inside the motherboard is housed underneath the metal bay system which can house two 2.5″ or 3.5″ hard drives. There is a cooling dan behind this to ensure the dual drive system receives adequate cooling.

To keep the costs of the system down, there is only 128MB of DDR2 installed, alongside the 1.2ghz processor. The DS211j can support up to 6TB of storage (2x3TB).

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