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Synology RackStation RS212 Review

Rating: 8.0.

It has been a while since we have looked at a Synology product, and today we are reviewing their new RS212 NAS server designed for an office environment. The RS212 is a rack mount NAS server supplied with a replaceable motherboard and support for hot swappable drives. All the I/O ports are placed on the front panel for quick, easy access. The RS212 is designed to withstand high temperature environments, up to 45c.

Those who are confused with the Synology product naming conventions can use this as a guide:

“+” 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
RS = RackStation
First Digit = number of bays
Second numbers = year for the release

Therefore we now know that the RS212 is a member of the RackStation series, has 2 drive bays and was created for year 2012.


  • 12-Inch Depth to Fit in 2-Post Rack & Wall Mount Rack
  • 2 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft® Hyper-V® compliance
  • Quiet and Power-saving
  • Hot-swappable Hard Drive Design
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

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  • Raja

    This is too slow, are you going to review the 812? I want a review of that please.

  • Frank Joson

    We have this in our office and it has worked well now for a week, too early to report on the life span, but most of these last many years and are designed to deal with humidity and high temperatures, even blocked fans!

  • Derek Rodgers

    nice looking NAS, not ideal for my new purchase however, due to the shape. hope to see more consumer models on Kitguru soon