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Synology DS110j review

Synology DS110j
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 111
inc VAT

Synology's DS110j is an excellent value network storage enclosure with lots of handy features.

Specifications

1 disk bays, N/A storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

http://www.scan.co.uk

Previous Synology NAS devices have been quite expensive, but the company’s latest model, the DS110j, costs just over £100. We’re used to seeing sluggish file copying performance from cheap NAS devices, so we were surprised by the DS110j’s pace. Large files were written at 23.8MB/s and read at 34MB/s. Small files were written at 14.5MB/s and read at 12.4MB/s. Although it’s not the fastest NAS we’ve ever seen, it’s certainly quick for this price.

The DS110j takes one SATA hard disk. Sliding the case open and screwing in the disk is straightforward. Although the design is similar to previous single-bay Synology NAS devices, the SATA data and power connectors, which previously required fiddly adapter cables, are now built directly into the motherboard which helps make assembly straightforward.

The DS110j has the same web configuration interface as its more expensive counterparts, which is a good thing since it not only looks slick but feels responsive too. Although the multitude of options can be overwhelming, they’re all logically organised and you can search the various options by keyword. A customisable home screen lets you put frequently used options in one place. Creating user accounts and assigning them different access permissions to different folders is quick and easy thanks to the logically laid out controls which are all grouped together.

We had no trouble using the DS110j to share the contents of a USB disk across our network. Usefully, a front-mounted button automatically backs up the contents of USB disks plugged into the front USB port. The Disk Station also worked flawlessly as a UPnP media server and as an iTunes music server. We couldn’t get it to share our Samsung USB laser printer over our network, but it worked well with an Epson inkjet.

Like many NAS devices, the DS110j can download files from a website or via BitTorrent without the aid of a computer. Impressively, there’s a separate interface for adding and managing downloads so you don’t need to give other users access to all the other, more sensitive settings.

There are plenty of other useful features too, including support for IP cameras and DynamicDNS support so you can access the built-in FTP server (see page xxx). The DS110j can even be used to host your own website, with support for PHP scripts and SQL databases. The photo server doesn’t offer many advantages over a photo sharing service such as Flickr though, unless you’re paranoid about privacy. The power management timer allows you set when the DS110j will turn on and off each day, with different times for each day of the week.

At this price, the Disk Station is packed with a surprising number of features and is quick at transferring files. It’s excellent value and leaves other, similarly priced NAS devices and enclosures in the dust. You have to spend significantly more to get a substantially better NAS enclosure.

Basic Specifications

Price £111
Rating *****
Award Budget Buy

Storage

Capacity N/A
Formatted capacity N/A
Default file system ext3
Price per gigabyte N/A
Interface SATA 300
3.5in drive bays 1
Free 3.5in drive bays 1
RAID modes N/A

Interface

Ethernet ports 1
USB direct access ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear) 1/2
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other ports none

Networking

Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play support yes
UPnP media server yes
iTunes yes
Print server yes
USB disk server yes
Web server yes
FTP server yes
Protocols supported TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP, HTTP, NFS

Miscellaneous

Size 165x65x223mm
Weight 800g
Vertical positioning yes
Ethernet cable included yes
Additional features UPS support, DynamicDNS support, download manager, surveillance camera support, photo server, power management
Power consumption idle 15W
Power consumption active 20W

Buying Information

Price £111
Warranty two years RTB
Supplier http://www.scan.co.uk
Details www.synology.com

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