SOHO NAS reviews generally focus on NAS devices that feature 1 to 4 bays of storage and enable SOHO (small office home office) users to quickly and easily backup their important data - whether that data is work documents, family photos, a music and movie collection or anything else that users want to secure. These SOHO NAS reviews feature products that have simple management tools but still offer a significant feature-set so that users benefit from robust functionality without being overwhelmed by complexity.
by Adam Armstrong

Synology Introduces The DiskStation DS416slim

Today Synology Inc. announced another new 4-bay NAS server, the DiskStation DS416slim. The DS416slim is a compact, energy efficient NAS server aimed at home users and professionals. The NAS is easily transportable and can hold up to four 2.5” drives for a max capacity of 8TB. And like all of Synology’s NAS devices, the DS416slim is powered by the award winning OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM).

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Announces New Thunderbolt 2 NAS, Virtual JBOD Solution, QPulse Remote Server Management Solution, and More

At CeBIT 2016, QNAP Systems has unveiled a plethora of new NAS storage innovations, such as the new Thunderbolt 2-compatible NAS, an M.2 SSD NASbook, the Enterprise ZFS NAS with dual active controllers, and many new features including network-defined Virtual JBOD, QPulse unified remote server management, Linux Station, and Hybrid Backup Sync. QNAP also joined Seagate and WD to demonstrate QNAP NAS solutions with a variety of HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS216j Now Available

Synology has announced the availability of the DS216j, a 2-bay NAS powered by a dual-core CPU with FPU and designed for home media streaming, file sharing and backup. The DS216j’s use of FPU speeds up thumbnail generation and is quoted to deliver file transfer speeds of 112.75MB/s read and 97.6MB/s writes when configured in RAID1. The main difference between the DS216j and the DS216 is mainly the CPU frequency, which boasts 1.0GHz and 1.3GHz, respectively.

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by Alexandra Haskell

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Review

Western Digital released the My Cloud EX2 Ultra in early February. This high performance 2-bay NAS comes with a few added benefits in comparison to its predecessor, the My Cloud EX2. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra gives you secure access to your files remotely and provides a simplistic platform for syncing and sharing content across computers. With multiple back-up options, this NAS has everything you’ll need for the home office or small business.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS Now available

Western Digital has updated its prosumer portfolio with the high-performing 2-bay My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS, an update to the My Cloud EX2. WD’s new storage solution is designed for creative professionals that need to automatically sync content across computers, easily share files and folders, and need multiple backup options.

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by Ed Hardy

WD My Cloud EX4100 Review

WD created the My Cloud EX line for prosumers who want network-attached storage (NAS) that can be accessed from many different types of computers, including tablets and phones. The newest addition, the EX4100, can hold up to 24TB in four drive bays. It is powered by a Marvell ARMADA 388 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of DDR3 RAM -- the amount of RAM can't be increased. This is an improvement over the 1.3GHz Marvel processor and 1GB of RAM in the dual-bay My Cloud EX2100.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases Its New DiskStation, The DS216+

Today Synology Inc. announced the release of its latest DiskStation, the DS216+. Aimed at small office and home offices (SOHO), the DS216+ is a 2-bay NAS server that is designed to protect, store, and share their data. The NAS offers customers a powerful and power efficient device that can also transcode videos on-the-fly. Like all of Synology’s devices, the DS216+ runs the award-winning OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM).

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Review

The DiskStation DS716+ is a scalable, performance-driven 2-bay NAS server designed for small businesses or workgroups. Like all Synology DiskStations, the DS716+ is an extremely versatile device that can also deliver high-speed encrypted data transfer rates and 4K transcoding all the while running Btrfs, the a new copy on write (CoW) filesystem. The DS716+ comes with a 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 16TB of capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS216 NAS Review

Back in October of 2015, Synology released the DS216play, and DS216se both of which we reviewed. Today, we will be looking at Synology DiskStation DS216, which is touted as high-performing NAS solution designed for small offices and workgroups. This versatile 2-bay DiskStation includes a hardware encryption engine, which allows it to effectively protect data inclusive of speedy performance. In addition, its use of hot-swappable drive trays to promote easy installation maintenance as well as continuous service uptime should a hard drive need to be replaced. The DS216 also uses the USB Copy button for easy data transmission between external drives and the NAS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS115j NAS Review

The DiskStation DS115j, which is a single-bay version of the DS216se, is Synology's least expensive NAS. It was designed to give personal users the ability to create a basic cloud with access to all of Synology's DSM features. Compared to Synology's other NAS offerings, the DS115j is stripped down in terms of specs, leveraging an 800MHz CPU, 256MB of DDR3 RAM, and USB 2.0 ports. However, it is hard to argue with its $100 price tag.

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