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 Ed Hardy

Synology DiskStation DS216play Review

One option for those looking for network-attached storage (NAS) to store and stream up to 16 terabytes of video is the DiskStation DS216play from Synology. This 2-bay NAS can handle playing 4K video across a local network as well transcoding it so it can be streamed to a range of devices, including tablets and phones. Synology's new offering is built around an 1.5 GHz dual-core STM STiH412 Monaco chip. This is the source of the H.265 (HEVC) hardware-based transcoding, but only in Synology's own Video Station app. At this time, Plex isn't supported. A floating point unit helps speed up thumbnail generation.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS216 and NVR216 Announced

Back in October, Synology released the DS416, DS216play, and DS216se, the latter which we reviewed. Today, Synology has announced the DiskStation DS216, an all-in-one, high-performance NAS server, which is catered more towards small offices and workgroups. Compatible with the latest version of DSM, the Synology DS216 is an effective centralized backup solution using both Windows and Mac operating systems.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 (RN212) is a NAS aimed at home users and small offices. The NAS has two bays and a maximum capacity of 12TB, populating both bays with 6TB drives. The NAS uses a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex processor that allows them to deliver real-time 1080p high-definition video transcoding, according to NETGEAR few other consumer NAS can claim real-time HD transcoding. NETGEAR goes on to say that this NAS, along with its 4-bay model (RN214), are the first ARM-based designs to support this transcoding feature in a cost-effective solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS216se Review

The Synology DiskStation DS216se is Synology’s latest affordable 2-bay NAS aimed at small home office and home users. The DS216se is ideal for users looking for a budget-friendly method of setting up a private cloud, a full-featured server, or a media server. The DS216se uses Synology’s award winning DSM as an operating system. Though this is a lower-cost and “se” or single-edition option, its still comes will all of the features that DSM has to offer.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS416 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS416 is its newest 4-bay NAS aimed at small to medium businesses or home users that need a high performing, higher capacity storage server or private cloud. The DS416 comes with an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212 dual-core 1.4GHz, 32-bit processor and 1GB DDR3 giving claimed average speeds of 220MB/s read and 140MB/s write. Synology further claims that the DS416 can also transfer encrypted files at speeds of 146MB/s read and 65MB/s write. As with all of Synology’s DiskStation and RackStation devices, the DS416 has the award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM) as its operating system.

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by Tucker Mindrum

WD My Cloud OS 3 Review

WD has revamped its web and mobile interface for all My Cloud devices with My Cloud OS 3. They seem to have modeled this new interface after some of the other successful interfaces, pursuing a simplistic and functional design with some new features. This OS still provides remote access to content stored on My Cloud units, but WD has made it much easier to share or sync files, and administrative functions are more streamlined.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases New HS-251+ Silent NAS

Today QNAP Systems Inc. today announced a new addition to its Silent NAS line, the HS-251+. The new NAS is beefed up in the performance area with a quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM, and powerful integrated graphics. The HS-251+ is designed for home entertainment supporting a wide range of multimedia, coming with HDMI connectivity, the ability to transcode, and can scale up for the large HD media collections.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStations DS416, DS216play, and DS216se Now Available

Synology has just released a new slate of DiskStations: the DS416, DS216play, and DS216se, each of which satisfies a particular use case and application. The DS416 is a 4-bay NAS and the company’s newest feature-rich and high-performance device optimized for businesses and homes, while the 2-bay DS216play is a multimedia-optimized, high-value NAS server ready for 4K UHD transcoding. The DS216se is a more budget-friendly NAS, which allows users to create their own personal cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Releases 2 New ReadyNAS Devices

Today NETGEAR Inc. announced that it was expanding its ReadyNAS line for home and small office with two new Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, the 2-bay ReadyNAS 212 (RN212) and the 4-bay ReadyNAS 214 (RN214). Both of the new NAS units use a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex processor that allows them to deliver real-time 1080p high-definition video transcoding. NETGEAR states that the new NAS models are the first ARM-based designs to support this transcoding feature in a cost-effective solution.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-871T Thunderbolt 2 NAS Now Shipping

Just a week after QNAP’s announcement about their new TS-x63U NAS Series, the company revealed that the TVS-871T line is now shipping, their new networked storage appliance designed to offer photographers and high definition video producers an efficient way to manage content.  The new TVS-871T is the industry’s first hybrid NAS/DAS/iSCSI IP-SAN to offer direct storage access while leveraging two Thunderbolt 2 ports as well as full NAS functionality through Gigabit/10GbE network connectivity. QNAP’s new NAS is equipped with 8 hot-swappable drive bays and an impressive maximum of 64TB of in-unit storage. The TVS-871T’s storage can be expanded using QNAP's TX expansion unit series (TX-800P and TX-500P), totaling up to 448TB in total raw storage.

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