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 Lyle Smith

Asustor Data Master (ADM) 2.2 Beta Version Now Available

Asustor has announced the release of the Asustor Data Master (ADM) 2.2 beta version for all of its NAS devices (i.e. 2, 3, and 6 series). All Asustor NAS users can download the beta firmware from the official ASUSTOR website, which have a host of new features and functions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Buffalo Announces TeraStation 5200 Network Video Recorder Series

Today Buffalo Americas announced the TeraStation 5200 Network Video Recorder (NVR) Series, a feature rich video surveillance NAS device. Able to support up to 16 Axis IP cameras, and with built-in support for AXIS Camera companion, the TeraStation 5200 NVR offers small to medium businesses cost-effective option for video surveillance and storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS414j 4-bay NAS Announced

Synology has announced the all-new DS414j NAS optimized for optimized for small to home offices. The DS414j is the first NAS of the 'j' series with a dual-core processor and a USB 3.0 port. Running the award-winning DSM 5.0, the DS414j can achieve read/write speeds above 100MB/sec and 80MB/sec. Along with the dual-core architecture and the USB 3.0 port, the DS414j has a max storage capacity of 20TB (4 x 5TB HDD).

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by Tucker Mindrum

iXsystems FreeNAS Mini Review

The new iXsystems FreeNAS Mini is a power efficient home and small office NAS featuring an 8-core 2.4GHz Intel CPU and 16GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB). The Mini, which was developed with the FreeNAS community in mind, utilizes ECC RAM, which reduces its possible error rate compared to previous models. The Mini of course features all of the FreeNAS goodies like compression and optional data deduplication, which is unavailable in other NAS consoles in its class, maximizing its 16TB of storage space and eliminating superfluous reiterations. It is the most customizable (both in terms of hardware and interface) NAS in its class and its free operating system has an active developer community, producing new (and free) updates regularly. Although the FreeNAS interface is not as user-friendly as others in the Mini’s class (like Synology and QNAP), once users become familiarized it can be a very efficient system to manage with an extensive feature set and leading data reliability thanks to ZFS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS214 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS214 is a 2-Bay NAS geared toward small and home offices. The DS214 is specifically designed for users that need to share files (and share files from multiple platforms) and protect data. The DS214 has a max internal capacity of 10TB (using 2x 5TB HDD in each bay), a dual core 1.066GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 5.0 software. Like others in the Synology DiskStation NAS line, the DS214 comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and Ethernet ports.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS214play Review

Synology’s DS214play provides 2 bays of NAS storage and its key component – video transcoding – allows users to easily convert media files to usable extensions, catering to owners of large media stores with conversion needs. The DS214play is also capable of streaming several 1080p videos across Windows, MacOS, and Linux at the same time giving the NAS a unique spot in Synology's diverse lineup. 

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud EX2 Review

The WD My Cloud EX2 is the newest addition to WD's family of NAS devices and is designed specifically for small businesses, pro users, workgroups and anyone else who are serious about a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream, and manage up to 8TB of data. The EX2 is a feature-rich, stable, and secure network storage solution with functionality such as data serving options such as an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and a P2P download server. Users also have the option of downloading and running a plethora of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!, phpBB, phpMyAdmin, Transmission, and SqueezeCenter. The EX2 can also be used as a media server giving users the ability to stream videos and photos to their TVs, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA/UPnP devices with the included Twonky 7.2 server, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server, and built-in iTunes server. In addition, users have several options to secure their data from loss including RAID 1 configuration, USB attachments, and cloud or LAN/WAN backup depending upon their specific needs.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Announces Several New Products at CeBIT 2014

Synology has introduced several new products at this year's CeBIT, including the DS414j, a budget-friendly NAS device for home use and small offices; the DS414slim, which is an eco-friendly option; the DS214air, which includes an 802.11ac WiFi and a USB WiFi dongle; the EDS14, which is designed specifically for surveillance cameras; and lastly the DS214play and DS414play, both of which are aimed at multimedia use.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS414 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS414 is a 4-bay NAS targeted at SMB and consumers looking for a powerful NAS with a competitive price. The DS414 has a max capacity of 16TB (4TB HDD x 4) and features a Dual Core 1.33 GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and Synology’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) software. The device also sports USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and two Gigabit LAN ports. The DS414 has four tool-less, hot-swappable bays accessed beneath the front panel for quick drive swap out. Running Synology’s award-winning OS, the device allows seamless file-sharing across multiple platforms. 

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by Lyle Smith

iXsystems FreeNAS Mini Released

iXsystems has announced that their new FreeNAS Mini home and small office storage solution is now available. The new 4-bay Mini, which boasts an 8-Core 2.4GHz Intel CPU and dual Gigabit network links, was designed from the ground up and extensively based on feedback received from the FreeNAS community. Aside from the powerful CPU, the Mini features 16GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB) which combined with the latest version of FreeNAS, should make the device one of the fastest desktop form factor NAS units on the market. 

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