SOHO NAS Reviews
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 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 Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS715 Review

Synology's newest 2-bay quad-core NAS is meant to serve growing businesses that expect their storage needs to increase, but want to minimize their initial investment. Unlike many of their other 2-bay offerings, the DS715 can be daisy-chained with a DX513 expansion unit, total raw capacity from 16TB to 56TB. The DS715 also provides impressive performance, with reported transfer speeds of 216.1MB/s read and 142.5MB/s write (RAID1), as well as 2GB of memory. In addition to its standout scalability, the DS715 carries with it all of Synology's other DiskStation features and their popular DSM.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS215+ Review

The Synology DS215+ is a 2-bay NAS that provides high performance when multitasking with applications while boasting excellent energy efficiency and a plethora of business features. Released as a successor to the DS214+ line, the Synology NAS has a maximum of 16TB in raw storage capacity and is ideal for small and medium businesses looking to centralize their backup process, protect their most important content, and efficiently share their files.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD My Cloud DL4100 Review

The My Cloud DL4100, which was designed to be easy to deploy while bringing new features to its users, is WD's newest four-bay SOHO NAS. All of the components of the DL4100 are made by WD, so the fully integrated system is ready for use right out of the box, delivering up to 24TB, 117MB/s read, and 107MB/s write. WD's MY Cloud OS (which comes standard with the DL4100) allows for PC/Mac consolidation, remote and mobile access (computers, tablets and smartphones), third-party app support, and maintained performance for multiple users. WD promises to provide reliability, security, scalability, which is evidenced in its features.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Personal Cloud Review (2-Bay)

The Seagate Personal Cloud is a small home or office NAS that acts as a private cloud for users when they are home or away. All the user's personal media be it photos, videos, or multimedia collections can be stored on the Personal Cloud and streamed to a television, mobile device, or DLNA compatible device such as a gaming console. The Personal Cloud can also be used as a backup and sync device for mobile devices, PCs, and Macs.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TS-253 Pro Review

The QNAP TS-253 Pro is a two-bay NAS optimized for small offices, workgroups and enthusiasts. It is a feature-intensive system that provides transfer speeds of up to 415MB/s, DDR3L RAM of up to 8GB (with upgrade), military-grade AES 256-bit encryption technology (70MB/s), video transcoding, third-party application compatibility, and virtualization. The TS-253 Pro supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 and can be scaled up to 60TB with QNAP’s UX-800P expansion enclosure. QNAP loaded the TS-253 Pro with a 22nm quad-core Intel Celeron 2GHz processor as well as 512MB of flash memory.

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