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

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x51 Series And UX-500P and UX-800P Expansion Enclosures Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the Turbo NAS TS-x51 series for SOHO and home users, which includes the 2-bay TS-251, 4-bay TS-451, 6-bay TS-651, and 8-bay TS-851. Also announced are two economical tower storage expansion enclosure companions, the UX-500P and UX-800P. The TS-x51 series is equipped with a Dual-core Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor, 1GB of energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), and supports dual LAN ports that boast upwards of 220MB/s for both read and write speeds all the while maintaining smooth system operations even during intensive data access or heavy multimedia streaming.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP HS-251 Silent NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the immediate availability of the HS-251, the next model in its Silent NAS series. Designed for the living room and as a home theater PC/NAS combo due to its quiet, fan-less build, the HS-251 is equipped with powerful hardware, a wide range of multimedia applications, real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud Mirror Review

The WD My Cloud Mirror is a personal dual-drive (2-bay) NAS designed specifically for mainstream consumers looking for data protection with the ability to access content anywhere from computers, tablets, and smartphones. It is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet and a 1.2GHz processor to deliver file transfers and high-speed streaming to suit the needs of consumers with different use cases. The My Cloud Mirror is very similar to the SOHO focused My Cloud EX2, the core differences come down to feature set. The EX2 includes SNMP, DFS, Active Directory, iSCSI and Volume Encryption for the business set, while the Mirror is more streamlined to appeal to the typical home user.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS414j Review

The Synology DS414j is a 4-bay NAS that is aimed at small and home offices, with budget in mind. Like the other NAS servers from the “j” series, the DS414j offers a fair amount of performance for its price point. Unlike the previous entries in the "j" series, the DS414j is the first to offer a dual core CPU and a USB 3.0. The processor is a MindSpeed Comcerto2000 this time around instead of the Marvell Kirkwood that had been used in previous models. The DS414j allows cross-platform file sharing, mobile access, and features Synology's award winning OS DiskStation Manager 5.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases QTS Version 4.1

QNAP Systems announced today the availability of QTS 4.1, the latest version of their app-driven NAS operating system. Building on the usability and features of QTS 4.0, 4.1 adds even more apps to heighten entertainment for home users and productivity for businesses. There is also an array of mobile apps for Android and iOS devices allowing users to monitor, sync, stream, and share from their Turbo NAS anytime, anywhere.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS414slim 4-Bay NAS Announced

Synology has announced the DS414slim, a 4-bay NAS that fits in the palm of your hand. Using 2.5" drives, the DS414slim has a max capacity of 6TB (1.5TB x 4). The DS414slim using the DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0 OS, twice as much RAM as its predecessor (DS411slim), a floating-point unit, and has the ability to serve up to 128 active connections. All this can be achieved with a surprisingly small footprint.

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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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