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One can hardly be a market leader with a small product range. So, after announcing its entry-level products for the 2010 model year, Synology updates its high-end product line-up, too. In this review we are going to talk about the DS210+ Network Attached Storage which, as its name suggests, is designed for two hard disk drives.

As a matter of fact, the combination of a high-performance platform with just a couple of HDDs is not always optimal because the capabilities of a fast processor may be redundant for two hard disks you cannot even unite into a RAID5. The cost of storage per gigabyte may be not optimal, either, especially for home applications where storage capacity is more important than sheer speed.

Therefore, Synology positions its DS210+ as a NAS for small and medium businesses that may be willing to pay extra for its broad functionality and enhanced capabilities.

Package and Accessories

The packaging is hardly any different from Synology’s other recent products. It is made from featureless cardboard, a small sticker telling you the model name and brief specs, and what accessories are included.

The accessories are standard as well. Besides the NAS, the box contains an external 12V/6A power adapter with a cord, a LAN cable, HDD screws, a quick installation guide and a CD with software and firmware.

Synology hasn’t changed its software bundle for a long time. It consists of three programs: Synology Assistant, Download Redirector and Data Replicator. The first of them must be run when you initialize your newly-bought NAS. It installs an image of the integrated OS and is available in three versions for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The second utility is used together with the NAS’s integrated client software to download files from the Internet; it is available in versions for Windows and Mac OS X. And finally, Data Replicator is a data backup tool for Windows computers. You can install these utilities from the CD’s autorun shell. The Windows-based Synology Assistant does not have to be installed. You can run it right from the disc.

Of course, the CD also contains firmware as well as user manuals in multiple languages.

Every utility can also be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website and we will discuss them in more detail below. We can only add here that their Windows versions have multilingual interfaces.

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