Synology has just announced two new NAS boxes that bring some high-end big business level features to the small home office market.
While most high-end servers come with just two LAN ports, Synology have equipped each of their DS1513+ and DS1813+ units with a whopping four-gigabit LAN ports. Why is that a good thing?
Firstly, it increases the reliability of the machine where the data on your NAS will still be available over the network even if all of the other three LAN ports fail over time.
Also the performance advantage of having quad LAN ports is that you can take advantage of link aggregation mode by connecting all four ports to your home/office network, significantly boosting data transfer speeds beyond the limits of what would otherwise be possible with one or two LAN ports.
Synology claim a read speed of 305.9MB/s and a write speed of 202.3MB/s in a quad LAN link aggregation setup.
These performance gains would be mostly felt in environments where you have multiple computers or laptops or tablets accessing the data stored on the NAS at the same time.
Other features include screwless drive bays, user-replaceable fans and a 2.13GHz dual core processor under the hood.
The point of difference between the two models is that the DS1513+ can take up to five internal hard drives, while the DS1813+ can house up to eight internal hard drives.
You can expand the storage further by hooking up external drives to the onboard 4xUSB 2.0 ports, 2xUSB 3.0 ports and 2xeSaTa ports. The USB ports can also be used to add printers, Wi-Fi dongles or even TV tuner adapters for access over the network.
As with other Synology NAS models, you can load the NAS up with drives of different size hard drives. Storage is also “hot swappable” which means that you can replace a faulty drive while the system is still running.
Both boxes come loaded with Synology’s web based management interface, Diskstation Manager (DSM), which further expands the function of the box with applications such as printer sharing, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance.