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This review is from: Synology DS216j Diskless System NAS DiskStation
Pros: works well, fast transfers (once you replace the network cable), minimum 60 MB/s or so (multitudinous small files), hardware is compact and easily configured.
I don't use the the Internet features, and so thankfully the software has the ability to configure offline (unlike MyBook, and so many others, which require a router and an Internet connection)
Cons: It comes with a bad network cable; once replaced transfer rates soar.
I understand that this is NAS, but is it absolutely necessary to use 3 different ill-labeled menus in order to: 1) initialize a hard drive, 2) format a hard drive, and 3) then create a partition? (None of the menu header labels reflect that they contain these basic operations.) One just has to get used to the way the terminology that Synology uses. (Then the next time you need to do it, you forget the sequence.)
Other Thoughts: I just want network storage; so I format both hard drives JBOD. With the HGST/Hitachi 0F12470 Ultrastar 7K3000, 2TB, 64MB, 7200RPM, SATA III, 6.0GB/B, the cost is under $90 for four TB of storage. Then I have another set of these hard drives that are also formatted JBOD to which I copy the the data, and thereafter I lay aside the first set. That's my redundancy. It may be crude, but this way I feel that I can avoid using a UPS, the models of which (for home networks) are horribly expensive, are unreliable, and have ridiculously short battery life).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
Pros: works as described; using it in a consumer-grade PC
Cons: you need an extra X16 slot (not a lot of server motherboards that have an X1 slot), doesn't support X4 or X8 PCI-e slots
Other Thoughts: don't get this if you run a server, unless you run one that has a X1 or X16 slot ... the card's docs don't emphasize that fact, so be aware ...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: works well using Cat 6 cable; plenty of throughput for maintaining reliably fast connections for digital audio networking application; haven't needed to reboot the switch yet (6 months)
Cons: none so farREAD FULL REVIEW