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Review: Synology Disk Station DS-101g+

by Steve Kerrison on 31 August 2005, 00:00

Tags: Synology

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Introduction

A few weeks ago we brought you a look at Thecus's N4100 IP Storage Appliance. It was a pretty good network storage solution, but wasn't the sort of solution you'd expect to find in your home. However, there is a growing need for network attached storage in the home, particularly where you have multiple computers and possibly media centres floating around too.

So what kind of solution fits the bill for home use? Well, an all singing all dancing, active directory supporting, RAID 5 sporting beast is perhaps a little over the top. On the other hand, a USB 2.0 external hard drive passed from PC to PC, or shared via 1 computer to the rest of the network, isn't the epitome of convenience. What we need is a middle ground. Something relatively simple, but with enough features to make it worthy of being a standalone device that you can tuck away somewhere and plug it into your home network, or maybe even your small/home office. Perhaps the product we have to review today will satisfy those needs?