Synology DiskStation DS112+

Summary:NAS specialist Synology has added yet another model to its wide range of business storage appliances. The DiskStation DS112+ is an updated version of the existing DS112, an entry-level single-bay enclosure based on the new consumer DS112j model, which it closely resembles in appearance.

NAS specialist Synology has added yet another model to its wide range of business storage appliances. The DiskStation DS112+ is an updated version of the existing DS112, an entry-level single-bay enclosure based on the new consumer DS112j model, which it closely resembles in appearance.

Synology DS112+: an entry-level single-bay NAS box powered a 2GHz CPU with 512MB of RAM

Distinguished from the consumer version externally by a black crackle-finish paint on its plastic casing, it also boasts extra features such as twin USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) ports and an e-SATA port for external expansion, shared printers or backup use. Internally, it has an upgraded 2GHz CPU with 512MB of DDR3 RAM — a significant improvement on the DS112j's 1.2GHz processor and 128MB of RAM. It supports 3.5in. and 2.5in. hard disks, including the latest 4TB models, although a separate adapter (not included) is needed for 2.5in disks.

The DS112+ has two USB 3.0 ports and an e-SATA port

Measuring 166mm by 71mm by 224mm, the DS112+ is a compact unit designed for desktop use. It has a longitudinally split case secured by a single screw at the rear, and the disk bay is a standard four-screw affair. The disk can only be formatted with the EXT4 filesystem.

DiskStation Manager 4

The latest version of the excellent DiskStation Manager (DSM 4) software is supplied, allowing even non-technical users to get up and running with little difficulty. The modular design allows easy installation or removal of the numerous bundled applications, which include a web file manager, a web server, a mail server, a surveillance server and a media server. Data Replicator software is provided for backing up connected clients.

We found that the extra processor horsepower makes the DSM 4 interface very responsive to use, and in tests using our standard 250GB Hitachi CinemaStar drive the DS112+ also showed a decent level of performance. PassMark's Performance Test web server workload (100% random reads, 3.3GB file size) returned an impressive 85MB/sec. In the file server workload (random read/write, 512MB file size) it managed 18MB/sec. It operates very quietly and draws under 15W in operation, and supports scheduled and timed hibernation.

The DS112+ costs £186 (inc. VAT; £155 ex. VAT) and goes on sale on 19 June.

Kelvyn Taylor

Topics: Reviews

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