The Synology Disk Station DS209+ is a two-bay media-serving network-attached storage device that offers speedy performance.

The Synology Disk Station DS209+ has lots of benefits: compact, two-bay design; user-accessible drives; speedy performance; and RAID 0, 1, and JBOD configurations (it supports up to 3TB of storage; PC World tested the 1TB RAID version in a mirrored RAID 1 setup).

Unfortunately, when we first tried the Synology Disk Station DS209+, it refused to serve high-definition WMV files to the DMAs (Xvid and others worked fine).

After we talked to Synology, the company provided new 2.1-0833 firmware (which should be publicly available by the time you read this), curing the problem. From then on, it was smooth sailing and we could sit back and enjoy this feature-packed NAS box. The Synology Disk Station DS209+ served up audio and images smoothly, as well as the aforementioned high-definition WMV.

The Synology Disk Station DS209+ will allow access to music and photos via your network or the web with its built-in Photo Station 3 and Audio Station apps (the latter supports iTunes streaming as well as Internet radio).

You can keep all your photos and music on your Synology Disk Station DS209+ server, and you and your friends can access them from anywhere in the world by simply browsing to the NAS box's address - without interfacing with or getting lost in the noise of a social networking site.

The only thing missing from the Synology Disk Station DS209+ is a "Video Station" to stream video.

Synology Disk Station DS209+: Specs

  • 1 x eSATA, 3 x USB 2.0
  • Storage Capacity: 2000GB
  • 160x218x88mm
  • LAN Type: 10/100/1000
  • 980g
  • HDD Interface: 2 x SATA 3Gb/s
  • 1 x eSATA, 3 x USB 2.0
  • Storage Capacity: 2000GB
  • 160x218x88mm
  • LAN Type: 10/100/1000
  • 980g
  • HDD Interface: 2 x SATA 3Gb/s

OUR VERDICT

The Synology Disk Station DS209+ offers speedy performance, remote sharing and tons of features. However, it can be somewhat difficult to configure, and the drives not user-accessible.

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