Synology DiskStation DS211 review

For home or small business use, the Synology Disk Station DS211 is hard to beat

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  • Good features
  • Download options
  • Web server functions
  • Sharing options


  • Not the easiest to set up

The DiskStation DS211's excellent features make it an ideal NAS drive for home and small business users.

As well as FTP and HTTP servers, it supports PHP and MySQL. It can control and record up to 8 IP cameras, and its backup software enables Windows users to set up scheduled backups.

For Mac owners, it's Time Machine compatible, and its USBCopy function lets you back up data from a USB storage device with a single button press. Downloads with BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, eMule and NZB are supported, as are RSS and RapidShare.

After installing the Mail Station package, it can be used as a mail server, and with Web Station it can host up to 30 websites. Audio Station is perfect for organising and playing your music, or listening to internet radio with station information provided by SHOUTCast and RadioIO.

You can stream digital media to any DLNA/UPnP compatible home device, including the PS3, Xbox 360 and compatible televisions. It's compatible with iTunes too.

Photo Station 4 lets you share your photos, videos and blog over the internet, and there are mobile apps for streaming music, viewing videos and accessing files through an iPhone or Android device.

Don't expect the DiskStation to be the easiest to set up, but its versatility, excellent interface and the ability to download mini-apps from the Synology website for extra functionality make it a real winner.

It's also available as the DS211j, with a little less RAM, a slightly slower processor, and a £179 price point. Beyond that however, both units are almost entirely identical.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Storage Server
RAID SupportedYes
Product FamilyDiskStation
Total Number of USB Ports3
Brand NameSynology
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Standard Memory256 MB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Number of Total Expansion Bays2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports3
Height161 mm
Width88 mm
Depth218 mm
ManufacturerSynology, Inc
Product ModelDS211
Product NameDiskStation DS211 Network Storage Server
Product LineDiskStation
RAID Levels1, JBOD
Manufacturer Part NumberDS211
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Synology is dedicated to taking full advantage of the latest technologies to bring businesses and home users reliable and affordable ways to centralize data storage, simplify data backup, share and sync files across different platforms, and access data on-the-go. Synology aims to deliver products with forward-thinking features and the best in class customer services.

ProtocolsFTP, HTTP, BitTorrent, DLNA, UPnP, LPR, CIFS, AppleTalk, AFP, WEBDAV, iSCSI, Telnet, SSH, NFS, SNMP, DDNS, IPv6, PPPoE, SSL/TLS, HTTPS
Weight (Approximate)980 g