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Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Introduction:
Recently, we took a look at a beast of a NAS from Synology, the DiskStation DS1515+, but what if you are wanting a good, medium level NAS without having to put out almost a grand with no disks for a NAS? There are a lot of NAS options on the market today, but how do you find the best one for the money? Well, that is why you are here and today we are going to take a look at a NAS that has a lot of features and speed, but does not cause you to sell your first child to get it. The NAS we are talking about is the Synology DiskStation DS716+ two-bay NAS. Having a NAS in the technical age we live in is critical to ensuring that important data and photos are safe and at your fingertips. In addition, a NAS helps you keep backups of your important devices to ensure they can be recovered in a disaster or worst, a ransomware virus. You do not want to lose what is precious to you, so you have to have some place to keep the backups and copies.This gives you the piece of mind to know you are safe.
With so many NAS units available, you need to pick the best one for you with options that give you expandability and redundancy. Synology has been a long time maker of NAS units that offer a lot. The award-winning DiskStation Manager powers its NAS units, like the DS716+. One of the heartaches of entry-level NAS units is that they are very under powered and do not offer much expansion. To solve this issue Synology has the "+" line that gives its customers the devices that have the power they need without having to go the enterprise NAS route. The DS716+ is a newer addition to the Plus Line and offers an x86 processor, 2GB of RAM, and two drive bays for a decent beginning to your NAS project. If you are as ready as I, let's dive in and take a better look at the DS716+.
Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look:
As I have seen with other Synology NAS units we have reviewed, they ship in very secure and sturdy cardboard boxes. This helps keep your new purchase safe and secure while it is on its way to you. On the front of the DS716+ box is a sticker with the unit model number, a photo of the unit, and some of the features that the DS716+ offers, such as being scalable, having a quad core processor, 4K transcoding, and more. There is also the Synology and DiskStation logos. On the back of the packaging, there is another sticker that has the specification of the DS716+ and a diagram showing the ports, drive bays, buttons, etc.
Opening the box, you can see that it is packaged very securely. The DS716+ is wrapped in a foam sleeve and surrounded by cardboard buffers. Included with the DS716+ is the power adapter, power cable, two Ethernet cables, screws for 2.5-inch drives, the drive bay keys, and the quick start guide.
At first glance, the DS716+ looks like the little brother to the DS1515+, which was a very good NAS unit, so I have high hopes for this one as well. The DiskStation DS716+ is a two-bay NAS powered by a fast Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with a burst speed of 2.08GHz. The N3150 is based on the x86-64 architecture and includes an AES-NI hardware encryption engine. To compliment the processor there is also 2GB of RAM, which is a lot more than the 512MB we see in other entry-level NAS units. The combination of the better high-end processor and RAM allows you to achieve 200MB+ speed even when using encryption. You will also experience smooth media playback and 4K transcoding with the powerhouse stuffed into this little product.
On the front of the DS716+ there are the two hot swap drive bays, which make installing and removing drives a breeze, especially in the event of a failure should one occur. There is also the power button, a USB 3.0 port, and the LEDs that can be toned down if too bright. On the rear of the DS716+, there is a 92mm fan to keep the internals cool along with the Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, and the power plug. With the addition of a second Ethernet port, you can take advantage of failover and link aggregation technology to ensure redundancy and speed up transfers. With the eSATA port, you can expand the storage of the DS716+ with either the two-bay DX213 or the five-bay DX513 for up to seven total drive bays.
Now that we have the DS716+ out of the box, we can take a look at the installation.