For those of you looking for a home media or data storage friendly NAS (Network Attached Storage) unit, Synology may have you covered with their latest product. Today, the makers of the DiskStation series of NAS systems announced the latest in their line of NAS units dubbed the DiskStation DS216j. Hot on the heels of the DS416j (currently under review), this 2-bay NAS is designed for home and personal usage with reliable, power-efficient multimedia streaming in mind.
Sporting a dual-core CPU (no information provided on the speed), augmented by an FPU (floating-point unit, meant to speed up thumbnail generation), the DS216j is capable of file transfer speeds of up to 112.7 Mbps read and 97.6 Mbps write. Not at all bad, considering the peak power usage is supposed to be just over 14 Watts, with hibernation using just under 7 Watts; making it one of the most energy efficient NAS units that this blogger has seen.
Fans of the Synology DiskStation line will be pleased to know that the DS216j runs DiskStation Manager, so there’s no need to learn a new management method if you intend on upgrading.
The DS216j is available worldwide today at an MSRP of $169.99. You can check out the product page for the full specs and see the complete press release on page 2 of this article. Otherwise I’m curious; is a 2-bay NAS enough for our general readers or do you prefer something with more redundancy? Let us know what your favorite NAS is and why in the comments below.