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Drobo 5N2 Five-Bay NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: May 16, 2017 3:35 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Drobo

Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications

 

 

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The 5N2 uses the Drobo Dashboard for setup and configuring. To start this process, we first sign up for a Drobo support account.

 

 

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Here we have the landing page for the 5N2. As you can see to the right, Dashboard has found our 5N2, and it is unlocked ready to go.

 

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Status gives us an overview of the 5N2, including installed drives to the far right and further details on firmware and uptime in the center.

 

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Going to the Network information tab, we see the MAC, IP Address and currently active port speed and duplex.

 

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Moving on, we look at the capacity menu. This shows us a breakdown of the current volume. We have 16TB available for data with 5.6 used for data protection.

 

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To access the data on the 5N2, you need to create shares. Above, I have created and mounted a Public share for testing.

 

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Drobo Apps are listed by category. These categories include cloud and remote access, entertainment and media along with network and system applications.

 

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In the tools menu, you will find the ability to control the lights on the NAS along with reset and updating the firmware.

 

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Drobo Settings gives you access to the redundancy settings. Here you can switch from dual to single along with controlling disk spin down.

 

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Network settings allow you to configure the name and workgroup along with the interface and NIC bonding.

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