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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





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





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.




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.




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




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.




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




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




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




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




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

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