Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,099 Reviews & Articles | 61,017 News Posts

Synology RS217 Two-Bay RackStation Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2018 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Synology

Test System Setup

 

Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications

 

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_20

 

The Synology Assistant aides in setting up our appliance. Once installed, this application will search your Network for any Synology NAS and start the setup process.

 

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_21

 

DSM setup takes around 5-10 minutes. It will ask a few questions about location and what packages you want to be installed and then commences those changes.

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_22

 

The package center has a solid number of offerings including Synology's own apps seen above to the right.

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_23

 

Control Panel includes options for managing users and groups and even shared folders. You get connectivity options with network manager and wireless options if you happen to be using a WLAN adapter. Hardware and power along with indexing and external device manager are available near the bottom and all NAS updates can be managed via the update and restore links.

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_24

 

Storage Manager gives you volume and disk group access. iSCSI is also made available to this menu as is SSD cache and Hot Spare.

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_25

 

One new feature of Synology appliances is IronWolf Health Manager. If you are using Synology drives, you should see the logo show up next to your drives as seen above.

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_26

 

With IronWolf drives, you can schedule drive tests within DSM storage manager keeping you up to date on your drives health.

 

synology-rs217-two-bay-rackstation-review_27

 

Further, you can purchase a recovery plan from Seagate should any of your drives ever fail.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading