What is the best 2 Bay NAS of 2016?

Which is the best synology 2 bay NAS of 2016 NAS The DS216PLAY vs DS716+ vs DS216+ vs DS216J vs DS216se vs DS216

Which is the best Synology 2 Bay for your NAS Needs?

It is safe to say that when it comes to NAS, one of the biggest names out there is Synology. But with so many units being added to their every increasing range every year, it can all get a little confusing. Everyone’s data needs are different and what is important in integral to one user can be a superfluous unrequited feature to another. There’s no denying that the accessing, sharing and distribution of media is a big demand of NAS, but equally there are the concerns of those looking for image based backup, a centralised download server and wireless surveillance. With these needs in mind many first time NAS buyers can get lost quickly.

What is the best Synology 2 Bay of 2016

So, with that in mind we present you with our ultimate guide to the 2 Bay NAS devices of Synology’s 2016 range, their strengths, their weaknesses and more importantly, which one is best for which NAS purpose.

Before we get into the nitty gritty of which is best for what, it’s important we highlight the things they can ALL do, the features you will expect from such an established NAS brand like Synology NAS. All 2016 Synology NAS two bay units support the following (though results may vary):

  • Synchronization with public cloud storage providers
  • BT/HTTP/FTP/NZB/eMule Downloads
  • Malware detection/removal internally without a client machine
  • Virtual host for multiple websites
  • iTunes® Server Support
  • Supported by all common browsers
  • All supported by the Android, Mac mobile apps
  • OS X Time Machine Support with multiple images
  • Surveillance Station support with Multiple IP cameras used at once (all units arrive with 2 free licences and more can be purchased as needed)

Below is a breakdown of the currently available two bay NAS units of 2016 available from Synology with their specs laid bare for you.

 

Design

 ds716+ small  ds216+ small  ds216 small ds216play small  ds216j small  DS216se small
 

Model

 

 

Synology DS716+

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Synology DS216+

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Synology DS216

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Synology DS216PLAY

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Synology DS216J

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Synology DS216se

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Price ex.VAT

 

 

£290

 

£233

 

£185

 

£174

 

£115

 

£93

 

 

CPU

 

 

Intel Celeron N3150 64-bit

Quad Core 1.6 burst to 2.08 GHz

 

 

Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core 1.6GHz, burst up to 2.16GHz

 

 

Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core 1.3GHz

 

 

STMicroelectronics

STiH412 dual-core 1.5GHz

 

Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core 1.0GHz

 

 

Marvell Armada 370 88F6707 800MHz

 

RAM

 

 

2GB RAM

 

1GB RAM

 

512MB

 

1GB

 

512MB

 

256MB

 

Ports

 

 

2x LAN

3x USB 3.0

(One touch back up)

1x eSATA

 

 

1x LAN

1x USB 3.0

(One touch back up)

2x USB 2.0

1x eSATA

 

 

1x LAN

1x USB 2.0

(One touch back up)

2x USB 3.0

 

 

1x LAN

1x USB 3.0

1x USB 2.0

 

 

1x LAN

2x USB 3.0

 

1x LAN

2x USB 2.0

 

Power

Consumption

 

 

25.84 W (Access)
8.84 W (HDD Hibernation)

 

17.57 W (Access)
7.52 W (HDD Hibernation)

 

15.48 W (Access)
7.2 W (System Hibernation)

 

15.08 W (Access)
6.83 W (HDD Hibernation)

 

13.42W (Access)
5.28W (HDD Hibernation)

 

13.73 W (Access)
5.12 W (HDD Hibernation)

 

Drive installation

 

 

Trays – Hot Swap

 

Trays – Hot Swap

 

 

Trays – Hot Swap

 

Screw – Internal Install – No Hot Swap

 

Screw – Internal Install – No Hot Swap

 

Screw – Internal Install – No Hot Swap

Warranty  

3 Year Warranty

 

 

2 Year Warranty

 

 

2 Year Warranty

 

 

2 Year Warranty

 

 

2 Year Warranty

 

 

2 Year Warranty

 

Read & Write Average

 

216.1 MB/s  Read

142.5 MB/s Write

 

RAID 1 Config

Link Aggregation

Average

 

113 MB/s Read

109 MB/s Write

 

RAID 1 Config

Encrypted

Average

 

111 MB/s Read

111 MB/s Write

 

RAID 1 Config

Average

 

107 MB/s Read

91 MB/s  MB/s Write

 

RAID 1 Config

Average

 

105.8 MB/s Read

87.6 MB/s Write

 

RAID 1 Config

Average

 

102 MB/sec Read

59 MB/sec Write

 

RAID 1 Config

 

Transcoding

 

 

4K

HD

 

4K

HD

 

No

 

4K

 

 

No

 

No

 

Expansion

 

 

YES

 

DX213

DX513

 

YES*

 

Only as an independent Volume

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Internal

File System

 

 

  • Btrfs
  • EXT4

 

 

  • Btrfs
  • EXT4

 

 

  • EXT4

 

 

EXT4

 

EXT4

 

EXT4

 

Surveillance

 

Max Cameras

 

2 Licences Inc

 

Maximum

 

IP camera: 40

 

 

2 Licences Inc

 

Maximum

 

IP camera: 25

 

 

2 Licences Inc

 

Maximum

 

IP camera: 16

 

 

2 Licences Inc

 

Maximum

 

IP camera: 15

 

 

2 Licences Inc

 

Maximum

 

IP camera: 10

 

 

2 Licences Inc

 

Maximum

 

IP camera: 5

 

 

Download  #

 

 

Upto 80X

 

Upto 80X

 

Upto 30X

 

Upto 50X

 

Upto 30X

 

Upto 20X

 

Shared Folders #

 

 

Upto x512

 

Upto x256

 

Upto x256

 

Upto x256

 

Upto x256

 

Upto x256

 

Plex

 

Transfer

 

 

Upto 720p*

 

*May transcode some low bitrate 720p media

 

 

Upto 720p*

 

*May transcode some low bitrate 720p media

 

Transcoding is not supported on ARMv7

 

only remuxing

Transcoding is not supported on ARMv7

 

only remuxing

Transcoding is not supported on ARMv7

 

only remuxing

Transcoding is not supported on ARMv7

 

only remuxing

 
 

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