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ioSafe N2 - The Performance NAS is now Disaster-proof

Subject: Storage

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging

Last year we did a combined review of the ioSafe SoloPRO and the Synology Diskstation 212+ NAS solution. The ioSafe handled the function of disaster-hardened storage, capable of withstanding a typical building fire along with the resulting drenching from your friendly neighborhood fire department, while the DiskStation made the USB-connected ioSafe available to the network and added numerous additional features as part of its excellent DSM software suite, offering many features to both both home and business users:

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The whole time I was working on that article, I kept wondering how cool it would be if both items were combined into one unit. You could then get the additional benefit of multi-drive redundancy *and* the disaster-proof protection offered by the ioSafe. Well, that just happened:

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Behold the ioSafe N2!

Read on for the full review!

Taking a closer look at the front, you'll note all of the features and indicators of the DiskStation have been neatly carried over to the N2:

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  • Fire: 1550F for 30 minutes.
  • Flooding: Submerged at 10 ft for 72 hours.
  • CPU: 2 GHz ARM
  • RAM: 512MB DDR3
  • HDD: 2x3.5" hot swap bays (can also accomodate 2.5" drives)
  • External connectivity: 1x USB 2.0 (front), 2x USB 3.0 (rear), 1x SD (front)
  • Dimensions: 5.9" x 9" x 11.5"
  • Weight: 28 lbs


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The D2 comes well packaged with everything you will need to get it up and running, including a hex key necessary for removing the user-accessible protected drive cage. The key comes with a magnet to be stuck onto the back of the N2, which should keep it handy in case the need arises for hot swapping a failed drive. This is a nice touch.

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March 4, 2013 | 03:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does this work with time machine. Time Machine as you may or may not know does work on a network with an airport extreme Wireless N router or with Mac OS X server over bonjour.

Just curious. thanks!

March 4, 2013 | 05:34 PM - Posted by Brett at ioSafe (not verified)

Yup, it will indeed work with Time Machine. The N2 supports the exact same backup software as Synology products:


March 5, 2013 | 06:33 PM - Posted by Brett from Australia (not verified)

Good write up Allyn I think the cost is reasonable considering the quality of product being offered here and lets face it how much importance\value do you place on years of work (your crucial data) being safe in a worst case scenario.

March 11, 2013 | 11:35 AM - Posted by Kevin (not verified)

Any word on a 4 or 5 disk product? I have an older 4 disk Qnap NAS that I'll probably upgrade in a few years and I'd love something like this to replace it.

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