Review Index:

ioSafe N2 - The Performance NAS is now Disaster-proof

Subject: Storage

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts



  • Disaster-proof storage (need I say more, really?)
  • Performance, connectivity, and software identical to the DiskStation 213


  • Price (but cheaper and more capable than the two products individually)

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Pricing is a bit of a sliding scale. The 'buy' page on the ioSafe web site offers a dynamically adjusting price based on drive selection, etc. Prices range from $600 for the diskless model (add your own drives), all the way up to $2000 for 8TB of capacity and further to $2600 with 8TB capacity using enterprise-class drives. Realize that the cost of the factory-equipped drives *includes* the cost of 1-year data recovery insurance offered through ioSafe. Plans extending as far as 5 years are available for an additional cost.

Final Thoughts:

I see the ioSafe N2 as the perfect marriage of disaster-proof storage and an excellent NAS device. It is certainly refreshing to see two smaller companies join forces to produce an extremely capable and robust product. The price may be a bit high, but is quite fair when you consider the serious storage functionality this capable box offers. An interesting realization is that if you had an N2 backing up to an externally connected drive, in the event of a fire or a flood you would lose the backup *instead* of your NAS data! I'll be giving serious budget consideration towards adding an N2 to my own home network in the very near future.

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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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