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ioSafe N2 - The Performance NAS is now Disaster-proof

Subject: Storage

Software and Performance


Since the N2 packs a fully featured Synology DiskStation within its shell, the software is no different from that installed on the DiskStation. In fact, the installation CD comes with the standard loadout image for a DiskStation 213, meaning firmwares are in lock-step with the current DSM release.

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DSM is probably one of the most fully featured NAS software packages. It handles file, mail, FTP, web, print serving, as well as a file sharing front end for both iOS and Android devices. There are add-on packages which add LDAP, DHCP, webmail, DLNA, and various other packages. A full list is available here, with even more detailed info available on Synology's DSM package page.


Back when we tested the DiskStation with the ioSafe connected to it via USB, here are the best results we could achieve:


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With the N2, there is no longer the added overhead of the USB link, and the N2 is able to talk to both drives of the RAID directly and with native SATA speeds. This results in some significantly improved results:


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Now that's more like it! You can have your cake and eat it too with this behemoth!

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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