Synology DiskStation DS216se 2-Bay NAS Unit Review

Synology DiskStation DS216se 2-Bay NAS Unit Review 33



Manufacturer: Synology
Model: DS216se (2-bay)
UK Price: £103.04 (At the time of review)
US Price: $149.99 (At the time of review) 

Today we will be delving deep into the Network Accessible Storage (NAS) department to take a look at the latest product on the market by Synology, the DiskStation (DS)216se, a crisp and very compact device allowing storage accessibility over a Local Area Network (LAN). So what makes the DS216se different from other 2-bay NAS units on the market? Well, we are here to let you know what makes this NAS stand out from others, providing benchmarks and the capabilities this device has. So let’s get right to it!

From small 2 bay home NAS units to enterprise ready RackStations (3 U – A measurement of height occupied in a server rack), dedicated support software and everything in between, Synology have designed some very impressive kit. Today we will be focusing on the home based NAS device, known as the DiskStation DS216se that is a budget-friendly two-bay device ideal for starting cloud storage in a much more convenient way than strapping Hard Disk Drives (HDD’s) to your PC.


We will now take a look at the geeky stats provided by Synology and what we will expect to see at the heart of this device, the hardware behind its super compact and convenient design. These details can easily be found on Synology’s website, under the heading “Specification” or found here.

Hardware Specifications
CPU ModelMarvell Armada 370 88F6707
CPU Architecture32-bit
CPU Frequency800 MHz
Floating PointYes
Hardware Encryption EngineYes
System Memory256 MB DDR3
Drive Bay(s)2
Compatible Drive Type3.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD
2.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
2.5″ SATA III / SATA II SSD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity16 TB (8 TB HDD x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size16 TB
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port2
File System
Internal DrivesEXT4
External DrivesEXT4
HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
Size (Height x Width x Depth)165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm
Weight0.87 kg
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port1
System Fan92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed ModeCool Mode
Quiet Mode
Low-power Mode
Wireless Support (dongle)Yes
Power RecoveryYes
Noise Level*18.4 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/OffYes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter60W
AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption*13.73 W (Access)
5.12 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit46.88 BTU/hr (Access)
17.48 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity5% to 95% RH
CertificationFCC Class B
CE Class B
BSMI Class B
Warranty2 Years
NotesPower consumption is measured when fully loaded with Western Digital 1TB WD10EFRX hard drive(s).

Noise Level Testing Environment: Fully loaded with Seagate 1TB ST31000520AS hard drive(s) in idle; Two G.R.A.S. Type 40AE microphones, each set up at 1 meter away from the Synology NAS front and rear; Background noise: 16.49-17.51 dB(A); Temperature: 24.25-25.75˚C; Humidity: 58.2-61.8%

DSM Specifications
Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number256
Supported RAID TypeSynology Hybrid RAID
RAID MigrationBasic to RAID 1
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDsSynology Hybrid RAID
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDDSynology Hybrid RAID
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum User Accounts512
Maximum Groups128
Maximum Shared Folder256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks2
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections64
Windows Access Control List (ACL) IntegrationYes
NFS Kerberos AuthenticationYes
Log CenterYes
Syslog Events per Second50
Add-on Packages
Cloud Station ServerYes
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers64
Download StationYes
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks20
HiDrive BackupYes
Media ServerYes
DLNA CertificationYes
PDF ViewerYes
Surveillance StationYes
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required)5 (including 2 Free License)
Total FPS (H.264)*50 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
20 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
10 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
10 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Total FPS (MJPEG)*20 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
10 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
10 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
6 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Video StationYes
Video TranscodingGroup 2
VPN ServerYes
Maximum Connections5
NotesSurveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.
Environment & Packaging
EnvironmentRoHS Compliant
Packaging ContentMain Unit X 1
Welcome Note X 1
Accessory Pack X 1
AC Power Adapter X 1
AC Power Cord X 1
RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
Optional AccessoriesCamera License Pack
Disk Holder: Type C


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