Synology DiskStation DS216se 2-Bay NAS Unit Review 33

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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 Model Marvell Armada 370 88F6707
CPU Architecture 32-bit
CPU Frequency 800 MHz
Floating Point Yes
Hardware Encryption Engine Yes
System Memory 256 MB DDR3
Drive Bay(s) 2
Compatible Drive Type 3.5″ 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 Capacity 16 TB (8 TB HDD x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size 16 TB
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port 2
File System
Internal Drives EXT4
External Drives EXT4
HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm
Weight 0.87 kg
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1
System Fan 92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode Cool Mode
Quiet Mode
Low-power Mode
Wireless Support (dongle) Yes
Power Recovery Yes
Noise Level* 18.4 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off Yes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 60W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 13.73 W (Access)
5.12 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 46.88 BTU/hr (Access)
17.48 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
Certification FCC Class B
CE Class B
BSMI Class B
Warranty 2 Years
Notes Power 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 Number 256
Supported RAID Type Synology Hybrid RAID
RAID Migration Basic to RAID 1
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs Synology Hybrid RAID
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD Synology Hybrid RAID
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum User Accounts 512
Maximum Groups 128
Maximum Shared Folder 256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 2
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 64
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration Yes
NFS Kerberos Authentication Yes
Log Center Yes
Syslog Events per Second 50
Add-on Packages
Cloud Station Server Yes
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers 64
Download Station Yes
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 20
HiDrive Backup Yes
Media Server Yes
DLNA Certification Yes
PDF Viewer Yes
Spreadsheet Yes
Surveillance Station Yes
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 Station Yes
Video Transcoding Group 2
VPN Server Yes
Maximum Connections 5
Notes Surveillance 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
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content Main 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 Accessories Camera License Pack
Disk Holder: Type C


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