The 40600-0430-0000 unlike the RS217 is made by CRU-DataPort. There always other brands out there like CRU-DataPort which are often innovative. You might not get the same user experience comparing with other better known brands. But sometimes you might not need it.
There are two eSATA ports on 40600-0430-0000 giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds.
As there are no LAN ports, you probably know this is DAS (directly attached storage) box. Sometimes more than anything we need speed! If you have chosen right drives for your 40600-0430-0000 box, you can expect the best performance whilst you are editing your videos or working with graphics. Only disadvantage with DAS boxes, is data sharing capabilities, compared with NAS functionality.
Price And Warranty
This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £442.50.
The RS217 unlike the 40600-0430-0000 is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. Unlike the 40600-0430-0000 this box has the Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 - Dual Core 1.33 GHz processor. It has 512MB RAM which is enough for home environments to do very simple tasks.
There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Two USB3 ports on this Synology is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. There is one eSATA port on RS217 giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds.
With two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1.
RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. You may install Plex Media Server on this box. Plex lets you easily create a feature rich and practical home media playback system. Some boxes offer real time transcoding functionality. That let you stream your media hustle free, based on your device speed or screen size. Please contact us to find transcoding compatibility list.
Price And Warranty
This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Synology is £93.50 cheaper than the most expensive unit 40600-0430-0000.