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Description
Description

Drobo DRDS5A31 Drobo 5N2 10TB 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Dual Gigabit Ethernet (5 X 2TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS))


spantv reviewOur Review:

8

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 8.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
  PROS
designIf it ain't broke, don't fix it. This must be the motto of the designers at Drobo. Because the chassis design on the Drobo 5N2 has not changed for almost 10 years across the entire Drobo Range. Not that it is a bad thing, it is a sleek and modern chassis. Compact, but not to the point where heat is an issue, thanks to the large fully controlled fan on the rear and ventilation throughout. Additionally the lack of trays in favour of a removable front plate (no screw driver required) and slot loaded HDD Bays, makes this a very self contained and hassle free device Only available in one colour, it may stick out like a sore thumb in a white and silver mac environment. Additionally, although you can dim the LED lights, you cannot fully disable them and given the device is designed to be very discreet, this is an odd facility not to have. Thought I imagine it will be introduced in a further firmware updated, so check first!
featuresLike the previous unit, the Drobo 5N, this new unit supports a number of popular Mac and Windows based applications. In some cases providing a valuable network element to local based software. Likewise for those looking for a sold background device to perform all your network and internet sharing based tasks in a way that requires the least amount of live input from yourself, will find the Drobo 5N2 a very competent device.
performanceWith an improved CPU over the previous Drobo NAS, as well as twice the memory at 2GB of DDR3 RAM, the Drobo performs it's tasks well. Liekwise the Drobo Dashboard software has seen a number of improvements sine I last played with it on the Drobo 5N and has a number of new apps including surveillance applications and plex. Definitely an improvement over it's older brother and worthy of a look. Lastly this unit alongside the mSATA SSD bay in the base (where other NAS devices force you to lose a HDD bay for SSD Cache upgrades), the unit also arrives with dual LAN ports on the rear. This opens up the possibility of using Link Aggregation (port trunking) and offers upto double the previous read/write, upload/download speeds of the older Drobo 5N.
valueDefinitely a step up from the old Drobo NAS. The unit has a bigger spec across CPU and memory, as well as improved network access speeds. These investments in innovation alongside big jumps in application support and the Drobo 5N2 operating system itself, means that if you are in a head to head choice between this device and it;s predecessor - You should buy the Drobo 5N2.

  CONS
designOnly available in one colour, it may stick out like a sore thumb in a white and silver mac environment. Additionally, although you can dim the LED lights, you cannot fully disable them and given the device is designed to be very discreet, this is an odd facility not to have. Thought I imagine it will be introduced in a further firmware updated, so check first!
featuresSadly the ARM Based quad core CPU, though of a relatively good frequency/power, is still not ideal for a large number of graphically led applications. Additionally those who are used to the premium and pro-sumer features of the likes of QNAP and Synology will find the Drobo 5N2 a little sparse in it's applications and abilities.
performanceOnce again, the CPU is a sore point. Lacking the ability to transcode is a killer for applications like Plex and the lack of NAS-Basic connections (yes there is dual LAN ports, but this is something the rest of the NAS industry has supported for almost 5 years) is a little disappointing. Ports like USB 3.0, HDMI and even simple Audio in/out are not available and in the age of network media being so popular, a NAS that lacks this connectivity and even 4K will bother some. Once again though, remember, this is a NAS to live in the background of your live, not the foreground!
valueThose familiar with the late 2016 release of the Drobo 5Dt , or Drobo 5C will see an unfortunate pattern from Drobo. Whether it is coordinated or not, Drobo are in danger of getting a reputation of turning up to the party late! Releasing a TB2 device just as TB3 was available for Mac. Releasing a USB-C device, but in the old USB 3.0, not 3.1 Gen 2. and now releasing a NAS that features 2 LAN ports, singing it's praises, but on something that is old tech. For those that need a device that can do it's job, unseen, unheard and most importantly uninterrupted - Buy the Drobo 5N2 NAS! For those that want to build, to change, to upgrade and to expand their Network Attached storage experience - Perhaps for the Synology DS216+II or the QNAP TS-253B NAS.

Drobo DRDS5A31 logo

The Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Dual Gigabit Ethernet 10TBis Network Attached NAS Storage device. It features a Marvell Armada XP Quad Core 1.6 GHz CPU and with 2GB RAM providing outstanding performance for those looking for a cost effective Network Storage option. This Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 is backed with Drobo’s 2yr limited warranty.

Out of the box this NAS can handle 5 x 3.5" hard drives / SSDs, giving it a maximum capacity of 70TB via 14TB drives.

Key Features

  • Pre-populated with 10TB of storage capacity (includes 5x 2TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS) HDD)
  • RAID Levels: 5:6:
  • Marvell Armada XP Quad Core 1.6 GHz CPU
  • 2GB Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet
  • Arrives with 2yr warranty for enclosure and 3yr warranty for hard drives



Includes Seagate IronWolf (NAS) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives

This Drobo NAS includes the best Seagate hard drives to work with this box. The perfect foundation for building maximum density server to be run 24/7.
Seagate NAS drives have been rigorously tested in high read and write Network Attached Storage Environments. This results in increased performance and efficiency within your DRDS5A31 NAS server device.

Combining Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 and 5 Seagate hard disks will provide you with a solid, long term Network-Attached Storage solution ranging from simply media file access, Apple Time Machine, complex Surveillance and Synchronisation abilities, as well as the utilization of VMware and ISCSI.

Vital Statistics (per drive)

  • Model Number: ST2000VN004
  • Rotation: 5900RPM
  • Interface: 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s
  • Form factor: 3.5 inch
  • Capacity: 2TB
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Warranty: 3yr

Back of the Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 box (the connections)

back of Drobo Drobo 5N2

  • LAN Network Port / Ethernet Port – Giving your Drobo storage device to both send, receive and manipulate files over the internet. However that is just the tip of the iceberg. Via the connection of devices such as IP camera, mobile apps and other system tools, you can use multi-purpose applications for homes, small business and enterprises uses.

Free Drobo Drobo 5N2 SpanStor Build & Test

You can have JBOD,RAID 0,RAID 1,RAID 5,RAID 6,RAID 10 set up on Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31. We offer our completely free and highly recommended SpanStor build service for your Drobo 5-bay enclosure. We ensure that your Drobo box and Seagate drives are in perfect working order before we send it out, at no additional cost. That's not all. We can install the latest Drobo firmware or even construct a custom build from the ground up! Depending on the nature and complexity of the setup you request, this can take from a few minutes to a few hours, all done here at SPAN, thereby saving you time and money.
Possible RAID options for your Drobo 5-bay box are explained below.
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Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 RAID options

  • JBOD- is a cost-effective network storage solution. If you have a lot of temporarily data to store, JBODs are an economical solution. Mind that the data is not critical or you have an effective backup scheme in place. JBOD is either a single or number of disks which are grouped together and presented to the Operating System as a single volume, called 'Spanning'. If you lose a single disk in the JBOD then you possibly will lose data, as the concept of a JBOD does not include not fault tolerance.
  • RAID 0 is ideal for non-critical storage of data that have to be read/written at a high speed, such as on a video editing station or an image retouching. RAID 0 offers great performance, both in read and write operations. All storage capacity is used, there is no overhead.
  • RAID 1 (mirrored drive) is ideal for critical storage, like accounting systems. It is also suitable for small servers in which only two data drives will be used (disc mirroring). It offers excellent read speed and a write-speed that is comparable to that of a single drive. In case a drive fails, data do not have to be rebuild, they just have to be copied to the replacement drive (mirroring hdd ). It can be used as back up mirror.
  • RAID 5 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. It is ideal for file and application servers that have a limited number of data drives. Very fast read data transactions while write data transactions are bit slower. In case if drive fails, you still have access to all data, even while the failed drive is being replaced and system rebuilds the data on the new drive.
  • RAID 6 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. Similar to RAID 5, read data transactions are very fast. Two drives can fail and you still have access to all data, even while the failed drives are being replaced. It makes it more secure.
  • RAID 10 combines pros and cons of RAID 0 and RAID 1 in one single system. If one drive fails, the rebuild time is very fast because data being copied from the surviving mirror to a new drive.

Choose your RAID here ->

Drobo Drobo 5N2 as a media server

Plex Server on Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 gives you centralized home media playback system streaming its media to your Smart phone, tablet or TV over the internet or local network.

Plex on Drobo Drobo 5N2 provides free services:

  • Watch media while on the go
  • Share your content from your Drobo Drobo 5N2 with friends or family
  • Bookmark media for later viewing
  • Recommend an item to a friend

Plex is available for many connected devices including: Amazon Fire TV, Android "stick" devices, GoogleTV enabled HDTVs or devices, Roku and Samsung Smart TV.

Spanstor Build And Test
If you buy this Drobo Drobo 5N2 and hard drives we do free build and test for the unit and hard drives. So you can use this device straight out of the box. All free of charge in DRDS5A31 price.
Same Day and Next Day Delivery available in UK and fast WorldWide delivery for products in stock.
FREE Business Quotes available for products with specific requirements or quantities. Often cheaper than Amazon.

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General

Stock code IB-D5N2
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N2
Model DRDS5A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Dual Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 21/03/2017

DRDS5A31 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
RAM/Cache 2GB
Guarantee 2yr
Processor Marvell Armada XP Quad Core 1.6 GHz
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDS5A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5
LANLANExternal2
SATAmSATA (mini SATA)Internal1

Software

DRDS5A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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Drobo DRDS5A31 Drobo 5N2 10TB 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Dual Gigabit Ethernet (5 X 2TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS))


spantv reviewOur Review:

8

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 8.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
  PROS
designIf it ain't broke, don't fix it. This must be the motto of the designers at Drobo. Because the chassis design on the Drobo 5N2 has not changed for almost 10 years across the entire Drobo Range. Not that it is a bad thing, it is a sleek and modern chassis. Compact, but not to the point where heat is an issue, thanks to the large fully controlled fan on the rear and ventilation throughout. Additionally the lack of trays in favour of a removable front plate (no screw driver required) and slot loaded HDD Bays, makes this a very self contained and hassle free device Only available in one colour, it may stick out like a sore thumb in a white and silver mac environment. Additionally, although you can dim the LED lights, you cannot fully disable them and given the device is designed to be very discreet, this is an odd facility not to have. Thought I imagine it will be introduced in a further firmware updated, so check first!
featuresLike the previous unit, the Drobo 5N, this new unit supports a number of popular Mac and Windows based applications. In some cases providing a valuable network element to local based software. Likewise for those looking for a sold background device to perform all your network and internet sharing based tasks in a way that requires the least amount of live input from yourself, will find the Drobo 5N2 a very competent device.
performanceWith an improved CPU over the previous Drobo NAS, as well as twice the memory at 2GB of DDR3 RAM, the Drobo performs it's tasks well. Liekwise the Drobo Dashboard software has seen a number of improvements sine I last played with it on the Drobo 5N and has a number of new apps including surveillance applications and plex. Definitely an improvement over it's older brother and worthy of a look. Lastly this unit alongside the mSATA SSD bay in the base (where other NAS devices force you to lose a HDD bay for SSD Cache upgrades), the unit also arrives with dual LAN ports on the rear. This opens up the possibility of using Link Aggregation (port trunking) and offers upto double the previous read/write, upload/download speeds of the older Drobo 5N.
valueDefinitely a step up from the old Drobo NAS. The unit has a bigger spec across CPU and memory, as well as improved network access speeds. These investments in innovation alongside big jumps in application support and the Drobo 5N2 operating system itself, means that if you are in a head to head choice between this device and it;s predecessor - You should buy the Drobo 5N2.

  CONS
designOnly available in one colour, it may stick out like a sore thumb in a white and silver mac environment. Additionally, although you can dim the LED lights, you cannot fully disable them and given the device is designed to be very discreet, this is an odd facility not to have. Thought I imagine it will be introduced in a further firmware updated, so check first!
featuresSadly the ARM Based quad core CPU, though of a relatively good frequency/power, is still not ideal for a large number of graphically led applications. Additionally those who are used to the premium and pro-sumer features of the likes of QNAP and Synology will find the Drobo 5N2 a little sparse in it's applications and abilities.
performanceOnce again, the CPU is a sore point. Lacking the ability to transcode is a killer for applications like Plex and the lack of NAS-Basic connections (yes there is dual LAN ports, but this is something the rest of the NAS industry has supported for almost 5 years) is a little disappointing. Ports like USB 3.0, HDMI and even simple Audio in/out are not available and in the age of network media being so popular, a NAS that lacks this connectivity and even 4K will bother some. Once again though, remember, this is a NAS to live in the background of your live, not the foreground!
valueThose familiar with the late 2016 release of the Drobo 5Dt , or Drobo 5C will see an unfortunate pattern from Drobo. Whether it is coordinated or not, Drobo are in danger of getting a reputation of turning up to the party late! Releasing a TB2 device just as TB3 was available for Mac. Releasing a USB-C device, but in the old USB 3.0, not 3.1 Gen 2. and now releasing a NAS that features 2 LAN ports, singing it's praises, but on something that is old tech. For those that need a device that can do it's job, unseen, unheard and most importantly uninterrupted - Buy the Drobo 5N2 NAS! For those that want to build, to change, to upgrade and to expand their Network Attached storage experience - Perhaps for the Synology DS216+II or the QNAP TS-253B NAS.

Drobo DRDS5A31 logo

The Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Dual Gigabit Ethernet 10TBis Network Attached NAS Storage device. It features a Marvell Armada XP Quad Core 1.6 GHz CPU and with 2GB RAM providing outstanding performance for those looking for a cost effective Network Storage option. This Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 is backed with Drobo’s 2yr limited warranty.

Out of the box this NAS can handle 5 x 3.5" hard drives / SSDs, giving it a maximum capacity of 70TB via 14TB drives.

Key Features

  • Pre-populated with 10TB of storage capacity (includes 5x 2TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS) HDD)
  • RAID Levels: 5:6:
  • Marvell Armada XP Quad Core 1.6 GHz CPU
  • 2GB Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet
  • Arrives with 2yr warranty for enclosure and 3yr warranty for hard drives



Includes Seagate IronWolf (NAS) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives

This Drobo NAS includes the best Seagate hard drives to work with this box. The perfect foundation for building maximum density server to be run 24/7.
Seagate NAS drives have been rigorously tested in high read and write Network Attached Storage Environments. This results in increased performance and efficiency within your DRDS5A31 NAS server device.

Combining Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 and 5 Seagate hard disks will provide you with a solid, long term Network-Attached Storage solution ranging from simply media file access, Apple Time Machine, complex Surveillance and Synchronisation abilities, as well as the utilization of VMware and ISCSI.

Vital Statistics (per drive)

  • Model Number: ST2000VN004
  • Rotation: 5900RPM
  • Interface: 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s
  • Form factor: 3.5 inch
  • Capacity: 2TB
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Warranty: 3yr

Back of the Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 box (the connections)

back of Drobo Drobo 5N2

  • LAN Network Port / Ethernet Port – Giving your Drobo storage device to both send, receive and manipulate files over the internet. However that is just the tip of the iceberg. Via the connection of devices such as IP camera, mobile apps and other system tools, you can use multi-purpose applications for homes, small business and enterprises uses.

Free Drobo Drobo 5N2 SpanStor Build & Test

You can have JBOD,RAID 0,RAID 1,RAID 5,RAID 6,RAID 10 set up on Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31. We offer our completely free and highly recommended SpanStor build service for your Drobo 5-bay enclosure. We ensure that your Drobo box and Seagate drives are in perfect working order before we send it out, at no additional cost. That's not all. We can install the latest Drobo firmware or even construct a custom build from the ground up! Depending on the nature and complexity of the setup you request, this can take from a few minutes to a few hours, all done here at SPAN, thereby saving you time and money.
Possible RAID options for your Drobo 5-bay box are explained below.

Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 RAID options

  • JBOD- is a cost-effective network storage solution. If you have a lot of temporarily data to store, JBODs are an economical solution. Mind that the data is not critical or you have an effective backup scheme in place. JBOD is either a single or number of disks which are grouped together and presented to the Operating System as a single volume, called 'Spanning'. If you lose a single disk in the JBOD then you possibly will lose data, as the concept of a JBOD does not include not fault tolerance.
  • RAID 0 is ideal for non-critical storage of data that have to be read/written at a high speed, such as on a video editing station or an image retouching. RAID 0 offers great performance, both in read and write operations. All storage capacity is used, there is no overhead.
  • RAID 1 (mirrored drive) is ideal for critical storage, like accounting systems. It is also suitable for small servers in which only two data drives will be used (disc mirroring). It offers excellent read speed and a write-speed that is comparable to that of a single drive. In case a drive fails, data do not have to be rebuild, they just have to be copied to the replacement drive (mirroring hdd ). It can be used as back up mirror.
  • RAID 5 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. It is ideal for file and application servers that have a limited number of data drives. Very fast read data transactions while write data transactions are bit slower. In case if drive fails, you still have access to all data, even while the failed drive is being replaced and system rebuilds the data on the new drive.
  • RAID 6 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. Similar to RAID 5, read data transactions are very fast. Two drives can fail and you still have access to all data, even while the failed drives are being replaced. It makes it more secure.
  • RAID 10 combines pros and cons of RAID 0 and RAID 1 in one single system. If one drive fails, the rebuild time is very fast because data being copied from the surviving mirror to a new drive.

Choose your RAID here ->

Drobo Drobo 5N2 as a media server

Plex Server on Drobo Drobo 5N2 DRDS5A31 gives you centralized home media playback system streaming its media to your Smart phone, tablet or TV over the internet or local network.

Plex on Drobo Drobo 5N2 provides free services:

  • Watch media while on the go
  • Share your content from your Drobo Drobo 5N2 with friends or family
  • Bookmark media for later viewing
  • Recommend an item to a friend

Plex is available for many connected devices including: Amazon Fire TV, Android "stick" devices, GoogleTV enabled HDTVs or devices, Roku and Samsung Smart TV.

Spanstor Build And Test
If you buy this Drobo Drobo 5N2 and hard drives we do free build and test for the unit and hard drives. So you can use this device straight out of the box. All free of charge in DRDS5A31 price.
Same Day and Next Day Delivery available in UK and fast WorldWide delivery for products in stock.
FREE Business Quotes available for products with specific requirements or quantities. Often cheaper than Amazon.

Drobo DRDS5A31 Drobo 5N2 RAM / Card upgrade options




Double your speed with Link Aggregation



Find Out More->



Add two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 pass-through port to your laptop through a single USB 3.0 port


Find Out More->

10 Times faster Network with 10GbE



Find Out More->






Drobo Drobo 5N2 compatible mSATA SSD
msata ssd for drobo Drobo 5N2
FIND MORE


Drobo Drobo 5N2 compatible drives here


Specifications

General

Stock code IB-D5N2
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N2
Model DRDS5A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Dual Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 21/03/2017

DRDS5A31 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
RAM/Cache 2GB
Guarantee 2yr
Processor Marvell Armada XP Quad Core 1.6 GHz
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDS5A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5
LANLANExternal2
SATAmSATA (mini SATA)Internal1

Software

DRDS5A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Is there a difference between network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and nas drive?

There is no physical difference between a network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and NAS drive, the MAIN difference is about the use of the equipment. So:

A Network Drive is a area on storage that is useable to anyone on the network and will be visible to the device you are using if you have the correct login/password.

A Backup Drive is a storage device is a area of NAS or DAS storage that is used JUST for backups and only for writing, not reading - it backs up one or multiple devices on a regular basis.


A Network Hard Drive is the same as a network drive, but instead of a portion of online storage that is network/internet accessible, it is an entire disk drive. Much larger and often includes a RAID drive acting as a fall-back.

A NAS Drive can do all of the above. It can be set up to be a backup drive for all your devices, it can make either a portion or ALL of the storage available over the internet or network, it can do all of these at the same time and can give you much, much more access options thanks to NAS software from the likes of QNAP, Synology, WD, Asustor, Buffalo and Drobo.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a server at home?

A server at home is a network attached storage device (NAS) that is like a computer, but with the emphasis on storage space. They can be purchased for as little as £100 and mean all your data can be accessed, used and backed up to and from overt the internet or your home network (WiFi etc). Bigger and more expensive home servers can do more, such as virtual computers, surveillance recording and multimedia access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is meant by diskless NAS?

A Diskless NAS means that it a network storage device that is sold without any Hard Drives inside. Many NAS Brands like WD and Buffalo will only sell their NAS server devices with Drives already installed - this can often increase the price significantly, as well as limit the Hard Drives you want to install. A diskless NAS is a device that you can choose which drives, how many and the capacity you want and install them yourself, for a more bespoke NAS storage device. Installing the Hard Drives is very easy and you can often save a lot of time and improve your long term storage by choosing a diskless NAS and selecting the drives yourself.

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What is a NAS external hard drive?

A NAS external Hard Drive is an external storage device that, unlike USB 3.0 and eSATA external Hard Drives, is accessed used the internet or your home network. So that means you can access the contents (DATA) of the NAS on your iPhone, iPad, Smart TV, PS4, XBOX One, Sonos Sound System, Bose system, Laptop, Smartphone and pretty much any DLNA enabled device without having to connect to it with a cable. Meaning you do not need to carry duplicates of all your data on all your devices, but can have one central NAS storage devices that all the other devices can access.

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How do I connect to my NAS remotely?

You can connect to your NAS server remotely with the mobile applications that are free with your NAS Brand manufacturer for iOS and Android. Alternatively you can use a number of desktop applications from the big brands QNAP and Synology NAS to access your device remotely. Lastly you can create a network and internet accessible drive with iSCSI and then setup software (Virtual Machine, backup, Surveillance and more) on your Mac or Windows machine to read and write to the NAS remotely.

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What is a NAS drive used for?

A NAS drive can be used for the following:

Apple Time Machine Backups
Synchronized Backups of Windows and Android devices
A Plex Media Server
DLNA Media Server
Download Server
Printer Server
Virtual Machine Deployment
Email Server
CRM and/or CMS System
A CCTV IP Camera Enabled Surveillance station for your home or office
File Server
and more...


 

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What are the different types of RAID?

The most popular and recommended RAID levels for a 2-Bay NAS and 4-Bay NAS from Synology and QNAP are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

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What is a RAID hard drive?

A RAID Hard drive is a Hard Disk Drive that is designed to be used in a RAID configuration - in simple terms it is a drive that can be installed with multiple other drives of the same type (such as WD Red RAID Drives, WD Purples Surveillance RAID Drives and Seagate Ironwolf NAS RAID Drives). These are designed to be on for long periods of time and for handling data that is shared and/or duplicated across multiple drives at once - constructed with better vibration, head and access controls). Most other drives are designed to work on their own.

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What is raid on a NAS?

RAID on a NAS is a means to protect yourself from losing your data due to hard drive failure. Hard Drives are the 2nd most vulnerable area of a NAS device and if a drive fails and you do not have a copy of the data elsewhere, you will most likely lose it all. RAID gives you a safety net (called REDUNDANCY) which means you can afford to lose 1, 2 or even 3 hard drives with the right configuration. The most common options are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

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What is a personal cloud storage device?

A personal Cloud storage device is a piece of Hardware, Like a NAS, that gives you the access, freedom, speed and utility of popular 3rd party cloud providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon S3 and more. However unlike those providers that hold your data on a server farm hundreds or thousands of miles away, where you it can be broken into, a Personal Cloud (NAS) lives in your home/office and can be protected with both bespoke AES-256bit encryption, individual login credentials and if the worst case scenario, can be simply unplugged from the network/internet.


It is also considerably cheaper in the long term.


 

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How do you connect to a NAS?

You can connect to a device in several ways:


- You can connect to a NAS via your home network as long as it is connected to the same router/switch that your other devices are connected to, via cable or over Wi-Fi (the devices, not the NAS)


- You can connect over the internet using the NAS manufacturer’s respective software on desktop or mobile platforms for Mac, Windows and Android devices


- You can also access the data as a network drive (where the location of the drive with be an IP - 192.168. etc.) and then the drive can be read and written to as needed


Thank you


 

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How does a NAS device work?

Excellent Question. A NAS devices like a computer that is dedicated to storing data that is made accessible across all your internet enabled devices. It connects to your home network (in simple terms, the internet connected network in your home or office) and makes the data that is store on it accessible. You can also access the data from outside the phone via WiFi at hotspots and other buildings, or via your mobile 3G or 4G internet connection.

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Do you really need a NAS?

If you have data spread across multiple devices without a single backup location, then YES, you really do need a NAS drive. As it will make backing up with multiple devices easier, more automated and reliable.


If you are a business with large amounts of data that needs to be accessible quickly, across multiple machines or outside your office environment for off-site staff or clients, then YES you needs a NAS.


If you want your internet accessible data to be 100% inaccessible when needed (for security) and are considering a Cloud provider or a NAS, BUY A NAS!!! It is cheaper in the long run and can have individual and bespoke security measures. 


 

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What is a NAS drives for home?

A NAS drive for Home is the means of storing your data in a central location that can be used for more home and entertainment based applications. Often these are 2-Bay or 4-Bay NAS Devices that support applications such as Plex, DLNA Server support, Backups like Apple Time Machine and Surveillance over IP cameras from companies such as Edimax and Reolink. The Hard drives in a NAS Drive for Home are recommended to be WD Red NAS Drives or Seagate Ironwolf NAS drives.


 

05/04/2017 | | GB Flag |
Built in battery ensures that even if there is power cut. NAS can manage to shut itself down safely. No need for power supply - great!
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Drobo 5N2
CPU Marvell quad core Armada XP MV78460 ARMv7 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
RAM 2 GB DDR3 Hynix H5TQ4G63CFR (x4)
Flash 1 GB Apacer USB flash disk AP-UM001GR31CG-2MSNRT
128 MB Spansion S29GL01GS10TFI010
Ethernet Marvell 88E1318-NNB2 Gigabit Ethernet PHY (x2)
SATA Marvell 88SE9170-NNX2 PCIe to dual SATA controller (x2)


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