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Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 Network Attached Storage Review

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A Closer Look

DSC_3494Externally, the Seagate DP-6 is elegant and very shiny. The minimalist approach would work well in a server room or in a small office where it can be seen during the day. The drive release buttons are at the top of each of the drive caddies. Starting from the left to the right, the drive bays are labeled 1 – 6 under each of the slots.

 

DSC_3508On the front lower left of the unit is a single USB 3.0 port. Just above is the power and and one touch backup buttons.

 

DSC_3507The very top corner on the left are the menu navigation buttons. The NAS Pro 4 and 6-bay models have LCD screens that are used to access some of the system settings such as networking, storage, temperature and fan speeds. A short press on either of the buttons turns the LCD on and navigates through the menus while a long press on either of the buttons will enter the selected menu.

 

DSC_3495The backside of the Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 features a large 120mm fan to help keep the hard drives cool during use.

 

DSC_3499I/O connections on the back panel include one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, dual Intel one Gigabit LAN ports, and the power port. Just above the top of the USB 3.0 port there is a recessed button for resetting the admin password as well as the network settings.

 

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Tom, I have this unit and was wondering if in your opinion the so-dimm memory module could be upgraded to a larger size? Also do you know if the stock memory is ECC?

  2. I have this NAS, and use it for shared video editing storage with 2 editing systems. I wanted to make it work a bit faster, so I bonded the two Ethernet plugs into one “load balancing” 2Gb/s connection.

    I got a Netgear GSS116E – ProSAFE 16-port Gigabit Click Switch specifically because it was able to do port aggregation.

    The whole experience turned into a massive pain. I plugged the NAS into two of the switch’s ports and configured the switch to link those two ports together. It wouldn’t work. Eventually, I just tried moving the cables over to NON-aggregated ports on the switch, and the NAS popped right up on the network. I don’t know if the NAS and the GSS116e don’t have compatible port aggregation or what, but it just didn’t work. I do know that the GSS116e only does “static LAGs,” not LACP. According to the NAS’ monitoring info, it is putting out over 200MB/s (>1.6Gbps) with two plain old, unlinked gigabit ethernet ports.

    So before you spend the money on a new network switch, try it out with what you have, just linking the ports in the NAS and plugging them into a dumb gig-e switch. That’s the only way I could get this to work.

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