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Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 Network Attached Storage Review

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nasos_14On the settings page, the Seagate NAS Pro DP-6’s name can be changed, it can be joined to a domain, and check and install firmware updates.

 

nasos_15The Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 offers quite a bit in terms of network services. SMB and AFP are the file and print sharing for Windows and Mac. Each service can be configured and either turned on or off. I suggest that if you are not using a specific service than turn it off.

 

nasos_16The Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 has two 1 gigabit network ports available for use. Each can be configured on the network page. Since the NAS has two network interfaces, they can also be set up for load balancing or failover.  To use load balancing a switch that supports 802.3ad or LACP is required and must be configured on the switch. For load balancing both network interfaces must be connected to the same switch. Fault tolerance makes one network interface active and one passive. If one interface happens to fail or become disconnected, the Seagate DP-6 activates the second interface. No additional configuration or requirements are needed on the switch and the interfaces can be on different switches for fault tolerance.

 

nasos_17The hard drives can be configured to spin down after a certain amount of time. This reduces the overall power consumption and saves the user a little  cash here and there. UPS configuration is also available on the power management page. This will allow the UPS to communicate with the NAS and shut it down in case of a power outage thus reducing the chances of data loss.

 

nasos_18The monitoring page gives a more in-depth view of what the NAS is doing as compared to the overview page. Each CPU/Memory process can be viewed in detail by clicking the details button on the process title bar.

 

nasos_19The monitoring page also includes a Drive tab. This tab gives detailed health information on each drive installed in the Seagate NAS Pro DP-6. SMART status of each drive can be viewed as well as an automatic testing schedule of each drive can be configured.

 

nasos_20The top of the menu is the quick access to other areas of the NAS. The file browser, download manager, and App manager are easily accessed here.

 

nasos_21Just to the left of the navigation menu is an additional menu that allows the configuration of direct attached storage such as drives that are plugged into the USB slots on the NAS. Shut down, restart and deep sleep modes can be activated from here.

 

nasos_22The Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 comes with a limited number of applications that can be installed from Seagate. In the advanced menu, additional applications can be installed manually.

 

nasos_23The Seagate DP-6 can also act as a R-Sync target for any device to use as its backup destination. Configure the source device to use the Seagate DP-6 as the destination.

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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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