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Synology DS209+ NAS Diskstation

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Being able to host your own website, FTP, Multimedia Server or other web based products meant that you had to rent a dedicated server. Well those days may be in the past as you can now buy your very own NAS server to do all this work for you and it is actually simpler than you think. Synology Inc has the DS209+ NAS and it is ready to handle all these chores for you.


First Impression

Stored in a plain looking cardboard box is the powerhouse DS209+ NAS. At this point and time you have probably  already done all you homework and know what you are looking for so more added details on the box are really not going to help you, but for those that are not familiar with the DS209+ or a home/office based full featured NAS you will need to read on as I will explain it to.


Synology DS209+ NAS Diskstation NAS, Synology 1

Nested in the like a new baby bird the DS209+ is safe from harms way with padding and cardboard protectors. A minimal amount of space is used (go green) to help save the trees.

Synology DS209+ NAS Diskstation NAS, Synology 2

All the extras and everything you need to setup the NAS is included in the box, well of course you need your own hard drives, but other than that you are ready to go. The power pack, setup CD and misc needed cables are included.

Synology DS209+ NAS Diskstation NAS, Synology 3

So what can this unit do? Well lets just say everything and then probably more. Here is a list of the features and specifications.


  • CPU Clock Rate: 800 MHz
  • RAM Size: 512MB
  • Internal HDD: 3.5” SATA(II) X2
  • External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port X3, eSATA port X1
  • Size: 160mm X 218mm X 88mm
  • Weight: 0.98kg
  • LAN: Gigabit X1
  • Fan: X1(70mmX70mm)
  • Noise Level:(5)25dB(A)
  • Power Recovery
  • AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V
  • Power Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase
  • Max Capacity (Internal HDD): Up to 3 TB* (See All Supported HDD)
  • Max Supported IP Camera: 10 (See All Supported IP Cameras)
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
  • Storage Temperature: -10°C to 70°C (15°F to 155°F)
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%RH
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 feet

Power Consumption(1)

  • 32.4W(Access);


  • FCC Class B, CE Class B, BSMI Class B

Networking Protocols

  • CIFS
  • AFP (3.1)
  • FTP
  • NFS

Windows ADS Domain Integration

  • ADS Support
  • Domain users login via Samba/AFP/FTP
  • Synology Data Replicator 3 for Domain Users


  • “FTP over SSL (explicit)” or “FTP over TLS (explicit)”
  • Encrypted Network Backup
  • HTTPS Connection
  • FTP Auto-Block

File System

  • EXT3
  • FAT (External Disk Only)
  • NTFS (External Disk Read Only)

File Sharing

  • Max User Accounts: 2,048
  • Max Groups: 256
  • Max Shared Folder: 200
  • Max Concurrent Connections: 256


  • Synology Assistant
  • Synology Data Replicator 3
  • Synology Download Redirector
  • Add printer wizard

  • Surveillance Station
  • Photo Station 3
  • File Station
  • Audio Station
  • Web Station
  • Download Station 2
  • iTunes Server

UPnP Multimedia Service Support

  • Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox360 (See All Supported DMA)
  • Audio Format: AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMA VBR, WMA PRO, WMA Lossless
  • Video Format: ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, WMV, XviD
  • Image Format: BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF, ICO, PNG, PSD, TIF (tiff), UFO
  • Playlist Format: WPL, M3U

iTunes Server Support

  • Audio Format: MP3, M4A, M4P, WAV(4), AIF(4)
  • Playlist Format: M3U, WPL

Audio Station Support

  • USB Mode: (Audio) AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WMA VBR (Playlist) M3U, WPL (Internet Radio) SHOUTcast, Radioio
  • Streaming Mode: (Audio) MP3 (Playlist) M3U, WPL

Photo Station 3 Support

  • Video Format: ASF, AVI, MPEG1, MPEG4, WMV, XviD, DivX, FLV, DAT(2), MP4(2), MPEG2(2), RM(2), RMVB(2), VOB(2)
  • Image Format: BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF


  • AJAX-based Management UI
  • BitTorrent Port Range Setup
  • BitTorrent DHT Support
  • CIFS Recycle Bin
  • Download Station Bandwidth control
  • Download Station Port Range Setup
  • Editable HTTP Error Page
  • Email Alert Message
  • Email Notification for New User
  • Package Management
  • External HDD Hibernation (eSATA, USB)
  • Scheduled Power On/Off
  • Firmware Upgrade
  • FTP passive port range
  • Hide-able Shared Folder
  • Internal HDD Hibernation
  • Movable Shared Folder
  • Removable Default Shared Folder
  • Ez-Internet
  • PPPoE
  • Telnet/SSH Support
  • UPS Management (Over USB 2.0)
  • User Quota
  • Web-based Download Station
RAID Management

  • Volume Type: Basic, RAID 0, RAID 1
  • Upgrade from Basic to RAID 1
  • Expand RAID 1 with Larger Hard Drives

Backup Solutions

  • Network Backup
  • Local Backup
  • Desktop Backup (using Synology Data Replicator 3)
  • USB Copy

3rd-Party Backup Support

  • Acronis True Image
  • Symantec Backup Exec
  • EMC Retrospect
  • LaCie SilverKeeper (Details)

Supported Clients

  • Windows 2000 onward
  • Mac OS X 10.3 onward

Printer Support(3)

  • Max Printer #: 1
  • Supported Protocols: LPR, CIFS, AppleTalk


  • English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese.


  • RoHS Compliant

Package Content

  • DS209+ Main Unit
  • Installation CD
  • Welcome Note
  • Assembling Kit
  • AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • 2M RJ-45 LAN Cable
  • SATA Hard Drive Power Cable X2
  • SATA Hard Drive Data Cable X2

* The actual capacity will differ according to volume types.
(1) Measured with 2 Seagate 750GB ST3750640NS hard drives. The figures could vary on different environments.
(2) User can click and download the file, but not play it in Photo Station as compressed Flash video.
(3) For Mac users, DS209+ supports PostScript USB printers only.
(4) The music can be streamed, but the metadata (ex:title, album) may not be indexed on the iTunes.
(5) FAN only. Measured at 2300~6200RPM, varied among models. More details about dB(A) value, check

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