Synology DS710+ 2-bay All-in-1 NAS Server

Introduction & Specs

So you want a central place to store all of your files? A place where other members of your family or small office can easily gain access to them? Well, you've got two choices. Either go out and buy a full size file server, or invest in a NAS.

The latter option of the two has been increasingly growing in popularity over the past couple of years, with many people realising that they they can save on both office space and money by opting for a NAS device over a full blown server. NAS's are smaller, more efficient and designed for just one purpose - to serve files. But are all NAS' equal?

Today we've been given the chance to review one of Synology's latest NAS boxes released only a few days ago. Listed under Synology's SMB (Small Medium Business) section of their website the DS710+ boasts some very impressive specifications combined with stylish looks. But let's hear what Synology have to say:

Synology® DiskStation DS710+ offers a high-performance, scalable, and full-featured network attached storage solution that meets the needs of small and medium-sized businesses that require an efficient way to centralize data protection, simplify data management, and rapidly scale storage capacity with minimal time spent on setup and management. The Synology DS710+ is backed with Synology's 3-year limited warranty.

* 113+ MB/sec Reading, 102+ MB/sec Writing
* Scalable with Synology DX5102 to up to 7 Drives
* Power-saving with only 31W in Operation
* Wake on LAN/WAN
* Includes Feature-Rich Synology DiskStation Manager 2.2 (DSM 2.2)

With the promise of reading/writing results over 100MB/sec the DS710+ comes very close to making full use of its Gigabit ethernet connection. This means that in order to take full advantage of its performance, you really do need to have a good network in place. The benefits of this should certainly pay off though with far less waiting around for backups to complete, folders full of MP3's and video's transferring over within seconds rather than minutes and and essentially local hard-disk-like performance, only over a network.


  • CPU: 1.67GHz, [email protected], with floating point
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Internal HDD1: 3.5" SATA(II) X2 or 2.5" SATA/SSD X2
  • Max Internal Capacity: 4TB (2x 2TB hard drives)8 (See All Supported HDD)
  • External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port X3, eSATA port X1
  • Size: 157mm X 103.5mm X 232mm
  • Weight: 1.69kg
  • LAN: Gigabit X1
  • Fan: X1(80mmX80mm)
  • Noise Level:2 26dB(A)
  • Power Recovery
  • AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V
  • Power Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase
  • Max Supported IP Camera: 167 (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 Consumption3

  • 31W(Access);
    17W(HDD Hibernation)


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

Networking Protocols

  • CIFS
  • AFP (3.1)
  • FTP
  • NFS
  • Telnet/SSH

Windows ADS Domain Integration

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


  • Firewall
  • FTP Auto-Block
  • FTP over SSL/TLS (explicit)
  • Encrypted Network Backup
  • Encrypted rsync
  • HTTPS Connection

File System

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

File Sharing

  • Max User Accounts: 2,048
  • Max Groups: 256
  • Max Shared Folder: 256
  • Max Concurrent Connections(SAMBA, FTP, AFP): 256


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


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

iPhone Applications

  • DS photo
  • DS audio


  • Mail Station
  • phpMyAdmin
  • SqueezeCenter
  • Webalizer

DLNA/UPnP Media Server Support

  • DLNA Certified
  • Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox360 (See All Supported DMA)
  • Audio Format: AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, WAV, WMA, WMA VBR, WMA PRO, WMA Lossless
  • Video Format: 3GP, 3G2, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, DVR-MS, ISO, M2T, M2TS, M4V, MKV, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MTS, MOV, QT, SWF, TP, TRP, TS, VOB, WMV, XviD
  • Image Format: BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF, ICO, PNG, PSD, TIF (tiff), UFO
  • Playlist Format: WPL, M3U

iTunes Server Support

  • Audio Format4: MP3, M4A, M4P, WAV, AIF
  • Video Format: M4V, MOV, MP4
  • 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 Format5: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, FLV, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, QT, WMV, XviD, RM, RMVB, VOB
  • Image Format: BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF


  • AJAX-based Management UI
  • Wake on LAN/WAN
  • Sub-folder Privileges Setting
  • User Home
  • Applications privileges Setting
  • BitTorrent Port Range Setup
  • BitTorrent DHT Support
  • Changing Management UI Ports
  • 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 Off
  • Firmware Upgrade
  • FTP passive port range
  • Hide-able Shared Folder
  • Internal HDD Hibernation
  • Movable Shared Folder
  • Removable Default Shared Folder
  • System Temperature
  • DDNS
  • PPPoE
  • Resource Monitor
  • SMS Notification
  • SNMP
  • UPS Management (Over USB 2.0)
  • User Quota
  • Web-based Download Station 2

RAID/Storage Management

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

Backup Solutions

  • Network Backup
  • Local Backup
  • Desktop Backup (using Synology Data Replicator 3)
  • Time Machine Backup (Mac)
  • 3rd-Party Backup Support

Supported Clients

  • Windows 2000 onward
  • Mac OS X 10.3 onward
  • Linux

Supported Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 6, 7
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Firefox 3
  • Firefox 3.5
  • Safari 3 (Mac)
  • Safari 4 (Mac)

Supported Mobile Devices (Photo Station, File Station)

  • iPhone OS 2.2.1 and onward
  • Windows Mobile 6.0 (IE Mobile or Opera 9.0 onward)
  • Symbian OS 9.1, S60 3rd Edition onward

Printer Support6

  • Max Printer #: 2
  • Supported Protocols: LPR, CIFS, AppleTalk


  • English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Polish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (European), Turkish, and Hungarian


  • RoHS Compliant

Package Content

  • DS710+ Main Unit
  • Installation CD
  • Welcome Note
  • Assembling Kit
  • AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • 2M RJ-45 LAN Cable

1.  Hard drive not included.
2.  FAN only. Measured at 2300~6200RPM, varied among models. More details about dB(A) value, check
3.  Measured with 2 Seagate 750GB ST3750640NS hard drives. The figures could vary on different environments.
4.  WAF and AIF files can be streamed, but the metadata (ex: title, album) may not be indexed on the iTunes.
5.  User can click and download DAT, MP4, MPEG2, RM, RMVB, and VOB files, but not play them in Photo Station 3 as compressed Flash video.
6.  For Mac users, DS710+ supports PostScript USB printers only.
7.  1 free license to install 1 IP camera. Additional licenses can be purchased to expand the license quota.
8.  The actual capacity will differ according to volume types.

Now that's what I call a spec list! Synology have litterally listed every single feature of the DS710+ whether it be big or small. But enough paperwork, lets rip open the packaging and see what it is like in the flesh...

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