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Comparison of Drobo 5N and QNAP TS-231

The side-by-side comparison of the devices’ specifications. The comparison table below makes it easier to choose the most fitting NAS.

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Drobo 5N (5N)
Drobo 5N (5N)
QNAP TS-231 (TS-231)
QNAP TS-231 (TS-231)
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Launch 2016 2015
Class Small office / Home office Small office / Home office
Body
Dimensions 150.3 x 185.4 x 262.3 mm 169 x 102 x 219 mm
Weight 3.9 kg 1.28 kg
Disks
Disk bays 5 x 3.5" SATA III 2 x 3.5" SATA III
RAID BeyondRAID JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
SSD support yes yes
Network
LAN ports 1 x Gigabit Ethernet 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless no yes, with USB dongle
Protocols AFP
CIFS/SMB
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
P2P support no BitTorrent
Media server no DLNA
iTunes
Cloud backup no Amazon S3
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Connectivity
USB ports no 3 x USB 3.0
eSATA ports no 1 x eSATA
System
CPU Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz Freescale ARMv7 Cortex-A9 dual-core @ 1.2GHz
RAM 1 GB DDR3 512 MB
Flash 128 MB 512 MB
Operating system Drobo QNAP QTS
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply 12 V / 12.5 A 12 V / 5 A
Consuption 20.56 W / 9.78 W
Fans 1 x 120 mm 1 x 70 mm
Noise level < 30.4 dB(A) 15.4 dB(A)
Features
Specials 1 x mSATA port
Administration
Default IP DHCP
Default username admin
Default password admin

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