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Comparison of Drobo 5N and ZyXEL NAS542

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)
ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
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Launch 2016 2016
Class Small office / Home office Small office / Home office
Body
Dimensions 150.3 x 185.4 x 262.3 mm 190 x 225 x 160 mm
Weight 3.9 kg 2 kg
Disks
Disk bays 5 x 3.5" SATA III 4 x 3.5" SATA II
RAID BeyondRAID JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
RAID10
RAID5
RAID6
SSD support yes no
Network
LAN ports 1 x Gigabit Ethernet 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless no no
Protocols AFP
CIFS/SMB
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
HTTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
P2P support no BitTorrent
Media server no DLNA
Squeezebox
UPnP
iTunes
Cloud backup no Dropbox
Google Drive
Connectivity
USB ports no 3 x USB 3.0
eSATA ports no no
System
CPU Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz Freescale ARMv7 Cortex-A9 dual-core @ 1.2 GHz
RAM 1 GB DDR3 1 GB DDR3
Flash 128 MB 256 MB
Operating system Drobo ZyXEL
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply 12 V / 12.5 A 19 V / 4.74 A
Consuption 36.5 W / 14.8 W
Fans 1 x 120 mm 1 x 120 mm
Noise level < 30.4 dB(A)
Features
Specials 1 x mSATA port Failover and link aggregation
SD card reader
Administration
Default IP DHCP
Default username admin
Default password 1234

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