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Comparison of Synology DiskStation DS216j and Drobo 5N

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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Synology DiskStation DS216j (DS216J)
Synology DiskStation DS216j (DS216J)
Drobo 5N (5N)
Drobo 5N (5N)
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Launch 2016 2016
Class Small office / Home office Small office / Home office
Body
Dimensions 165 x 100 x 225.5 mm 150.3 x 185.4 x 262.3 mm
Weight 880 g 3.9 kg
Disks
Disk bays 2 x 3.5" SATA III 5 x 3.5" SATA III
RAID JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
Synology Hybrid RAID
BeyondRAID
SSD support yes yes
Network
LAN ports 1 x Gigabit Ethernet 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless yes, with USB dongle no
Protocols AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
AFP
CIFS/SMB
P2P support BitTorrent
eMule
no
Media server DLNA
UPnP
iTunes
no
Cloud backup Amazon S3
Box
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
no
Connectivity
USB ports 2 x USB 3.0 no
eSATA ports no no
System
CPU Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core @ 1 GHz Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz
RAM 512 MB 1 GB DDR3
Flash 128 MB
Operating system Synology DSM Drobo
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply 12 V / 5 A 12 V / 12.5 A
Consuption 14.85 W / 6.95 W
Fans 1 x 92 mm 1 x 120 mm
Noise level 18.2 dB(A) < 30.4 dB(A)
Features
Specials 1 x mSATA port
Administration
Default IP DHCP
Default username admin
Default password [blank]

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