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Comparison of ZyXEL NAS542 and Synology DiskStation DS416play

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ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
Synology DiskStation DS416play (DS416PLAY)
Synology DiskStation DS416play (DS416PLAY)
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Launch 2016 2016
Class Small office / Home office Small office / Home office
Body
Dimensions 190 x 225 x 160 mm 165 x 203 x 233.2 mm
Weight 2 kg 2.04 kg
Disks
Disk bays 4 x 3.5" SATA II 4 x 3.5" SATA III
RAID JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
RAID10
RAID5
RAID6
JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
RAID10
RAID5
RAID6
Synology Hybrid RAID
SSD support no yes
Network
LAN ports 2 x Gigabit Ethernet 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless no yes, with USB dongle
Protocols AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
HTTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
P2P support BitTorrent BitTorrent
Media server DLNA
Squeezebox
UPnP
iTunes
DLNA
UPnP
iTunes
Cloud backup Dropbox
Google Drive
Amazon S3
Box
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Connectivity
USB ports 3 x USB 3.0 3 x USB 3.0
eSATA ports no no
System
CPU Freescale ARMv7 Cortex-A9 dual-core @ 1.2 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core @ 1.6 GHz
RAM 1 GB DDR3 1 GB
Flash 256 MB
Operating system ZyXEL Synology DSM
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply 19 V / 4.74 A 12 V / 7.5 A
Consuption 36.5 W / 14.8 W 29 W / 12.5 W
Fans 1 x 120 mm 2 x 92 mm
Noise level 19.4 dB(A)
Features
Specials Failover and link aggregation
SD card reader
Failover and link aggregation
4k UHD transcoding
Administration
Default IP DHCP DHCP
Default username admin admin
Default password 1234 [blank]

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