3 reviews

Synology USB Station

$70.00 Released January, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Affordable price. Compact size. Slick aesthetic.

The Cons:Lacks advanced functionality such as a BitTorrent client, web server, secure FTP, etc... Data transfer rates are sluggish. Requires drives over 2GB be formatted in the EXT3 filesystem.

The Synology USB Station is an inexpensive 3-in-1 USB SOHO server that functions as a USB disk sharing device, FTP server, and print station. The unit relies on a single Ethernet port to connect to a small office network, after which Windows and Macintosh users can access the attached devices either locally or remotely.

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In fact, the built-in FTP support provides users from anywhere on the globe with instant access via a user login and password. Included also is the ability to manually configure the FTP port, restrict FTP upload/download bandwidth, and allow for anonymous user login. Note also that the USB Station can be configured with Synology Data Replicator II to automatically backup the data off any locally connected PC.


  • Small Office / Home Office Server
  • USB Technology (2x)
  • Supports USB Storage Devices
  • Supports USB Printer Devices
  • FTP Server Functionality (Login)
  • Share-Level Protection
  • Large File Printing
  • Automatic Backup (Data Replicator)


  • External HDD: USB
  • USB 2.0 Ports: x2
  • LAN: 10/100 Mbps
  • Networking: CIFS, FTP, CIFS, FTP, EXT3, FAT
  • Printer Support: LPR, CIFS, IPP
  • Supported Clients: Win 98+, Mac OS 9 (print), Mac OS X (Print/File Sharing)
  • Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese

User Reviews (3)

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  • 3

    affordable price

  • 2

    compact size

  • 2

    slick aesthetic

  • 2

    supports both Mac and PC computes

  • 2

    turns basic USB devices into more expensive networked devices

  • 2

    saves energy - have networked storage or printers without the need of having an online PC host 24/7

  • 2

    lacks advanced functionality such as a BitTorrent client, web server, secure FTP, etc...

  • 2

    data transfer rates are sluggish

  • 2

    requires drives over 2GB be formatted in the EXT3 filesystem

  • 2

    will not work with complicated multi-function devices

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