ioSafe N2 NAS / RAID Storage Solution
Author: Michael O'Neill
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-29-2013
Provided by: ioSafe
First Look

This review will be covering the 2TB capacity version of the N2. Normally storage devices are short in the listing of hardware specifications, but as mentioned earlier this is no ordinary storage device. Not only do you have a “disaster proof” storage system with the Synogolgy DSM included, you essentially have a disaster proof server.

Below are some of the hardware specs:

• 2.0 GHz CPU
• 512 MB DDR3 Memory
• 1x USB 2.0 port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x SD card slot for additional external storage
• 1x Gigabit Network interface adapter
• 2x Internal 3.5” bays for hard drive(s)

Physical Characteristics and resiliency:

• Protects data from fire. Up to 1550°F, 30 minutes per ASTM E-119
• Protects data from flood. Fully submersed, fresh or salt water, 10 foot depth, 72 hours
• Dimensions: 5.9 in (150mm) x 9.06 in (230mm) x 11.5 in (292mm)
• Weight: 28 lbs.
• Normal Operating Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
• Noise: 19.9 dB(A)

Already, it is easy to see this is some nice hardware and not like most other external storage devices. The real treat is yet to come - the rich software features (which we will get to shortly).

Beyond the raw specifications listed above, the unit is a solid black box with a USB 2.0 port and SD card slot in the front as well as indicator LEDs, a power button and copy button to quickly copy data from the respective front ports to the local hard drive. The rear of the unit has a fan intake for cooling, two USB 3.0 ports for additional hard drives, a network port and a power port. There is also a laser etched metal plate with the serial number so that in the event the sticker is damaged, the unit can still be identified. The N2 is powered by an included 12 volt, 6 amp AC adapter. While at idle, it only draws around 18 watts of power. This should result in a very light foot print on your electric bill.

Getting to the internal drives is pretty easy. The front panel of the unit is secured with a set of hex screws. Once the front panel is off, you will need to remove another internal plate that is secured with a single hex screw. When the internal plate is removed the hard drives are finally exposed.

They are mounted with an additional set of brackets that are secured with an another set of hex screws. There are a few screws to get through its relatively easy to open the unit while also being very secure in protecting the precious drives inside.

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