Networked-attached storage solutions (better-known as NAS units) have become particularly popular over the past couple of months, given the fact that users are faced almost on a daily basis with a pretty impressive amount of content that requires constant backup, and for this reason, Synology has just pushed onto the market a very affordable product of this type, namely the USB Station 2.
By simply plugging in any USB storage devices, USB Station 2 is ready to share files and multimedia content among Windows, Mac, and Linux, the File Browser feature delivering effortless and intuitive file sharing with the ease of file navigation in a web browser.
The USB printer sharing capability further minimizes users’ expenses by sharing printing resources throughout the working environment.
USB Station 2 boasts versatile multimedia features that are available right out of the box, such as the Audio Station 2 application that supports music, Internet radio stations, and iPod playback with optional speakers.
Streaming mode allows music to be shared with multiple users over the Intranet or Internet, while the DS audio smartphone application allows users to stream terabyte of music stored on USB Station 2 to iPhone, iPod touch or Android phones whenever Internet access is available.
Other key multimedia applications are Download Station 2 that functions as a 24/7 download center without a PC, an iTunes Server that allows users to share music and video with other iTunes clients over the network and the DLNA certified media server that allows users to stream multimedia files to a DLNA/UPnP compatible devices, including digital media adapter (DMA), TV-set, Sony PS3 or Microsoft Xbox360.
Unfortunately, despite of the fact that Synology claims that the USB Station 2 is already available out there, we haven't been able to come across any definitive figures that recommend this thing as “affordable”.
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