Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging

ioSafe + DiskStation = Disaster-proof NAS!

Last year we did a combined review of the ioSafe SoloPRO and the Synology Diskstation 212+ NAS solution. The ioSafe handled the function of disaster-hardened storage, capable of withstanding a typical building fire along with the resulting drenching from your friendly neighborhood fire department, while the DiskStation made the USB-connected ioSafe available to the network and added numerous additional features as part of its excellent DSM software suite, offering many features to both both home and business users:

The whole time I was working on that article, I kept wondering how cool it would be if both items were combined into one unit. You could then get the additional benefit of multi-drive redundancy *and* the disaster-proof protection offered by the ioSafe. Well, that just happened:

Behold the ioSafe N2!

Read on for the full review!

Taking a closer look at the front, you'll note all of the features and indicators of the DiskStation have been neatly carried over to the N2:


  • Fire: 1550F for 30 minutes.
  • Flooding: Submerged at 10 ft for 72 hours.
  • CPU: 2 GHz ARM
  • RAM: 512MB DDR3
  • HDD: 2×3.5" hot swap bays (can also accomodate 2.5" drives)
  • External connectivity: 1x USB 2.0 (front), 2x USB 3.0 (rear), 1x SD (front)
  • Dimensions: 5.9" x 9" x 11.5"
  • Weight: 28 lbs


The D2 comes well packaged with everything you will need to get it up and running, including a hex key necessary for removing the user-accessible protected drive cage. The key comes with a magnet to be stuck onto the back of the N2, which should keep it handy in case the need arises for hot swapping a failed drive. This is a nice touch.

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