3 reviews

Synology DS1511+

$999.99 Released January, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Build quality - feels sturdy and durable. Added value - comes with lots of software-based features including surveillance and DLNA support. Quality PC and web-based management software - functional and visually appealing.

The Cons:No USB 3 support. Expensive - comparable units are available for less.

The Synology DS1511+ is a network attached storage device that can handle up to 15TB of data across five 3TV hot-swappable SATA-II drivers. Furthermore, the unit can be further scaled up to 45GB with the addition of two expansion units.

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Featured is a 1.8GHz dual core CPU, 1 to 3GB of DDR2 RAM, and RAID 5 functionality, and ultra-fast network speeds up to 196 MB/sec read and 165 MB/sec write, courtesy of link aggregation. Besides scalability and powerful interior components, the DS1511+  can fit in any business environment, as it supports FTP, web, surveillance, photo, download, audio, DLNA/UPnP, iTunes, and printer functionalities, not to mention seamless storage for virtualization servers, and AES 256-bit encryption engine provides users with a peace-of-mind during file sharing.


  • 1.8GHz Dual Core CPU
  • DDR2 1GB (3GB Max)
  • 3.5" SATA(II) x5 (Option 1)
  • 2.5" SATA/SSD x5 (Option 2)
  • Hot Swappable Drives
  • Maximum 15TB Storage
  • USB 2.0, eSATA
  • Gigabit LAN
  • Fallover/Link Aggregation
  • Windows ADS/ACL
  • FTP Server
  • Web Station
  • Surveillance Station
  • Photo Station
  • Download Station
  • Audio Station
  • DLNA/UpnP Media Server
  • iTunes Server
  • Printer Server

User Reviews (4)

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  • 2

    build quality - feels sturdy and durable

  • 2

    added value - comes with lots of software-based features including surveillance and DLNA support

  • 2

    quality PC and web-based management software - functional and visually appealing

  • 2

    very scalable - can be expanded to with up to 2 additional DX510 expansion units (over eSATA)

  • 2

    great performance - most users will see approx. 75 to 85MB/s

  • 2

    two Gigabit ports - balances output when the NAS is being stressed

  • 1

    good manufacturer warranty - 3 years

  • 1

    officially supports VMware - great for server environments

  • 1


  • 1

    easy tool-less drive installation

  • 1

    support for full 3.5" SATA desktop drives - capable of 15GB of storage before having to resort to the unit's external ports

  • 1

    lots of expansion ports for external drive expansions - 2 x eSATA, 4 x USB 2.0

  • 2

    no USB 3 support

  • 1

    expensive - comparable units are available for less

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