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Synology DS409 Diskless System Disk Station 4-bay SATA NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices

  • 4-Bay
  • Diskless System
  • CPU Clock Rate: 1.2GHz Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 2 x USB2.0

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  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

The Synology DS409 NAS server is designed to provide users with a flexible solution to share files and increase productivity. It’s an all-in-one portable server solution. A Gigabit Ethernet port enables you to get your data quickly. One eSATA port and two USB 2.0 ports deliver easy connection to your peripheral devices. Advanced RAID data protection includes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD.

Synology Web Station with Virtual Host option allows users to host up to 30 websites on one single Synology Disk Station. The built-in PHP+MySQL provides the ability to create interactive websites without complicated settings. Web-based download station makes file sharing easy and quickly. With Synology’s Mail Station, the Disk Station DS409 provides a one step easy installation and supports Outlook-like Web mail, SMTP, POP3 and IMAP to be a mail server.

Synology pays attention to the environment with its energy saving design. The DS409 consumes a relatively low amount of power and hibernates when not in use which helps to save energy and even extends the lifespan of the hard disk.

  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The Synology DS409 NAS server supports up to four 2.5” SATA hard disks so you can save your movies, music, applications and documents for easy sharing and even back up your system.
  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The Synology DS409 NAS server features one Gigabit Ethernet ports for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for office and home networks.
  • newegg RAID Support The Synology DS409 NAS server supports multiple RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD to ensure data integrity.
  • newegg eSATA and USB 2.0 Support The Synology DS409 NAS server features an eSATA port and two USB 2.0 ports for 3.0Gb/sec definition, plug-n-use connectivity and convenient storage expansion with external storage devices.

Learn more about the Synology Inc. DS409

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Kenneth K.
  • 3/24/2011 11:58:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The very easy-to-use software that comes with the DS409 contains a ton of features that allow your box to do anything from just being an ordinary FTP server to a home surveillance unit. The most recent version of the OS (DSM 3.0) makes navigating the plethora of features much easier.

Installing the hard drives was very simple; no cables to mess with or pack in.

My WNDR3700 router had no problems recognizing the unit, and I've been able to access it in various versions of OS X, Ubuntu, and Windows.

Runs SUPER-quietly. It's a little scary.

Cons: If something is wrong (corrupt drive, etc.), it beeps loudly and every few seconds. This is only a con if you're not an admin that can either fix the problem or turn off the beep via the OS.

One of my roommates found this so annoying, he pulled the power cable from the back of the box (because the power button wasn't obvious, being large and glowing blue and being right in the center of the front panel). If you have tech-illiterate roommates, beware.

Other Thoughts: I know this unit is out of stock and out-dated, but if you can find one somewhere, I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/11/2010 6:04:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFeeling proud about my purchase

Pros: This rocking little box has handled everything I've thrown at it! Feature rich with ability to be server for Web, Mail, Torrent, DNLA/UPnP, ftp, etc. Transfers are easily 2x faster than my previous NAS (not allowed to say brand here but it was white and looked like a book). Remote access is easy to configure and FREE! Sales and Technical support is above average AND native English speaking. User support forums are active, extensive and very helpful for more advanced features. 3rd party support is good and developer assistance is available as well.

Cons: As others have noted, printed documentation is rather generic. When utilizing more advanced features this is where the tech support and user support forums really excel!

One very minor "con" is appearance. Previous model (DS408) was a much more attractive. But then again, this thing is in my basement networking area and I don't see it much at all. Though if it looked more like the 408 I would probably relocate it to my living just to brag to visitors.

Other Thoughts: Most complaints regarding setup are from TMU's so take that with a grain of salt. ;)

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  • Kurt S.
  • 1/28/2010 8:46:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFinally

Pros: Phenomenal machine, and very easy to set up. Had been looking for a nas off and on since my ****** failed miserably, losing ten years worth of images in spite of raid 5 setup. So, having had that experience expected similar setup, but this NAS was like the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow thus far. Easy to set up, impressive features, redundant checking of itself during setup. I recycled some drives from the failed ******* after they were determined to be unrecoverable by a consultant I hired... and only one of the drives was actually bad. Has been running non-stop since setup without a problem. Backing up both wireless laptop and a wired desktop via wireless router to the NAS... have run both automatic and manual backups with the included software. Loads of options built in for use for ftp and web, media server, data server for security cameras etc. Comparing the ****** to this is like comparing building your own Dos 12mhz machine caompared to todays plug and play.

Cons: Absolutely none so far. Okay, maybe one... the setup might have a little better documentation about how to get from A to Z, but if you have ever set up anything before in terms of your own systems then you will likely be able to handle it. Within a setup item, the guides are very good, but once an item is set up, there isn't direction as to which item you need to set up next for example.

Other Thoughts: Would give it ten eggs if that were possible based upon my experience thus far.

(forgot and included the brand name in the first review, so I *** them out in this. Both were purchased from Newegg. Newegg was awesome though when the first one failed so miserably.

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  • Terry Z.
  • 1/16/2010 4:41:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWith this high price, can I just buy a brandew computer instead?

Pros: Lots of great reviews from product quality to value standpoint.

Cons: I am sure this is a great product, but with this high price plus the cost of new hard drives, can I just buy a new and faster computer running linux dedicated to file serving? To me, the price to value proposition is very questionable at the moment.

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  • Scott R.
  • 1/11/2010 10:41:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbuy it... buy it now

Pros: Great interface, everything just works. Network speed is good (all other SOHO NAS boxes I tried were VERY slow). They thought of everything.

Cons: The only thing I could possibly come up with as a con is that it can't send the logs to a remote syslog server, and that is so minor that it is hardly worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts: Don't let the price scare you - this is well worth it and more!

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  • Bryan Z.
  • 1/7/2010 7:33:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS, but description is misleading

Pros: It does almost everything it says very well. Great product.

Cons: The only part that it doesn't do is a RAID 10 Configuration The description is wrong. Below copied from the website.
(Basic, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6, RAID 5+Spare Support)
Of course I didn't find this out until I paid and received the product. Very Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/23/2009 5:23:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat and not as ugly as the pictures

Pros: Perfectly meets expectations... I installed 4 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB drives into it, installed SYnology firmware update, let it build the RAID5 over night (about 10 hours I think), and got to moving my entire media library over to it (about 2.5TB worth).

No problems, I get around 45MB/s read over GiGE network with jumbos off, about 34-36MB/s write.

Web interface is quite slick in my opinion and very easy to learn.

Quite quiet.. can't hear it above my other systems.

I was looking at this and the Thecus N4100 ... and I'm happy I chose this one.

Cons: If you have to change a drive, you have to drop the panel in the back which the fans are mounted to... kind of annoying, but nothing major. I'd prefer to be able to slide them out from the front.

Also - wouldn't mind having them include rubber drive grommets either for further noise/vibe isolation.

Other Thoughts: I run a USB external drive and a USB laser printer off this thing too. I have toyed a little with its DNLA capability (Samsung TV is DNLA compatible)... but to be honest, I just have it sharing up SAMBA shares and have my various media devices point to the shares... and that works perfectly. I turned off DNLA.

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  • George C.
  • 12/18/2009 7:17:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised!!!

Pros: The raid works as advertised. The user interface on the management tool is very well thought out and functional. I opened the box set it up and was building the raid in minutes, with out a need for a manual. In the past week I ahve used this device in a mixed environment with both Macs and PCs, works well. In addition, the iTunes server is great. I setup the time machine volume and almost immediately setup time machine on my iMac... surprise their was the volume from the Synology NAS. Synology does a good job of certifying their hardware with different drive manufacturers, namely the more inexpensive drives like Hitachi, which is great because you can splurge on the NAS and save a few bucks on the drives. In addition to the iTunes server, if you have an iPhone or iPod touch, the synology NAS has apps so you can view photos or play music right off of the NAS. No other NAS product has that feature.

Cons: When using larger size drives the Raid build can be a tedious process. Luckily you only need to setup once. the box is a little pricey but considering the terrible experience I had with ReadyNAS, just like with everything else, you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: None thus far.

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  • Jeff P.
  • 12/2/2009 4:04:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product!

Pros: Returned a worthless Netgear Duo and purchased this product. Works fanstastic! Interface is great! Very stable.

Cons: Non

Other Thoughts: If you want a true NAS device with expansion get this device!

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  • Shane S.
  • 12/2/2009 10:11:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Little Disk Station

Pros: Easy setup. Nice feature set. Quiet and cool.

Loaded the diskless unit up with four 1.5 TB Seagates (ST31500341AS). Easily setup a RAID 5 volume.

I'm backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux boxes to this unit. Handles all great. Rsync works. iTunes works. Everything I've tried works.

I'm an IT guy, but not a network guru. This unit was easy to setup and use. Synology has above average howto documentation on their site.

This unit functions as advertised. I'm VERY impressed with the features and ease of use.

Cons: minor - Documentation could be better on the process of adding tracks to the iTunes Server. (other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: FYI, if you use Snow Leopard and TimeMachine, make sure you get the latest firmware for the NAS, and updates for your Mac (as of 11/28/2009).

The documentation on the iTunes feature doesn't mention how to get files on the NAS. It's really easy. Just copy the files out to the music share that is created when you enable the iTunes server. Then, be patient. The NAS automatically indexes the music. This took a while for me (18 GB of music). The iTunes Server page in the Disk Station Manager has an indication below the buttons while the indexing process is running. It's all automatic an easy, but can throw you if you're trying to figure out why your music isn't showing in iTunes.

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