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Synology DS411J Diskless System DiskStation 4-bay NAS Server for Small Office and Home Use

  • Desktop
  • Diskless System
  • 1.2GHz CPU Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 2 x USB2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Dwayne W.
  • 4/21/2014 6:04:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this little guy

Pros: Great little NAS for home/small office use. I use it to store pictures, movies, and data at home. Easy to setup, fairly quiet, and nice interface. Much better throughput than the Buffalo that came out about the same time.

Cons: Nothing really significant.

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  • JOANNA R.
  • 7/27/2013 6:39:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTremendous Value

Pros: The DS411j has a fantastic range of features...
On this one inexpensive box, we sink our backups, host all our documents, photos, videos, and music (well served by a pretty mature suite of iPhone apps). We use the CloudStation feature for automatic sync between our laptops, desktop computers and iOS devices (e.g. all my eBooks/PDFs and documents I'm currently working on are right at my fingertips, automatically).

I haven't even explored the surveillance features or the BitTorrent support.

...with the right data protection features to give us peace of mind...
The Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) has operated flawlessly. And it seamlessly accepted an additional drive (the DiskStation remained online while the data was sprayed over the new drive). There are "quick" and "extended" S.M.A.R.T. tests you can schedule (which means we have peace of mind of knowing when the drives begin to fail). The most important data is backed up on Amaz on Glacier (for literally pennies on the gigabyte per month).

Cons: For day-to-day home use, the DS411j has just enough power. It's a study in maximizing the value of computing resources.

However, from time-to-time, the box can become loaded. For example, uploading photos kicks-off a thumbnail generation process that basically pegs the CPU and the machine is noticeably slower.

Other Thoughts: This has been one of the best computer equipment purchases I've made. I highly recommend the DS411j NAS for home use.

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  • Rex K.
  • 8/31/2012 2:41:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSimply excellent

Pros: Flexible, lots of options, easy to use, with nice interface. Almost everything you could want is as simple as a few clicks, at least for the basic features of a network storage device.

Cons: Instructions almost entirely neglected to specify how to find and install the software onto the NAS itself. It's incredibly simple: find the appropriate .pat file on your CD, if you have it, or go to the Synology download site and download the DSM software if not. Unfortunately, the two manuals each referred to each other when it came to this step, making a nearly trivial step much harder than it needed to be.

Other Thoughts: The CD suggests that you can only load the DSM software under Windows and Mac, but you can in fact load the DSM software under Linux as the specifications indicate here. Just go to the Linux subdirectory and read the install file or run the install script. (You don't need to run the script. Installation of the Synology Assistant is trivial--"unzip this, run that".)

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  • Jeffery K.
  • 7/23/2012 10:39:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome unit!!

Pros: This is one great NAS! Extremely well built (metal housing, easy access to mount hard drives) and very very quiet! Dropped two hard drives in to start, fired it up and it worked fantastic! The web interface is really what makes this a fantastic unit!! NewEgg made it a snap to do will call!!

Cons: None!!

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  • James V.
  • 7/15/2012 7:17:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsWhere is SATA III Support and USB 3.0 support

Pros: Good solid system and interface.

Cons: No support for SATA III drives, will only operate at SATAI/II. No USB3.0 support. Lot of money for technology outdated by three years!!!
SATA III and USB 3.0 is three year old technology!!! Commonplaces for last two!!

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  • Ronald A.
  • 6/23/2012 7:56:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest retail-user NAS, period!

Pros: Hardware RAID
1 GBps network interface
Unparalleled ease-of-use software (DSM)
Responsive technical support
Simple setup for most applications
Support for Windows ACLs

Cons: Indexing through Win7 does not work (cannot add shares to Win7 libraries), but you can index on the device. This is by design according to the forums.
User home directories are browsable by any users (e.g. not locked down).
DD-WRT support is minimal for router auto-configuration. Not a huge issue if you're technically knowledgeable and know how to forward ports on your router.

Other Thoughts: There are some minor faults with the software, but they do not overshadow the greatness of this NAS. I shopped a lot of NAS devices, but Synology delivers the best for retail/home users.

There is a functional demo of their DSM software on their main site. I would encourage anyone looking to buy this NAS to check out the demo before making a decision. It is feature-rich.

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  • Jeremy B.
  • 5/6/2012 7:38:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Home NAS

Pros: Easy to manage, low power usage, very quiet. It provides the ability to login to a command line and make customizations.

Has many software packages to add functionality.

Cons: DSM (OS) updates wipe out some customizations, but working within the management interface everything works great.

Slightly underpowered for my use - I occasionally don't have the power to transcode files on the fly.

Other Thoughts: Generally works very well, the cons are very minor in my mind.

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  • Peter F.
  • 2/8/2012 5:32:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCool, but short comings

Pros: Software is so easy to use, set up was too easy. I was ramped up for some issue or something - it was so easy. connects to my network, works flawlessly with both my PC and Apple. I now have a Raid 5 6TB storage for files - and it was 800 bucks with the drives.

Cons: Sometimes it can appear down when disks are spinning up, and I use AppleTV and stream, unfortunately because of how airplay works, I will still need a PC or Mac running to use them. I also use a Logitech Squeezebox – and forget using just the NAS for that. The software is terrible.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/28/2012 4:20:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Great product. I use with windows, ps3 and have used against mobile phones (Apple and Android). No issues using stored files, movies, pictures and audio on multiple devices at the same time.

Cons: Locks up occasionally, not worth taking an egg because it is just that rare.

Other Thoughts: I have 2x 2TB seagate drives in right now. One of them failed within the first week. I RMA'd to Seagate and put back in without any performance or data loss.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/29/2011 5:43:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent NAS for even a power home user

Pros: Low power and EXTREMELY easy to setup. The web interface is a true a web-based OS, and is very intuitive and simple to navigate. Setting up shares, iSCSI volumes, and the many other features is a snap. User and group management is simple, as is permissions handling.

Plugging in external media (USB HDDs for example) is very easy to setup and takes no effort at all. Bulit-in functions such as FTP server, secure file sharing (via HTTPS), iTunes server, etc. make this a truly versatile NAS and worth every penny.

Speeds are quite good all things considered, even in a RAID5 configuration. Multiple users (2-4 in my case) can be continuously performing R/W operations and I have yet to really see any significant slow down in network performance. You can even set the MTU to custom values, enabling the use of 'jumbo frames'--just make sure your network hardware down the line can handle this.

Cons: Currently, there is no "easy" way to setup a secure FTP (SFTP) server. Even after setting up an SFTP server, the only user account that can access it will have root privileges to ALL shares, which is clearly not desirable in most cases.

Hard drive noise can be a bit bothersome, but it depends on the drives you use. I have 4 2TB WD Caviar Black drives in RAID5 and they can be a tad noisy. I do not noise fan noise or anything else however, so can't really blame Synology for that one.

The built-in torrent and P2P services are good for your average user--but if you are a "heavy user" of torrenting, you will most likely want to continue running torrents off a dedicated PC. The interface and features are a bit lacking; however, I run uTorrent off a HTPC that simply points to the network shares of the NAS and it works great.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is an excellent buy. I would highly recommend this to anyone

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