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Synology DS411 Diskless System 4-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices

  • Desktop
  • Diskless System
  • 1.6GHz 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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  • Robert O.
  • 9/28/2012 3:21:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStop looking, this is it

Pros: I did a TON of research before buying a NAS and the Synology just had hands down better reviews for reliability and usability. Now that I own one I can see why. The setup software is a dream to work with, having limited knowledge setting this sort of thing up I was still able to get a media server, ITunes server, and set up individual and shared cloud servers for my entire extended family all in about 4 hours worth of work. I have even go so far as to set up streaming music and movies that my brother in Colorado can access. This NAS is smart and easy to set up.

Cons: The free DDNS service that they offer has a tendency to drop for about 5 minutes each day at various times. But I can't really be too upset at a free DDNS service, if it really bothers me hat much I can go pay the $65/yr for a different one.

Other Thoughts: I seriously looked and wad every document I could find for about 6 months before buying this, take my research time to your advantage and go with Synology.

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  • Mike H.
  • 9/12/2012 9:35:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Easy Setup
Cross-platform compatibility
Synology Apps for tablets and mobile devices

Cons: Slow to initialize new drives

Other Thoughts: This replaced a linux "server" with a few 1 TB drives in LVM. This is just as fast and uses much less power. It's also was easier to setup. I use it to store/stream media (Popcorn Hour, Xbox 360, Android tablet). It works great.

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  • Daniel J.
  • 6/4/2012 7:40:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne GREAT little NAS

Pros: To be honest, I am more of a home enthusiastic tech owner than any real expert on such topics. I purchased this NAS to be used as my home media server for XBMC and I was not disappointed!

Everything was so easy! I installed four 3TB Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 HHD's and set them up in a RAID 5 configuration. It is silent, fast, and has no problem running multiple program and HD movies over my network.

The built in UI and software allows the server to be used in many ways. I've installed (easily) 3rd party software that automatically downloads files for me and organizes them into their own folders (Sickbeard + SABnzbd).

Cons: The only complaint I have is the LED indicator lights are bright, like any LED. They are slightly obnoxious but I am looking to hide the NAS in a different cabinet soon.

I've read poor reviews on the surveillance package but that appears to be more of a Synology problem than the actual NAS. I have yet to use it, although I do tend to implement several cameras into my home soon. Note* I read you have to buy a license per camera, something around $80 per license!

Other Thoughts: More experienced tech users may be able to find faults in this product but I have yet been disappointed in any aspect of this NAS and would recommend it to anyone looking to build a home entertainment center.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/1/2012 9:44:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is exactly what I've been looking for.

Pros: Quiet, low-power, EXCELLENT UI, BitTorrent client, audio streaming and remote-control, simple permissions, simple user accounts, tons of useful features, 3rd-party package system

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: You know how, sometimes, you don't really realize what you wanted all along until you get it? This DiskStation is what I've been wanting for a LONG time. I've been running a fileserver of one kind or another for something like 15 years. My previous setup was an Ubuntu box on an old Dell. It was slow, cranky, power-hungry, and loud, and whatever money I saved on the free parts was easily wasted in the amount of time I had to spend configuring, administering and fixing it. I am incredibly, incredibly happy to say those times are absolutely over. This NAS does *EVERYTHING* I want. It really kind of blows me away because I wasn't expecting all my needs to be met by the one device. My main use for it is a file server (mostly AFP but SMB also as necessary) but I also have it attached to my living room speakers and need to control it remotely as well as stream it. The DSM interface is set up to do exactly this, and they even have an iPhone app so I can stream from home anywhere!

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  • Jon W.
  • 5/18/2012 1:22:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent NAS unit

Pros: I've been running the unit for a little over 3 weeks. "My Diskstation is working well". Initial setup was easy and the user interface is great. Initialization of the first two disks I put in went pretty quick. Only a couple hours until I could use it.

I had to do a bit of data/drive shuffling to get all the drives I wanted into the unit (1.5TB, 1TB, 1TB, 3TB). Due to an undocumented gotcha (more on that below), I got to test the redundancy aspect first hand. With the 1.5, 1 and 3 TB drives in place, I pulled the 3TB drive out of the array. The unit started to complain as expected, but all data was available the entire time. I did my data shuffle, deleted and recreated the array without losing any data.

I'm getting very close to the advertised transfer rates. I generally get write speeds 40-45MB/sec and read speeds I've seen peak at about 90MB/sec.

Cons: About the gotcha... drives added to expand the array (using SHR), must be equal to, or larger than, the largest drive in the array when you started. My initial configuration was 1.5TB and 1TB... to which I added the 3TB (ok). When I tried to add the last 1TB, no go and no real explanation as to why not. This isn't covered anywhere in the documentation. I found the answer on the Synology user forums. So make sure you plan accordingly if you're swapping/adding drives to build your array.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very happy with the unit. I'm using it as a backup for my PC as well as a central server for a couple XBMC HTPCs. I have it running MySQL and hosting all content.

I haven't tried many of the other features/packages available, so I can't comment on them.

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  • Jonathan F.
  • 5/16/2012 5:14:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBest Investment I Made in a Long Time

Pros: -Amazing GUI in a Web Browser, full OS is impressive
-Every feature is supported on Mobile platform (Android, Apple)
-Great support, good hardware, good design
-Easy setup, awesome features like the ability to create links to content and email to others for easy sharing
-Good security and easy creation of shares, etc
-Time Machine backups via Apple devices works flawlessly
-USB Ports great for backups of internal stored data
-EXT4 filesystem for main system, SHR raid is good

Cons: -CPU limited, however I knew this going in
-Limited hardware upgrades (OS and Drives only)
-SATA II internal backplane, not SATAIII
-Network speeds can be "iffy" depending on RAID selected

Other Thoughts: I knew there would be some downfalls for this system, but I didnt want to spend much more then $500.00 for a 4-bay NAS for home storage. The system overall is awesome, amazing functionality, easy to use OS (DSM 4 rocks!!). Synology is super underrated in the NAS space, especially with regards to the OS. The CPU is the limiting factor, but you can get the next model up with higher CPU performance, however I havent seen it needed.

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  • James K.
  • 4/14/2012 11:33:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeems Pretty Good!

Pros: It was an easy hassle free setup of installation with the Synology hybrid RAID which seems to be thought out well for my needs and plans which start with 2 new Seagate ST2000DL003 2TB disk and plans to repurpose some mix sized used WD drives after I get data off of them. The user interface is for the most part intuitive. It runs quiet, construction is solid and it appears to be reliable. My primary use is to get data off of my PC's and onto a NAS and so far this is looking good. There are many

Cons: Documentation is poorly organized with no clear info in one place about all ports used and some appear to be shared (yikes!). Physical encryption, access security & network security details are sorely lacking in the docs. I have tons of media but also tons of REAL data & this DS411 isn't going beyond my LAN to expose a photo or an mp3 (on its SHARED ports) without lots of R&D, googling & some detailed tech support quesions. Shipped with a 6 version old DSM software.

The value add music, photo & media utilities enforce names for shared folders. I have a much better purpose based document centric organization & really don't care to dumb it down. Why can't I add just configure directories in the DSM for these apps?

The transformer box in the power cord runs hot, but the unit itself is cool.

As a user with serious usage, I just had to take off 2 eggs for poor docs, old DSM & a dearth of info on security. If you only want a great RAID for media & fun then this would be a 5 egger fo

Other Thoughts: I wanted to get one review out here for this device as I was leery of buying it with no reviews.

Well into the copying of data I discovered that there was major update of the Disk Station Management software (in fact several) and when I googled it I saw complaints on the latest. I would have preferred to start this device off with the latest. I would have start with a new version but this wasn't suggested in the start guide.

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