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Synology CS407 Diskless System 4-bay SATA NAS Server

  • 4-Bay
  • Diskless System
  • 500 MHz Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 2 x USB2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Fulviu B.
  • 3/20/2009 12:06:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price

Pros: VERY quiet, easy to use web interface. Setting up a Raid 5 was very easy. Firmware upgrade was easy as well.

Cons: Not enough airflow. When transfering multiple GBs the top drive gets to 39C, the lower ones to 36C. The speed with transfering many small files is pretty slow, on large files it's acceptable

Other Thoughts: I'm using 4xWD10EADS drives in a Raid5. Took around 12hours to create the array, all drives passed the extended SMART test.
I think this unit would be significantly nicer if it used a quiet 120mm fan instead of 80mm. Airflow would be significantly improved, and it would maintain it's quiet operation.

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  • david c.
  • 3/12/2009 11:44:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSynology CS407 Diskless system

Pros: Works like advertised, good speed, and good price.

Cons: Sometimes takes a little bit of time to enter into configuration system, and back up software sometimes takes a while to do

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  • Oleg S.
  • 10/14/2008 3:56:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery decent

Pros: A well built box. Runs Linux internally. Software is easy to upgrade. The box has button in the UI to enable SSH. One of my four drives died within a week and the box continued to run, albeit after a long pause. The array was rebuilt once I replaced the drive. The thing really works!

Cons: Airflow could be a bit better and the case could be a little roomier. Also no hot swap of drives.

Other Thoughts: Go to the manufacturer's site and read the forums - there is information on how to get even more out of the box. Once you have SSH access, you can replace the keypair/cert that Apache/SSL uses and enabled NFS exports.

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  • Brandon C.
  • 9/28/2008 12:57:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast enough, but keep in mind...

Pros: Great interface, great capacity, great features, serious updates included in firmware releases (i.e. RAID6 and other improvements).

CIFS (windows file sharing) is finally up to speed with FTP and NFS file transfers in the latest firmware (v722)

Cons: Just the speed, which, as stated below, appears limited by the raw hardware it runs on. The speeds I have benchmarked it at (below) are great for most people, but are only a problem for me because I am transferring >2TB of data to this. This will take a long time on any box, but I have had to redo the full transfer several times in figuring out a way around my other con for this product: it doesn't fully support the MDTM FTP command for setting file modification time, meaning if you are using backup software that attempts to judge differences in files by using the modification time, it will read the date the file was written to the NAS instead of the date the file was last modified. There are workarounds, but most involve delicate features (SyncbackSE's Fast Backup, for ex) or enabling options to change the local file's mod time when it's backed up (making this field useless...).

Note: This is only a problem for FTP backups and now that CIFS is on par in speed, I will go back to th

Other Thoughts: I have recently benchmarked this at 13MBps in RAID5 and ~19-20MBps in RAID0. I'm mentioning it in terms of the RAID level because the RAID level (meaning some hardware related to its performance) appeared to be the limiting factor in my transfer speeds, given that the hard drives (4xWD10EACS 1TB) and network (gigabit, intel adapters, tested w/ and w/o jumbo frames) and protocols (tested FTP/CIFS/NFS --> note: CIFS recently reached this speed -> update to latest firmware) are all capable of more.

Given that this is only a 500mhz processor with 128MB of ram, I can't say this is really terribly unexpected, BUT comparing this system's performance to a PC is completely ridiculous and unfair as most modern (yes, even cheap) PCs will ALWAYS be faster than almost any NAS without much in the way of special configurations. My guess is that reviewer had never been on a gigabit network so his judgement was tainted by the limits of fast ethernet, leading him to believe this to be on par with a P

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  • Intelitek A.
  • 9/24/2008 1:57:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBuy This NOW!

Pros: This is THE answer to your NAS solutions. It has everything, Raid 0,1,5, It's almost as fast a PC based NAS, the Interface is outstanding and getting better. It supports LDAP.

Cons: It runs a little warm with 4 drives, it doesn't have to swap like the CS-408.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for and this is an excellent example of it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/15/2008 3:53:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible Item..

Pros: Very silent box, outstanding configuration software, about as good as any NAS box I've worked with..

Cons: No DLNA support (you could get TwonkyMedia and pay $30 for a license and then you're set..)..

Forced to use their own "photo, video, music" folders when using some of their Photo Sharing and Audio Sharing options.. But this could be easily fixed in a future firmware upgrade..

Other Thoughts: This NAS box is amazing.. I used to own a Buffalo TeraStation Live and this Synology box, even though it doesn't have all the LED displays and no hot-swapping drives, it blows it out of the water.. I mean seriously.. do you really need hot-swapping? On a product of this kind, if an HDD dies on you it's a matter of minutes to swap it out so no biggie..

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/15/2008 7:46:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorking great

Pros: Setup and installation was a breeze, took 10 minutes to configure RAID, several shared directories, and even add NFS support.

Cons: I don't think Synology complies with the GPL, you have to pay for source code access. (This is the only reason the product got 4 eggs)

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  • Dorothy S.
  • 7/25/2008 1:41:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI'm not an expert, but I'm thrilled with it.

Pros: It's super quiet. It's cold to the touch - I'm in Las Vegas and really don't need the extra heat in my home! The software interface is simple, robust and powerful. Firmware gets frequent updates. And it just works! I have stacks and stacks of hard drives. I've copied my 9 biggest onto here so far. It's great having everything in one place AND knowing that it's backed-up in RAID 5 to boot!

Cons: Can't think of any...? I guess it seems to take a minute or two to finish booting up or shutting off. But I've only turned it on and off a few times. Also, it'd be nice if it could read external drives in NTFS format - but I haven't come across any NAS that can.

Other Thoughts: I've got 3 WD 1TB 'Green' drives in it. They work fine. But as I understand it, the 'green' functionality won't be taken advantage of until a promised firmware update in September. I'm pretty good with computers - build my own. But NAS is all new to me. Luckily, there's lots of info on how to get going with these. Unfortunately, that info isn't all in one spot. Had I just followed the instructions that came with this, I would've gotten plenty far. But I wouldn't have understood that I needed to create a 'share' (or folder) before I could start moving my files onto it, for example.

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  • Leonard H.
  • 5/21/2008 12:39:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy to setup and use

Pros: Great little server that is extrememly easy to use. Works well for sharing and backing up.

Cons: If you have large amounts of music, the built in iTunes server will not work for you. The only way around this is to have iTunes on your pc index the music from a shared folder. The built in BitTorrent Download Station isn't that great either.

Other Thoughts: Although the Download Station isn't great, you can use alternatives which will make this better. For large amounts of music The iTunes server just won't work, hopefully Synology addresses this soon.

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  • Jurgen L.
  • 4/25/2008 5:40:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat solution for peace ofmind

Pros: I finally bought the Synology CubeStation after doing a lot of research and deciding that I don't want any of the NAS that have tons of negative reviews posted, mostly for non-existing service and high failure rates. The 407 is expensive, but I have too many irreplaceable photos and a very large music collection to loose any of it. I run a RAID on my main workstation, but have no security on the other PCs. I ran a Maxtor 300GB shared drive for 2 years, but it occasionally hangs up, is slow and data are lost if the drive croaks. The Synology is very easy to set up, has a great design, drives run very cool, very quiet operation and so far no problems at all. Took me 20 min to set up, all night for drive check and another 10 hours for the first 300 GB backup of all PCs in the house. Also, the Synology is not limited to 1 or 2 GB, you can fully load it with 4x 750GB. Very nice web AJAX interface. Highly recommended!

Cons: Inserting or exchanging drives is a little too cumbersome, with access from the back and all cables in the way. There are other solutions, which provide front access and slick drive bays (DROBO, HP Mediasmart). Also, hot-swap would be a nice touch, although I hope to never have to use it! And, of course, this is too pricey for the mainstream.
Backup software is too limited, doesn't allow to save multiple schedules / backup schemes.

Other Thoughts: The box looks better in a real office and is smaller than it appears in ads. This is a great solution for home or small business and for those people who are willing to pay for peace of mind and a real backup solution. Make sure to upgrade the firmware first thing, it is substantially more usable and powerful than what comes in the box!

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