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Synology DS414 Diskless System Network Storage
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1 out of 5 eggs DO NOT BUY - See update. 04/26/2016

This review is from: Synology DS414 Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Extremely easy to get online and setup the basic file sharing. The DSM 5.0 software is phenomenal and easy to use. UPS setup was very easy and only requires your to enable the service. APC BE550G Back-UPS ES is not on the confirmed list but works perfect with this NAS.

Cons: Does require extensive custom configuration in order to properly setup the all of the advanced features you will want. It took about a week to do a full S.M.A.R.T test and build the virtual array from 1 drive to 3 drives to 4 drives when the replacement arrived. The dual NIC/Link aggregation features requires you to have some expensive infrastructure in place to properly implement so the standard home/small business user will likely not have the benefit.

I made a rookie mistake when I had to move this NAS for some home improvements and it allowed me to put the power cable into the NAS with the wrong configuration even with the key on the end. All I knew was that the power supply beeped at me and I could not find an answer online. I double checked the connection and thought it was the UPS functions but that ended up being the issue so make sure you confirm the pins match the key as the receptacle is sideways rather than up and down like you may be used to with most devices.

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UPDATE 4/16/16 - Completely dead and out of warranty 1 month. No support or coverage from Synology. I found out that the issue was with the motherboard and that it was a known issue from DAY 1 I just got sort of lucky just long enough to miss the warranty window.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, my biggest concern was with DOA hard drives when I bought this and Seagate did not disappoint. 1:5 DOA drives with ST4000VN000 which is about average from what I read.

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Linksys N300+ Wireless Router with Gigabit Ports and Flexible Antennas for Optimal Wi-Fi Range and Performance (E1700-FFP)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I set this up as an upstairs wired access point for my Fios system when we had trouble using the Verizon provided Actiontec as a bridge. It works fine. The BIOS is a bit basic but that could be a good thing depending on your situation. This extended the range from my townhouse to the next building over with about 20 routers competing.

Cons: The range could always be better and the bios could use a few extra bells and whistles. As others have indicated, there are very few lights on the device so it may be troublesome to evaluate status from looking externally.

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Crucial MX200 M.2 Type 2260DS (Double Sided) 250GB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) Micron 16nm MLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT250MX200SSD6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This works flawlessly with the i7 NUC.

Cons: Not the fastest by any stretch but works very well

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Display Name: STEPHEN E.

Date Joined: 02/28/03

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  • First Review: 04/14/08
  • Last Review: 04/26/16
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