Joined on 12/20/07
Finally Installed on Win XP with SATA/AHCI enabled
Pros: I was able to successfully install XP with AHCI enabled finally. I used nLite to slipstream GIGABYTE drivers downloaded from AMD. I had XP SP2 , 4 year old CD. So I had to slip stream SP 3. nLite really comes in handy. I tried installing XP using IDE as this board was not booting from my SATA optical drive. When I switched to AHCI , I would get BOD. I reported earlier that with AHCI mode, it does boot from disk. But this time, in the BIOS I choose my SAMSUNG 203N to be used instead of just the CDROM to boot from. Then I was able to boot from the optical disk using AHCI and install XP
Cons: None. If you install XP using IDE, I guess it only installs IDE drivers and when you switch your BIOS to AHCI.. you get BOD. If you install XP with AHCI mode, then it installs the right drivers to be used. Since I was unable to boot from CD/DVD using AHCI mode, I thought of giving up. But finally I found the option to boot from my SAMSUNG SATA in the list of devices. Only this option allowed me to boot from my optical drive. Choosing CDROM in BIOS does not let me boot.
Overall Review: I don't play games so I can't comment on overclocking or other performance features.
Port Forwarding doesn't work
Pros: Wifi and Wired are faster compared to my old linksys router..
Cons: but I bought this so that I can do the port forwarding. HTTP port 80 doesn't port forward. No - its not my ISP. I had it working with previous router with my FIOS service. HTTPS also doesn't port forward. Every thing is fine so far except this which is most important for my business.
Overall Review: web gui interface is too primitive
Pros: My router was toast
Cons: First I get the wrong router back instead of my AC66U, So I have send it back. Now I don't get any thing back. I called 5-6 times, keeps saying manager will call you back. Nothing is moving.
Overall Review: This is the last time I ever going to buy ASUS product - PERIOD
Volume gets degraded very often
Pros: I have been using this DS409+ over 6 months now. First 6 months went by smoothly without any issues but last January, one of the hard disk crashed. All of them are 1TB WD Green Disks. I reinstalled a new one from WD when restart still said the disk failed. Software looks fancy with Ajax like gui. Media server is ok but not good. I still use twonky but couldn't install on this box. I hardly use this 10 hours per week. AutoBlock works fine and email notifications tell me that volume is degraded. Users/Groups creation gives warnings when it didn't agree the way I was setting up the users/groups. I wanted groups access to set of shared folders and users belonging to groups. I had to set access rights to each and every user.
Cons: Every 2-3 weeks, the volume especially the last 4th disk dies. Now it goes into degraded mode until I restart and repair it. Another 2-3 hours of service down. I no longer plan to keep this device if volume degradation occurs again and again. I plan to back up and move on another hw based raid5 and sell this unit in e bay. After having spent a grant, I am not totally happy with it. I should have had Windows machine with Raid5.
Overall Review: These products should be 99.999% reliable. We don't need those fancy gui's and lots of marketing fancy features. So far I haven't lost the data but If I do....this is going out.
Set up not so easy
Pros: Looks good. Small form factor which I wanted.
Cons: Setting up from mac was not easy. First it took a while to detect the server. Synology assistant would ask me for input file and I have no clue which input file it was referring. Borrowed XP from wife and ran the installation, it automatically picked the input file. Later it got an error while setting up the network settings. Tried both DHCP and static ip settings. Same error. I went back to mac and chose the input file. It seems to be installing the system but keeps saying unknown system found. After struggling for a while, now I can access from the web.
SATA Plug issues
Pros: This was working fine so far for last 4 months.
Cons: I recently added a second SATA hard drive and a old IDE hard drive ... Now the BIOS is not detecting SATA drives and optical DVD ROM drive. At first I thought it was my hard drive, then when I installed on a similar GIGABYTE board, it worked but not on this one. Even my DVD ROM stopped working. AHCI device is not detecting the devices. I have changed the cables and I don't tweak any BIOS setting ... I am simple user.