Reviews and Problems with Synology Cube Station CS407
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Pretty good box
Andrew K., Newegg
16 October 2009
Summary: I have had the unit for almost a year, and aside from the few problems I resolved, it has worked pretty well. Just make sure that you get your own SATA cables and don't use the included ones if you want to avoid the problems.
Pros: Reasonable price, small footprint, easy to install the drives and set up the OS. Lots of features.
Cons: Volume set up and file transfer is pretty slow, but I guess that is expected for this type of system. BEWARE OF INCLUDED SATA CABLES! I have had several problems with drives dropping out of RAID or HDD and Volume showing problems that could not be solved with a new drive. A little research in the...
Summary: If you need cheap, reliable storage, VERY easy interface, plug-and-play high density storage, this is the device for you. As long as you are willing to wait a long time for the data to copy, it works fine. As a day to day working NAS (i.e. production enviroment), avoid it.
Pros: Well, what can I say. For under $300.00, you get a 4 bay NAS server. I'm using 4x2GB drives right now, and it does what it says it will do. The interface is top notch, and there are tons of extras (be sure to upgrade bios). I've got FTP, iSCSI, CFS and NFS all running just fine. Call it $190 per ...
Cons: It's slow. I mean, DEAD slow. I've had it for a week, and am STILL moving my data to fill it up. Averaging about 6MB/sec, which means I am moving about 500GB/day to this device. I've ordered 3 more, but these will be using 1.5TB drives (call it 4TB of storage), since the 1.5 drives are only a bit...
Pros: It has a great software package for administering the system, and lots of nice, handy features.
Cons: The hardware is extremely unreliable. It ran great for about 8 months and then started acting up. It does not ship with any OS software and must instead be installed from the included CD onto one of your disks (there is no internal storage). For a month or so the system would routinely become unr...
Summary: For the low price, it's a nice little unit for your average home with 100mbps router on 2 or 3 devices. For me, I have a 24 port gig network for a reason and do large amounts of data transfer. I fully expected 250mbps like a PCI gig nic would perform for this price but not sub-100 speeds!
Pros: The OS is stable, the GUI to manage it's features is intuitive & it has a rich feature set.
Cons: 80-90mbps speeds, not 1Gbps like is advertised.
Summary: 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.
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
Summary: - I own 2 other Synology drives (DS107e) and love them. I use one for business purposes and have it automatically backup its content to my other DS107e kept at my brother's as an offsite backup. Works great.
Pros: - It has been 100% Reliable for me. I have never lost any data. I use RAID 5 w/ 4 Samsung 750GB HDs. I removed a drive just to see if it worked and it worked fine. - I use almost all the features: BT downloading, FTP Server, Web Server, Photo Station, and the backup features. (The only feature I ...
Cons: - When using all the features simultaneously, the machine gets bogged down a little. - Even though it has gigabit LAN, the transfers are a little slow (about 5-7 MB/s write, 8-11 MB/s read). I use ALL of its features, though. Would probably be faster if I disabled some.
Summary: Yes, others may have problems with certain brands and models of disks in a RAID configuration in this or any other NAS. This is true of any hardware RAID solution; you have to check compatibility. No, I don't work for Synology, I just know the ins and outs of hardware RAID.
Pros: This NAS unit has an exceptional web-based interface, and with the latest firmware update, it has a wide variety of options to choose from. We bought it for our small business to handle shared user home directories and server backups. We also puchased it for its support of the NFS protocol to all...
Cons: It would be great if this model of NAS supported a slide-in/out (hot swap) mechanism for disk drive replacement. Having to screw in and cable each disk is time consuming, requires down time and is overly optimistic. A drive failure will happen; it's just a matter of when. So, hope for the best bu...
Summary: Our company has had two of these devices and both have had numerous issues resulting in data lose. Synology support will not help you. They will send you an email stating that it is your problem and they cannot help. I am not sure how they have received even a passable rating here on Newegg.
Pros: Cheap, with promising feature set.
Cons: Poor performance, unreliable, unresponsive and perfunctory support. Software RAID is unreliable and poorly implemented. DO NOT trust the built-in RAID 5 configuration. Producer web site is misleading and you should double check which hard drives they are supporting.