Reviews and Problems with Synology Cube Station CS407
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Great for the price
Fulviu B., Newegg
20 March 2009
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: I would highly recommend any NAS enclosure from Synology.
Pros: Lots of features and firmware is constantly updated to included improved and new features. Great support from Synology for a consumer level product. Even better than the Enterprise Level HP support my company pays top dollars for. Sang and his team from Synology was very helpful just now when I h...
Cons: The Expand Volume option did not work without tech support. I dug through many forums and many people did not have the issue and it appeared only a handful of users did so I do not believe it to be a common issue. Still highly recommended. This box has lots of great features not found in most oth...
Summary: Highly recommend this product. It does a ton of things if you know how to use them, and if you don't it still performs reliably and well. I haven't had to contact CS for any reason, so am unable to comment on that.
Pros: Compared to some systems I have tried, this one is working superbly. If all you want is a good raid 5 NAS for storing data on, setup couldn't be much easier. Once the initial setup is performed, it just works. Very happy with the performance, and I've had absolutely no issues with lockups, heat, ...
Cons: A little pricey. Setting up some of the extended features can be a little daunting for those of us without extensive knowledge. Not always the fastest, but that's a function of it being LAN and not something like eSATA more than anything else.
Summary: 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?
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..
Summary: The CS407 has a faster processer than the CS407e. I use "e" version in a home environment. I don't have any problems accessing files while the kids are watching movies and relatives browse photos over the internet. However, if I were in an office environment I would seriously consider the CS407.
Pros: I have owned the CubeStation 406e for over two years (the 407e is the "new" model number). I use the it fairly heavily for daily file transfer, streaming media, backups, database server, print server, and web server. The functionality of this product is amazing. During all this time the CubeStati...
Summary: 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.
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...
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.