Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS411j
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Love this little guy
Dwayne W., Newegg
21 April 2014
Pros: Great little NAS for home/small office use. I use it to store pictures, movies, and data at home. Easy to setup, fairly quiet, and nice interface. Much better throughput than the Buffalo that came out about the same time.
Summary: This has been one of the best computer equipment purchases I've made. I highly recommend the DS411j NAS for home use.
Pros: The DS411j has a fantastic range of features... On this one inexpensive box, we sink our backups, host all our documents, photos, videos, and music (well served by a pretty mature suite of iPhone apps). We use the CloudStation feature for automatic sync between our laptops, desktop computers and ...
Cons: For day-to-day home use, the DS411j has just enough power. It's a study in maximizing the value of computing resources. However, from time-to-time, the box can become loaded. For example, uploading photos kicks-off a thumbnail generation process that basically pegs the CPU and the machine is noti...
Summary: I have been using this device for close to a year now and have been pleasantly surprised with the quality and ease of use. As hard drives get bigger and bigger it's more important to have a backup solution on-site as well as have a place to store large media files.
Summary: The CD suggests that you can only load the DSM software under Windows and Mac, but you can in fact load the DSM software under Linux as the specifications indicate here. Just go to the Linux subdirectory and read the install file or run the install script. (You don't need to run the script.
Pros: Flexible, lots of options, easy to use, with nice interface. Almost everything you could want is as simple as a few clicks, at least for the basic features of a network storage device.
Cons: Instructions almost entirely neglected to specify how to find and install the software onto the NAS itself. It's incredibly simple: find the appropriate .pat file on your CD, if you have it, or go to the Synology download site and download the DSM software if not. Unfortunately, the two manuals e...
Pros: This is one great NAS! Extremely well built (metal housing, easy access to mount hard drives) and very very quiet! Dropped two hard drives in to start, fired it up and it worked fantastic! The web interface is really what makes this a fantastic unit!! NewEgg made it a snap to do will call!!
Cons: No support for SATA III drives, will only operate at SATAI/II. No USB3.0 support. Lot of money for technology outdated by three years!!! SATA III and USB 3.0 is three year old technology!!! Commonplaces for last two!!
Summary: There are some minor faults with the software, but they do not overshadow the greatness of this NAS. I shopped a lot of NAS devices, but Synology delivers the best for retail/home users. There is a functional demo of their DSM software on their main site.
Pros: Hardware RAID 1 GBps network interface Unparalleled ease-of-use software (DSM) Responsive technical support Simple setup for most applications Support for Windows ACLs
Cons: Indexing through Win7 does not work (cannot add shares to Win7 libraries), but you can index on the device. This is by design according to the forums. User home directories are browsable by any users (e.g. not locked down). DD-WRT support is minimal for router auto-configuration. Not a huge issue...
Summary: I purchased four of exactly the same SATA 1.5 drives and configured this NAS with Synology's own RAID technology. This unit is behind our firewall so I can't speak to it's public face, but we have used the VPN (opening a port through our firewall) for my wife's business...
Summary: Generally works very well, the cons are very minor in my mind.
Pros: Easy to manage, low power usage, very quiet. It provides the ability to login to a command line and make customizations. Has many software packages to add functionality.
Cons: DSM (OS) updates wipe out some customizations, but working within the management interface everything works great. Slightly underpowered for my use - I occasionally don't have the power to transcode files on the fly.
Pros: Software is so easy to use, set up was too easy. I was ramped up for some issue or something - it was so easy. connects to my network, works flawlessly with both my PC and Apple. I now have a Raid 5 6TB storage for files - and it was 800 bucks with the drives.
Cons: Sometimes it can appear down when disks are spinning up, and I use AppleTV and stream, unfortunately because of how airplay works, I will still need a PC or Mac running to use them. I also use a Logitech Squeezebox – and forget using just the NAS for that. The software is terrible.