Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS411slim
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Never looked back
Chinnonye O., Newegg
27 May 2014
Pros: I got this because i originally had a ready nas NV+ and needed a solution that had iscsi. I wanted to add a datastore to my ESXi server in my lab. This unit has far exceeded my expectations. I've had it for easily over 4 years and it has been running rock solid.
Cons: no redundant NICs. the iscsi permissions can be a bit annoying when rebooting devices. I have nested virtualization with ESXi and a dedicated LUN for my file server. I tried to lock it down allowing only the iscsi initiator of my file server (windows 2012) to connect to the LUN but everytime it b...
Summary: The size allows to save space and compared with older iomega NAS the noise level is very low. I would like to see enhancements on the media server apps since I think it could perform better when trying to share hundred of thousands of media files.
Cons: Drives can get hot. Cooling fan is well place. Fan should be on top instead of bottom to exhaust hot air and pull cool air from bottom. Poor software, photostation and media add-ins cause will peg CPU to generate thumbnails.
Summary: Have only had this unit for a short time, but its impressive so far. There is an installable software package for almost anything you can think of doing with it. Great RAID options. I am just waiting for 2 more drive so I can set it up the way I want.
Pros: Small size, 4 bays, nice RAID options, very feature rich device!
Summary: No matter how you run the numbers, a 3.5" 2-drive Synology is going to be cheaper, greener and less trouble than the DS411slim. Laptop drives can be a pain to deal with, due to long-term reliability concerns as well as performance and capacity limitations.
Summary: I'm not sure what Synology's "Hybrid RAID" really is, so I went with standard RAID-5 across 4 1TB WD drives (2.7TB total usable). Documentation leads one to believe that an eMail SERVER is included; Haven't found that yet (lol), but an eMail CLIENT is included. "Not Ready...
Pros: Small, low power consumption, quiet, high capacity. Easy to setup and manage. Clearly a Linux O/S. Lots of included features/apps: this tiny little box took over FTP and Web Server duties from my aging Linux server almost effortlessly. File access speeds seem fine, even over a 100base-T network (...
Cons: A bit slow using the included interface to transfer files; mapped my "drives" and used Win7 Windows Explorer instead. Have to be careful to not close the web-based interface during transfers if using the included file manager. Need better logging of transfers. Minus 1 Egg for less-than-stellar (b...
Summary: I bought this to replace my Drobo, which no longer works with Time Machine, since my OS X Lion upgrade. I've bought a couple of the 3.5" synology NASes for home and work and have been please with them, and the DS411 is just as good.
Summary: This is a very good storage device. Easy to set up and good help manuals. It comes with lots of options (file server, web server, media server, audio server, Drupel, etc.). My only issue with it is that the Media Server keeps on timing out so I need to restart it. Otherwise it would get 5 stars.