Reviews and Problems with Synology DiskStation DS411slim
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Well Worth the money *update*
Alan O., Newegg
30 October 2013
Pros: Getting about 25-40MB/s over the network write and 80-100MB/s read. Having no issues streaming to multiple devices and still loving all the feature that come with this amazing little box. Synology Hybrid RAID is amazing. was able to easily add two 1TB drives since original 4x500GB start up
Cons: Single core processor. Still very satisfied and worth the money
Pros: Wow this little box has some amazing extras and features, will diffidently take some time to go through them all. Very easy to set up and connect the different multimedia devices in my house too. Very small so i don't need to make extra room or hide the device and looks very slick. Transfer speeds good overall. Getting about 25-40MB/s over the network will continue to do some tweaking with the NAS and my router both new so still getting familiar. DSM is a beautiful an...
Cons: Not necessarly a con just something to keep in mind. I bought this unit knowing it only used 2.5in and am very happy i did, due to the very small size. only 2.5HDD so maximum capacity could be an issue and the 2.5 in drives are more expensive than same capacity 3.5 in drive
Pros: This device paired with a good desktop synchronization service like Allway Sync will keep your files protected and share-able across a home network. Stop worrying about your files, buy once and never cry about lost files again.
Pros: Tiny and almost silent in our office. I use this box as a target for 6 Time Machine backups, 4 Win7 backups and a few database backups. I've got it on a UPS and haven't had a hiccup so far. The management interface is great. Setting up individual shares and quotas (one for each backup) is straightforward and quick. I spend almost no time managing it, and that's the way I want it.
Cons: Transfer speeds are a little slow, but that's to be expected from 5k laptop drives. Reads are decent from a raid5, but it's not a monster by any means.
Summary: This is probably the issue with the other negative review - I'll bet his drives failed.
Pros: *Unbelievable* device for it's size and price. I simply needed a NAS for my home network. I wanted something robust and redundant. Come to find out this device does SAN with iSCSI, has eSATA & built in file management. I have all my data stored on it, I'm running backups of my families laptops, I have movies and music stored on it which can be streamed to my network devices, I also have the Web Server running a PHP Wordpress website with MySQL 5 and I use FTP when I'm...
Cons: just one really: The operating system needs to run on your drive array. You need to push the operating system from a computer using the included software after you configure your disks. So if your disks fail not only is your data gone but the whole operating system with it and you'll need to start fresh. It's not standalone out-of-the-box. A MINOR inconvenience. In fact I understand why - the OS is so robust it could never fit on ROM/flash.
Pros: SMALL & QUIET. Low power usage. Attractive piano black appearance. Green LEDs are not blindingly bright. Expandability via eSATA and USB ports. RAID 0, 1, 5 and Hybrid (Hybrid allows you to use different HD sizes with protection similar to RAID 5 - pretty awesome because at any time you can independently upgrade hard drives and retain your RAID data without needing a full rebuild). Synology's Disk Manager is a joy to use after using other lackluster NAS GUIs, giving y...
Cons: Sometimes does not refresh or "empty its own trash" after you've deleted files, requiring a reboot. Also, over time, the CPU will overheat and cause the system to automatically shut off. Happens on almost everyone's DS411slim eventually, took a few months in my case. There is a fix discussed on Synology's forums that results in the system fans kicking in at lower temps, which I feel is a necessity on this NAS. Better to have funs running 24/7 and having a little extra...
Summary: I had some issues with this at first and almost gave up trying get it set up. However I persevered being conscious of my very limited computing skills. Am I glad I did, the unit is now an integral part of my domestic network with the kids homework my work and leisure stuff on it. Auto backups and a host of free soft ware and easily run updates and seemingly endless options to run e.g. security, web cams tv,etc .