Summary: I wanted a NAS to support: 1 x MACbook (OSX10.5) and 1 x Windows 8 laptop. NAS should provide: backup for MACbook (replacing 500GB Time Capsule) backup for Windows 8 laptop 1 x shared 'drive' for personal documents 1 x shared 'drive' for media (video, photos & music) 1 x shared drive for home video clips when editing Synology documentation suggests that you can configure RAID 5 for multiple volumes and allocate storage quota to users - wrong.
Summary: No support from Synology to setup issues. Bought DS413 + 4 x 2TB WD RED HDs (2 weeks ago) - GREAT SERVICE from Dabs. Configured DS413 for RAID5. Wanted RAID array configured in 5 volumes (documentation says this is OK) - DSM configured 1 volume with no option to reconfigure (perhaps by expanding storage?). Synology achieves (something like) multi-volume using shared folders but you can't allocate different quotas to users for different shared drives.
Summary: I was on a limited budget as to what I could buy and this came with 4 2tb hard drives. When I opened the box I found that the drives had already been fitted for me - I am not the greatest tekkie in the world, so this was much appreciated. It took no time at all to get all the laptops, Internet Radio, PC and even my phone talking to each other and some music files uploaded which was really easy. I am now going to uplift some DVD's and films.
Great bit of kit but requires some heavy reading for full potentioal.
Mr. S. P. Whitehouse, Amazon
22 November 2013
Summary: I spent a lot of time looking for a NAS to replace my creaky old WHS server & it's noisy fans. This does the job very well & gives me a proper raid (one of the reasons I didn't upgrade to WHS 2011). Lots of info on the forums about the kit & what you can / can't do with it. The only downside (if you can call it that) is that it looks more like a pc sub woofer than a NAS & the front panel could be a dust trap but I've only had it a month.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement to a netgear readynas, a bit more expensive but worth the extra. It was a breeze to setup and the ipad apps mean that I can also access everything from my ipad meaning I have my movie collection on hand always
Summary: This is my third NAS. The first was a Buffalo Terastation which had an under-powered CPU and couldn't handle any form of media streaming - it eventually suffered from an unrecoverable corruption of the OS. Second was an Acer MS Home Server, a fantastic device running a cut-down version of MS server software which was familiar and highly configurable. Unfortunately the Acer hardware let it down and the motherboard died. So I get to the Synology DS413.
Summary: Unit was delivered promptly, worked straight out of the box and had a clear and concise Getting Started manual. Once set up on my network, the process of uploading files from a previous NAS unit was easy. The Synology unit can be set up to operate in various formats, giving security of data, and I have had no issue with accessing files both from my local network and via VPN from remote locations. A very well designed and efficient operating system.
Summary: Does everything well. Easy to set to setup. Great UI. Works well with macs. I used the user-quota feature to restrict time-machine backups to a finite amount of disk space for each machine. Then I used different user accounts with no quota for file shares. Works great, I've got my whole iTunes library served from it and it is running in RAID10. Very pleased. Only criticism is that it is not cheap but since I have no other complaints, the price is probably justified.