Great NAS with so many features you can actually use!
J. Liu, Amazon
23 October 2013
Summary: This is one great NAS device, Synology not only produce one of the easiest way software interface, the hardware is also reliable. HW: It is very easy to install HDD. My NAS came missing the front cover, their support was very fast and friendly by sending me a replacement cover right away. You can buy NAS from any vendors, they are probably very similar in HW specs, software is where you separate man from boys. Synology really hit this out of the park.
R. Van Fleet "Love peace and chicken grease", Amazon
14 August 2013
Summary: I bought this Disk Station after doing a good amount of research on the products. My main goal with this device was to consolidate all my media to one location that is backed up.The price point was right and everyone told me the Synology personal cloud software was best in class. My plan was to set up a Plex server an third party application that is easily installed and configured on the Synology NAS and use a Roku to replace cable.
Summary: Pros: hot-swap drives with good status and feedback on drive and volume status. Software works well. Hybrid configuration of drives makes this much like a Drobo unit in the way you mix and match drives. Streams video via Video Station to AppleTV or use DNLA for PlayStation 3 streaming.
Just works, unless you have a problem, then good luck
Amazon Customer, Amazon
11 April 2013
Summary: Loved it for the first two months. 4x 3TB WD Red NAS drives. ~8TB usable. Backup software is great for Win 7. (Haven't used other OS) Streams to everything I have. Xbox, PS3, Sony BD player, Onkyo receiver, android. Truly just worked. USB 3.0 works great. Automated backups to 2x USB 3.0 drives. Again, just works even with NTFS formatting. Bit slow with NTFS USB drives though. CPU has to do the filesystem conversions. Standard with any base linux product I have seen.
Summary: Note that the DS413 has the PPC chip, not the Intel or ARM. So it doesn't support the Plex Media Server. This is not clearly evident in the marketing info put out by Synology touting the solutions packages offered for DSM -- you have to read the fine print about which Synology systems can use Plex. I'd already bought and set up volumes on the DS413 when I found this out -- and I'd bought the DS413 for being a media server that (among other good qualities) offered Plex.
Summary: This was overall pretty good. The drive carriers were a bit difficult to work with, but do hold the drives well, you just have to press hard to get the screw holes to line up appropriately so as not to cross thread the drive. Once I loaded and started the unit, it took quite a while to format the drives before I could use them. So far, I would buy it again.
Summary: Let me start by saying I've had this for a month and I absolutely love it! The price point and performance are great. I use it for backup (CrashPlan server) and for streaming my media to all my TVs and mobile devices (Android, iOS, Windows Media Center, Panasonic BluRay player - sort of, OS X, RaspBMC). It works really well and videos play w/o a problem. The only issue for me is that my purchase was greatly influenced by this post [...
Summary: This is more of a public service announcement than anything, but I figured this was a good place to mention it. Looking at the features on the surface the DS413 seems like a good deal, and for *many* people it is. However if you plan on using this for your media hub, specifically streaming using the Plex software you're out of luck!
Summary: I upgraded from an HP media vault to DS413. The experience so far has been phenomenal. Whereas the media vault was just a glorified storage solution this is a full fledged server and can do so much more. I bought it for home use. Stacked it up with 4 harddisks - two 500 GBs (from the old media vault) and two 3TB NAS drives and have the hybrid raid switched on. For now, I have a 3TB space available for use with a 1 disk fault tolerance.
Summary: A little background, my first NAS was a system I built to run FreeNAS, after some issues I switched to Windows Home Server (1st iteration), so using Synology's software is just a pleasure compared to the horror stories I experienced with those two systems. Yes, tons of people use FreeNAS and WHS just fine, the operating systems are very configurable, but the software was unintuitive once you get beyond using the systems as mere external harddrives.