Summary: I have been in need of network storage for a while now but was scared off by the high price. I finally took the plunge, and was impressed by how simple and functional this box is. Data transfer speeds aren't perfect, but are reasonably quick using Robocopy under Windows, and the various services supplied both in the OS as well as by the community are quite useful.
Summary: I love all the different packages and functions that you can run on the device. As some reviewers have mentioned, it does take a long time to expand your volume when you add more disk, but the current data is still available and can be accessed during the expansion. My NAS originally started with version 4.1 and has since been upgraded to DSM 4.2 and 4.3. Synology DSM keeps getting better and better.
Summary: Works very well. It is very flexible and you have a lot of (working!!!!) software controls. If you are going to use it as your personal cloud storage - make sure your router works and fully supported, otherwise you will have to tailor your router yourself. Synology is about to update to the new version DS 4.3 and I am expecting great things.
Summary: Make sure you have a Gigabit connection. This means a router that 1/1000 not 1/100. I have a gigabit connection and it works great. I get over 100MB transfer speeds (ON SINGLE FILES). I thought I had a faulty connection or something was wrong with my network when I was only getting 10 to 30MB transfers. This was due to the large amounts of files being transferred. With that said, I love this NAS.
Summary: Chassis The device is much lighter than I anticipated, having previously owned an Infrant ReadyNAS which now seems like a lead weight compared to the lightweight but sturdy plastic of the Synology DS413. The only thing I dislike about the chassis is the blue light which is extremely bright. If I didn't have this stashed away hidden in my basement, I would find the blue light quite annoying in my office or bedroom, especially at night.
Summary: A little background for comparison... I bought the DiskStation DS413 to replace an HP MediaSmart Server that I've had for just over six years. The HP had been a good little server over the years faithfully backing up my PC's and serving out media to my home theater and also a home built tube stereo via a Logitech Squeezebox Duet. The HP did it's job but not without it's share of quirks and hiccups.
Summary: This is one of the best purchases I did since a long time. Solid NAS with lots of bonus features. I have been running a Windows Homeserver for many years which has been a quite useful experience, but after 2 failed motherboards, and spending too much time maintaining it (flaky disks typically) I decided to go for this NAS, after quite a bit of researching.
Summary: For those new to the NAS experience, I suggest you poke around the web interface before setting up RAID or any other settings not part of the initial setup. Had I done this, I might have saved a bit of headache. It will default to Synology Hybrid RAID if you don't manually set up the RAID you want (I'm not even sure what the hybrid raid is). In my case, I ended up with the hybrid raid after using quick setup and had to redo it to RAID 1 like I wanted it.
Summary: My HP MediaSmart died a horrible death two weeks ago (probably a mainboard issue...drives were fine), and after a bunch of research, I settled on the DS413 as a replacement. What a revelation! The setup experience was incredibly smooth by comparison with WHS, which I had really liked. The only thing I really miss from WHS is the backup, but I've settled on Acronis TrueImage, and that seems to be working fine.
What a boost! But DSM continues to have its issues.
Rene Bonvanie, Amazon
22 December 2012
Summary: I was the proud and happy owner of a DS411j for 2 years and had read a lot about the DS413. I did see the warning signs about a "blue blinking light of death" (BBLOD) but wasn't that worried about it given that in my experience, boot time is rather long on a NAS and one can't mistake it for a defect.