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Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS411J (White)

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  • Large Storage Capacity
  • Secure RAID Data Protection
  • 24/7 PC-Less Download Server
  • DLNA Certified Media Server
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Technical Details

Size: Diskless
  • Brand Name: Synology
  • Model Number: DS411J
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 Years Limited
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Item Display Weight: 8.50 pounds

Product Description

Size: Diskless

Synology DiskStation DS411j is designed to provide a cost-effective file storage and backup solution with RAID protection for multi-user home environments. The operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager, delivers rich features for multimedia enjoyments, worry-free backup, Internet sharing, and energy-saving options.

Product Details

Size: Diskless
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.6 x 9.1 inches ; 4.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0049MPQGS
  • Item model number: DS411J
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at November 5, 2010

Customer Reviews

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124 of 131 people found the following review helpful By C. Blevins on February 17, 2011
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OK, my review might be biased. Coming from the Drobo, which was absolutely terrible, to this Synology unit was the best technological move I've made since I switched to OSX 10.1 all those years ago. Speeds are fantastic, built-in server features are excellent, and aesthetically the unit is very pleasing.

Unboxing/Installation/Initial Setup:
The unit arrived from Amazon in a large cardboard box along with the two SATA drives that I ordered for it (Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARS). The box for the 411j was very sleek and easy to unpack. No weird seals or wire ties to deal with. The unit itself fits well with the IKEA-assisted look of my office. To install the drives, you remove some handscrews off the back and the top/sides of the unit will come off (in the stock photo, the aluminum piece with the logo on it). The drive trays are plastic and slide out of the back of the unit. You just sit the drives into the unit and use the included screws to mount the drive in place. Then, just push the tray back in and the drive will be connected. No cables to connect was a big plus here. After the drives are all installed, push screw the back on and plug in the power and network cables.

One thing that was unexpected was that the unit has no software installed on it initially. Not a bad concept forces you to load the most current version this way.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By S. Kumar on January 12, 2011
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My setup is 4x2TB RAID5. In addition, I have an external 2TB disk hanging off the USB 2.0 port and a Cyberpower UPS, networked on wired 1Gbps Ethernet. I am using Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB and this box supports the new 4K block size option.

For the RAID 5 volume, I get 25MB/sec write and 70 MB/sec reads which I am very satisfied with.

The system has been up and running since I powered it up about 6 weeks ago.

One problem I had was that a Mac Time Machine backup to the external drive kept failing. By trial and error, I found that this was due the FAT32 filesystem on the external drive. Once I changed it to EXT4, it has worked like a charm.

I'm still experimenting with the Media server features. It can serve up high resolution 1080P video to my PS3 with no glitches. Also, I can access my photos from anywhere on the internet using the iPhone Synology DS Photo+ application (also needed to setup Dynamic DNS and port forwarding on my router).

The system uses very little power -- 45 watts when in use.

Some minor quibbles:
[1] There is a 10-15 second lag when I first access the device. Perhaps this is because it has to spin up the disks so in a way I am glad it hibernates when it can since that increases the disks' life.
[2] When I moved about 100MB of photos to its Photo directory, the CPU went to 100% and stayed there for quite some time. On the forums I found out that this is because it makes a low resolution copy of the pictures to serve up to the iPhone. But even if the CPU is 100% the NAS performance wasn't affected since the photo conversion runs as a lower priority task.

It is very feature rich and some of the other features (remote backup, iTunes Server) are on my to-do list.

All in all, I am very satisfied with this product.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Keith on July 16, 2011
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I've owned this DiskStation for about 5 months. Its my first purchase of a "file server" and we got it to have more available and protected storage for our family photos, videos and backup storage for several computers in the house. I'll pass along my experiences and advice.

At first I thought this purchase was going to be the start of a nightmare. Unit arrived DOA. All connections, power adapter, etc. were fine. Requested an RMA and as I was packing the unit up for return noticed a ribbon cable between the front plate and motherboard was askew. Well why not give it a try? Removed enough screws to get the front face off and reseated the ribbon cable. That looked promising, so I reassembled all the hard drives, cabled it up and whew - its worked fine ever since.

I had bought 4 WD 2TB drives to go into it, formatted it up with RAID5, carved it up into several volumes and started putting data onto it. The 8TB formatted down to 5.36TB with RAID5. I plugged in an old 250GB drive into the USB port and backed up the most critical of the files (photos). This thing runs silent. What a dream compared to the Windoze PC I have (and I will NEVER buy another Windoze PC again).

Performance seems to be a bit slow compared to what I expected - about 11MB/s at best. But if I do the math, that is about as much as a 100Mbs ethernet can really be expected to do. Nevertheless, its more than enough to stream HD videos straight to my internet ready TV.

DSM (the management software) is pretty good. Could really benefit from a good usability rewrite as many of the icons and options are in wierd places, but the documentation is very thorough and easy to search. Synology web site is straightforward and downloads of docs and other software is easy.
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