Review: Synology DS411j NAS Server

Over the last couple of years, networked home storage has been growing in popularity.  During that time, more and more technology manufacturers have gotten on board and churned out so called “Home Servers” that blur the line between corporate grade storage and home media management.  The problem is that while a lot of these devices from major manufacturers such as Netgear and DLink do a respectable job, the market has fast become bogged down with cheap imports and copies from the Far East that feature slow processors, low amounts of memory and, sometimes, questionable compatibility.

The DS411J is not one of these products, it’s produced by a relatively new company called Synology who, despite their short presence in the industry, are fast cementing their place as a major player in this area of the market.  The DS411J enters towards the top of their home and small office range and is essentially a 4-bay home storage and media server.

The list of features is comparable to those other devices already in the market place, but we’ll get to that.

First lets take a look at the device itself in more detail.

Packaging and Contents

Synology do a respectable job of packaging up the DS411J, the unit arrived over-boxed for added protection but I dare say it wasn’t needed, the box itself has a place for everything and, more importantly, everything was in it’s place.  The unit was held firmly in the box and well cushioned, it’s hard to imagine receiving one of these that’s been damaged in transit.

Contents of the box were:

  • The DS411J unit
  • Driver, utility and manual CD
  • Paper “Getting Started” guide
  • Paper legal notice
  • Power Supply brick
  • IEC mains power lead
  • Network cable
  • Variety of fixing screws

It’s hard to think of what else Synology could have included, though the decision to not include much in the form of paper instructions may trouble some users.  However, all the documentation is held on the included CD and it took mere seconds to locate the full installation instructions and technical manual on the disk.  And even in the event that the disk is lost or damaged, all of the manuals and utilities are also available on the Synology website.

 

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