The Synology DS411+II
Being a big time hardware guy, I was a little turned off at the sight of the DS411+II at first. My initial thought was about the lack of drive sleds poking out of the front with giant LCD screens telling me information that I don't really need to know. At that time my thoughts went back to the modest price of the DS411+II and it hit me. Most people don't want to spend an extra 400 Dollars to get a blue LCD screen that is used as a night light most of the time.
The DiskStation does produce some nice lighting effects that work well to see a bit in the dark. A status light illuminates when the system is on (which is good, because you can't hear it). The LAN cable flickers when you have network activity and the four HDD lights bounce to data being moved around on the disks.
Both sides of the unit look the same. All of the air flow moves from the front to the back so there aren't any vents on the side. We like this because it means you don't have to move the system every month to clean dust that collected on the sides of the NAS.
The DiskStation DS411+II is like the Warren Buffet of NAS servers. It's so rich with functionality and features, yet comes across so modest. Here you'll see exactly what I mean. On the back you get two USB ports, an eSATA port, gigabit Ethernet port and the power plug.
The power supply is an external 'brick' type. With the power supply being outside of the NAS, the system doesn't have to cool the switching circuits.
With the four easy access thumb screws removed, we can get down to business and see what the system is all about. The DS411+II can use up to four drives in several different RAID configurations. Most home users will want to go with RAID 5 since it offers the best mix between performance, capacity and redundancy. Our system shipped in a proprietary Synology Hybrid RAID that allows the system to run everything automatically.
Each drive is held in place by a drive sled and each sled screws into the NAS.
Here we see one of the four drive sleds out of the system. The sleds are plastic so you don't get a lot of vibration through the system. This also eliminates a lot of the noise that some lower cost NAS servers usually have.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Software Features]
- Page 4 [The Packaging]
- Page 5 [The Synology DS411+II]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - HD Playback]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - HD Record]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Content]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Copy]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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