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Synology DS916+ Four-Bay Consumer NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 9:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Synology

Packaging and a Closer Look

 

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Packaging for the DS916+ shares the same routine we have seen in the past for SMB samples. The box while rather plain houses a sticker detailing information about the NAS and its configuration.

 

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The scope of delivery of this solution includes the power adapter, Ethernet cable, and set of screws for securing your drives.

 

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The front of the NAS has that glossy bay cover we have all come to love while the right side houses all the LEDs and power button.

 

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The backside of the NAS has two large cooling fans with the I/O panel down below. From left to right we have dual gigabit Ethernet with power below followed by a Kensington lock slot with eSATA and USB 3.0 below.

 

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Internally, Synology units more often than not use a SAS backplane and as you can see here, the DS916+ is no different.

 

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Drive trays pictured below, are made of 100% plastic. This eliminates drive rattles associated with metal trays while making tool-less installation easier.

 

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With baked in support for the DX513, we thought there was no better opportunity to check out the expansion capabilities, so we had Synology send a unit over with the DS916+.

 

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Included with the DX513 is a power cable, drive screws, and eSATA cable for connecting to the NAS.

 

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The front of the unit shares its aesthetics with the DS1515+ and DS1815+. The power button is placed in the center with status and alert LEDs, while each tray has its own LED built-in for drive activity.

 

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The back of the expansion unit houses two large cooling fans with a Kensington slot to the left with the power input.

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