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Synology DiskStation DS410j - Synology DiskStation DS410j

By Hugo Jobling

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Synology DiskStation DS410j

Summary

Our Score:

9

The diskless unit I was sent required me to install the firmware before use. Luckily the firmware was included on the disc provided with the device, so it's hardly a major issue. Also on this disc was the setup wizard needed to install this firmware, as well as Synology Assistant, a PC-based configuration utility for the DS410j.

Arguably more important is the inclusion of Data Replicator 3. Once this has finished taking a full backup it monitors for changes and replicates them in real-time. Just remember to check the "start with Windows" option!

As the DS410j can download files over HTTP, FTP and BitTorrent a piece of software on the installation disc named Download Redirector proves particularly useful. As you might predict, this intercepts downloads started on your PC and hands them over to the NAS to complete. While many NAS devices are able to do this with Torrent files, very few at this price point can also do 'normal' downloads. If you often download large files that aren't available over BitTorrent this should prove an enticing feature.

Where the DS410j really excels is its web interface. Put simply, this is the slickest looking yet also most functional I have seen on any NAS device. By default the home screen shows a 'Wizard' layout, which condenses all of the available configuration screens into simpler groups. If that's too patronising for you, though, then the 'Complete' mode will be more appropriate, letting you get on with things unhindered. Just don't try using an iPhone or iPod touch - it's possible, but these devices are just too small for it to be practical.

All the usual options, such as setting up volumes and RAID configurations, managing drive partitions and who can access them, and enabling or disabling DLNA and uPnP functionality, are present but Synology has also added a few less common abilities to the DS410j. One of these is a local PHP-capable web server, with a MySQL database also available. While the 800MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM in the system probably wouldn't handle, say, TrustedReviews' traffic it should be more than enough for running a personal blog, or small business website, read only by a few people.

TrustedReviewer

January 19, 2010, 9:26 pm

What kind of noise level does this unit emit? Units such as this are fine if they are tucked away in a cupboard but if not the background levels can be dreadful!





I recently tried a NAS from a different manufacturer only to find that it sounded like a hairdryer.

Hugo

January 19, 2010, 10:08 pm

I fount it inaudible over my desktop PC, but YMMV.

xenos

January 20, 2010, 1:50 am

"Where the DS410j really excels is its web interface. Put simply, this is the slickest looking yet also most functional I have seen on any NAS device."





Hugo is this better than QNAP web interface too? Transfer speeds seem fast given the CPU being used, fairly impressed!

Pbryanw

January 20, 2010, 4:25 am

I'm just guessing, but from the looks of it, you can swap out the existing rear fans for quiet versions from Noctua for example. That's if they are a standard fan size.

james1000

January 20, 2010, 4:25 am

Usb 3.0?

morsch

January 20, 2010, 4:01 pm

Inaudible over a desktop PC doesn't really cut it, unless you never shut down/standby your PC. Does the device ever shut down the HDDs? Ideally, after a configurable idle timeout? I think that should be a mandatory information in a review, unless that feature is available in all NAS devices these days. With the HDDs shut down or in standby, the whole thing shouldn't draw more than a couple of watts and should be virtually silent.

sam 7

January 20, 2010, 4:58 pm

Perfect, been looking at getting one of these for a while. Great review

pandaz123

January 20, 2010, 5:09 pm

Ive had a DS410j for a few weeks now, i well recommend it. Great product that has proved incredibly useful.

gagagaga

January 21, 2010, 8:45 pm

For anyone other than very novice users, these things are still horrendously overpriced. You can get an Intel SS4200 for £135 - add freenas and you have a fully featured NAS for half the price of this. Add Windows Home Server for another £70 and you have a fully featured file server / remote access gateway / PC backup solution. Am I missing something?

Ed

February 4, 2010, 2:56 pm

@gagagaga: Yes, the fact that what you describe takes effort and a degree of know how. If you want it to, this will just work straight out the box. Admittedly setting up freenas is very easy but, for instance, when you come across the bittorrent client by default locking down write/delete access to downloaded files, getting things fixed can all of a sudden get rather complicated.

Jerry Dunhill

February 4, 2010, 2:57 pm

The Intel box is cheaper, but it runs on a 250W power supply. One of the huge benefits is the power saving from a unit like this which runs on a very low powered processor but delivers all the performance you need (or get a + model if you need more). Think of the energy saving ;)

FreakySpook

March 15, 2010, 4:42 am

Can anyone tell me how the speeds are over 802.11g?


I'm looking at this after I purchased an Edimax NS-2502 and could only achieve transfer speeds of about 100k/s over wireless but want to make sure it works ok.

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