By Gordon Kelly
30 Oct 2013
Synology DS414slim DiskStation NAS Server
Synology DiskStation DS414Slim 4 Bays NAS Server LAN Usb 3.0 SATA III HDD SSD 1G
Synology DiskStation DS414 NAS Server
Synology DiskStation DS414slim NAS Server - Marvell ARMADA 1.20 GHz,4xTotal Bays
Synology DiskStation DS414 4-Bay NAS Server Gigabit Network Storage eSATA USB3.0
Is this just an expensive hard drive for putting music on?
No. But reading it will tell you that much ;)
No, it cooks, cleans, drives you to work and does, other things.
Is the speed relevant when eg streaming an ISO movie file to Windows 7 MCE or XBMC using the SMB protocol ? I currently use WD My Book Live drives. Can anyone shed light on this question ?
Nope, far more than that. You get built-in schemes for data redundancy (that's what RAID is), data / drive management software, and warnings about failing drives before they go completely.
And they're cheap enough to buy two, to use the second one for backing up the first.
They're not perfect, but will protect you from most data loss failures. And they look more reliable than Drobo, based on reviews of the DS412+ and DS413. I've had two Drobo 5N boxes fail in the 4 months since I bought the first one. Not going there again.
"LA equipment is rare and no networking maker we reached out to could provide us with the equipment to test this, "Lol. Any Cisco managed switch support 802.3ad for dynamic link aggregation. SG300 small business switches and 2960s manage the 802.3ad.You certainly not search very far....
It's not that the equipment is not available - though we were unable to get test equipment - the biggest question is the practicality of cost.
No the speed isn't relevant for streaming video. The review benchmark achieved 896Mbps (megabits/second) which far exceeds even Blu-ray's maximum bitrate of 54Mbps.
Having said that, I'm not sure the benchmark simulates multiple clients reading from different parts of the disk(s). But I suspect this machine is powerful to cope with most home users' needs more than adequately. Perhaps you could ask on the Synology support forums?
Look at the market. SMB fits and many would use a 2960. The ability to have faster access for an entire office is welcome. Heck, even in the home for the work at home parent and streaming media to the TV. It's only a 300 us dollar switch!
What does the lack of "on chip transcoding" mean? How will it affect a home user that may want to stream videos from a NAS box to a smart TV or to a tablet or other computers??
The really great thing that sets Synology apart from the rest is their tech support which is head of the pack. If it was not for this, then Netgear would be pushing them off their top spot, as Netgear make some top kit at significantly better prices, and their own tech support is no slouch either. Unfortunately Netgear limit their support and just seeing a limit puts me off. I guess i only ever called their tech support once in the three years i was using their kit anyway, which was outside their limit and that time they were pretty cool about it.
I have just bought 4 x DS513+'s so fingers crossed and i hope Synology live up to their reputation.
You need 10Gbe if you want to go beyond Gigabit speed between server and one single host. What you write about LInk Aggregation is not correct and simply not possible
More than 65 people reported defective units. Check this thread in the Synology forums http://forum.synology.com/enu/... . Synology has not acknowledged this problem yet.
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