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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for small business, 14 Nov. 2013
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Purchased the Synology DS412+ for work to replace our old Buffalo Terastation II, as it was reaching its max storage limits and we outgrew its features.

The main features we wanted from a NAS drive for our small office was; Bigger storage, faster performance, easy admin console, ability to connect remotely (FTP, WebDav, HTTP) and the ability to share files for guests to view/download. It has ticked all the boxes and I will explain in detail how we work with the DS412+ at our office.

The NAS is connected to a giganet router, and there are 6 people connecting to the router via Ethernet. Each of us has the NAS drive mounted over the WebDav (Mac OSX) so it behaves like a local folder. We have 2 graphic designers working directly from the NAS drive with files that go up to 1GB, and remaining 4 staff made up of web designer, developer and copy editor accessing the drive all day for photos, images, video etc. In addition we generate links for external guests can view or download files straight from the NAS drive, and we can set the link validity for a week, month or year.

Apart from the 6 main staff, we have 2 other people (marketing) setup only with READ only permission to access the drive so they can download files such as images, menu, brochure and logos. The Desk Station Manager web admin portal is very is to configure and you can add various groups / users with different access privileges.

We have also setup a remote access WebDav and FTP with a unique port range and url to access the drive while we're away from our office desk, and because it is setup in WebDav it works just like a normal folder on your desktop, although working straight off the drive is not recommended for big files because the lag between saving files, however depending on your internet connection you can easily work with files lower then 50MB with a 4-8mpb internet connection and you won't notice the remote connection lag.

Overall this drive is simply amazing and we are just scratching the surface.
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