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  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
  • Over 207.07MB/s Reading, 135.63MB/s Writing
  • Dual LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • 1GB RAM Boosting Multitasking Power
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0

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Technical Details
Item Weight2 Kg
Product Dimensions30.5 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm
Item model numberDS414
Form Factor2.5/3.5"
Processor Speed1.066 GHz
Processor Count2
RAM Size1 GB
Hard Drive Size16000 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA-300
Connectivity TypeNo
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of Ethernet Ports2
Operating SystemUbuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 9.04, Ubuntu 9.10
Software IncludedMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Lithium Battery Weight3.1 Grams
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Best Sellers Rank 40,398 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.4 Kg
Date First Available17 Oct. 2013


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Synology DiskStation DS414 is a feature-rich 4-bay NAS specifically designed for growing businesses to effectively manage, protect and share data. Equipped with comprehensive office applications, DS414 raises working efficiency while securing data with full backup solutions.

Optimal Price/Performance Ratio

Considering its generous hardware specifications, Synology DS414 is a huge step forward. Featuring built-in floating-point unit in CPU, 1GB RAM, dual LAN, SuperSpeed USB3.0 and the brand new tool-less HDD trays, DS414 stands out as one of the best values in 4-bay NAS devices available today. The built-in floating-point unit enhances the overall capability of the main CPU to enable higher working efficiency. With RAM twice the size of its predecessor, DS414 also exhibits a surprising boost in multi-tasking performance. Under link aggregation, DS414 delivers over 135.63MB/sec writing speed under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows environment, and over 207.07MB/sec reading.

Designed with attention to recovery mechanism, DS414 comes with dual LAN failover support to ensure continual network service in case of LAN failure, while hot-swappable design facilitates easy hard drive replacement. For friendly and effortless hard drive installation, DS414 contains the new tool-less hard drive trays, allowing users to fixate 3.5” hard drives without a screwdriver. External storage access is made fast and easy, with two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interfaces in the back, alongside one USB 2.0 interface in the front panel for quick access.

Windows + Mac + Linux Cross Platform File Sharing

Synology DS414 offers comprehensive network protocol support, assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.Windows AD and LDAP integration allows Synology DS414 to fit quickly and effortlessly into any existing network environment, with no need to recreate user accounts. Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server and the web-based file explorer, Synology File Station. HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level.

For users who are always on the move, Synology provides a handy app, DS file, for popular mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Windows Phone. Anything stored on Synology DS414 can now be accessed remotely using DS file.

Effective Backup Solution

Synology DS414 offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC users can back up their data to Synology DS414 using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple Time Machine integration.

A backup wizard is provided for backing up data from Synology DS414 to another Synology NAS, to other rsync server, or to an external drive. Backing up to Amazon S3 and Glacier cloud service is also supported. The add-on package, Time Backup, keeps DiskStation data in multiple versions, so IT administrators could easily keep track of them and restore to a previous version whenever required.

Shared Folder Sync allows users to synchronize a specific folder from Synology DS414 to another DiskStation – a server-to-client backup mechanism that takes place whenever something is changed on the server side. Users will be able to share documents within their local office seamlessly and safely with encrypted connection. When your DiskStation is down, you will be able to have an immediate backup running in no time.

Rich Office Applications

Synology DS414 runs on the award-winning operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), which offers comprehensive applications and features designed specifically for office and business workgroups.

Cloud Station allows users to sync files among multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android tablets or phones, effortlessly keeping everything up-to-date. The Mail Server package turns Synology DS414 into a dedicated mail service provider, while Mail Station, provides a webmail interface for users to access emails stored on Synology DS414.

VPN Server package offers an easy VPN solution that turns your Synology DS414 into a VPN server, providing a secure way of connecting to a private LAN at a remote location. RADIUS Server strengthens network security by overseeing wireless access authentication via RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) networking protocol.

As to environment security, Synology Surveillance Station offers a centralized interface to manage IP cameras deployed in your office or home, allowing users traveling miles away to safeguard the environment by watching live views, recording events, and taking snapshots with a computer or iOS/Android device.

Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design

All Synology NAS is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does DS414 provide two 92 X 92 mm fans and the smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise dampening design makes it really quiet compared to PC counterparts. The support of Wake on LAN/WAN, multiple scheduled power on/off can further reduce power consumption and operation cost.

All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen to continually work to reduce the environmental impact of every product produced.

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DS414 Main Unit;Installation Disc;Welcome Note;Accessory Pack;AC Power Cord;AC Power Adapter;RJ-45 LAN Cable x 2

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I had a Synology 2-disk NAS (DS213J) before but ran out of space and wanted to upgrade to a bigger one. This seems to be very compatible with the Western Digital Red NAS-specific hard drives which I like and was sold at a competitive price.

Transfer rates seem good, it's quiet and was easy to install just inserting the four HDDs into the trays and pushing them into the connectors. Literally a 2 minute job.

Installing the Synology Hydrid Raid was a doddle and there's a handy high speed USB connector on the box. Transferring about 4TB of files form my WD Mybook backup took about 24 hours.

The browser based media centre applications are ok though I don't find them quite as intuitive to operate as they might be ...but then again I'm an old git over 50 and we're not supposed to be able to operate anything more complex than a lawn mower, right? I have amassed a *LOT* of music over the past 40+ years and creating playlists looks like it might be fiddly (hence four stars not 5) but perhaps I'm being lazy. I'm not too patient with configuring some one else's software.

DLNA seems to work fine and I stream music with a Cambridge NP30 around the house and into the garage and workshop (my real toys have V8 engines not Intel chips!)

I don't normally write reviews, but hopefully that's of use to someone.

It works.
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This is my third NAS device over the last five years, but my first Synology.

I bought this to upgrade from my ever faithful ReadyNAS Duo v1, so it was quite a wrench to move from Netgear as I have a home/office full of Netgear devices.

I chose the Synology for a number of reasons. I had previously deemed the brand too expensive but I had the chance to meet with some Synology representatives at an IT trade event. They were extremely helpful and courteous as they gave me a tour of DiskStation Manager 4.3. I was very impressed with the features and usability of the interface and quite liked the ethos of the company itself so I could see where the extra money was being spent.

Now that I have the device up and running with some WD Red 4TB disks I am happy to say that it is meeting my expectations.

Out of the box I was surprised how lightweight the unit was. It is mainly plastic with very little metal, the separate power supply is a heavy brick by comparison. 3.5" disks are added without the need for tools but 2.5" drives need to be secured with the screws supplied. I started with just one disk installed and connected it up to my router. I am someone who routinely ignores product DVDs supplied with network devices and logged into the DiskStation in my browser. The device immediately asked me if it could download and install the latest version of DSM 4.3 which it then proceeded to do, it could not have been more straightforward. There are a number of other Apps which are not installed by default but are available in the Package Center (that's how they spell centre), I have covered some of these Apps below. The interface itself is very well laid out and easy to navigate; it's far better than any other NAS I've come across.
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This review is one month after first install, so it's not an indication of long term stabilty, however initial indications are very positive.

Packaging is good, arrived on time so all good with the delivery.
Box is compact, looks smart and surprisingly light for a high performance NAS.
I ordered 2x 3TB WD Red drives (I could have gone for the 4TB, the reviews on the 3TB were better. Maybe next year I'll upgrade, but no need at the moment).
The easy to follow instructions worked as expected. When you first plug in the drives, be prepared to wait a few hours while they are wiped, verified and made ready. You don't have to do anything while this is happening, except eat, have a coffee, etc.
After it's all ready, then you can play. Quick tip, to access the files from windows explorer, just use the location \\DISKSTATION. The documentation didn't cover this (or if it did I didn't read it). At this point you have a 3TB drive ready to go.
Performance across my wifi is between 6-7MB/s so plenty fast enough for backups in the background or overnight.
The box has a great feature with a USB slot at the front. Plugging in a USB drive enables faster (USB2.0 speed) copy from the separate disk to the NAS. Use this if you want to transfer your previous backup drive to the NAS (highly recommended).
The user interface for the NAS is very good. Simple, clean and well styled.
Installing packages is very simple. Just click the one you want to install and it will get the latest version from the internet (if newer than the CD). There is an updates button which you can also use.
I haven't installed many of the packages, but the media server works very well. Easy to use and is picked up right away from the WD TV box.
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I've been using this for a month now and am extremely impressed.

Previously I owned a Qnap for many years, which was ok, but got frustrated with various issues, such as reliability (where the Qnap would just lock up) and the failure of Apple Time Machine losing my backups. Qnap are still on Linux 2.6 (which is ancient) and there are a huge number of kernel bugs appearing in the log files (which explains the reliability issues). Qnap technical support was fairly bad, just saying "network problem" and I should replace my hardware. Hardware or software (as a consumer I don't care which), the Qnap was no good for me. (Synology uses a 3.2 Linux kernel which is much more up to date and has fixed lots more bugs.)

So I decided to make the switch to Synology and I am very glad that I did. The user interface is quite similar to Qnap, and it's great to see that the two companies are pushing each other to improve the user experience, and releasing updates. Personally I prefer the Synology interface. It's difficult to compare the two NASes because the products are being updated continually.

Installation was fairly straightforward. Installing the disks was quite easy and screwdriverless, once you figure out which bits to press. There is no physical security on this model. Physically, it looks very smart and solid, and the two fans in the back are large and of good quality. The unit is fairly quiet but you would notice it in a quiet room due to the hard disks.

There is a great deal of flexibility in setting up users, volumes and shares, but I would imagine that setup would be very challenging for someone who was not computer literate.

There are some goodies here which I was not expecting.
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