Synology DiskStation DS412+ 4-bay All-in-1 NAS Server for SMB Users Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2012-03-20

The DiskStation DS412+ is another high performance NAS from Synology which allows a total of 4 HDDs/SSDs to be installed for enough storage space and are cooled properly with the two included 92mm fans, which are also silent during normal operation. On a single LAN connection, the unit maxes out the read/write transfer speeds and the “beast” is really unleashed when used in enterprise environments, with the “Link Aggregation” feature enabled.

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Packaging, A Closer Look Part I

Before starting the presentation, it’s good to mention that we will encounter some similarities between the previously reviewed product, Diskstation DS212 and the more advanced DS412+, aimed at another segment; the NAS comes shipped inside a medium-sized box, with a plastic handle, which helps a lot when transporting it:




Some of the product main functions are listed as icons on one side of the packaging:




By looking on one of the other sides, we can see a photo of the main product, along with details concerning the hardware, applications and package contents:




A bigger list of features can be also found on the exterior packaging:




While opening the top side of the box, we are instructed to read the Quick Installation Guide, located on the provided disk and to check the compatible HDD models from the website:





As on the previous reviewed model, the box is also modularized, so the available space is used optimally:




Most of the bundle is offered inside a plain cardboard box, except the power lead which is found separately:




All documentation, along with the installation disk are located inside a separate re-sealable plastic bag:




Along with the previously mentioned disk, we can also find a leaflet regarding the modules which use GPL licenses, necessary screws for installing 2.5’’ and 3.5’’ drives and also a “Read This First” Guide:





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