Synology DS414 High Performance 4-bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-04-14

The DS414 NAS from Synology is based on a dual-core Marvell Armada XP running at 1.33Ghz and is paired with a total of 1GB DDR3, which should be enough for home use and small business. Inside the bays we can use both 2.5’’ (HDD/SSD) and 3.5’’ drives (screwless installation). The NAS operates paired with the latest DSM 5.0 version which features a consistent visual redesign for an easier use.

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Product Features, Specifications

Product Features:


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.1


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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