Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-07-21

Synology has updated their low-end 4-bay model with the release of the DS414j which retains the old version chassis and at its core we will find the 1.2GHz MindSpeed Comcerto dual-core ARM processor, which is paired with 512MB of RAM. As the more expensive models, DSM 5.0 is installed on the unit which adds great value and ease of use.

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Product Features, Specifications

Product Features:

Absolutely Vintage, Perfectly Modern

A re-interpretation of one of Synology’s most antique industrial design, DS414j comes with the latest storage technology to meet the need of both office and home users. Being the first Synology j series to feature dual core CPU and the SuperSpeed USB, DS414j delivers ground breaking performance in its tier: an average 112.28 MB/s reading in a Windows® environment, and 80.38 MB/s writing.1 The built-in floating-point unit enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, and is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail processing, making photo viewing a refreshingly new experience. The Synology DS414j is equipped with an encryption engine which offloads the encryption calculation task away from the main CPU, helping to improve file transfer speeds of the DiskStation. Running on Synology’s award-winning DSM operating system, DS414j shares the rich reservoir of applications available in DSM Package Center.

Windows + Mac + Linux Cross Platform File Sharing

Synology DS414j offers comprehensive network protocol support, assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac®, and Linux® platforms.Windows AD and LDAP integration allows Synology DS414j 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.

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.

Effective Backup Solution

Synology DS414j offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC users can back up their data to Synology DS414j 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 DS414j to another Synology NAS, to other rsync servers, or to an external drive. Backing up to Amazon S3® and Glacier cloud service is also supported. 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 DS414j 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.

Personal Multimedia Bank

With DS414j you can easily manage your multimedia contents and share them across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Photo Station’s intuitive design allows you to effortlessly organize photos into customized categories, smart albums and blog posts, and link them to social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Plurk and Picasa within a few clicks. Audio Station comes with built-in lyrics plugin, Internet radio, and support for DLNA®, AirPlay®, and Bluetooth speakers for quality playback. With Video Station, you can watch movies and TV shows online or record your favorite programs with a DVB-T or DVB-S stick.

Anywhere/Anytime Availability

Synology provides mobile applications that allow you to enjoy the full variety of your multimedia library even when on the go, allowing you to reach for your private albums, music and video collection at home in DS414j. Available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms, DS photo+, DS audio, and DS video mobilize your Photo Station, Audio Station and Video Station, placing terabytes of content at your fingertips. What’s more, DS download makes it possible for you to manage and monitor your download tasks remotely while you can access DS414j content with DS file whenever required.

Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design

All Synology NAS is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does DS414j provide two 80 X 80 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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