Synology DS416slim 4-bay NAS Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2016-06-13

DS416slim NAS from Synology or the baby-NAS as we’d like to call it is incredibly compact for a 4-bay unit (even if we are discussing about 2.5’’ drives), is incorporating an active cooling system, while the back trays can be installed or removed in a snap. The fan can be easy removed for cleaning or replacement and the manufacturer did not omit to include extra USB 3.0 ports for expansion, both in the front and back.

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Product Features

High-performance and encryption engine


DS416slim boasts a dual-core CPU with a dedicated encryption engine and 512MB of DDR3 RAM. With link aggregation enabled, DS416slim delivers up to 194.21 MB/s in reading and 77.91 MB/s in writing. Reading through a single Gigabit LAN speed goes up to 112.14 MB/s.


Dual LAN with failover and Link Aggregation support


Equipped with dual LAN ports, DS416slim ensures continual network service in case one LAN connection fails, decreasing the risk of network downtime. Link Aggregation takes advantage of the dual LAN ports to enhance connection speeds beyond the limits of a single cable or port.


Painless disk installation and fast fan replacement


With the detachable fan module, DS416slim makes fan replacement or cleaning easier than ever. At the same time, the snap-in drive tray design allows for fast and neat disk installation. This makes it easy to keep DS416slim clean and running perfectly all the time.


Ultra-compact yet functional


DS416slim weighs less than 700 grams and can be be easily transported to serve as a local file and backup servers during off-site assignments. Despite its incredibly compact form factor, it can host up to 8TB of raw data and features two USB 3.0 ports for fast backup from external drives.


Award winning OS - DiskStation Manager


Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a sleek, browser-based operating system running on every DiskStation and RackStation, which makes managing your Synology NAS a breeze. Featuring an intuitive user interface, DSM makes accessing and sharing your data smarter and simpler. Synology's Package Center lets you download and install useful add-on packages designed specifically for individual or business needs, meaning you can enjoy more entertainment in your life or better productivity at work.


Connect your data quickly and easily


Synology aims to provide you the most convenient way to enjoy all services on DS416slim. With Synology QuickConnect, you don't have to deal with difficult DDNS setup. QuickConnect frees you from complicated router configuration and port-forwarding, so your entertainment and work files can be accessed on any computer, laptop, or mobile devices instantly without extra charge. Learn more


Ultimate file center


File Station is a fast and secure feature for sharing and managing your files stored on DS416slim. Just drag-n-drop and upload data from Mac or PC. Advanced filters make it easy to search for documents, photos, or videos. With built-in FTP or email clients, DS416slim lets you organize and share files through an advanced web application effortlessly. You can even share files and folders with others by simply sending a link. Files can be reached on mobile devices via the companion mobile app DS file. HTTPS, SSL/TLS encryption, and link expiry dates also ensure file sharing over the Internet is highly secure.


The most compatible sharing


Enjoy seamless files sharing across Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms as DS416slim offers comprehensive network protocol support including FTP, SMB2, AFP, NFS and WebDAV. With Windows AD and LDAP integration, DS416slim can fit effortlessly into any existing network environment - there is no need for IT administrators to maintain two sets of credentials. You also won't worry about missing files with the Recycle Bin feature which is supported on AFP, CIFS, File Station, and WebDAV. All files deleted in a shared folder will be automatically moved into the Recycle Bin.


Backup data in multiple ways


Synology DS416slim can serve as a centralized backup target. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, you can back up everything on your computer directly to Synology NAS using Cloud Station Backup. Whenever you modify a file, the changes are backed up to DS416slim automatically. Mac users also enjoy native Apple® Time Machine support. You can also back up data from your DS416slim to another DiskStation, rsync servers, external drives, or even Amazon® S3, Glacier cloud service, Microsoft Azure, SFR, and hicloud. Synology Hyper Backup allows you to schedule backup tasks and restore the server to any particular point in time, while minimizing storage consumption and processing time by saving only the specific data block that has been changed between versions.


Your files anywhere with cloud service


DS416slim brings you comprehensive cloud service. Cloud Station lets you sync files among DiskStations and multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as Windows mobile devices, whereas 2-way sync allows file synchronization among different DiskStations. With Cloud Sync, you can even sync your DiskStation with Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Baidu Cloud, and many more — establish your hybrid cloud to enjoy more storage flexibility and prevent data loss.


Enjoy multimedia library


DS416slim provides you a central platform to organize, backup, and share photos, music, and video collections. Featuring a streamlined and sleek interface, Synology packages — Photo Station, Audio Station and Video Station — let you build a seamless entertainment hub effortlessly. Since everything is saved on DS416slim, you can enjoy more customizable content arrangement, and no worries about extra monthly fees for storage capacity. Better yet, your digital collections can be shared with others via a simple link.


Stream content to your TV


DS416slim is highly compatible with other devices, letting you manage and enjoy digital content with the devices you already have: computers, mobile devices, TVs, DLNA devices, and stereos. Synology offers the latest support for TV streaming, including Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast, meaning you can stream digital content stored on DS416slim to your widescreen TV effortlessly.


Get mobility with our apps


Synology develops versatile mobile apps — MailPlus, DS note, DS audio, DS video, DS photo, DS cloud, DS file, DS download and DS cam — allowing you to access and manage the contents of your DS416slim with smartphones and tablets. QuickConnect brings an easier network experience as it eliminates complicated router configuration or port forwarding. With Synology mobile apps, your multimedia collection and work files are always on the go.


Eco-friendly NAS server


All Synology NAS is designed with energy efficiency in mind. DS416slim only consumes 11.63W in HDD Hibernation and 17.17W in access*. With special fan and the smart airflow design, the DS416slim keeps the system running cool 24/7, while its noise dampening design makes it quieter than PC counterparts. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen, so all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials.


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