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Elsewhere Audio Station allows management of the music library stored on the DiskStation and like VideoStation and PhotoStation allows us to view our content on other devices such as TVs, phones and tablets (or give external access to items such as our photos to family members). Looking more to the business side of things we have full anti-virus and backup support to protect critical data as well as VPN server, FTP, email server and Surveillance Station. Through the optional IP cameras we have up to 40 connections available (with 2 licences bundled). Framerates range from 200FPS @2591×1944 up to 1200FPS (yes, 1200) @ 720p in H.264.

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Synology also have a full suite of mobile apps available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone too. These include media players for streaming audio and video content as well as mobile versions of File Station and DSFinder.

Synology DS415+ review – User Experience and Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the DS415+ we have a NAS which impresses. It may have a chassis which is plastic but the finish on that plastic, both matt and gloss, looks and feels good. It is also strongly constructed thanks to the metal frame inside and should take any accidental knocks and bashes with ease. The LED layout on the front makes sense and is easy to check from a distance and we like the minimal branding present which allows the device to blend in. If we were to change one aspect of the front, sides, base or top it would be to make that front port  USB 3.0 spec. Essentially we would love to quickly and easily plug in a fast drive without having to fiddle about round the back of the system.

Speaking of the back, no issues there. Plenty of USB 3.0 connectivity, eSATA and Dual GB LAN. That should cope with most users needs within the target market. While that market is enthusiast and small/medium businesses the installation is novice level. Simply slide out the drive tray, screw in your drives and slide it back in. It is that simple. So from unboxing the unit (where we find that it is extremely well protected) to having the system installed and powered up, that should take no more than 10mins. Another 10minutes to install the OS and we are up and running.

In terms of overall operating system use we had no issues with the DS415+. DSM is designed to run fine on much older,  lower end hardware than the Atom/2GB combination found in the 415+ so  it breezes through daily use, regardless of the task. In terms of drive performance that will vary depending on what you have installed but expect normal use to be over 100MB/s for a standard 1 drive configuration and multiple drives peaking over 200MB/s on read/write (including with encryption) Synology have a handy set of performance tables viewable here which go into more in-depth scenarios, such as iSCSI and WebServer times for those who require that information.

On the value front the DS415+ is retailing at around £450 currently, which is a competitive price given its features, performance and 2-year warranty.

Summary:
DSM is still the best NAS operating system around and the DS415+ is an excellent hardware solution to run it on.

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4 Comments

  1. Alex

    can you compare to TS-451? pricing is lower and it got more features such as 5 video transcoding at the same time, hypervisor etc.

  2. papaouiee

    Who wrote this review? I have bought the DS415+ and can’t begin to use it. Synology ignores and refuses to assist. They have no manual for it. They have JUST STARTED to do SOME videos but run through it so fast it’s impossible to begin to know what they are talking about and they direct you to do moves without explaining or showing where to access them, so they are useless. Many functions are not covered at all. They are the rudest, most useless group of a company I have ever encountered. Will probably end up having to return it.

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