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Synology Disk Station DS410j NAS Review

Synology Disk Station DS410j NAS Review

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Synology Disk Station DS410j – User Experience Two

Access to the unit via the browser is split into 2 main parts, one being the management console which, as described above, is nicely laid out for configuration. There is also a desktop section which populates the web page with larger Icons, the desktop is more for manipulation of the file stored on the NAS i.e. viewer photo’s or listening to music via the built in web players, there is an icon for accessing the management area and one to access files but as we switch on more features such as the photo viewer this then drops a new icon onto that desktop allowing us quick access to it. When a new feature has been switched on it allows us to directly access it via in a very nice web photo viewer:  Example

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With the number of features on the unit it would be a hard task to go through them all, essentially this could be classed as a full blown server. The key functionality that we thought worth a mention is listed below:

  • FTP – A simple FTP solution that supports both Standard and Passive mode with configurable ports and settings
  • Website hosting – A basic site hosting platform that supports HTTPS, PHP and MySQL
  • Download Station – Manages Torrents/FTP/NZB downloads straight from the Disk Station
  •  iTunes service – Stores all iTunes content and manages it using the specific ITunes Service
  • USB Print Server – Plug up your USB printer and run the Disk Station as Network print server
  • Surveillance Station – Records from IP camera straight to the HDD
  • Music Station – Use the web based interface to listen to music via web browser or stream to an iPhone/iPod.
  • Data Replicator – The Data Replicator software sits on the client PC and allows for easy backup of files, copies are sent to the Disk Station for storage.

There are also 2 other additional packages that can be downloaded from Synology for the Disk Station, these are Logitech squeezebox server for those who own a Logitech Squeezebox and fully functional mail server called Mail Station to run as a pop collection direct from the NAS.

As some of the items listed above mean that this device might be accessible from the web the Disk Station does have a built in firewall. We can configure settings for port blocking for example but the important configuration really is with user profiles. We can set many different levels of user with this various read and write allowances, each user can access or be denied access to individual feature sets so that someone can, for example, see our photo’s but not listen to music.

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For those interested in the speed achieved during use of the Disk Station here are a couple of transfer results:

Download rate (Disk Station to PC) was as follows:

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Finally, the boot time for the 410j was 2m36s.

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Stuart Davidson

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