Synology DS414 4-Bay NAS reviews

26 customer reviews

This network storage is a good all rounder.

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9.4 out of 10 based on 26 reviews.
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Stephen, Totton

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
dual network & USB3
Bad points:
None I have 3 of these now
Overall rating 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Feb 2015

Mick, Nottingham

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
A great quality Nas, this has replaced a SBS and is coping just nicely, far better than expected.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Nov 2014

Paul, Widnes

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to set up with enough features for almost any user.
Transfer rates almost as quick as locally installed drives.
Responsive, easy to use interface.
Google drive sync via Cloud Sync installable application.
Bad points:
Rather slow RAID (re)build with 4x 3TB drives using SHR.
Wasted space from a 4TB drive despite indications that SHR is more efficient than RAID5.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2014

Simon, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It's small, quiet and unobtrusive. Putting the disks in is the work of moments and doesn't need tools.

The startup routine is straightforward and I had a RAID 10 disk array up and running in about half an hour after opening the box.

The network interface is good and allows bonding.

The GUI is easy to use.
Bad points:
It's not exactly cheap. But it is worth it.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Nov 2014

Matthew, London

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
It's a fabulous way to organize your large files. It keeps them in one place and backs them up, the NAS is expandable and so one can do away with multiple hard drives littering your desk. Still getting to grips with it's capabilities which are many. It's a good solution and Synology does it well.
Bad points:
The only bad thing about NAS is the speed of the connection but there's nothing that can be done about that as it's in the nature of the beast.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jun 2014

Steve, Chelmsford

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well built, easy to set up. Certainly does the job.
Bad points:
Documentation is rather technical. It tells you in detail how to do everything but it's not clear at first what you need to do. e.g. if I had realised that I should have given it a fixed IP address from the start it would have made it easier.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Sep 2014


Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Had a Seagate Black Armor, now I have this. What a difference, speed, ease of use and the software is brilliant. When I set up the Seagate it took over 4 hours before the array was built and ready, this was ready by the time I had downloaded and installed the software! Setting this up was a snap, I had no issues syncing it with my cloud or with any of the computers on the network. It took ages with the Seagate, I had to call them many times to resolve issues. I have had none at all with this. Anyone looking for a NAS should not ignore this, it is very, very, good.
Bad points:
Overall it feels a bit lightweight, but solid enough. The technology inside is top notch and the Synologly Disk Manager Software is worth the money on its own.
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Oct 2014

Also known as: Synology DS414 4 Bay


Manufacturer's Description

Synology® DiskStation DS414 is a feature-rich 4-bay NAS specifically designed for growing businesses to effectively manage, protect and share data. Equipped with comprehensive office applications, DS414 raises working efficiency while securing data with full backup solutions.

Key Features:
Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
Over 207.07MB/s Reading, 135.63MB/s Writing
Dual LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
1GB RAM Boosting Multitasking Power
Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0

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.

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.

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