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Synology DiskStation DS416j Network Attached Storage Review

IMG_8924Every year we come across devices that offer numerous features on top of the traditional file sharing. A lot NAS (Network Attached Storage) manufacturers push more and more in to their devices as far as applications and features go and let’s face it, all of these features come with the price. You do get what you pay for but what if you are looking for a budget friendly storage device that offers redundancy and a number of important features that could be helpful to just about everyone? The Synology DS416j just may be the NAS that fits that bill. DS416j is a budget friendly NAS device that has a lot of offer.

 

Review Sample Provided by: Synology
Product Name: DS416j
Price at time of review: $ 289.99 USD MSRP
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Packaging

DS416j is oriented towards home or small office setting. So with that in mind there is nothing special about packaging of this device. Packaging of DS416j is plain cardboard with couple of images of the actual unit inside. On the back of the box is a graphic that illustrates all of the physical features of this unit.

To keep everything in the place, Synology packaged DS416j in a foam wrap with cardboard inserts to secure the NAS in the box. The foam wrap is specifically used here to keep DS416j from any accidental damage such as scratches and dings.

Synology DS416j comes with a power brick, power cord, a bag of screws, Cat 5e network cable and a Welcome/Quick Installation Guide. DS416j has everything to get you up and running in minutes, the only thing you need is to bring your own drives.

Specifications

Hardware Specifications

Hardware Specifications
CPU
CPU Model Marvell Armada 388 88F6828
CPU Architecture 32-bit
CPU Frequency Dual Core 1.3 GHz
Floating Point Yes
Hardware Encryption Engine Yes
Memory
System Memory 512 MB DDR3
Storage
Drive Bay(s) 4
Compatible Drive Type (See all supported drives)
  • 3.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA III / SATA II SSD
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 32 TB (8 TB HDD x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size 16 TB
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port 1
USB 3.0 Port 1
File System
Internal Drives EXT4
External Drives
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 184 mm x 168 mm x 230 mm
Weight 2.21 kg
Others
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1
Wake on LAN/WAN Yes
System Fan 80 mm x 80 mm x 2 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Low-power Mode
Wireless Support (dongle) Yes
Brightness adjustable front LED indicators Yes
Power Recovery Yes
Noise Level* 19.1 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off Yes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 90W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 21.6 W (Access)
12.75 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 73.75 BTU/hr (Access)
43.53 BTU/hr (System Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Warranty 2 Years
Notes
  • Power consumption is measured when fully loaded with Western Digital 1TB WD10EFRX hard drive(s).
  • Support for Wake on WAN needs switch and routers which recognize Magic Packet.
  • Noise Level Testing Environment: Fully loaded with Seagate 1TB ST31000520AS hard drive(s) in idle; Two G.R.A.S. Type 40AE microphones, each set up at 1 meter away from the Synology NAS front and rear; Background noise: 16.49-17.51 dB(A); Temperature: 24.25-25.75˚C; Humidity: 58.2-61.8%
DSM Specifications ( See more )
Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number 256
Maximum iSCSI Target Number 10
Maximum iSCSI LUN 10
Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
RAID Migration
  • Basic to RAID 1
  • Basic to RAID 5
  • RAID 1 to RAID 5
  • RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 5
  • JBOD
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum User Accounts 1024
Maximum Groups 256
Maximum Shared Folder 256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 2
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 128
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration Yes
NFS Kerberos Authentication Yes
Log Center Yes
Syslog Events per Second 100
Add-on Packages (See more)
Antivirus Essential Yes
Audio Station Yes
Cloud Station Yes
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers 128
Cloud Sync Yes
Directory Server Yes
DNS Server Yes
Download Station Yes
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 30
Glacier Backup Yes
HiDrive Backup Yes
iTunes Server Yes
Java Manager Yes
Mail Server Yes
Mail Station Yes
Media Server Yes
DLNA Certification Yes
Note Station Yes
Photo Station Yes
RADIUS Server Yes
Surveillance Station Yes
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 16 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)* 480 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
240 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
150 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
60 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 240 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
100 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
60 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
30 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Video Station Yes
Video Transcoding Group 2 (See more)
VPN Server Yes
Maximum Connections 5
Notes Surveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.
Environment & Packaging
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Welcome Note X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • AC Power Cord X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
Optional Accessories
  • Camera License Pack
  • VS360HD


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About Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 10 years now. He has formed and operated a nonprofit review company "UMLan" and after its recent closure has joined Modders-Inc. An Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspect of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of latest technologies.

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