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Synology DiskStation DS416j Network Attached Storage Review

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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.


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.


Hardware Specifications

Hardware Specifications
CPU ModelMarvell Armada 388 88F6828
CPU Architecture32-bit
CPU FrequencyDual Core 1.3 GHz
Floating PointYes
Hardware Encryption EngineYes
System Memory512 MB DDR3
Drive Bay(s)4
Compatible Drive Type (See all supported drives)
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity32 TB (8 TB HDD x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size16 TB
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port1
USB 3.0 Port1
File System
Internal DrivesEXT4
External Drives
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
Size (Height x Width x Depth)184 mm x 168 mm x 230 mm
Weight2.21 kg
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port1
Wake on LAN/WANYes
System Fan80 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 indicatorsYes
Power RecoveryYes
Noise Level*19.1 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/OffYes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter90W
AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption*21.6 W (Access)
12.75 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit73.75 BTU/hr (Access)
43.53 BTU/hr (System Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity5% to 95% RH
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Warranty2 Years
  • 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 Number256
Maximum iSCSI Target Number10
Maximum iSCSI LUN10
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 Accounts1024
Maximum Groups256
Maximum Shared Folder256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks2
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections128
Windows Access Control List (ACL) IntegrationYes
NFS Kerberos AuthenticationYes
Log CenterYes
Syslog Events per Second100
Add-on Packages (See more)
Antivirus EssentialYes
Audio StationYes
Cloud StationYes
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers128
Cloud SyncYes
Directory ServerYes
DNS ServerYes
Download StationYes
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks30
Glacier BackupYes
HiDrive BackupYes
iTunes ServerYes
Java ManagerYes
Mail ServerYes
Mail StationYes
Media ServerYes
DLNA CertificationYes
Note StationYes
Photo StationYes
RADIUS ServerYes
Surveillance StationYes
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 StationYes
Video TranscodingGroup 2 (See more)
VPN ServerYes
Maximum Connections5
NotesSurveillance 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
EnvironmentRoHS 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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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 10 years now. As a 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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