Synology DS410j NAS Station
With the recent times, it can't have escaped your notice that many, many things are turning (or have turned) digital. The list of all that was once physical and now resides on hard drives across the world would be far too long to recount here. As a result of this trend has become more and more relevant to the home user, and as the list grows, the need for digital storage is rising with it. Simple NAS (Network Attached Storages) boxes have become quite popular to meet the demand for space. With the ability to set up storage accessible from anywhere on your network, or even access your files from a remote location via the internet (if your NAS is clever enough) is a convenience that most people would enjoy.
Today we have go our hands on the Synology DS410j NAS server and will be putting it though it's paces to see if it would be worth your hard earned cash. The last NAS we got to look at here at OC3D was the DS207+, also from Synology. It checked all the boxes and didn't fail to impress us, the only hiccup being the price. So lets hope that the DS410j lives up to it's older brother & manages to obtain a recommendation too.
As normal, we start with the specifications taken from Synology's own website. With such a fully featured NAS device there certainly is a large amount of information here but the belief is always that in these situations it's better to have too much information than too little.
Windows ADS Domain Integration
DLNA/UPnP Media Server Support
iTunes Server Support
Photo Station 3 Support
AJAX-based Management UI
I think you'll agree that's one impressive specification list. You can see that the DS410j is a lot more than just a box with a few drives plugged in. Boasting various types of raid array support, web server capabilities, user account control, iTunes server support and others, it is certainly a well featured box. So enough paperwork, lets rip open the packaging and see what it is like in the flesh...