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SynologyDS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

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    (3)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (11)
  • Easy to setup (10)
  • Quiet (9)
  • Compact (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (7)
  • Business (6)
  • Network (6)
  • Office (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (9), Midrange shopper (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (8), Personal (8)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (6), Mac (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

DS414 is a Fantastic NAS

I needed extra space that I capped out on a 2 bay Synology 211J, so I went with this 4 bay beauty. The 2 drive migration to the new 414 model was a piece...Read complete review

I needed extra space that I capped out on a 2 bay Synology 211J, so I went with this 4 bay beauty. The 2 drive migration to the new 414 model was a piece of cake. Backed up the server configuration, shut the 211J down, and transferred the drives to the 414. Booted up 414, Synology Assistant found the NAS, installed and updated the new Synology OS, restored my 211J configuration, and I was up and running after about 30 minutes. I had to re-install the Synology software packages on the 414 but that only took 5 minutes. Everything is so much more speedy on this new model with dual core cpu compared to the 211J. It also helps that I added a brand new pair of 2x4TB WD Red harddrives. I installed them while the NAS was running and expanded the volume! It takes about 4 days to expand with the 8TB BUT all current files are accessible. I couldn't be happier with my setup. I recommend going with SHR (Synology's plug & play software RAID). It provides a great balance of failover with little wasted disk space. Makes it very simple to upgrade hard drives as well. You can't go wrong with 414. Enjoy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Dissapointed in support from manufacturer

It's highly likely that there was nothing wrong with the unit I received. It looked good and connected and loaded drives easily. I worked for over two weeks to resolve issue of slow transfer...Read complete review

It's highly likely that there was nothing wrong with the unit I received. It looked good and connected and loaded drives easily. I worked for over two weeks to resolve issue of slow transfer rates and B&H supported me all the way on week 2, but the manufacturers support??? Their idea of support is to have you email and they email back in 24 hours. You respond and they email back in 24 hours. When the finally did make a recommendation, it was directed to a IT professional, not to me. Regrettably the unit was shipped back and B&H helped me find a non-NAS unit.

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5.0

Powerful and Very User Friendly SOHO NAS

By A Tech Savvy Home Office Guy

from Connecticut

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Usability Setup
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None Yet

Best Uses

    Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

    In my home office, I've been running Server 2008 since forever it seems on a Server originally purchased back in 2003. As I'd hoped, the DiskStation has everything I need to all but replace this old server. I spent last week learning about and setting up the DiskStation. The interface is very intuitive and well supported by the help facility. I set up 4 3TB drives, shared folders, mapped drives, weekly backups in short order. Now I'm syncing critical files / folders in real time. Next step is switching over DNS, Active Directory, and other server functionality which this DiskStation can do. All is happening smoothly because of the user friendly interface, the provided and help, and a few Youtube videos. I'm looking forward to simplifying my network setup and ongoing infrastructure maintenance.

    Ordering with B&H was just like it should be - straightforward. Ordered on a Saturday and received the NAS on Monday. Ordered more hard drives Tuesday night, they showed up Wednesday. Good tech, good service all around.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    1.0

    Dissapointed in support from manufacturer

    By JimH

    from Lebanon, PA

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Looks Great

    Cons

    • Slow
    • Support Lacking

    Best Uses

      Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

      It's highly likely that there was nothing wrong with the unit I received. It looked good and connected and loaded drives easily. I worked for over two weeks to resolve issue of slow transfer rates and B&H supported me all the way on week 2, but the manufacturers support??? Their idea of support is to have you email and they email back in 24 hours. You respond and they email back in 24 hours. When the finally did make a recommendation, it was directed to a IT professional, not to me. Regrettably the unit was shipped back and B&H helped me find a non-NAS unit.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Good mid-range NAS

      By Butch

      from Brewton, AL

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Too Few Usb Ports In Back

      Best Uses

        Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

        It works well enough for a small office or for home use, but a little bit under-powered for my needs. I ended up returning it for a higher powered unit from the same manufacturer. B&H was great about exchanging it for something that better matches my needs. Thanks!

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        4.0

        Nice product

        By kln

        from Iowa

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Reliable
        • Slim
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

            Nice, reliable product for small business or small surveillance needs.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Sam

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Reliable
            • Rugged
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                Very easy to setup and configure. The applications for this are amazing. I was able to be up and running within a day. There are a lot of resources for support if you have any questions too.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Synology DS414! What else would I use?!

                By kk60

                from Burlington, NJ

                About Me Budget Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Reliable
                • Rugged
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                  I've used Synology NASs for about 10 years now. They (2 x CS407e, DS210, 2 x DS414) have always worked as described, without issues and reliably. Never had issues with firmware upgrades, network access and read/write speed. Used RAID 1 and SHR. The few HDDs that have gone bad were easily replaced and the RAID was always rebuilt without a problem. No data ever lost.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  Perfect backup storage and MORE!!

                  By Kyle

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accessible From Anyway
                  • Compact
                  • Easy Setup
                  • Fast
                  • Network Ftp App
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • No Usb 3 On The Front

                  Best Uses

                  • Business
                  • Media Development
                  • Video And Audio Storage
                  • Video Proiduction

                  Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                  This NAS sever is perfect for our church production team that needed to store all of our service audio and video files as well as backup our video project files. It is easy to setup, change, and maintain.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Linux

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                  5.0

                  Great Product!

                  By Mac Tech

                  from Carson City, NV

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy Setup
                  • Fast
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Home
                    • Network
                    • Office

                    Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                    Great product for our business needs. There were some features I wish were easier to set up, but overall the machine is great! Configuration was a breeze, especially when using Synology's Hybrid RAID! This is an amazing, low-powered, high-performance, multi-function device! Multiple synology boxes talk together quite seemlessly!

                    I'm thinking of getting a smaller model for my own home!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great NAS server!

                    By Tigeralum

                    from Bay Area, CA

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business
                      • Home
                      • Network

                      Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                      I am using this device to back up my media after an external hard drive died. Unfortunately, I lost over 1 TB of data that was not backed up. I know a lot of people use the cloud, but my files are too large and, frankly, I don't want them outside of my control. So I bought this NAS after looking at many options. After considering my needs (extra capacity and some redundancy), I settled on the DS414. I thought hard about the DS1514+, but I figure this technology is rapidly advancing, so one I outgrow this setup, there will be something better on the market.

                      Originally, I was planning on using 2x6TB & 2x4TB in RAID 10, but after further research, I decided to do 4x4TB in RAID 5, as this was cheaper and gave me more storage space with redundancy in terms of allowing 1 drive to fail.

                      So far, so good! This NAS rocks and I highly recommend it! It can do so many things beyond RAID, that I have no doubt that I will be tapping its potential for quite some time.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Highly Recommend the DS414

                      By Rkteck

                      from Mt. Sinai NY

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business
                          • Home
                          • Office
                          • Photography
                          • Video

                          Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                          My wife is a professional photographer and I'm in IT. I have about 4TB of movies, music, applications, etc., on a Windows 8.1 desktop, and she has 1.5TB of RAW & edited photos on an iMac. It's connected to a Netgear WNDR4500 wireless router/with 4-1GB ports. We both have Solid State HD's for our OS, but our data is on standard spindle drives. We are both averaging 75/mbps on saving large files in multiple directories. While 75/mbps is an average, speeds of 105-130/mbps are common.

                          iTunes streaming app is poor though.. Highly suggest using iHomeServer pointed at the DS414 rather than using Synology's iTunes app..

                          Highly reccommend the DS414 for users who need 4TB (SHR-Raid) of storage today, but setup for 8TB for future needs!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          So far so good

                          By foreverpa

                          from PA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy Setup
                          • Fast
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Business
                            • Network
                            • Office

                            Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                            First Nas, did alot of research and decided that the DS414 was the drive for us. Easy to set up, even though I am pretty savvy with computers, figured it out and have not had any issues.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Nice NAS

                            By Digeratus

                            from Kansas City, KS

                            About Me Value Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Adding Third Party Plugin

                            Cons

                            • Windows Backup Software

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Network

                            Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                            The NAS user interface is surprisingly nice. It was a breeze getting set up. I wish the PC backup software could take a system image as backup and not just individual files.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Super easy and full of possibilities

                            By NAS Rookie

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy Setup
                            • Fast
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                              The fit and finish is awesome. The tooless drive trays are quick and easy. I have 3 2GB NAS drives in it currently, and when I get a 4th the hot swap feature will be convenient. I'm a beginner at this sort of thing, but the operating system makes it very simple. So far I use it as a backup target, media server and cloud station. I look forward to adding other things like surveilence cameras and off site backup.I recommend you spend some time on the Synology's website. You really can do SO much with one of these, and I've barely scratched the surface.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product. I've had zero problems and haven't found anything negative to say about it.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              DS414 is a Fantastic NAS

                              By MKibbe

                              from CT

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Pros

                              • Easy Setup
                              • Fast
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Business
                                • Home
                                • Network
                                • Office

                                Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                                I needed extra space that I capped out on a 2 bay Synology 211J, so I went with this 4 bay beauty. The 2 drive migration to the new 414 model was a piece of cake. Backed up the server configuration, shut the 211J down, and transferred the drives to the 414. Booted up 414, Synology Assistant found the NAS, installed and updated the new Synology OS, restored my 211J configuration, and I was up and running after about 30 minutes. I had to re-install the Synology software packages on the 414 but that only took 5 minutes. Everything is so much more speedy on this new model with dual core cpu compared to the 211J. It also helps that I added a brand new pair of 2x4TB WD Red harddrives. I installed them while the NAS was running and expanded the volume! It takes about 4 days to expand with the 8TB BUT all current files are accessible. I couldn't be happier with my setup. I recommend going with SHR (Synology's plug & play software RAID). It provides a great balance of failover with little wasted disk space. Makes it very simple to upgrade hard drives as well. You can't go wrong with 414. Enjoy.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Mgmt Features

                                By Chuck

                                from Melbourne, FL

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Setup
                                • Fast

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                                    It's still early yet, but the DS414 NAS has been an absolute wonder. The mgmt interface is superb and really helps as this unit packs a *lot* of features.

                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    5.0

                                    Comprehensive NAS with a lot of features

                                    By tsaonews

                                    from Dallas, TX

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Light Weight
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

                                      Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                                      Solid product and very stable. There are many features that I'm still exploring. I am using it to replace a desktop PC that I had setup as a file/media server. Media Server package is nice to stream directly to smart TV without additional boxes (WD, PS3, etc.) in between. Decoding/processing is done at the NAS so there is CPU hit. I only have one stream active at a time and CPU usage is about 50%. I'm concerned that if multiple users are streaming, whether there will be performance issues or not. It also has many other packages that can provide lots of functions (e.g. web server, Joomla, security camera, etc.) which is very awesome. The only concern I have is the CPU/memory spec on whether it can properly service all these great features/functions. But I didn't know about all these functions until I got the NAS and that's not the reason why I bought the NAS. I bought it as a file/media server for that function, it gets 5 stars. The fact that it happens to also do many other features is just bonus.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      5.0

                                      You get what you pay for

                                      By MD_ITPRO

                                      from Maryland

                                      Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                                      I have owned several NAS units over the past four or five years and none of them compare to the DS414. Robust features, fast data transfers and easy to learn GUI. Hands down, best NAS I have purchased to date.

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                                      5.0

                                      quiet and SO FAST!

                                      By Alex

                                      from Santa Clara, CA

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Fast
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Network
                                        • Office

                                        Comments about Synology DS414 DiskStation Diskless 4-Bay SMB & SOHO NAS Server:

                                        - easy setup
                                        - quiet
                                        - fast
                                        - amazing

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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