Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure

Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure

Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure

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Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure

Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure

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  • 4 x 3.5"/2.5" SATA III Drive Bays
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium N3710 Quad-Core
  • 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x eSATA Ports
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, & JBOD
  • Read Speeds: over 225 MB/s
  • Write Speeds: over 209 MB/s
  • AES-NI Hardware Encryption Engine
  • Synology DiskStation Manager OS
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Synology DS916+ overview

  • 1Description

Designed for professional NAS users who need better support for multitasking, and increasing business dynamics, the DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure from Synology helps users cope with rapidly growing amounts of data. It is equipped with four drive bays that are capable of natively supporting 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s and SATA II 3 Gb/s hard drives, as well as 2.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s and SATA II 3 Gb/s hard drives and SSDs. Using its four drive bays, this NAS will allow you to store and share a large number of files, including videos, music, photos, and documents with up to 2,048 user accounts and 2,048 maximum concurrent connections. For those who increased capacity for their DS916+, the DX513 expansion unit provides an additional five drive bays.

The DS916+ runs on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, which is a browser-based operating system which helps to simplify managing your Synology NAS. Its CPU is a 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium N3710 Quad-Core (64-bit) with a burst speed of up to 2.56 GHz and its 8GB of DDR3 RAM allows frequently-used files and applications to be quickly accessed. The NAS is capable of achieving encrypted read speeds of over 225 MB/s and encrypted write speeds of over 209 MB/s. It features three USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA port which allow it to be connected to your Windows, Mac, or Linux system. Network connectivity is achieved via the dual integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports, each of which is equipped with link aggregation and failover support, allowing your stored data to be shared with users throughout the network. Data may also be made remotely available through the free iOS and Android applications.

Using the integrated media server on the DS916+, you have the ability to stream digital multimedia content from the DiskStation to media devices for local or remote playback. You may also stream movies and music to a DLNA compatible device to enjoy your favorite movies or shows stored on the DiskStation.

For those who require RAID support, the DS916+ supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10, as well Synology Hybrid RAID and Basic RAID, each of which offers performance, data redundancy, or a combination of both. For those who do not require a RAID, JBOD is also available, allowing each drive bay to be individually utilized.

The DS916+ is also engineered to be energy efficient. Not only does it offer dual 92 x 92mm fans with a smart airflow design to keep the system running cool at all times, its noise dampening design of 19.4 dB(A) makes for quiet operation. The server supports numerous scheduled power on / off cycles and hard drive hibernation to further minimize power consumption and operation expenses.

The Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure operates on 100-240 VAC at 50/60 Hz and includes an accessory pack, a 100W AC power adapter, an AC power cord, and two LAN cables. It is protected by a limited 3-year warranty.

General Features

Flexible Scalability
To help businesses cope with rapidly growing amounts of data, the DS916+ supports scalability up to 9 drives with the DX513 expansion unit, combining drives into one large volume. Businesses can start with a lower upfront cost and scale up their storage capacity as requirements grow while investing less time on storage management
Quad-Core CPU and AES-NI Hardware Encryption Engine
Equipped with a 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium N3710 Quad-Core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS916+ provides encrypted read speeds over 225 MB/s and writing over 209 MB/s
8GB of DDR3 RAM
With 8GB of DDR3 RAM, this model of the DS916+ has been created for startups or small and medium sized offices looking for robust efficiency-oriented solutions, such as more Docker DSM resources and a higher number of concurrent users on Cloud Station, CIFS/AFP/FTP, and File Station connections
4K Ultra HD Video Transcoding
Powered by a hardware-accelerated transcoding engine, the DS916+ allows you to transcode and stream H.264 4K / 1080p videos to high-definition TV, digital media players, mobile handsets, and computers in the required format, making it easy to watch videos without having to install a 3rd party player. 4K transcoding is available only through Synology's Video Station, DS video, Media Server
DiskStation Manager OS
Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a browser-based operating system which makes managing your Synology NAS easy. Featuring an intuitive user interface, DSM makes accessing and sharing your data smarter and simpler. Synology's Package Center lets you download and install useful add-on packages designed specifically for individual or business needs, meaning you can enjoy more entertainment in your life or better productivity at work
Cloud Service
The DS916+ brings you comprehensive cloud services. Cloud Station lets you sync files among DiskStations and multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as Windows mobile devices, whereas 2-way sync allows file synchronization among different DiskStations. With Cloud Sync, you can even sync your DiskStation with Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Baidu Cloud, and many more. Establish your hybrid cloud to enjoy more storage flexibility and help prevent data loss
Compatible Sharing
Enjoy seamless files sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms as the DS916+ offers comprehensive network protocol support including FTP, SMB2, AFP, NFS, and WebDAV. With Windows AD and LDAP integration, the DS916+ can fit into virtually any existing network environment. There is no need for IT administrators to maintain two sets of credentials. You also won't worry about missing files with the Recycle Bin feature which is supported on AFP, CIFS, File Station, and WebDAV. All files deleted in a shared folder will be automatically moved into the Recycle Bin
Fit into Business Environments
With the support of Windows AD, LDAP, and Domain Trust, the DS916+ enables seamless account integration. The User Home feature can automatically create a "home" folder for every user account to help minimize the administrator's effort in repeatedly creating "home" folders for all accounts. Windows ACL support on the DS916+ allows IT administrators to fine tune access controls and set up privileges to files and folders on the DS916+ through the familiar Windows user interface. With compatibility for major protocols, the DS916+ can help eliminate server configuration overhead and enhance IT administrators' efficiency
Home Surveillance
With the Surveillance Station add-on package and two free IP camera and device licenses, the DS916+ serves as your home surveillance hub. Simply connect multiple IP cameras or I/O modules to the home network, pair them with the DS916+, and then easily view live surveillance feeds, record videos, or enjoy other advanced features like motion detection or push notifications. Support for thousands of IP cameras makes it easy to find compatible models and brands
Backup Data in Multiple Ways
Synology's DS916+ can serve as a centralized backup target. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, you can back up everything on your computer directly to Synology NAS using Cloud Station Backup. Whenever you modify a file, the changes are backed up to the DS916+ automatically. Mac users also enjoy native Apple Time Machine support. You can also back up data from your DS916+ to another DiskStation, rsync servers, external drives, or even Amazon S3, Glacier cloud service, Microsoft Azure, SFR, and hicloud. Synology Hyper Backup allows you to schedule backup tasks and restore the server to any particular point in time, while minimizing storage consumption and processing time by saving only the specific data block that has been changed between versions
Data Protection and Integrity
When dealing with large-scale data storage, businesses require a solution that offers reliable backup and prevents file corruption. With support for the next-generation Btrfs file system, the DS916+ ensures information is stored with a high level of data integrity, while providing flexible and efficient data protection tools.

Fast & Efficient Snapshots
Snapshots preserve the history of a shared folder allowing you to save up to 1,024 backup copies for point-in-time recovery. Snapshots can be automatically captured up to every 5 minutes, without noticeably impacting system performance

Metadata Mirroring and Survivability
Btrfs file system stores two copies of critical metadata on a volume, improving the availability and ensuring the integrity of your file system

Corruption Detection and Correction
Btrfs generates checksums for data and metadata, and then verifies the checksums during each read process to ensure the integrity of the filesystem and files. If the file system discovers a mismatch, metadata will be repaired to keep file system consistent. In the meantime, corrupted files will be reported and logged

Customizable Quotas for Shared Folders
With Btrfs, you can specify a storage limit for each shared folder, making it possible to precisely control space consumption when multiple teams or departments save files on the same Synology NAS server
File Center
File Station is a fast and secure feature for sharing and managing your files stored on the DS916+. Just drag-n-drop and upload data from your Mac or PC. Advanced filters make it easy to search for documents, photos, or videos. With built-in FTP or email clients, the DS916+ lets you organize and share files through an advanced web application. You can even share files and folders with others by simply sending a link. Files can be reached on mobile devices via the companion mobile app DS file. HTTPS, SSL/TLS encryption, and link expiry dates also help ensure file sharing over the Internet is secure
Storage Solution for Virtualization Environments
The DS916+ provides storage solutions for virtualization environments, including VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V. With VMware vSphere & VAAI integration, the DS916+ helps offload specific storage operations and optimizes computation power in VMware environments. Windows ODX support speeds up data manipulation as the data transfer is offloaded. iSCSI also lets SMB users consolidate storage into data center storage arrays while providing hosts with the illusion of locally-attached disks
Secure Your Data
The DS916+ offers advanced security measures to help protect you from potential security holes. Security Advisor analyzes system settings, password strength, and network preferences, and removes any possible malware. AppArmor blocks malicious programs from accessing unauthorized system resources. You can also customize the trust level in Package Center to avoid installing packages from untrusted sources, safeguarding your NAS from unknown or tampered files. In addition, the DS916+ provides other security add-ons, such as AES encryption, 2-Step verification, IP block & allow list, Antivirus packages, firewall, and DoS attack prevention
Stream Content to Your TV
The DS916+ is highly compatible with other devices, letting you manage and enjoy digital content with the devices you already have: computers, mobile devices, TVs, DLNA devices, and stereos. Synology offers support for TV streaming, including Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast, meaning you can stream digital content stored on DS916+ to your widescreen TV
Eco-friendly NAS Server
The DS916+ only consumes 13W in HDD Hibernation and 30W in access. With dual fans and the smart airflow design, the DS916+ helps keep the system running cool 24/7, while its noise dampening design also helps make it quiet
UPC: 846504002276
In the Box
Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • Accessory Pack
  • AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN Cables
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Synology DS916+ specs

    Hardware Specifications
    CPU
    CPU Model 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium N3710 Quad-Core
    Burst Frequency Up to 2.56 GHz
    CPU Architecture 64-bit
    Floating Point Yes
    Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI) Yes
    Hardware Transcoding Engine - H.264 (AVC), MPEG-2, and VC-1
    - Maximum Resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160)
    - Minimum Frames per Second: 30 fps
    Memory
    System Memory 8 GB of DDR3 RAM
    Storage
    Drive Bays 4
    Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 9
    Compatible Drive Types 3.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD
    2.5" SATA III / SATA II HDD
    2.5" SATA III / SATA II SSD
    Maximum Single Volume Size 108 TB
    Hot Swappable Drives Yes
    External Ports
    USB 3.0 Ports 3
    eSATA Ports 1
    RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
    File System
    Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • General
    Wake on LAN/WAN Yes
    System Fan 92 x 92 mm (2 pieces)
    Fan Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Wireless Support (Dongle) Yes
    Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators Yes
    Power Recovery Yes
    Noise Level 19.4 dB(A)
    Scheduled Power On/Off Yes
    Power Supply Unit / Adapter 100 W
    AC Input Power Voltage 100 to 240 VAC
    Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
    Power Consumption 30 W (Access)
    13 W (HDD Hibernation)
    Certifications
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
  • Environmental
    Operating Temperature 40 to 104°F / 4 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -5 to 140°F / -21 to 60°C
    Relative Humidity 5 to 95% RH
    DSM Specifications
    Networking Protocols
  • CIFS
  • AFP
  • NFS
  • FTP
  • WebDAV
  • CalDAV
  • iSCSI
  • Telnet
  • SSH
  • SNMP
  • VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)
  • Windows AD Domain Integration Domain Users login via Samba/AFP/FTP/File Station
    HDD Management
  • HDD Hibernation
  • S.M.A.R.T.
  • Dynamic Bad Sector Mapping
  • Security
  • FTP over SSL/TLS
  • IP Auto-Block
  • Firewall
  • Encrypted Network Backup over Rsync
  • HTTPS Connection
  • Supported Clients
  • Windows 7 or above
  • Mac OS X 10.10 or above
  • Supported Browsers
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 9 or later
  • Safari 8 or later
  • Safari (iOS 7.0 or later on iPad)
  • Chrome (Android 4.0 on tablets)
  • Supported Languages English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Dansk, Norsk, Svenska, Nederlands, Русский, Polski, Magyar, Português do Brasil, Português Europeu, Türkçe, Český, 日本語, 한국어, 繁體中文, 简体中文
    Storage Management
    Maximum Internal Volume Number 512
    Maximum iSCSI Target Number 32
    Maximum iSCSI LUN 256
    iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODX Yes
    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
  • RAID 6
  • JBOD
  • Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
  • SSD Support
    SSD Read/Write Cache Yes
    File Sharing Capacity
    Maximum User Accounts 2,048
    Maximum Groups 256
    Maximum Shared Folders 512
    Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 8
    Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 2,048
    Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration Yes
    NFS Kerberos Authentication Yes
    Virtualization
    VMware vSphere 5 with VAAI Yes
    Windows Server 2012 Yes
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Yes
    Citrix Ready Yes
    VPN
    VPN Server Maximum Connections: 20
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions 6.5 x 8.0 x 9.2" / 165.0 x 203.0 x 233.2 mm
    Weight 4.50 lb / 2.04 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 10.3 x 9.7"

    Synology DS916+ reviews

    DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS Enclosure is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Silent Data Loss Our site employs multiple NAS units by Synology and QNAP. I find the hardware equally reliable, but Synology issued a 6.0 system software update that silently removed the automated backup system for the NAS. Applying an update that secretly removes a vital component of data security is unacceptable! Additionally, you can't get anywhere with online tech support without agreeing to their privacy policy. I actually did read it, and the third party information sharing would make Google jealous. Phone and online tech support was unhelpful, and we will start replacing Synology units with QNAP, as we cannot trust our data to Synology system software.
    Date published: 2016-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding NAS I use this NAS to backup via TimeMachine (Apple) to the NAS. I love the many features that the Synology 916+ has. When I take a picture from my iPhone, I have the nas setup so that the picture automatically goes into my Photos folder on the NAS. I have wanted to install a NAS in my home for years, but has always put it off. Instead, I saved hard drives as I upgraded PC's during the years. Finally decided it was time and I'm in my mid-70's. Can't much longer or my window will close! Having no real network experience, used the Synology help videos and used YouTube to install my NAS. I took it as a learning experience and found that it was easy to install....TRY IT
    Date published: 2017-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superior NAS - but not for the tech novice! I think Synology builds the best NAS products; they tend to cost a bit more - but worth it if you value the integrity of your data storage. Their tech support is reasonably fast and completely professional - important with a sophisticated thing like the Diskstation. Even though I have a great deal of technical computer experience, I did have to contact them for some clarification of how to go about setting it up. The documentation available online is good, but not complete. Once I got it configured, the DS916+ has been a pleasure to use. I use it to provide first level backup for the machines on my network, and for some file serving. I'm running RAID6 with 4x4Tb HGST drives = 8Tb of storage. Also got the drives from B&H.
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Powerful inside, cheap outside I upgraded to this from a Synology 411+ since it started to lock up randomly after being on 24/7 for almost 7 years. The DSM OS is very user friendly but very much the reason I decided to go with Synology again. The unit has been able to handle everything so far with very low CPU usage. It is a suitable datastore for several VMware ESXi VMs I have in the lab as well as doing handling crashplan backups. However, when you compare the enclosure between the DS411+ and the DS916+, there is an obvious difference in quality. The newer DS916+ is mostly plastic (even the rails) and my largest complaint is that there is a very loud vibration/buzzing from the plastic enclosure. You'll find plenty of videos on YouTube detailing this loud vibration and how to workaround it. I find it unacceptable to have to stick velco on the rails to address a design issue with the Synology. However, if I want to protect an investment of four 8TB hard drives, I will be forced to do that since long term vibration will cause disk errors down the road.
    Date published: 2017-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy! I have a small-ish design studio. I do architectural design, movies and photography. So, I have some large files using both PC's and Mac's. I have been storing everything on externals and it felt very sloppy and unreliable. So, I invested in the DS 916+ 4-bay NAS enclosure and purchased 4 - 4tb NAS drives. It took a couple of days to set up and transfer all my data over, but VERY much worth it. The NAS cross platforms beautifully and performs perfectly. I have had this system up and running about 2 weeks now. Not one complaint. Look forward to expanding. Recommend you also purchase a UPS for another layer of security with regard to protection from power outages.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent NAS, Simple Install, & Moderately Complex Setup 4x Seagate 4TB Constellation Es.3 Enterprise 7200rpm/128MB cache Install was fine. Although I did have to update the drives firmware using a PC. As there is no way that I know to update the firmware once they are installed in the NAS. Downloaded OS setup took about 30 minutes. Drives then proceeded to check parity for the rest of the day and finished during the night. Security checker is nice, which determines what action the admin should take to secure the device. Make sure you actually bond the ethernet ports if that's what you want to do. This was not obvious to me. I would have left them as default fail-over had I not watched a setup video on youtube. Once they are bonded it should have only 1 IP address. I still feel like the device could be more secure even though it has two factor authentication. Hibernation works great, and the device is intelligent to wake up when needed. This saves power and HD life. Fan speed needs to be set to one of three levels. I wish it had automatic speed control and would increase and decrease as necessary. Notification are great, with many options. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who has some technical knowledge or good amount of patience for setup. It is a wonderful device once it is fully configured and up and running.
    Date published: 2016-07-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So close to perfection, what I think after 7 days This NAS is great! performance fantastic, the user interface is all that a demanding geek could want and hope for. The configuration was easy if you wanted it to be by choosing the personal setup, I picked business to expand on the configuration options. Some of the settings required thought and research none were over the top. Running the security checker was great and brought up a few items that improve security that I think shows the level of detail the team at Synology has. Running a local headless cloud backup service on the NAS, glad I went with 8GB of ram. I think you could get away with 4GB but the cost is not to much more. Now the downside: With this unit had one more open drive bay, having an odd number of bays lets you install drives in pairs ( order same HDD 2 EA at a time from 2 vendors in an attempt to split manufacture production runs and build lot, just in case of a hidden defect) and would leave the odd bay for expansion or recovery of a failed/failing HDD, we only have 4 openings. Second, is that the total HDD size can only be 40TB, another NAS company with only a 32bit system is 64TB. Today 40TB seems large, who can guess in a few years what it will feel like. You can add a five bay expansion unit at nearly the same price as the head unit. I would buy this unit again? most definitely! Buy it from BH, ALWAYS.
    Date published: 2017-01-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing except for one problem... First time NAS user, and except for one problem, this is a great system. PRO: The software is amazing...all encompassing for a hybrid personal / professional setup like I have, very easy to learn and use. Everything on that front, from unboxing, installation, setup, and use was a breeze. Love everything about that aspect. Aesthetics are nice (currently in a visible location, but that will likely change soon). CON: There is a horrific buzzing and vibration coming from the unit that I can only attribute to the NAS itself. I've removed single drives one by one to see if there was a problem with the HDs, but it still persisted intermittently. I think it is due to vibration of HDs within the enclosure itself. If it wasn't for this problem, this would easily be a 5+ review due to ease of use and fantastic software. As it is, it may be a deal breaker pending resolution...I'm trying to find home remedies to fix the vibration (concern about long term drive damage). Will try to remember to keep this updated regarding vibration.
    Date published: 2016-11-20
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