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The Synology DS411slim is a very compact, quiet and feature rich 4 Bay NAS enclosure that supports up to four 1TB 2.5″ hard drives and provides easy to use file sharing and backup facilities.
The use of 2.5″ hard drives helps to keep the power consumption to a minimum, this is a very eco-friendly system that hibernates the hard drives when not in use and also provides a scheduled power on / off facility. The 2.5″ drives also help to keep the noise level to a bear minimum (this is one of the quietest NAS systems currently available), so it’s the ideal Network Attached Storage device for use in any room and a perfect music server. Hard Drives are not included as standard with this NAS, be sure to check the Synology Compatibility List before purchasing your drives.
One of the main features of the NAS is data storage and sharing, and the Synology Diskstation makes this a breeze, allowing sharing across various devices including Windows, Mac and Linux based systems. You can safely and securely store your music, videos, photos all in one central location and share them to devices around your home.
Other key features of this system include:
- Audio Station – Provides music streaming to multiple users over the local network or even the internet and the ability to tune into to music using Internet Radio. The DS411slim can also be used as an iTunes Server, making it easy to share your music with Apple devices.
- Download Station – Download from BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, eMule and NZB without using a PC.
- Backup Features – Backup you PC or Laptop to the NAS ensuring all of your important files are stored safely. A backup wizard allows backup of the DS411slim to another Synology Diskstation, an external USB drive or the Amazon S3 cloud service.
- DLNA / UPnP compliant media server – Streaming of multimedia files to devices that support this technology such as audio systems, compatible televisions, PS3 or Microsoft Xbox 360 games consoles.
- Synology Hybrid RAID management system – Automatically builds an optimal RAID volume (with data protection) using the hard drives that are installed (the drives don’t even need to be of the same capacity). For the advanced user there is also the option of manual setup using either Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6 or RAID 10.
This really is a superb Network Attached Storage system and measuring 12cm High X 10.5cm Wide X 14.2cm Deep, it is one of the smallest 4 bay NAS enclosures available no wonder it has the word slim in it’s name. This is such a feature rich system, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one. If you are looking for a quiet, reliable compact NAS you will not be disappointed by the Synology DS411slim.