Synology D9220+ vs DS420+ vs DS918+ vs DS418play – New faster NAS solutions coming with DDR4 & NVMe support (now with DS720+)

[Update 27-May-2020] The DS420+ and DS720+ have now been maid official and are available now. Synology recently launched their new affordable  Synology DS220j which offers a significant performant bump from the DS218j thanks to the move from the dual-core Marvell Armada 385 chipset to the Realtek RTD1296 chipset. They are now preparing for the launch … Read more

TerraMaster Announces Availability of qBittorrent and Transmission BT Apps for NAS drives including F2-210, F5-422 & F5-221

I have previously reviewed the TerraMaster F2-210 and it is a superb affordable NAS giving you the same quality of hardware as Synology but at a lower price point. The downside is the number of apps for their OS is lower. They are however expanding the options and the latest apps to be released include … Read more

Synology DS220j 2 Bay NAS Review – More affordable than the DS218play & better than the DS218j

I recently personally bought the excellent Synology DS218play which I found offered enough additional functionality over the cheaper TerraMaster F2-210 to justify the extra £40. However, at the time, I was not aware that Synology had just launched the DS220j could be a better option overall than the older DS218jplay and DS218j and making the … Read more

Synology DS218play 2 Bay NAS Review – Is it worth the extra £40+ over the TerraMaster F2-210?

After singing the praises of the TerraMaster F2-210 NAS for the level of value it offers over competing Synology devices, the DS218play dropped to its lowest price over on Amazon at just £183.99, and I couldn’t help but buy it so I can compare. Synology DS218play vs TerraMaster F2-210  Specification From a hardware point of … Read more

TerraMaster F2-210 NAS Review – A cheap NAS, but is it good? How does it compare vs Synology DS218j

I have not used a NAS in years, instead opting with building my own servers, but they are big, ugly and use up lots of electricity. With a growing number of old hard-drives, I wanted something that was small, lower-powered and cheap enough for me to justify using my old smaller 4TB drives in it. … Read more

Synology announces DS416play: 4 bay home NAS with 4K transcoding.

I used to be a big fan of Network Attached Storage device before I upgraded to a dedicated server. Synology have always offered some of the best products out there with the DSM interface being great and fool proof as possible. This week they launched the DS416play, which is part of their home orientated line … Read more

Synology DS214play Announced: Capable of 1080p full HD video transcoding

Synology todat has introduced the new DiskStation DS214play, a two-bay NAS server designed to serve as a full entertainment suite. Optimised for multimedia processing, the DS214play is tailored to users’ needs for high-quality video streaming, photo, and music sharing, while keeping all other aspects of NAS uncompromised. The DS214play features 1080p full HD video transcoding … Read more

Synology DiskStation DS411j NAS Review

While not the most glamorous or exciting of technology, at Mighty Gadget we love a good NAS. In an era where optical media is becoming increasingly rare, having vast amounts of data storage accessible  on your network is becoming increasingly important, and devices like the Synology DiskStation DS411j provide that and a whole lot more.

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Because a NAS is essentially a computer it can offer significantly more functionality that things like external hard drives, and Synology offer some of the most feature packed NAS devices on the market.

The Diskstation series includes:

  • Download Station functions as a 24×7 BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, eMule, and NZB download centre without a PC. The eMule download engine allows search-n-download capability with a web-browser without installing additional desktop applications.
  • Audio Station supports music, Internet radio stations, and iPod playback with the optional speakers. An optional direction-free Synology Remote allows you to freely enjoy your music. Streaming mode allows your music to be shared with multiple users over the Intranet or Internet.
  • DLNA/UPnP Compliant Media Sever allows you to stream multimedia files with an UPnP Digital Media Adapter (DMA) to a stereo system or a TV-set. Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox360 are also supported.
  • iTunes® Serve r is an easy way to share music with other iTunes clients over the network. Password protection prevents unauthorized sharing.
  • DiskStation Manager offers comprehensive solutions for you to back up data stored on DiskStation or your desktop computer to the DiskStation.
  • Server backup includes two alternatives: Network Backup and Local Backup. Both allow you to back up data in the shared folders and databases. Incremental backup option and flexible schedules are available. All can be easily configured with a step-by-step wizard.
  • Desktop backup provides your Windows PC with Synology Data Replicator for backing up desktop data, Outlook, and Outlook Express emails to your DiskStation by choosing one of the three backup modes: Immediate, Sync, and Scheduled backup, while Mac OS X users can use Apple Time Machine backup application to back up their critical data to DiskStation.
  • Photo Station simplifies photo, video, and blog sharing over the Internet. The flexibility of photo theme customization, blog layout arrangement, visitor’s privilege setting, RSS feed, and the dazzling 3-dimensional photo browsing with Cooliris make Photo Station your state-of-the-art lifestyle sharing centre on the Internet.
  • Web Station with built-in PHP+MySQL allows you to publish your own websites or install numerous popular open source programs.

Synology have also released Apps for Android, Windows Mobile® 6.0, iPhone OS 2.2.1 onward, and Symbian OS 9.1. Where you can view files, browse photos, stream music and start downloads. This can be done locally, or if you have a static IP and have set up your router you can do it remotely!

The DS411j is on the higher end of the home/small office range and includes a 1.2GHz GHz CPU coupled with 128MB of RAM and the chance to fit up to 4 hard drives, which will allow you to set up the system in Raid 0, 1 or 5 as well as JBOD. If you are fitting 4 drives our preference is RAID5 which

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