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Published on December 12th, 2015 | by Greg


Synology DS416: Never Run Out Of Storage Again

If the holiday season leaves you with a new camera, tablet, phone, media streaming device, or computer, then you’ll probably quickly find a way to create a lot of new data, and need new and better ways to store and manage all of those files. Whether it’s video or pictures, apps or music, there are a million sources and we need them to be easily accessible, shareable, and searchable. Today’s piece of gear is ideal not simply for the serious dataphile, but also for the small business owner that might need to store terabytes of graphics.

The Synology DS416 is the latest quad-bay network-attached storage solution from the company that focuses almost entirely on them. They fill a basic need: to provide you with a safe and secure all-in-one, multi-function server that connects to your network and can be setup quickly even by the most novice user. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, Synology didn’t skimp on specs either, with a powerful dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of DDR3 RAM inside. You can put in up to four hard drives with 4TB each, making this Synology able to host up to 16 terabytes of your information, allowing you to avoid relying on slow cloud services. And with RAID0-RAID10 support, you can rest assured that even if a disk has an issue or fails, you can recover without a hitch. There’s hardware-level encryption support, too, that keep speeds up to 140 MB/s even while securing data.

As you might expect, there are the typical ports. The DS416 has ethernet jacks- just in case- and both front-panel USB 3.0 for quick access as well as dual USB 3.0 interfaces in the rear. Like most NAS devices, the design allows for hot-swappable disk changes, but this one combines active processor cooling combined with a good passive system to allow airflow and ensure safe, long-term operation without a lot of noise (only 20 db in fact). Behind the hardware is probably the most important piece of the puzzle- the Synology DiskStation Manager, the software and suite of applications that control everything. We’ve been testing the latest version, the newly-released beta (DSM 6.0), which makes a lot of positive changes. They are moving to a 64-bit architecture, but there are loads of small things like accessibility improvements, and more importantly some major upgrades to the interface and handling of media. We liked the new Video Station especially as an intuitive way to handle your movie collection, with an activity log that makes it simple to find what’s new.

Transcoding is one of the most important video features for home power-users- when you want to connect to a streaming device but need video in a specific format, this is the solution. From AVI to MP4 and more, the DS416 can handle it, on the fly and without much delay. There’s no built-in wireless though add-on options are available, but for speed and security, we suggest sticking with wired LAN anyway. Whether you need a mail or music server, iTunes or DLNA, a surveillance storage option or a VPN solution, the Synology DS416 can handle it. They make dual-bay models like the one we tested earlier this year, for those who don’t need as much disk space (or have less physical space). Synology hasn’t disappointed yet, with each generation just getting better, and there’s even a two-year warranty. There is really very little to kvetch about, from body to backend, and the Synology DS416 is available now for around $479.99.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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