Synology DS411slim Review

July 1, 2013 2 By Eric Shanks

synologyI recently purchased a Synology DS411slim NAS device for my home lab in order to quiet down my rack and start using up less power. ¬†Obviously to accomplish this I would need to fill it up with Solid State drives which have the added benefit of a large number of IOPS ūüôā

 

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I screwed my four 480GB OCZ SSD’s into the drive cages and slipped them into the chassis. ¬†Really my only con for this device was getting the drives into the chassis. ¬†I did have to do a bit of wiggling to get them seated correctly.

I powered up the device and plugged the NIC into my core switch and ran the installation utility.  The first thing the utility did was run a discovery on the device.

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Once the device was found, I pointed it to the DSM which I downloaded from the Synology site.

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As you might hope, the wizard asks you to change the default password.

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Enter the new IP information for the device.  It will check for an IP address conflict before actually changing it.

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Patiently wait for all of the tasks to complete.

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When I was all done, I was able to access the NAS via a web browser.  A quickstart is available to hep you find your way.

Once it was setup, I found that I got about 8000 IOPS while writing to disk.  Not bad for such a tiny device.

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