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Synology DiskStation DS416j NAS: Introduction
Recently we took a look at a NAS geared toward the power and business users with all the bells and whistles, which was the Synology DS 716+. What if you do not want all that, but just need a good, stable, and high-quality NAS for storing data and streaming content without breaking the bank? How do you choose the right balance of cost to features when it comes to buying that all-in-one NAS solution for your family photos, media, and more? Well, that is where we come in to show you the ins and outs of the hottest units on the market. So why choose a NAS in the first place, you ask? Well for one, it offers a central point for your data that can be shared with not only many devices, but many different operating systems as well. Also, it gives you a central backup location should you get that new ransomware that is all the rage. So which one should you get? We’ll let’s show you a new offering from Synology to help you make up your mind.
Enter the Synology DS416j, which is a budget-friendly NAS that offers what you need without paying for what you don't. It is powered by a dual-core CPU with a built-in hardware encryption engine, delivering quick read and write speeds for all your media and data. In addition, the DS416j has a built-in floating-point unit, which is designed to enhance multimedia processing when uploading large amounts of media content, as well as 512MB of fast DDR3 RAM to process all that data. This model features four drive bays and supports a number of configurations we will talk about later. Top this all off with Synology's award winning DiskStation Manager software and you have a killer combo for your network storage.
Synology DiskStation DS416j NAS: Closer Look
Since the DS416j is a large NAS unit, it comes packaged very well in a tough cardboard box with a handle for easy carry. I really like how well Synology boxes its NAS units to keep them safe when in travel or shipping. On the front of the packaging is the DS416j label, which shows a few small images of the unit with key parts highlighted. On the flip side is another sticker showing some of the features of the DS416j NAS, such as being powered by the award-winning Synology DiskStation Manager and having four drive bays available for a redundant setup.
Opening the box allows us to get the goodies out for inspection. As I mentioned, the DS416j NAS is pretty hefty and takes up most of the space in the packaging. Included with the NAS is an accessory box containing the power adapter brick, power cable, one Ethernet cable, the screws for the drives, and the quick start guide to get you up and running as soon as possible.
Unlike the DS716+ we recently reviewed, the DS416j is a beast size-wise to accommodate the four drive bays. Powering the DS416j is a dual-core Marvell Armada 388 processor, which has two 1.3GHz cores using a 32-bit Architecture. The CPU supports floating point and includes a hardware encryption engine. As far as memory goes, there is a built-in 512GB of DDR3 RAM that is soldered to the board, so there is no room for upgrade in the future like we saw on the more professional DS716+. Will this be enough? Only time will tell. Looking at the physical aspects of the DS416j, it measures 184mm tall, 168mm wide, and 230mm long, and is made of metal and plastic. On the front of the NAS is the power button, status LED, LAN LED, and four LEDs for each of the hard drive bays. On the sides are the telltale Synology logos. Flipping to the rear, there are the cooling fans, the power port, one Ethernet port, one USB 2.0 port, and one USB 3.0 port. The network port supports up to gigabit Ethernet and the USB ports allow for external media and also wireless support when using an approved wireless dongle.
Now that we have the DS416j out of the box and a quick look we can move to the drive installation to get it ready for testing.