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Synology Disk Station DS408 Review

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External Devices:

The Ds408 comes equipped with two USB 2.0 ports on the rear of the device that can be used to connect external devices such as hard drives or flash drives or a printer. You can also connect an uninterruptible power supply through one of the USB ports to monitor power state and amount of battery power available in the event of a power loss.

USB Disk

You can connect a USB disk, whether it is a hard drive or flash drive to one of the ports. The DS408 will automatically detect the drive once it is plugged in and it becomes available as a shared folder called /usbshare1. You can click the Get Info icon to display details about the drive including the shared folder name.






USB drives can also be formatted directly from the unit using the FAT32 file system. You can then use the DS408 to administer the drive through the Privileges section and you can view and access the files from the File Station application. This is a convenient way to expand the storage capacity of the unit as well as a way to provide a separate repository for backing up the server.




USB Printer

The DS408 can act as a print server by connecting a USB printer to one of the ports. There is not set up or configuration involved. The server will automatically detect the printer once it is plugged in. You will need to install the appropriate drivers on each client PC using the printer.


In the UPS section you can set the DS408 to monitor power status by connecting a USB cable to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). As long as the power cord to the DS408 is also plugged in to the UPS, the unit can be set to go into Safe Mode after a set period of time, from 1 to 60 minutes. Once power is restored the unit will reboot. This is a good way to avoid losing data or corrupting a RAID 5/6 array due to improper shutdown. I found I had to reboot the DS408 in order for it to properly recognize the UPS. Let's check out the features and specifications before moving on to the performance test results.



Let's check out the features and specifications before moving on to the performance test results.

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