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Synology Disk Station DS408 Review

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 Model Number  DS408
 Hardware Version  N/A
 Firmware Version  DSM 2.0-0728
 External Interface  10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Port
 Jumbo Frame Support  Up to 9000 bytes MTU
 Additional Ports  USB 2.0 x 2
 HDD Size  4 x 3.5" SATA Drives (not included)
 Drive Capacity  Up to 1.5TB drive
 CPU  800 MHz Freescale MPC8543
 Memory  512MB
 Flash  4MB
 IDE Controller  Marvell 88X7042
 NIC  Marvell 88E1118
 Linux 2.6.24
 File System  EXT3
 HDD Configuration  RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6
 Power Supply  External adapter
 Cooling  80mm fan
 Dimensions  184mm x 230mm x 168mm (WxDxH)
 Weight  2.23 kg - without drives
 OS Requirement  Windows 2000 onward
 Mac OS X 10.3 onward
 FCC Class B, CE Class B,
 BSMI Class B
 Warranty  2 year limited




  • CPU Clock Rate: 800 MHz
  • RAM Size: 512MB
  • Internal HDD: 3.5” SATA(II) X4
  • External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port X2
  • Size: 230mm X 168mm X 184mm
  • Weight: 2.23kg
  • LAN: Gigabit X1
  • Fan: X1(80mmX80mm)
  • Noise Level:(5) 26dB(A)
  • Power Recovery
  • AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V
  • Power Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase
  • Max Capacity (Internal HDD): Up to 6 TB* (See All Supported HDD)
  • Max Supported IP Camera: 10 (See All Supported IP Cameras)
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
  • Storage Temperature: -10°C to 70°C (15°F to 155°F)
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%RH
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 feet


Power Consumption(1)

  • 61.9W(Access); 24W(Hibernation)



  • FCC Class B, CE Class B, BSMI Class B


Networking Protocols

  • CIFS
  • AFP (3.1)
  • FTP
  • NFS


Windows ADS Domain Integration

  • ADS Support
  • Domain users login via Samba/AFP/FTP
  • Synology Data Replicator 3 for Domain Users



  • "FTP over SSL (explicit)" or "FTP over TLS (explicit)"
  • Encrypted Network Backup
  • HTTPS Connection
  • FTP Auto-Block


File System

  • EXT3
  • FAT (External Disk Only)
  • NTFS (External Disk Read Only)


File Sharing

  • Max User Accounts: 2,048
  • Max Groups: 256
  • Max Shared Folder: 200
  • Max Concurrent Connections: 256



  • Synology Assistant
  • Synology Data Replicator 3
  • Synology Download Redirector
  • Add printer wizard



  • Surveillance Station
  • Photo Station 3
  • File Station
  • Audio Station
  • Web Station
  • Download Station 2
  • iTunes Server


UPnP Multimedia Service Support

  • Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox360 (See All Supported DMA)
  • Audio Format: AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMA VBR, WMA PRO, WMA Lossless
  • Video Format: ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, WMV, XviD
  • Image Format: BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF, ICO, PNG, PSD, TIF (tiff), UFO
  • Playlist Format: WPL, M3U


iTunes Server Support

  • Audio Format: MP3, M4A, M4P, WAV(4), AIF(4)
  • Playlist Format: M3U, WPL


Audio Station Support

  • USB Mode: (Audio) AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WMA VBR (Playlist) M3U, WPL, (Internet Radio) SHOUTcast, Radioio
  • Streaming Mode: (Audio) MP3 (Playlist) M3U, WPL


Photo Station 3 Support

  • Video Format: ASF, AVI, MPEG1, MPEG4, WMV, XviD, DivX, FLV, DAT(2), MP4(2), MPEG2(2), RM(2), RMVB(2), VOB(2)
  • Image Format: BMP, JPG (jpe, jpeg), GIF



  • AJAX-based Management UI
  • BitTorrent Port Range Setup
  • BitTorrent DHT Support
  • CIFS Recycle Bin
  • Download Station Bandwidth control
  • Download Station Port Range Setup
  • Editable HTTP Error Page
  • Email Alert Message
  • Email Notification for New User
  • Package Management
  • External HDD Hibernation (USB)
  • Scheduled Power On/Off
  • Firmware Upgrade
  • FTP passive port range
  • Hide-able Shared Folder
  • Internal HDD Hibernation
  • Movable Shared Folder
  • Removable Default Shared Folder
  • System Temperature
  • Ez-Internet
  • PPPoE
  • Telnet/SSH Support
  • UPS Management (Over USB 2.0)
  • User Quota
  • Web-based Download Station


RAID Management

  • Volume Type: Basic, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6
  • Upgrade from Basic to RAID 1
  • Expand RAID 1, RAID 5, or RAID 6 with Larger Hard Drives
  • Expand RAID 5 by Adding a Hard Drive On The Fly


Backup Solutions

  • Network Backup
  • Local Backup
  • Desktop Backup (using Synology Data Replicator 3)


3rd-Party Backup Support

  • Acronis True Image
  • Symantec Backup Exec
  • EMC Retrospect
  • LaCie SilverKeeper (Details)


Supported Clients

  • Windows 2000 onward
  • Mac OS X 10.3 onward


Printer Support(3)

  • Max Printer #: 1
  • Supported Protocols: LPR, CIFS, AppleTalk



  • English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese.



  • RoHS Compliant


Package Content

  • DS408 Main Unit
  • Installation CD
  • Welcome Note
  • Assembling Kit
  • AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • 2M RJ-45 LAN Cable
  • SATA Hard Drive Power Cable X4
  • SATA Hard Drive Data Cable X4


* The actual capacity will differ according to volume types.
(1) Measured with 4 Seagate 750GB ST3750640NS hard drives. The figures could vary on different environments.
(2) User can click and download the file, but not play it in Photo Station as compressed Flash video.
(3) For Mac users, DS408 supports PostScript USB printers only.
(4) The music can be streamed, but the metadata (ex:title, album) may not be indexed on the iTunes.
(5) FAN only. Measured at 2300~6200RPM, varied among models. More details about dB(A) value, check http://www.quietnoise.com/facts.ht


All information courtesy of Synology @ http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS408/spec.php

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