Synology Cube Station CS407 - Do-It-Yourself NAS - HotHardware

Synology Cube Station CS407 - Do-It-Yourself NAS

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End user demand for storage capacity is expanding exponentially year after year, as multimedia content, email, and document and file generation show explosive growth in this age of new media.  In addition, protecting that data is becoming increasingly more critical, with investments in digital music and video collections, as well as those all important family photos and business-critical documents in both the Consumer and SOHO markets.  As such we've been looking at an array of NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices here at HotHardware over the past few months, many of them designed for do-it-yourself end users.

In the following pages we're going to take a look at the Synology CubeStation CS407 NAS Server.  This system comes configured "bare-bones", ready for installation of up to four SATA hard disks with RAID 0,1 and 5 capabilities. With a max total capacity of up to three terabytes of storage, this unit ought to handle plenty of those cute baby-covered-in-mashed-green-peas shots that the family holds near and dear to their hearts.  And with this type of multi-drive product, you can "RAID it up" and rest easy, knowing your backside is covered with at least some level of data storage redundancy. 

Synology CubeStation CS407 NAS Server

Specifications

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Hardware

  • RAM Size: 128MB

  • 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)

  • Power Recovery

  • AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V

  • Power Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase

  • Max Capacity (Internal HDD): 3TB

  • Operating Temperature: 50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)

Power Consumption*

  • 68.5W(Spin); 50.6W(Access); 47.5W(Idle); 13.4W(Hibernation)

Networking Protocols

  • CIFS

  • AFP (3.1)

  • FTP

Windows ADS Domain Integration

  • ADS/ NT4 Support

  • Domain users login via Samba/AFP/FTP

  • Synology Data Replicator II for Domain Users

Security

  • "FTP over SSL (explicit)" or "FTP over TLS (explicit)"

  • Encrypted Network Backup

  • HTTPS Connection

  • FTP Auto-Block

File Sharing

  • Max User Accounts: 1,024

  • Max Groups: 128

  • Max Shared Folder: 100

  • Max Concurrent Connections: 64

Applications

  • Photo Station 2

  • Web Station

  • Download Station

  • PHP/MySQL

  • iTunes Server

UPnP Multimedia Support

  • Audio Format: aac, ac3, FLAC, LPCM, m4a, mp1, mp2, mp3, mpa, ogg, raw, wav, wma

  • Video Format: asf, DivX, avi, dat, mov, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, vob, wmv

  • Image Format: bmp, gif, icon, jpg(jpeg, jpe), png, psd, tif(tiff), ufo

  • Playlist Format: WPL, M3U

Backup Solutions

  • Network Backup

  • Local Backup

  • Desktop Backup (using Synology Data Replicator II)

3rd-Party Backup Support

  • Acronis True Image

  • Symantec Backup Exec

  • EMC Retrospect

  • LaCie SilverKeeper

Utilities

  • Synology Assistant

  • Synology Data Replicator II

  • Synology Download Redirector

  • Add printer wizard

 

RAID Management

  • Volume Type: Non-RAID, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5

  • Upgrade Non-RAID to RAID 1

  • Expand RAID 1 or RAID 5 with Larger Hard Drives

  • Volume Auto-rebuild after abnormal power failure

Supported Clients

  • Windows 98 and Newer

  • Mac OS 9 and Newer

Printer Support

  • Max Printer #: 1

  • Supported Protocols: LPR, CIFS, AppleTalk

Package Contents

  • CS407 Main Unit

  • Quick Installation Guide

  • 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


* Measured with 4 Seagate 750GB ST3750640NS hard drives. The figures could vary on different environments.

 


In addition to its compact form-factor and clean lines, Synology's CS407 provides product differentiation through support for a multitude of cross-platform features like UPnP MultiMedia support, iTunes server functionality, a Web Server with PHP and MySQL support and even an integrated photo management system called PhotoStation2 that has a decidedly "flickr-like" look and feel to it. 

The kit itself comes with an external power supply, as you can see above.  This is a good approach we feel, to keeping thermals in check inside the unit, especially in a four drive installation.  Beyond that, you get assorted SATA and power cabling, an RJ45 Ethernet cable, installation hardware with zip-ties, and an installation CD.  The kit does not come with any third-party software for backup processing and scheduling but instead Synology provides back-up functionality with their Data Replicator II utility.  We'll cover that in the pages ahead here shortly.

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