Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay Diskless 8GB RAM Network Attached Storage Drive (Black)
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- CPU: CPU Model Intel Pentium N3710; CPU Architecture -64-bit; CPU Frequency Quad Core - 1.6 burst up to 2.56 GHz; Hardware Encryption Engine - (AES-NI) ; Hardware Transcoding Engine - H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30
- Memory: System Memory -2 / 8 GB DDR3; Storage: Drive Bays - 4; Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit - 9; Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)- 3.5" SATA HDD; 2.5" SATA HDD; 2.5" SATA SSD; Maximum Internal Raw Capacity - 40 TB (10 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types); Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units - 90 TB (10 TB drive x 9) (Capacity may vary by RAID types); Maximum Single Volume Size - 108 TB; Hot Swappable Drive - Yes
- External Ports: RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port - 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support); USB 3.0 Port -3; eSATA Port -1
- orage Management: Maximum Internal Volume Number -512; Maximum iSCSI Target Number -32; Maximum iSCSI LUN -256; iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODX ; Supported RAID Type -Yes
- File Sharing Capacity: Maximum Local User Accounts - 2048; Maximum Local Groups -256; Maximum Shared Folder - 512; Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks - 8; Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections - 512 (2GB RAM) / 2048 (8GB RAM); Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration -Yes ; NFS Kerberos Authentication -Yes
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Flexible Scalability Answering Growing Needs in Storage Capacity
Equipped with an Intel Pentium N3710 quad-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS916+ delivers excellent file transfer speeds. With scalable storage up to 9 drives with Synology Expansion Unit DX513 and real-time 4K/1080p video transcoding support, DS916+ is also ideal for sharing and storing ultra-high definition media content.
- CPU Intel quad-core up to 2.56 GHz
- RAM options DDR3 2GB / 8GB
- Excellent performance 226 MB/s reading and 222 MB/s writing performance
- Transcoding 1-channel H.264/H.265 4K Ultra HD or 3-channel Full HD video transcoding
- Flexible Shared Folder/User Quota System provides comprehensive quota control on all user accounts and shared folders
- Snapshot Replication provides schedulable and storage capacity-saving data protection with 1,024 shared folder backups and 65,000 system-wide snapshots
- File or folder level data restoration makes data recovery fast and flexible
- Automatic file self-healing detects and recovers corrupted files without user intervention
Btrfs: Next Generation Storage Efficiency
Btrfs file system introduces the most advanced storage technologies to meet the management needs of modern large scale businesses:
Digital Asset Protection
Security Advisor: Analyzes system settings, password strength, network preferences and removes any possible malware.
AppArmor: A kernel-level enhancement that blocks malicious programs from accessing unauthorized system resources.
AES 256-bit Encryption: Encrypt shared folders and network data transmission to keep data from unauthorized access.
2-Step Verification: Prevent others from logging into your DSM by generating a one-time password (OTP) on your mobile device.
Trust Level: Customize the trust level in Package Center to avoid installing packages from untrusted sources, safeguarding your NAS from unknown or tampered package files.
Synchronize Files Across your Devices
Cloud Station Suite provides real-time data synchronization across all your devices, such as computers, mobile devices, and other Synology NAS whenever a file is modified. "Intelliversioning" keeps the most important file versions to better utilize storage space.
4K Multimedia Server
Access and stream your 4K media content anytime and anywhere. DS916+ supports 4K H.264/H.265 online transcoding via Video Station and DS video, allowing 4K videos to be converted and played on the fly on other computers, smartphones, and media players that originally do not support Ultra HD formats.
Complete surveillance solution for recording, monitoring, and management.
Simplified backup solution for your Mac, PC and mobile devices.
Store multiple backup versions with block-level incremental data backup and cross-version duplication.
Award-winning operating system with an intuitive user interface and powerful capabilities.
Comprehensive built-in security tools are constantly updated to tackle evolving threats and protect your devices.
Save additional investment by integrating various network services, web/mail services, management applications into your NAS.
|CPU Model||Intel Pentium N3710||Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units||90 TB (10 TB drive x 9) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)||Fan Speed Mode||Cool Mode / Quiet Mode|
|CPU Architecture||64-bit||Maximum Single Volume Size||108 TB||Noise Level*||19.4 dB(A)|
|CPU Frequency||Quad Core 1.6 burst up to 2.56 GHz||RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port||2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)||Power Supply Unit / Adapter||100W|
|Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)/Hot Swappable Drive/Wireless Support (dongle)||✓||USB 3.0 Port||3||AC Input Power Voltage||100V to 240V AC|
|Hardware Transcoding Engine||H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30||ESATA Port||1||Power Frequency||50/60 Hz, Single Phase|
|Drive Bays||4||External Drives||Btrfs/ EXT4 /EXT3 /FAT/ NTFS/ HFS+/ exFAT*||Storage Temperature||20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)|
|Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit||9||Size (Height x Width x Depth)||165 mm x 203 mm x 233.2 mm||Relative Humidity||5% to 95% RH|
|Compatible Drive /Type*||3.5" SATA HDD/ 2.5" SATA HDD/ 2.5" SATA SSD||Weight||2.04 kg||Certification||FCC Class B / CE Class B / BSMI Class B|
|Maximum Internal Raw Capacity||40 TB (10 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)||System Fan||92 mm x 92 mm x 2 pcs||Maximum Internal Volume Number||512|
|British Thermal Unit||102.4 BTU/hr (Access) 44.4 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)||Operating Temperature||5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)||Maximum iSCSI Target Number||32|
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First time setup was a breeze, I downloaded the DS Finder app from the App Store on my iPhone and discovered the IP address of the DiskStation. I typed this IP address into the search bar in my web browser, and it brought me to a first-time login page. Here I had to enter a new username and choose a password, and then I was in. The first time I logged in, I was notified that there was an update to DiskStation, so I allowed it to install and waited about 10 minutes for the install to complete. Once that was done, I had to familiarize myself with the DiskStation interface. This didn't take long, as it feels exactly like GUI-based Operating System contained within the browser window. It's very familiar and intuitive to use. The ease of use and familiarity of the DSM interface is one of Synology’s strong suits, this interface is the same across the board for their NAS products, and it really makes them a pleasure to work with.
Once the disks are installed, you need to configure a volume. Here you will decide how to allocate your disks. I chose to allocate my disks into the same volume and chose Synology Hybrid (SHR) RAID type, so that if I were to add more disks at a later time, it would be easier to expand the size of the volume without needing to break the array and re-build it. Once the volume was created, it took around 14 hours for the drive parity checks to complete, but while the checks were running, I was still able to get started with using the NAS.
Another thing that Synology has going for them is Package Center. Think of this as the App Store for the NAS. Here you will find first-party addons such as Synology's own Download Station, Audio Station, Photo Station, Video Station and more. Third-party addons such as Plex Media Server, Docker, WordPress, Drupal, Tomcat, Python, Ruby, and more. Most of the addons are free, but there are a few premium addons that are not. The ability to run these apps on the DS916+ allows you to use the DS916+ as much more than a simple file server, this can truly be the hub of your home or SMB network. It can be used to host a website, mail server, media server, serve as a DVR for your surveillance cameras, and much more. The Cloud Station feature can be used to replace services like Dropbox. No need to pay a yearly fee, and you don't need to worry about the cloud service getting hacked and someone else gaining access to your personal information.
There are so many things you can do with this thing, it’s become my new favorite thing to tinker with on my home network. I have personal file shares set up for myself and my wife, which are accessible locally and outside of my network via the DS Cloud app, which has completely replaced Dropbox for us. I have all of our movies that I’ve digitized over the years stored on the NAS, and we can stream them to any TV in the house using DS Video or Plex Media Server. Having small children in the house, it’s almost impossible to keep track of DVD’s and Blu-ray’s, so having them available to play on any TV or connected device on demand is just about the best thing ever. I also have a share set up as a target for my MacBook to back up using Time Machine, the DS916+ supports this out of the box, no need to buy a Time Capsule from Apple.
One thing the NAS did have a little trouble with was transcoding video files. I loaded a 25gb Blu-ray rip onto the drive and into both DS Video and Plex to test the performance. When there was enough bandwidth available to direct stream the file to the player, playback was great. The video was stable and looked fantastic. If the bandwidth wasn’t there (such as streaming from off-site), or I asked the software to drop the quality down to a lower level, I noticed that the CPU usage pegged out at maximum levels and playback often paused in order for transcoding to catch up to the stream. Transcoding with DS Video did perform better than Plex did, but it still struggled from time to time. So, if you want the ability to transcode your media files while streaming them, it might not be the best fit. Typically, I transcode my Blu-ray rips into MP4 containers, and shrink them down considerably before putting them into my video library. The NAS had a much better time playing these files back, so I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing and transcode them myself before storing the on the NAS to watch later.
In terms of transfer rates, the DS916+ does not disappoint at all. I was consistently maxing out the 1Gbps connection on file transfers using a single Gigabit connection, so I pulled out an 8-port managed smart switch that I owned, and configured Link Aggregation (LAG) on both the switch and NAS, and upgraded my connection to 2Gbps. Read/write performance will depend on your network’s capacity, and the specs of the hard drives you use in the NAS. The Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS hard drives are absolutely no slouch when it comes to read and write performance, turning in some of the fastest speeds I’ve seen in conventional mechanical hard drives, and using the LAG setup in the DS916+, I was able to achieve seriously impressive transfer rates of over 220MB/s in both read and write when transferring large files to and from the NAS. In order to achieve these results, I needed to use two separate workstations connected at 1Gbps simultaneously and recorded the results.
—Easy to use, set up and configure
—DSM OS feels familiar, like using a normal computer OS, so it’s not intimidating or overly complicated to set up and use
— Package Center has a ton of ready-to-use packages to install, and makes it easy to expand the functionality of your NAS from a simple file server into a network hub
— I really can’t say enough about how awesome Package Center is
— Whisper quiet while in use. Overall noise will be largely dependent on the drives you choose to use in your setup
— Fantastic transfer speeds when transferring files
— Can be expanded to a 9-bay solution by purchasing and connecting a DX513 expansion unit
— Transcoding media files, especially when using Plex, can be taxing on the CPU and can lead to lagging during playback
I have spent many hours over the past few weeks getting acquainted with the DS916+ and I am continually discovering new things that it can do. I am still looking into backup solutions so that I can backup the data on the NAS, because you can never have too many backups of important things like wedding photos and baby pictures and videos of your kids.
For your home or small business, the DS916+ coupled with 2-4 hard drives will be the perfect solution to your storage needs.
My main reason for purchasing this was to locally store and stream 4K video I record and edit from my iPhone and GoPro. For that application, it's fabulous.
As for the other review that decries the use of Plex, that really is just a compatibility issue that anyone researching this NAS could've found before purchasing. If Plex transcoding is a must for you, check out the WD My Cloud PR2100/4100. This NAS is for people with more generalized uses than simply serving up streaming video (but it does that well too). Synology's Videostation isn't as fully featured as Plex, but it does transcode 4K video very well.
As I experience greater usage of the NAS, I will update. But so far, all of the available Synology apps are fun and interesting to tinker with, and this is a great home for my 4k Video.
We went from 6TB online on the old NAS to 18TB on the new, needless to say, we're quite comfortable in terms of space now.
So, what's better? Why 5 stars? Simple - it's the simplicity of the system nowadays. My old QNAP had several apps installed as Q-Packages (Transmission, SABnzbd, CouchPotato, SickBeard -- your basic video stack). When OS upgrades came, it was a total crap shoot as to whether or not the OS upgrade would hose up those apps. I lost count of how many times I re-installed directly over the top of the existing apps to get stuff back & working.
Why is this new Synology NAS better? Containerization. "Bro, do you even Docker?" Our old QNAP, clearly did not. What on earth am I talking about? Think about what a Virtual Machine is - you're emulating a whole piece of hardware and running a whole OS on it. A container is essentially the differences between the base OS and what you want to run. It runs at near-bare-metal speed, whereas VMs create drag on performance, since they tie up more resources than they use. Containers are a Ferrari, VMs are your mom's station wagon.
So what? Well, I'll tell you what - when you're running apps inside containers, they're not impacted by changes to the base OS. So, when Synology releases updates (and they do on a pretty furious pace!), your apps keep on truckin' without concern.
That fact alone makes it worth the price of admission, for me at least.