Introduction

A few weeks ago we reviewed Synology Inc’s DS207 NAS system which is catered more towards the SOHO market considering its performance and storage capacity offered. Today we take a look at one of their main stream products, the Cube Station CS407 which directly caters towards the SME market. Unlike many other NAS producing manufactures, Synology seems to be trying to break away from the norm by offering the most feature rich NAS products coupled with good performance.

The basic features offered by most NAS manufactures are WEB hosting, FTP access, MYSQL Database features, iTunes Server, Simple backups etc.

However Synology has again taken the next step and introduced more media rich features similar to network media players. These features are offered through their latest firmware update, so if you have already purchased on of these units, grab this new update for the added features. Click here to download

Here's a graphical representation of the main features offered by the Cube Station CS407 as shown on Synology's website.


Specifications

Hardware

  • CPU Speed: 500 MHz
  • 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): 4 TB (See Supported HDD)
  • Operating Temperature: 50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -40 to 185°F (-10 to 70°C)
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%RH
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 feet

Power Consumption*

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

Certification

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

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 System

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

File Sharing

  • Max User Accounts: 1,024
  • Max Groups: 128
  • Max Shared Folder: 100
  • Max Concurrent Connections: 64

Applications

  • Photo Station 2 + video
  • Web Station
  • Download Station
  • PHP/MySQL
  • iTunes Server
  • File Station
  • Audio Station

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 (Details)

Utilities

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

Management

  • Download Station Bandwidth control
  • Download Station Port Range Setup
  • Editable HTTP Error Page
  • Email Alert Message
  • Email Notification for New User
  • External HDD Hibernation (USB)
  • Firmware Upgrade
  • FTP passive port range
  • Hideable Shared Folder
  • Internal HDD Hibernation
  • Movable Shared Folder
  • Port range for BitTorrent
  • Removable Default Shared Folder
  • System Temperature
  • Ez-Internet
  • PPPoE
  • UPS Management (Over USB 2.0)
  • User Quota
  • Web-based Download Station
  • Web-based Management UI

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

Languages

  • North and South America:
    English, Spanish.
  • All Other Countries:
    English, Germany, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Nowegian, Swedish, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese.

Environment

  • RoHS Compliant

Package Content

  • 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

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