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Synology Diskstation DS415play 4-Bay NAS Server
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Synology
Source: Synology
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August 22, 2014

We recently looked at a new 4-bay NAS Server from Synology that was touted as being budget friendly, while still offering plenty of higher end features. The Diskstation DS414j definitely impressed, but after the review we were left wondering if that is what you get for just over $400, what can you expect from some of the even more expensive offerings from Synology? It didn't take long for us to get a chance to find an answer to that question, because in this review we will take a look at Synology's Diskstation DS415play; another 4-bay device which offers upgraded hardware, an upgraded set of features, and a price tag just north of $500.

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The promotional image above shows the DS415play, and before we get to the sample provided for review, let's take a look at some of the features and specifications for this NAS server. For a complete list of features and specifications, please visit the official product page on the Synology website.

Features and Specifications:

CPU Model: Intel Atom
CPU Frequency: Dual Core 1.6 GHz
Floating Point: Yes
Hardware Transcoding Engine: H.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1

System Memory: 1 GB DDR3

Drive Bay(s): 4
Compatible Drive Type:
    3.5" SATA(III) / SATA(II) HDD
    2.5" SATA(III) / SATA(II) HDD
    2.5" SATA(III) / SATA(II) SSD
Max. Internal Capacity: 24 TB (6 TB HDD X 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Hot Swappable Drive: Yes

External Ports:
USB 2.0 Port: 3
USB 3.0 Port: 2

File System:
Internal Drives: EXT4
External Drives:

Storage Management:
Max File System Size: 16 TB
Max Internal Volume Number: 256
Max iSCSI Target Number: 10
Max iSCSI LUN: 10
Supported RAID Type:
    Synology Hybrid RAID
    RAID 0
    RAID 1
    RAID 5
    RAID 6
    RAID 10
RAID Migration
    Basic to RAID 1
    Basic to RAID 5
    RAID 1 to RAID 5
    RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
    Synology Hybrid RAID
    RAID 1
    RAID 5
    RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD
    Synology Hybrid RAID
    RAID 5
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
    Synology Hybrid RAID
    RAID 1
    RAID 5

SSD Support:

In terms of hardware, the main differences between the DS414j and the DS415play include the following (DS414j specifications on left, DS415play specifications on right):

CPU: MindSpeed Comcerto 2000 Dual Core 1.2 GHz versus Intel Atom Dual Core 1.6 GHz
Memory: 512 MB DDR3 versus 1 GB DDR3
USB Ports: 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 versus 3 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0
Hardware Video Transcoding Engine: None vesus H.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1

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