Unboxing of Synology DS411j DiskStation

Posted on April 24, 2011



Well the big day is here!  Amazon’s Prime delivery option delivered it within 2 days as promised.  While it’s weird to see someone’s personal car pull up and do much of the 2 day Prime delivery (Amazon uses OnTrac for the western states); I did appreciate the loving care they gave the package.

I would recommend Amazon Prime’s 2 day shipping instead of the free ground shipment when you are shipping delicate electronics and hard drives (a lot less dings and dirt  on the boxes).  You can get a free 30 day trial and can cancel with no shipping charges, 90 day free trial for families, or if you are a student you get it free for 1 year.

The Unboxing Photos:

Synology DS411j and 4 Hitachi 3TB Hard Drives - Amazon delivered

Synology has thought out the unpacking experience.  I like the clean white look of the box, and the fact that they call out the features even though this isn’t a retail product it looks pretty enough to be one.  The NAS was wrapped in a thin white blanket to prevent scratches with adequate cardboard protection to prevent damage.

Features Side of Box

 Listed features include: File Sharing, dlna Media Server, USB Print Server, Surveillance Server (IP Video Cameras), Online photo sharing, Backup (Time Machine compatible), access control, download server (Bit Torrent so you don’t have to keep your computer on), Mail Server, Data Protection, Mobile Access (several iPhone, iPad and Android apps for accessing NAS, photos, music, etc.) and compatibility with Windows+Mac+Linux.

Theme side of box: Music, Movie, Backup, Mobile, Surveillance

Box side shows Synology connecting to internet, mobile devices, printers, computers, security cameras, TV and audio systems

Model specific info sticker

The sticker on this side of the box and the small sticker on top of the box is the only place where Synology lists the DiskStation info.  This is done so that if the update the specs or model number they only have to print new sticker and not new boxes.

What's included in the box

Here is what’s in the box: a Synology DS411j DiskStation with no HDDs, a CAT 5e ethernet cable (toss and use Cat 6 cable), a 4 pin 12 VOLT, 8.33 AMP power supply adapter(be sure to write Synology DS411j on it to reduce adapter confusion later), 3 sets of screws (for mounting 2.5″ and 3.5″ HDDs to the disk drive trays), a Power Cord Clip, an Install CD with Quick Installation Guide (but no user Manual), a useless hard to “Read this First” sheet that basically says check the website for latest drivers, and a licensing legal sheet.

Front of the Synology DS411j DiskStation

I love the clean look of the Synology DS411j.  The power button is a soft switch style button that means you should press and hold for several seconds to turn it on or off.  The Status, LAN and HDD lights are steady green when on.

STATUS light: If status light is off then HDDs are in hibernation (power saving), solid orange means low on disk space and an orange blinking means drive failure or crash.

LAN: Green static means Gigabit link is working, blinking means data transfer, off means network is down.

HDD1-4: Blinking means disks are being accessed, off means disks are not being accessed.

Power Button: Static blue means power is on, blinking blue means it is either booting or shutting down, no blue light means NAS is off.

Side View

Backside of Synology DS411j DiskStation

In the upper right corner you notice a small slot for a cable lock to keep your NAS closed and bolted to a desk or shelf.  Useful when you NAS is in a public environment.

Closeup of connectors on back: Power, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB (HDD, Printer, WiFi adapter), and RESET

Here is a photo showing the scale of the Synology DS411j in relationship to other hardware in our home environment.  Since we like to stream movies to our TV it is shown next to our Apple Mac Mini, Apple TV and Sony PlayStation 3.

NAS at home with Mac Mini, Apple TV (1st Gen) and PS3

A YouTube overview of the almost identical  previous DS410j model can be found here.

Now the real work of setting up the NAS begins!