A couple of weeks back, we covered Synology's launch of the 2013 2-bay NAS lineup, the DS213 and the DS213+. The most interesting aspect of the launch was the reappearance of Freescale's PowerPC platform in the offerings, and that too, in the + model. Last week, Synology launched the DS413j, a 4-bay NAS unit targeted towards home users. Today, the business-oriented DS413 is being launched. Similar to the DS213 and DS213+, the 4-bay lineup is also split between the Freescale P1022 dual core PowerPC platform (DS413) and the Marvell Kirkwood mv6282 SoC (DS413j).

The DS413 is optimized for business use. It has a new case design and has a hibernate mode to strike a balance between idle power consumption and system responsiveness. In this mode, it consumes only 3.4 W. The DS413 also has hardware accelerated encryption to provide 256-bit AES shared folder encryption without sacrificing too much read / write performance.

The Diskstation Manager OS (DSM 4.1) on the DS413 brings with it features like the DropBox-like Cloud Station personal cloud / sync solution, QuickConnect direct download links without port forwarding, VPN server and client and shared folder sync between DiskStations. The last feature is similar to Netgear's ReadyNAS Replicate, but, the second unit would need to be on the local network unless the VPN server / client is configured.

The DS413j is a budget-friendly model suitable for home storage networks and small offices.

Some of the relevant DSM 4.1 features for the DS413j are the DLNA-compliant server for multimedia streaming, backup support for clients based on multiple platforms and the Quick Connect provision which allows connecting to some of the services on the NAS without port forwarding.

The DS413 and DS413j are available for purchase today. The former is priced at $530, while the latter comes in at $410.

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  • webmastir - Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - link

    I've been in the market for a good NAS for a small business I do side IT work for. That DS413 seems to be just what I'm wanting. I was going to get a Synology most likely anyway, so I might as well get this newer one. Thx
  • dcollins - Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - link

    I have two 4 Bay Synology NAS's for work and they have been excellent. Reliable, fast enough, easy to work with and you can ssh directly to the underlying linux OS. I chose an Atom based model for enhanced software compatibility and I couldn't be happier with them. Highly recommended.
  • laytoncy - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    I didn't see SMB as a supported protocol on these units on Newegg? Does it go without saying that it has SMB support or does no one use it anymore? I use WHS at the moment and want to get away from it and go to a NAS device like this or just build my own.
  • mi6sanchez - Friday, September 28, 2012 - link

    Yes SMB is supported
  • F2CMaDMaXX - Friday, September 21, 2012 - link

    So are we likely to see the 2 bay version sometime soon then? DS213j ??
  • loupero - Friday, November 2, 2012 - link

    I'm in the process of building my home network and I'm pretty decided on either a Synology or the Qnap NAS.

    Reading the reviews on this site, I'm left wondering should I go for the DS213+ or the DS413j? What is the main difference, apart from 2-bay vs 4-bay?

    I've read some comment on another thread here that DLNA was one of Synology's weaker points... Is this true?

    Redundancy and file-sharing is my main goal. If I can get FTP/Web, mobile phone access and easy-access from my smart TV, then its even better.
  • RoboJ1M - Monday, February 4, 2013 - link

    I'm looking at the DS413j myself.

    The Plex Media Server is available to install on Synology devices.
    That's your DLNA covered, although it won't do transcoding (not enough grunt)
    So you'll need your media in a format compatible with your smart TV (yeah, good luck with that... ¬¬)
    I'm going to just use it as a data safe and run the plex server off of my PC (automagical transcoding)

    It supports FTP sharing.
    I'm sure I read you can access you files from HTTP as well.

    There are also native clients for iOS, Android and windows phone.

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