Synology DiskStation DS418 4-Bay NAS Review

Initialisation and User Interface

Locate and Install your new Synology DS418

It is both quick and easy to get started with your new Synology NAS. The small desktop app Synology Assistant will help located any Synology device on your network after which a small guide will help you with the rest. All that’s required is a web browser to run the user interface.

Graphic User Interface (GUI) and Dashboard

Synology’s dashboard is designed to look and work in the same way that your desktop does. That makes it easy to use and quick to get used to. You have a task and notification bar at the top with a start menu containing all installed functions. Apps can be installed, installed apps can be dragged to the desktop area, and the colours can be changed.

System widgets can display vital information at all times while a comprehensive help system can help you out with questions you might have.

In the above screenshot, you can easily spot an error, and that is that a drive has gone bad. I could easily have redone the screenshot and showed you a perfect one instead. However, this gives me the opportunity to show you how it looks when you install a failing drive into your NAS. You’ll be warned like this as well as with audible beeps from the built-in speaker. In this case, the drive was full of bad sectors and as such, a drive that’s considered DOA. These things happen, but with a good OS, you like DSM, you’re at no risk of starting to use such a drive.

Control Panel

All the device settings are located within the control panel. Everything from privileges to services and firmware is handled through it. There’s a basic view which only shows the most common functions and the advanced view as seen below.

Once you enter a section, the look changes to a detailed view with all the available settings right at your disposal.

Storage Manager

The storage manager is the go-to area for your drive setups. A drive setup will be made during the initialisation, but you might want to change or modify that later.

Package Center

What isn’t a standard feature can most likely be added by the Package Center. It has everything from a web server over antivirus to web-based office suites. 99.9% of all the apps are free, and the only exceptions are those who require a third-party license. For example, the exFat support has a small fee attached.

More of the User Interface

This was just the initialisation and a first view on the NAS. We got a brand new dedicated page for a complete view of the OS and its features. Instead of showing you the same again and again in every review, more or less, we now have a general OS article for every NAS brand we review. That will save a lot of time on the creation of each NAS review which in return allows us to bring you more quality content, more reviews, and more unique articles.

You can check out our view on Synology’s Disk Station Manager by clicking here. We’ve also reviewed the OS as such in several versions: DSM 6.0 Review, DSM 6.1 Review.

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