Synology Cube Station CS407 - Do-It-Yourself NAS
CubeStation CS407 Features and Setup
We set out to configure the CubeStation CS407 with a pair of Western Digital SE16 WD7500 750Gb hard drives in a RAID 1 array. Our hardware installation was straight-forward and easy enough for even the novice to understand with just the included installation guide for reference.
The CS407's motherboard is a compact, low-power design that is devoid of heatsinks. The design is based on Marvell's 5281/500 SoC (System On a Chip) reference design. We're fairly certain this is a member of Marvell's Orion family of processors for "Media Vault" platforms. Together with Marvell's Gigibit Ethernet MAC/Phy combination, 128MB of Hynix DDR2 DRAM and 64B of flash memory, the system is capable of serving as a complete storage management and server platform with its embedded, configurable OS.
Physical installation, though a bit cramped for obvious reasons, took a total of about 5 - 10 minutes to complete. We slid in our WD drives, installed side-rail screws, plugged in the included SATA power and data cables, and then slid the chassis skins back together and re-installed the backside thumb screws. It was then time to power up and configure the CS407 Storage Server software and other features.