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Synology DiskStation DS411 NAS Review

Synology DiskStation DS411 NAS Review

Synology DiskStation DS411 Review

User Experience – DiskStation 3.2

Using the new DiskStation software is a very interesting experience. The amount control and information available to us in a single browser tab is very impressive. Utilising HTML5 and CSS3 Synology have been able to create a very rich and interactive user experience.

Here are some of the key features offered by Synology:

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Download Station – allows us to set up the DiskStation to download files autonomously. The DiskStation can be used as a 24/7 download centre for BitTorrnet™, FTP, HTTP, eMule and NZB news server. Downloads activities can be restriction to certain hours of the day by setting up a download schedule.

Web Station – allows us to host our own web sites on the DiskStation. Using a virtual host we can have multiple web sites on our DiskStation, up to 30 web sites. Web Station has built in support for PHP and MySQL. (The unit can also be set up as a mail server with support for POP3, SMTP and IMAP).

Print Server – is a complete print server solution for both inside and out-and-about. By connecting a printer via USB to the DiskStation we have instantly created a network printer. DiskStation Print Server supports Apple Airprint and Google Cloud Print.

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iTunes Server – the DiskStation can work as an iTunes Server to share Music within a local network. After enabling iTunes service in DSM, iTunes will recognise the DiskStation as an iTunes server under the SHARED list.

Audio Station – utilises AJAX technology to bring us an innovative and enjoyable listening experience. Once enabled we can listen to music stored on our DiskStation from anywhere via our iPod, Internet Radio or other UPnP/DLNA media servers. All of the key formats are supported by the unit, including FLAC, MP3, AAC, WMA.

Data Replicator 3 – allows us to back up our desktop date, Outlook® or Outlook Express® emails to the DiskStation. Data Replicator 3 is provided free on the installation CD that comes with the DiskStation.

Mobile Support – Synology offer a number of mobile apps to access the DiskStation. These apps are available on Apple and Andriod platforms, including smart phone and tablets. Apps such as DS Audio allow us to play our music on our mobile device from our DiskStation.

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These are just some of the features available in DSM 3.2 and the DiskStation. The software is very in-depth and offers a wide range of applications, connectivity and control.

As some of these features allow us to access our DiskStation remotely via the web Synology provide a built in firewall. We can configure settings for port blocking, protocol blocking or source IP and these rules can be set for internal LAN or PPPoE.

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