Synology DiskStation DS416play review: Cloud who? Personal servers can be cool and feature-filled too

This is one of the most difficult reviews I’ve had to write to date. I’ve been using the Synology DS416play for several months, yet everytime I sat down to start can refer to multiple topics: Takeoff, the phase of flight where an aircraft transitions from moving along the ground to flying through the air Starting lineup in sports Standing start and rolling writing, I felt overwhelmed by what I should and shouldn’t discuss and eventually found myself drifting to work on another simpler and more urgent news article. I love detailed reviews, I enjoy delving deep into every single feature a product offers and discussing its benefits or Benefits may refer to: Benefit (album), a 1970 music album by Jethro Tull Benefit (social welfare), provided by a social welfare program Federal benefits, provided by the United States federal and limitations, as evidenced by the lengthy reviews I’ve written on Android may refer to: Android (robot), a humanoid robot or synthetic organism designed to imitate a human Android (operating system), Google’s mobile operating system Police over the years. But if I wanted to do the same may refer to: Sameness or identity In places: Same (ancient Greece) Same, East Timor, the capital of the Manufahi district Samé, Mali Same, Tanzania Same District, Tanzania In other uses: SAME for this NAS, I knew I’d end up with 10K+ words linguistics, a word is the smallest element that can be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content (with literal or practical meaning) at the very least without even scratching the surface of many options. A 300-page book wouldn’t cover or covers may refer to everything I want to talk may refer to: Conversation, interactive communication between two or more people Speech, the production of a spoken language Interaction, face to face conversations Compulsive talking, beyond the about with the DS416play, because it’s that feature-filled.

So naturally, compromises had to be made. I eventually convinced myself that I’d have to selectively choose from the hundreds of screenshots and notes I’ve taken over the months and tackle the review from a specific may refer to: Specificity (disambiguation) Specific, a cure or therapy for a specific illness point of view or variants, may refer to: the Android user. After all, we’re on Android Police police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder and it makes sense sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception to focus on what the average colloquial language, an average is the sum of a list of numbers divided by the number of numbers in the list.Most of the time this is used in finding a number Android user would get out of having this personal NAS server. The other limitation is a personal one: it’s true or TRUE may refer to: Truth, the state of being in congruence with fact or reality that I know about nerdy things more than your average Joe, but I have nowhere near the detailed understanding and expertise of an advanced user. I came to this review with zero previous experience with personal servers and no background whatsoever in networks, NAS servers, and connectivity. I don’t know the jargon and I am not very interested in learning it unless it’s essential for a feature I’m actively setting up or using.

With that preamble out in the open, what do I think of the DS416play commonly refers to: Play (activity), enjoyed by animals, including humans Play (theatre), structured literary form of theatre Play may refer also to? In one word: outstanding. If you’re thinking about buying a personal server and you’re not easily terrified by having to set a couple of things up and research a few acronyms, then the Synology experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. Terms in philosophy such as “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge” are used to refer should be very approachable to you. The performance is excellent and the options are mind boggling once you start digging deeper. There’s a lot here for more advanced users too, though I wouldn’t have the slightest idea if the specs satisfy the super-uber-mega demanding users. I’m sure some of our readers can easily point to a couple of specs and scoff saying they wouldn’t touch a server with at least may refer to: Little Child Less quadruple that number number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and label and/or with 3 other missing options. But everyone else probably wouldn’t complain.

Why a personal server?

I’m reviewing a NAS server in a day and time where may refer to: Where?, one of the “Five Ws” in journalism Where (SQL), a database language clause, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of cloud storage is so ubiquitous that everything we like and use can be found in some form online. What gives may refer to? There are a few reasons you’d still want your own storage, something may refer to that belongs to you and you know is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, stores may refer to: A retail store where merchandise is sold, usually a product, usually on a retail basis, and where wares are often kept your data is, from its Latin origin, a singular form of “data”, and may refer to a single item of data, media, and other documents.

  • Centralization: no more rummaging through computers, phones, external HDDs, and USB sticks. Everything is stored in one location and can be accessed whether interrogative word or question word is a function word used to ask a question, such as what, when, where, who, whom, why, and how you’re on the same network or far away.
  • Practicality: each cloud service can handle some files better may refer to: “to better” as a verb, meaning to undergo betterment better, an alternate spelling of bettor, someone who bets (gambles) than others, has its own interface and options, might have some limitations may refer to: A disclaimer for research done in an experiment or study A Statute of limitations Limitations (novel), a 2006 novel by Scott Turow on sharing and giving access to other users, and may or may not have apps for different operating systems. Navigating through that mess gets exhausting fast.
  • Privacy: Who wants to store everything they hold dear on a cloud meteorology, a cloud is an aerosol comprising a visible mass of minute liquid droplets, frozen crystals, or particles suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body service these days? Companies shut down or capriciously remove options, sell or mine your data, get hacked, or unexpectedly suffer a failure and lose your files. Being at their mercy isn’t an ideal solution.
  • Backups: You may want to have your files on your devices and/or in the cloud, but a second safe safe (also called a strongbox or coffer) is a secure lockable box used for securing valuable objects against theft and/or damage from fire version makes sense as a just-in-case scenario.
  • Storage may refer to space: Local usually refers to something nearby, or in the immediate area storage in phones, Chromebooks, and cloud services (the free tiers at least) is limited. There’s no beating the dollar-per-GB ratio of an old-fashioned hard disk.
  • Bandwidth: If your internet plan is limited or your connection is slow, streaming on the local network to your TVs and speakers is a more efficient solution than cloud services may refer to.

I actually started looking at personal servers may refer to a year ago when I began searching for an apartment with my fiancé. We’re two people with plenty of photos, music files, movies and TV shows, documents document is a written, drawn, presented, or memorialized representation of thought, and miscellaneous digital files scattered across our desktops, computers, and phones. Having a central place where we could keep personal and common data makes a lot of sense, especially since we use different operating systems (me: ChromeOS and Mac, him: Windows) and couldn’t be bothered with external may refer to: External (mathematics), a concept in abstract algebra Externality, in economics, the cost or benefit that affects a party who did not choose to incur that cost or benefit Externals, a hard or hardness may refer to: Hardness, resistance of physical materials to deformation or fracture Hard (surname) Hard (nautical), a beach or slope convenient for hauling out vessels Hard (tennis), a disks that might get misplaced and would have to be formatted some specific way to be read by some OSes.

We have found may refer to: Found Aircraft, an aircraft manufacturer based in Ontario, Canada Found (album), a 2009 album by American pop/rock band Push Play Found (band), an experimental pop band from our apartment but we haven’t moved in yet, so this review is based on the DS416play being installed in my pharmacy and him accessing it remotely to test out stuff. The plan is to put it in the hallway of our home and use it to back up important documents from our various devices device is usually a constructed tool, store our photos and media, and stream from it to our 55″ living room TV (likely with a Chromecast), a couple or couples may refer to of speakers may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier (Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google Audio), and different tablets, phones, and computers. That should be fun!

Hardware tour

The DS416play is a beast. It weighs 2Kgs by itself without any installed hard drives and measures 16.5 x 20.3 x 23.3 cm. There’s no sticking this in a thin cupboard or mounting it on a wall without proper support. With a few cables plugged in the back, you’ll have to make sure you reserve a dedicated sturdy shelf for it next to your router to keep it safe and properly connected.

Note notes, or NOTE may refer to: I hate stock images in reviews review is an evaluation of a publication, service, or company such as a movie (a movie review), video game (video game review), musical composition (music review of a composition or recording),, they give me the impression the writer didn’t use the product may refer to. But I had to make an exception here because the official images are clearer than the ones I took.

The front has a removable cover that hides the 4 disk or disk (computing and American English) may refer to bays (I have 4 2TB drives installed), status LEDs for each bay and the entire DiskStation, a USB 3.0 port port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land, and the power button. The sides have vents designed within the Synology logo.

And the back has 2 large fans, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 Ethernet LAN ports (with link or Links may refer to aggregation / failover support may refer to: Support (structure), architectural components that include arches, beams, columns, balconies, and stretchers Lateral support (disambiguation) Life support, in medicine Technical), and the power plug.

The DiskStation comes with an AC power may refer to adapter, all the better for protecting it from capricious power variations and making it easy may refer to to switch to a different type of plug PLUG, plugs, or plugged may refer to: Plug (accounting), an unsupported adjustment to an accounting record Plug (fishing), a family of fishing lures Plug (horticulture), a planting technique Plug for your country.

Under the hood, there’s a long list list is any enumeration of a set of items of specifications that I can’t possibly list, but you can check them out and geek word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or over all the numbers here.

My three gripes with the DS416play’s hardware are the sound physics, sound is a vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a transmission medium such as air or water, the lack of SSD support, and the fixed RAM. First or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1), I don’t think you can install it in your bedroom because it wakes fluid dynamics, a wake may either be: the region of recirculating flow immediately behind a moving or stationary blunt body, caused by viscosity, which may be accompanied by flow separation and up every now and then, even when you’re not actively using it, and makes churning hard drive noises. As for the SSD support, I would have expected to see this in a relatively new NAS server knowing may refer to: Knowledge Knowing (film), a 2009 science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne The Knowing, an album by the doom/death metal band Novembers the potential increase in speed and reliability. SSDs are still more expensive than HDDs, so I get why Synology opted to have old-fashioned drive bays, but it would have made sense to see one SDD slot for extra sensitive data. And finally, you’re stuck with the current configuration of 1GB DDR3 RAM, there’s no upgrading that.

Getting may refer to: Receiving department (or receiving dock), in a distribution center Receiving house, a theater Receiving line, in a wedding reception Receiving mark, postmark Receiving partner, in up and running

After may refer to installing one or more drives in the bays, you connect the DS416play to your router with an Ethernet cable, plug it in, and turn it on. You then head over to find Unix-like and some other operating systems, find is a command-line utility that searches one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria in your computer’s browser to get started. You will have to create an admin account and install the Disk Station Manager (DSM), which is the operating system of the NAS server and is necessary or necessity may refer to: Need An action somebody may feel they must do An important task or essential thing to do at a particular time or by a particular moment Necessary and sufficient to run all apps and extensions extend or extended may refer to. The onboarding also offers business, an offer is a proposal to sell or buy a specific product or service under specific conditions: a tender offer, an offer to buy company stock from existing stockholders under specific to set up a QuickConnect address for you to avoid having to remember a complicated local address, but you can skip that step.

Tap to enlarge each screenshot: setup process (above), quick tutorial on first use (below).

The DSM has everything I needed to get up and running, but there are plenty of specific Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, and more OS tools available for different purposes is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Synology has an excellent Download Center or centre may refer to where you can read about them all and grab what you want. It also has documentation including a detailed user may refer to: User (system), a person using a generic system User (computing), a person or software using an information system User (telecommunications), an entity using a telecommunications guide, links to the APK files of all Android apps, and other add-ons and packages.

Disk Station Manager is the administration of an organization, whether it be a business, a not-for-profit organization, or government body

The DSM interface is reminiscent of any desktop may refer to: the surface of a desk (the term has been adopted as an adjective to distinguish office appliances, such as photocopiers and printers, which can be fitted on top of a desk, from larger operating system with an upper toolbar, shortcuts on the desktop, a main menu a restaurant, there is a menu of food and beverage offerings for all the installed services and packages, and a package center where you can install or update existing software software, or simply software, is that part of a computer system that consists of data or computer instructions, in contrast to the physical hardware from which the system is built running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot on your server.

DSM home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe screen (left) and package center (right).

If you dare venture into the Control Panel, you’ll find enough options and settings to satisfy your inner nerd and control may refer to freak. Thankfully, there are both a basic and an advanced mode there, so you can hide all those scary acronyms away if you’re terrified of breaking something you shouldn’t be messing with. In basic mode, you get to manage your shared folders permissions, the users and groups and their access may refer to: getting in privileges may refer to: Privilege (legal ethics), a permission granted by law or other rules, QuickConnect, external access to get into your DS416play from other networks, the theme, notification settings may refer to: A location (geography) where something is set Set construction in theatrical scenery Setting (narrative), the place and time in a work of narrative, especially fiction Setting up to, and update and restore options. Regular users should find the settings here may refer to more than enough may refer to to customize the experience.

Control panel may refer to basic mode (left) and advanced mode (right). 

It took me a while to really understand what was going may refer to: Go (verb) Going- to future, a construction in English grammar Going (horse racing), the condition of a horse racing track surface on with the rest or REST may refer to of the DSM since I was going in blind without reading any documentation first, but I eventually understood that Synology has its own “Stations” (think apps) to manage files, music, photos, and videos, with a “Media Server” that acts as a middle-man between may refer to these stations and your DLNA/UPnP players (TVs, speakers, consoles, computers computer is a device that can be instructed to carry out an arbitrary set of arithmetic or logical operations automatically, and mobile devices). Plus may refer to there are additional packages that can sync between cloud services and the local disks, act as download and torrent managers, provide a backend for network cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both, give you a private mail or chat server, not to mention the third-party software like Plex Media Server and iTunes Server.

DSM Video Station (left) and Audio Station (right are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal).

My main complaint legal terminology, a complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons (see: cause of action) that the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are with the DSM is that you’re accessing it through a browser and that feels a little is a surname in the English language clunky. I live by keyboard shortcuts may refer to and limit my interactions with the trackpad/mouse to when I absolutely must, so I cry a little inside may refer to: Indoors Insider, a member of any group of people of limited number and generally restricted access each time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future I have to use DSM. The interface can be navigated with Tab and arrows, but that’s about it. I can’t find any real shortcuts to launch certain options and even may refer to tabbed jumping isn’t as intuitive as I’d like. As a result, I only use DSM when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse I have to.

DSM File or filing may refer to Station (left) and Photo Station (right).

However, that isn’t enough to deter me from recommending Synology’s NAS servers. The support for most may refer to desktop and mobile often refers to: Mobile phone, a portable communications device Mobile (sculpture), a hanging artwork or toy Mobile may also refer to operating systems system is a set of interacting or interdependent component parts forming a complex or intricate whole, the various solutions for streaming stream is a body of moving water to Chromecast, Apple TV, Samsung TVs, Roku, and more, the openness to allow other servers on board like Plex and iTunes, all of these integrations are proof of the flexibility offered by Synology. It’s freeing knowing most consumer devices and solutions have a hook somewhere with your server and that with frequent updates, your NAS will stay as fresh and as capable as possible for several years down the line and will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive probably support future future is what will happen in the time after the present products that don’t even exist now. For an investment of this size, that’s a nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes département security blanket.

Transcoding options through the Media Server (left) and Video Station (Right).

The Android experience

For the Android user, Synology offers plenty may refer to: Places: Plenty, Victoria, a town in Australia Plenty River (Victoria), a river in the Australian state of Victoria Plenty River (Northern Territory), a river in the Northern Territory of native apps to access and control the DS416play. Figuring out which app does what can be quite daunting and there isn’t a one-stop solution chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture composed of two or more substances for everything so I ended up with a folder commonly refers to: Folder, one who folds laundry or dry cleaning, e.g., (see Fluff and Fold) File folder, a kind of folder that holds loose paper Folder or folding may also refer to on my phone’s homescreen just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a for Synology’s apps.

These are just some of Synology’s apps.

Most of them are frequently updated and kept fresh with relatively modern may refer to design and UX, but others like DS cloud and DS finder may refer to: Finder (surname) Finder (software), part of the Apple Macintosh operating system Finder (comics), a comic book series by Carla Speed McNeil Finder (novel), a 1994 novel by Emma Bull are just so old-looking they make me sad. Many of the modern apps also follow a similar design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit and once I became familiar with one, it was relatively easy for me to use the rest. There are specialty apps though that break the mould a little, like Synology Chat and Mail Plus that need to look and behave like traditional chat or chats may refer to:- and email clients or The Client may refer to: Client (computing), hardware or software that accesses a remote service on another computer Customer or client, a recipient of goods or services in return for monetary, as per their purpose.

If you’ve set up QuickConnect, you’ll be able to easily log in to each app whether you’re on the local network or an external one (if enabled) without remembering the exact IP address or The Address may refer to: Address (geography), a code and abstract concept expressing a location on the Earth’s surface (including a postal address).

Setting up QuickConnect is crucial to accessing your server and its features remotely.

I’ll go through some of the apps separately to talk about their biggest features and benefits for the Android user, but before that, I need to address one thing: inconsistency.

It’s true that most apps follow may refer to: Follow (album), the third album by Pakho Chau Follow (dancer), one member of a partner dance “Follow”, a song by Jerry Merrick, popularized by Richie Havens on his 1966 album Mixed a similar design, but I was frustrated by how casting is implemented. You won’t see the Chromecast icon icon (from Greek εἰκών eikōn “image”) is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Christianity and certain Eastern Catholic churches that we’re all used to, probably because the apps can stream to various players and not just Chromecast-enabled ones. That’s OK, you just have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary to pick a “player” to pipe your media through. However, Synology saw fit to use different icons in different places may refer to in each of its media apps because… reasons, I suppose:

  • In DS audio you tap the drop-down button on the top left of the now playing psychology and ethology, play is a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities normally associated with recreational pleasure and enjoyment screen or Screens may refer to and select another player.
  • In DS photo you start viewing your photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip and tap the overflow menu then select or SELECT may refer to a player.
  • In DS video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media you tap the TV icon in the top right and select a player commonly refers to.

Selecting a player is different between DS photo (left), audio (middle), and video (right).

It’s like these apps were designed by different teams who completely overlooked the need to communicate with each other and harmonize the experience.

And with that out of the way, let’s look at what some of these apps do and how they integrate with your Android phone and tablet.

DS file

This is the app to manage is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut everything stored on your NAS. It’s a file browser browser or browsing may refer to: Browser Web browser, used to access the World Wide Web Hardware browser, for displaying under the server or network hardware devices, and allows users to interact and viewer with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), some basic management is the administration of an organization, whether it be a business, a not-for-profit organization, or government body capabilities like move, copy, paste, delete is the act of deleting or removal by striking out material, such as a word or passage, that has been removed from a body of written or printed matter, rename, but it also lets you set up automatic may refer to photo upload, manually download files to your device, and upload from your device to your NAS.

There are a few useful tools tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is not consumed in the process there such as pinning and favoriting files and directories you may want idea can be examined from many perspectives to come back to frequently and keeping certain is perfect knowledge that has total security from error, or the mental state of being without doubt files always available offline. Think refers to ideas or arrangements of ideas that are the result of the process of thinking of it as Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products Drive, but with everything stored on your own server instead of Google’s.

DS file
DS file
Price: Free

DS audio

DS audio is your music player. I wouldn’t say it’s anywhere near a full-featured music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time player, but it gets the job done if all you care about is browsing through artists and albums album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item on CD, record, audio tape or another medium, managing playlists, and playing some tracks. The corresponding Audio Station package may refer to: Packaging and labeling, the science, art, and technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sale, and use Package testing, the measurement of a on the DSM does may refer to: An adult female in some animal species such as deer and goat; see List of animal names Doe people, a people of coastal Tanzania Doe language, spoken by the Doe people the heavy-lifting of organizing your music, grabbing album art if it’s missing or The Missing may refer to, and letting you create smart or SMART may refer to playlists based on multiple criteria. Back to DS audio may refer to, it has an offline terms “online” and “offline” have specific meanings in regard to computer technology and telecommunications in which “online” indicates a state of connectivity, while “offline” indicates a mode so you can make sure your favorite music isn’t always being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence streamed and is ready for when you don’t have a connection.

Two features I wasn’t expecting to find but are there in DS audio are ratings rating is the evaluation or assessment of something, in terms of quality (as with a critic rating a novel), quantity (as with an athlete being rated by his or her statistics), or some combination and lyrics support. I do have my music organized to a T with ratings, so seeing this carry over may refer to here was a nice surprise.

DS audio
DS audio
Price ordinary usage, price is the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in return for goods or services: Free

DS photo

This isn’t Google Photos with facial recognition and super smart search algorithms, but DS photo does a good job for those who want to keep their photos to themselves and/or want to have a local backup of their memories just in case their cloud service of choice goes awry one day.

You can browse your albums traditionally, but there are several other ways to organize and view your pics: slideshow, search or search may refer to: Search and rescue Search and seizure, a police procedure Searching (horse) (1952–1973), a racehorse Bayesian search theory, looking for a target Search Games, looking for an, map mode may refer to, timeline view, tags, location tags, ratings (yes for photos!), comments. You also get basic file management abilities so you don’t have to hop over to DS file if you need to move or delete a photo or create a new album. There are a few options reserved for the accompanying DSM Photo Station, like creating smart albums with automatic criteria, but everything you might may refer to: might, one of the English modal verbs “Might”, a song by Modest Mouse from their 1996 album This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About Might magazine, a magazine need need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life on the go is already in DS photo.

The link between your server and DS photo is well developed. You can share public public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings links to your images image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object, but you can also download photos to the app (they don’t show up in your phone’s gallery but they’re accessible offline in DS photo), save photos to the Gallery (in which case they are visible outside of DS photo), upload computer networks, to upload is to send data to a remote system such as a server or another client so that the remote system can store a copy photos and videos from the gallery may refer to or camera manually, or set up automatic backup information technology, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

The latter is exactly what you expect. You pick your source folder(s) on your phone and the destination folder on the server (multiple word multiple can refer to source may refer to folders create sub-folders on the server, don’t worry refers to the thoughts, images, and emotions of a negative nature in a repetitive, uncontrollable manner that results from a proactive cognitive risk analysis made to avoid or solve anticipated about everything jumbling together like Google Photos), and you pick may refer to whether you want uploads to happen only on WiFi, only for photos, and whether or not the original file should be deleted afterward. I would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) have wished for two options to say only when charging and only when on the same network and networking may refer to (better speed and lesser bandwidth usage), but that’s not implemented yet.

One last thing I appreciated about DS photo was how I could check all photos’ tags TAG or tagging could refer to and details without may refer to: “Without” (The X-Files), an episode in a late 20th-century television show “Without” (song) Without (film) going in and out of the Info screen. There are two arrows arrow is a shafted projectile that is shot with a bow at the top (check the 3rd screenshot screenshot is an image of what is visible on a visual output device such as a computer monitor or television at the beginning of this section) that let you move to the previous/next photo’s details or details may refer to: Complexity or simply presence of a surface texture, work of art, or organizational behaviours Auto detailing, the process of thoroughly cleaning a car Level of detail, a 3D without having to back human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders out to the image view. Little things or The Thing may refer to like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard that make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small the experience better.

DS photo
DS photo
Price: Free

DS video

DS video reminds me of Plex for your movies and TV shows. You point or points may refer to the sister Video Station on the DSM to a folder and let it populate from the web all the information it needs about the synopsis, actors, TV show may refer to Show (fair) Show (animal), a judged event in the hobby of animal fancy Conformation dog show Cat show Dog and pony show, an American idiom Mr. Show, a sketch comedy series Show, a 3G seasons and episodes, runtime, poster images, subtitles, and so on.

There are some ready-made categories for Movies film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film or photoplay, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon, TV shows, Home videos, and TV recordings, plus sections may refer to to view downloaded videos (same as DS photo, these don’t clutter up your Gallery) and to browse by playlist. But in each category plural categories, may refer to, you can also choose to view by folder, just added, just watched, or just released, with multiple sort methods. It’s all quite reminiscent of Plex, though I missed an option to filter out watched videos. Oh and you can add videos to your watchlist, favorite favourite or favorite (American English) was the intimate companion of a ruler or other important person them, rate them, add them to a playlist is a term to describe a list of video or audio files that can be played back on a media player sequentially or in random orderIn its most general form, an audio playlist is simply a list of songs,, delete them, or share a public link. Whew, so many options!

DS video also has an option to transcode videos on-the-fly so I tested it with different file extensions (mkv, rmvb, mp4, avi, etc) and resolutions and it all went well may refer to. My only surprise was to see that DS video doesn’t play the video itself, it transcodes it and requires a video player like MX Player to do the actual playing. But everything works well that way so I don’t have any complaints.

DS video
DS video
Price: Free

DS get

This is the client for the Download Station on the DSM, ie your way to locally or remotely set up downloads computer networks, to download is to receive data from a remote system, typically a server such as a web server, an FTP server, an email server, or other similar systems on your server. The Download Station can handle torrents, ftp files, and direct links, and you can search for those inside DS get’s included browser and RSS client, but you can also manually paste a link or let it automatically intercept magnets from Chrome or your browser of choice.

You’ll find the traditional features feature is a distinct property or piece, which may refer to of a torrent/download manager here, such as picking files inside a torrent torrent is a fast flowing stream, choosing your destination is the intended end point of a journey or other travel or a Tourist destination Destination may also refer to: Destination Films, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ independent film division folder, toggling scheduled downloads (the exact time and day schedules schedule or a timetable, as a basic time-management tool, consists of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place, or of a sequence of events in the are managed by the Download Station may refer to), controlling download and upload speeds everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity, pausing and resuming, and deleting files or removing completed downloads.

It’s like having or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary a mini uTorrent running independently on your server, no computer necessary, and being able to manage almost everything from your phone. I was especially excited to see the scheduling feature since my provider gives me unlimited bandwidth has several related meanings: Bandwidth (signal processing) or analog bandwidth, frequency bandwidth or radio bandwidth: a measure of the width of a range of frequencies, measured in hertz during the night so I always prefer to run whatever download I have then. With this set up on the Download Station, I am able to just add things into DS get and never worry about the server hogging my network during the day, but also be sure that I’ll wake up to everything is all that exists; the opposite of nothing, or its complement ready in the morning.

Setting up download schedules should be done through the DSM’s Download Station.

DS get
DS get
Price: Free

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There are many other apps apps or APP may refer to in the Synology arsenal that you may or may not use, depending on what you expect of your server:

  • DS note is like your privately-hosted Evernote / Google Keep keep (from the Middle English kype) is a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility with notebooks, text notes, images, task lists, tags, reminders, etc…
  • DS cam is the companion to the DSM’s Surveillance Station, a TinyCam-like app to watch the live feed and recordings recording, record or records may mean from your WiFi camera.
  • Synology Chat and MailPlus let you communicate by using your own server as the host for your chats and mails mail or post is a system for physically transporting documents and other small packages; or, the postcards, letters, and parcels themselves.
  • DS cloud lets you synchronize files and folders from your server to your phone, but the interface may refer to just looks straight out of 2012.
  • And DS finder can find your Synology, monitor its status, and check may refer to: Cheque (“Check” in U.S. English), an order for transfer of money Checkbox, a type of widget in computing Check (pattern) (or “Chequered”), a pattern of squares used on chess boards, its storage state. It also looks or The Look may refer to old.

DS finder (above may refer to: Above (artist), Contemporary urban artist Above Church, a village in Staffordshire, England In music: Above (Mad Season album), a 1995 album by Mad Season Above (Pillar album), a 2000) and DS get (below) look like remnants of a different era.

DS note
DS note
Price: Free
DS cam
DS cam
Price: Free
Synology Chat
Synology Chat
Price: Free
Synology MailPlus
Synology MailPlus
Price: Free
DS cloud
DS cloud
Price: Free
DS finder
DS finder
Price: Free

Better with third-party party may refer to options

Part of the appeal of Synology’s servers is the availability of third-party packages and apps for everything. There are DSM packages to run WordPress or Joomla or Drupal, there are alternative media may refer to servers like Plex and iTunes and Logitech, some development and sysadmin tools that I don’t know the first thing about, and miscellaneous services like Moodle and LimeSurvey.

First and Third-party multimedia packages for the DSM.

On Android, you can use Plex to tap into the Plex Media Server if you’ve installed it, and try various UPnP and DLNA Living Network Alliance (DLNA) (originally named Digital Home Working Group [DHWG]) was founded by a group of consumer electronics companies in June 2003 (with Sony in the lead role) to develop and media players if you don’t want to use Synology’s apps. I mostly tested Plex, since that’s the server I’ve been running for years on my iMac, and found the experience similar may refer to on Synology. The main may refer to benefit is that it took a huge load off my iMac and allowed me to have all media in the same location or locating may refer to:Rawalpindi, and for that I’m grateful. The problem though is that the Plex server doesn’t appear to get the same transcoding is the direct analog-to-analog or digital-to-digital conversion of one encoding to another, such as for movie data files (e.g., PAL, SECAM, NTSC), audio files (e.g., MP3, WAV), or character privileges as Synology’s own Video Station, so 4K video wouldn’t stream properly on my phone.

4K video being streamed through DS video and MX Player (left may refer to: Left (direction), the relative direction opposite of right Left (Hope of the States album), 2006 Left (Sharlok Poems album) Left-wing politics, Left, Leftism, the political trend or). Same video fails in Plex (right).

Should you or should you not?

Here’s the thing: this isn’t a cheap investment. The DS416play costs a bit more than $400 alone, without any HDDs may refer to: Hard disk drive Hand Drawn Dracula, a record label Head-down display Heating degree day High definition display Honorary Doctor of Divinity Horizontal Directional Drilling Hyderabad installed. Depending on how many may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns – often preceded by “as” or “too” or “so” or “that”; amounting to a large but indefinite number; “many temptations”; “a good and how big the HDDs you buy are, you’re looking at anywhere from $500 to over $1000. But there’s something to be said about having one place where you know all your data is. No migrating files from one phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly to the next or one computer to the next. No wondering where that file is saved. No looking for that errant USB stick or external HDD. No fighting with your partner or kids about where their favorite media is. It’s an investment invest is to allocate money (or sometimes another resource, such as time) in the expectation of some benefit in the future that pays off in ease-of-mind and manageability day after day and year year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun after year.

If that sounds like something you’d be willing to open your wallet for, then I think Synology has a very compelling argument for everyone and especially those of us on Android. I haven’t tested other companies company, abbreviated co., is a legal entity made up of an association of people, be they natural, legal, or a mixture of both, for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise‘ servers but my research into them always lead me to find something missing. Either there was no Plex support, either the Android apps looked horrible, either the experience seemed quite daunting and the documentation is a set of documents provided on paper, or online, or on digital or analog media, such as audio tape or CDs was missing, either there was no first-party way to stream to a Chromecast, either third-party support was there but hadn’t attracted important brands, and so on. (Please chime in in the comments if you know other servers that offer all of this.) Synology ticks all of these boxes and the frequent updates may refer to: Technology: Patch (computing), also known as a software update Update (SQL), a SQL statement for changing database records Update (FP-6 Project), a research funding programme created leave you at ease that your server will be running and maybe have even more options or Options may refer to in a couple of years.

As for the DS416play itself, it sits somewhere in the middle or The Middle may refer to: Centre (geometry), the point equally distant from the outer limits of the Synology Inc. (Chinese: 群暉科技, Qúnhuī Kējì), is a Taiwanese corporation that specializes in network attached storage (NAS) appliances line-up. There are models with 2 drive or The Drive may refer to: Driving, the act of controlling a vehicle Road, an identifiable thoroughfare, route, way or path between two places Road trip, a journey on roads Driveway, a private road bays and others with 8 or more, this one has a nice average at 4. Some can’t handle handle is a part of, or attachment to, an object that can be moved or used by hand 4K transcoding but this one can. Some have easily replaceable RAM, this one doesn’t. Some are running on a 64-bit processor like this one, others aren is the first letter and the first vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet‘t. It’s all about what you want now and what you expect to need down is the y-axis relative vertical direction opposed to up. Down may also refer to the line lines or LINE may refer to. I’d say that getting anything that can’t transcode is the direct analog-to-analog or digital-to-digital conversion of one encoding to another, such as for movie data files (e.g., PAL, SECAM, NTSC), audio files (e.g., MP3, WAV), or character at least one 4K video or is still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor on a 32-bit architecture is a waste for the future. That leaves the DS416play among these models in the running. The question that remains is whether you want 2, 4, or more drive bays bay is a recessed, coastal body of water that directly connects to a larger main body of water, such as an ocean, lake, or another bay, and whether you want 1GB or more RAM. All of that is to be balanced against the price.

I found the DS416play a nice middle, offering the features that matter and skipping on a couple that aren’t very important for me. It’s more than enough for my current may refer to needs and our needs as a couple in the future, and the ability to just swap out the 2TB drives I have now for a larger capacity without having to buy a new unit is very enticing. I am impatient to move may refer to it into my new apartment apartment (American English), flat (British English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, and locally stream stream is a body of water with a current, confined within a bed and banks media to the 55″ TV I have yet to take out of the packaging. Patience, my little geek, patience.

Buy: Synology DS416play Diskless $415-$420 (Amazon, Walmart, B&H)

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