Until a few years ago, we welcomed the technology of external disks with open arms. Together with flash drives, they were the only way to transfer their data between devices. In the meantime, we learned to tolerate their pitfalls, as there was no other option. However, network storage is more affordable than ever. Simplify your life with Synology Home NAS.
While you have to constantly swap external devices in your family, every member of the household can access network storage at any time. It can be used by everyone at the same time and each for a different purpose. Compared to external drives, network storage is much easier because you don’t have to constantly switch between devices. It stays at home connected to the network, from where it constantly communicates with your devices, where it looks like a standard unit.
Each NAS storage is essentially a separate computer, so when choosing it, you have to take into account the brand, hardware, and especially the supplied software – the operating system. The largest player in the field of network storage is currently the Synology brand, whose operating system Synology Diskstation Manager is suitable for both professionals and beginners.
You can divide the disk capacity of your Synology Network Storage in the DSM operating system between any number of users, whether within family or circle of friends. TOyou give each of them rights to write or just read specific folders. For example, for multimedia, give each family member access so that they can download downloaded movies on their computer and mobile phone at the same time. It is up to you whether you grant them editing or read-only rights.
Save a few ducks from the family budget You can also use your network storage as a private cloud, and replace services such as Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive or DropBox. All you have to do is create a folder for each user, to which you will grant them the exclusive right to write or edit it only – so that others do not climb into their private folders.
You can save any file stored on your network storage at any time share with third parties. Through the application File Station, which you will find in the package center, you can for any file generate a unique linkwhich you send to your friends (see video above). The possibility of securing the line with a password is a matter of course. No more forwarding via email or uploading files to filesharing services.
Family videos and photos forever safe
Network storage is a particularly powerful tool in combination with the application Active Backup for backup your folders. You and any authorized user can create one automatic backup planto which you tell the specific folders on your computer that you want to back up at regular intervals. You will never lose your work documents again, and you will have them available from any device.
However, every family is a burning issue security of family videos and photos, which you will never get a second chance to buy. Mobile phones not only allow you to capture snapshots with the flick of a finger, but also, thanks to smart features, their immediate backup to your network storage. Synology Photoswhich is completely free of charge, will take care of the automatic backup of the photos and videos you have taken.
Synology has used its technology to develop Synology Photos artificial intelligence, which traditionally offers for the camera system security solutions to corporate customers. Applications can use machine learning methods recognize similar faces or places and divide them accordingly into categories. Filter between slides you can also according to other metadata, such as the date of acquisition, the device model.
Insect RAID? No, RAID against losses
Every Synology device supports it RAID interface configurationwhich in short means data redundancy due to their mirroring across multiple disks. Just as you would back up your data to multiple devices, network backup backs up itself. Classic hot disks are unpredictable and can terminate service at any time.
Involving two or more disks in a RAID configuration is currently the most effective form of security your data (especially careful can combine this technology with cloud storage). Learn more about RAID and its clustering options can be found here.
With an external drive, you would be late for technical issues as soon as you could not access your files. Synology operating system DSM will notify you in good time of any defects on the HDDto be able to obtain a refund. When mirroring your data between two or more disks, you may then have a faulty HDD pull out of the device while running, insert a new one and your NAS will take care of the backup again automatically. So you don’t have to worry about maintenance.
The installation is error resistant
Although many people are aware of the benefits of NAS, they do fear with the initial installation and their mapping to individual devices. However, Synology does this greatly simplified the processso you don’t have to worry about routers, operating system installation, or program compatibility. You already get their network storage pre-installed with Synology Diskstation Manager, you only insert your disks into them and pair them with your computers via a web browser.
After installation, you will get a simple link, which you will save as a bookmark in your internet browser. Through this website you will get to your Diskstation Manager operating system, which has been designed to controlled similarly to regular Windows.
How to connect network storage to TV
One of the most attractive uses of network storage is in combination with a media server. After installing your device, visit the package center Synology Package Center, where you will find an extension called Media Server. You suddenly turn your network storage into a media server, to which you connect a computer or mobile phone from work or on vacation.
On TVs with an operating system Android TV you can access the disc via VLC Media Player. On Samsung TV just download DS Video in the application center. On Lg tv you will see your media server on the Photos and Videos tab, where the TV itself maps it. The service is also compatible with Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and DLNA devices.
Because Synology NAS is a standalone computer with its own performance, it can work with the data being sent in real time. The processor translates your video files to compatible format for your TV. On the external disc, you have certainly encountered situations where your television refused to play a frame, or did not know how to handle the audio track or subtitle format.
In addition, Synology automatically enrich your movie collection with thumbnails based on official posters and will find herself i compatible subtitles for the version you downloaded. In addition, you can make a movie at any time share with your friendsso that you don’t have to look for it yourself or you don’t have to transfer it to them on a flash drive. You will generate the link in a few seconds in File Station and more, you don’t have to worry about their sharing requests.
Listen to music directly from your NAS and save on streaming services
Services like Spotify have gained popularity mainly because they have finally relieved you of the hassle of constantly dragging your songs across devices. You can get this feature yourself thanks to the NAS network storage, as you can manage it one single folder that you then have available on each of your devices.
All you have to do is install the extension in the application package and on your mobile phone DS Audio. Your network storage will then take care of the songs based on the metadata automatic grouping by artist, album or genre.
NAS network storage is currently available the only way to listen to songs in the highest available * .FLAC quality on the gowithout filling the capacity of your device.
Tip: Don’t know what device to choose? Try it NAS configuratorwho will advise you on the most suitable variant for you. Alternatively, take advantage inquiry form, after completing which specialists will contact you and come up with a tailor – made solution.
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