Synology is known for its solutions in the field of storage of large data sets. It has a range of devices to organize the work in a huge office and store hundreds of terabytes of data. However, that company has system for regular users who want to get personal home server. One of these models we see today.
Synology DiskStation DS218j is a versatile NAS base level with two compartments. The company is positioning it as a device for home and the creation of personal cloud storage.
The appearance of the store is pretty nice, as for the devices of such a plan. The case is painted in white color, it has a compact size, light weight, minimalist design – this device may well stand somewhere on a shelf at home and not stand out from overall picture.
In order to install HDD in DS218j, you need to move the right part of the body forward, and then you will get access to bays for hard drives. The design is extremely simple, problems should not arise. Then, simply connect the NAS to your network and start setting it up.
One of the advantages DiskStation DS218j is its low power consumption. When disk access device will spend 17.48 W and in hibernate the HDD – only 7.03 watts. This makes it a great solution for home use.
If all this is worth noting and good storage performance. Serial throughput is more than 113 MB/s read and 112 MB/s writing.
Install and configure the DiskStation DS218j quite simple. The first thing you need to the computer and found vault. You can use the Synology Assistant utility (download it on the official website) or go to the browser at the address find.synology.com. Note that utility is pretty easy to use and will help you quickly navigate if you have several NAS in the same network. After that, we will be greeted by an inscription which States that the device is found and ready to install. Click to set the device, then we suggest to install the operating system DiskStation Manager. Agree and wait for the installation to complete. The whole process takes 5-10 minutes. You can read more about installing and configuring the NAS is possible here.
After OS will be installed, and the NAS will reboot, you will need to create the admin account and choose the frequency of updates. The installation is now complete and you are taken to the desktop of DSM. The system will help you to deal with the settings, although it should be noted that everything is intuitive and should not cause any problems.
DiskStation Manager is an excellent system, to understand which will not be easy. At the same time, it has many features that allow in-depth customization system for your requirements. In terms of home use you will need a utility Cloud Station Backup that does backups in real time data stored on the PC. Thanks to the technology of incremental backup Cloud Station creates a backup of only the changed files and divides them into smaller parts, which allows to save system resources compared to traditional methods of backup.
The software package is Cloud Station Suite helps you to sync your files on all your devices. Besides the already mentioned utility Cloud Station Backup, there are also useful apps ShareSync Cloud Station, Cloud Station and DS Cloud Server. With their help you can in any place and with any device to access files. Read more about the best applications for DSM we wrote on our website.
Also note and multimedia component of the DSM. Applications such as Video Station, Audio Station, Photo Station (and mobile clients, DS Video, DS Audio and DS Photo) allow you to conveniently organize and access your personal files. You can create your own home theater and watch on TV saved in your personal cloud movies. Or to listen to on the way to work favorite songs from your collection.
As for personal data security, there is also nothing to worry about. DSM provides advanced security features for data protection. To protect your organization’s data from potential malicious attacks, DSM applies a top-military encryption standard using 256-bit AES key. All stored data is protected by encryption key. With DSM, can be a variety of ways to block unusual login attempts on the NAS server.
Thus, if you have the goal of creating a home server, I advise to pay attention on the Synology DiskStation DS218j. It is a quality device with a pleasant appearance, good performance and great operating system that will allow you as much detail as possible and convenient to configure the system for themselves.