Synology, in my opinion, is arguably one of the best personal NAS provider out there. We’ve covered why I decided to purchase one, and many other tricks you can do with a Synology NAS server. The nature of a personal NAS is really your own cloud, that you have 100% control over, and the nature of a cloud is to be able to accessible your data anywhere on any devices. When in LAN, connecting to a local server is easy, but when you are outside your home network, connecting to your NAS could be difficult. One solution is to use WebDAV protocol to connect to your NAS via The Internet, most NAS provider supports this. With Synology, if you are on Windows 10, another better solution to get your hands on to your personal cloud uses the Windows 10 universal app.
Synology made DS photo and DS video available in Windows store. If you are running Windows 10, this is the best way to get access to your file wherever you go. You can use Synology’s QuickConnect ID to resolve IP to your NAS. Even better, the photo apps also allow you to configure as the main source of backup for your new or existing photos.
DS photo also allows you to log in as a guest just like it’s corresponding Photo station, all the permission are configured through Synology’s Web UI.
It has a backup feature you can configure, you need the right user account and permission to be able to write to the server.
Login and select the directories you want to backup your photos under.
You can configure to “Backup new photos from now on” or “Backup all existing photos on your device”
Lastly, Synology’s DS video is essentially the Windows client for Video station but with smooth and consistent Windows 10 UI for all your Movies and TV shows you’ve collected over the years. (if Netflix isn’t your thing)
After all, one of the major reason I chose Synology is their software quality, and it proves again that their ecosystem and support for varies platforms is meeting people’s expectation. If NAS is something you are looking for, make sure to take all of the aspects into consideration. If you want to DYI approach to rolling out your own NAS with software like FreeNAS, what you are missing out is those platform specific free apps that truly integrates to those ecosystem.
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Last updated: 03/30/2016