Synology Guide

Synology has been continuously improving and expanding their NAS (Network Attached Storage) hardware and software since they released their first NAS, the DS-101, in March 2004. Today they have over 30 NAS models targeting homes to enterprise businesses and everything in between.

Synology’s DSM (Disk Station Manager) software provides the standard NAS services such as RAID file protection and file sharing services for Windows, OS X and Linux clients. But it provides so much more. A small subset of services include: Directory Services, a DNS server, a DHCP server, a web server, a video server, and photo storage. If Synology doesn’t provide the service you need there are a multitude of options from third parties available directly through Package Center. If you’re feeling daring you can install one of the Synology community packages. There are mobile apps for iOS, Android and even Windows Phone (although don’t expect many new apps for Windows Phone and not every mobile app has a Windows Phone version).

This OSQuest Guide to Synology is designed for the home or small business user. I’ll start with the basics and move on to more advanced topics. I won’t be diving into the enterprise specific features.

I’ll also dig into the most commonly used apps that Synology includes: Photo Station, Video Station, Audio Station, Cloud Station, Cloud Sync and the relatively new Note Station.

This guide is meant to be a living document. You can always find updates and the most recent version of the guide at the OSQuestGuides.com.

Table of Contents

  1. Hardware
  2. Features & Definitions
  3. Capacity Planning