When I built my house I always had the vision of being able to stream video / audio to any room in the house.  That is the reason why I installed some 700 feet of Cat5e cabling and have over 20+ Network ports dotted about the house.  I even have external Cat5e  sent out to my garage which will come in handy as I will explain in a later post.

My initial plan was to install a Adagio Home Theater Entertainment by Crestron but the 9000+ Euro was better spent elsewhere.

Some people ask me why i installed all that cat5e and my answer is simple.
1. I didn’t like the idea of limiting myself to wireless.
2. Is easy put it in when building

With the lack of a media server or storage and not wanting to rely on a PC to store and share media, I started looking at affordable ways to share my media internally.

I was looking for an entry level NAS solution that would meet my needs and something that I could scale easily and that wouldn’t break the bank. Reading many reviews / comparisons and forum posts I came across across Synology a  relatively young company founded in 2000. I had not heard of synology until I started looking at Network Attached Storage.

It wasn’t long into my research that I decided that a synology was the NAS for me.

I went for the DS207+ DS standing for DiskStation, a 2 drive (Sata) NAS server running synology’s own software DSM (DiskStation manager) an  AJAX based control system that runs on top of this Linux Based NAS server.

Synology207Plus

The DS207+ specifications are not very impressive in todays terms, they don’t need to be, because all Diskstations run under Linux kernel.  which has a very low footprint.

CPU 500 MHz
RAM 128MB
2 x Internal Drive bays
3 xUSB 2.0 port
1x eSATA port
1 x Gigabit LAN port

The DSM is what makes the Synology special.  The DSM user interface is one of the best NAS interfaces I have seen, it’s self-explanatory and has many features.

You can also test drive the DSM from the synology site

Listed below are some of the top features which are available on all Synology models :

The User InterfaceFile Sharing

Storage

Privileges

Surveillance

Applications

That was then and this is now

After using the DS207+ for 18 months  I desided to upgrade to the DS410

Synology DS410

This Diskstation is a 4 Bay NAS with a PowerPC CPU and overall performance that allows upto 8TB 12TB of storage.

Below are the Core Specifications of the DS410 which are a big leap from that of the DS207+

  • CPU Frequency: 1.06GHz
  • Memory: 512MB
  • Internal HDD1: 3.5″ SATA(II) X4 or 2.5″ SATA/SSD X4
  • Max Internal Capacity: 8TB (4x 2TB hard drives)
  • External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port X2, eSATA port X1
  • LAN: Gigabit
  • Fan: X3(40mmX40mm)
  • Wake on LAN/WAN
  • Noise Level (fan-only):2 23dB(A)
  • Power Consumption3: 56W(Access); 20W(HDD Hibernation)
  • Wireless Support

My Current set-up

1 x 1TB drive
1 x 1.5TB drive
1 X 80GB drive – I use this drive for surveillance recording only

You can of course configure RAID 0 / 1 / 5 volumes.

I have a 1TB Iomega Professional eSata External drive, to store important files and photos currently held on the DS410. The eSata cable provided with the Iomega connects to the back of the DS410 and the Backup software on DSM makes selecting files / folders to backups easy.

The DS410 is also connected to an APC UPS RS800VA to ensure no data loss or corruption due to power cuts. DSM has power interface to work with the UPS and is connected via USB.

The DS410 also acts as a surveillance control panel for upto 12 IP cameras.  I currently have a Sony SNC-DF70P Fixed Dome IP camera connected and have 2 Axis 231d+ PTZ camera waiting to be installed.  The Surveillance Station 4 software allows me to view live streaming, replay events, control time lines, set motion zones and patrols and alot more.  What is also VERY cool is the iPhone/ iTouch DSCam App which can give me full live view from anywhere on an iPhone as well as Pan/Tilt and zoom control on the Axis Camera’s using normal iPhone gestures.  Also hearing that Andriod apps are being developed.  I will cover more on DS Cam and Surveillance station in a later Blog post once I have all the cameras up and running.

I have to say I love it when a company reaches out to its customers. Synology have done this a number of times via email and twitter.  I know that if I have a concern or a question,  I can approach @synology at any time on twitter, and they will help, or direct me to who someone who can help.  This type of service / support compliments an amazing product. Well done synology. I look forward to writing my second blog post: “Surveillance by Synology”.

In the meantime enjoy the Master Your Data Video