Another submenu called ”System” controls the more physical aspects of the NAS – such as timed startup/shutdown, installed programs, language and firmware revision and update. You can program the system to start up at 10.00 and shut down at 22.00 on specific days, all weekdays, weekends or all the time. It even gives you the possibility to receive an e-mail or SMS if the system encounters problems or errors. The latter does require an online SMS service.
Within the point privileges is user administration – where the admin can give groups or individuals a logon to the NAS and configure their rights. You can add up to 1024 individuals and 128 groups. It can be configures down to each individual’s access to programs, folders and their read/write privileges. An example of administering the program access can be seen below:
Within the management menu it is also possible to configure the NAS precisely as you might wish. This includes DNS server settings, program settings, RAID configuration, UPS settings and firewall settings. A lot of settings and features are configurable, and therefore I recommend that one take a look at Synology’s live demo, as it gives a much better overview of the construction of the system. Here we’ll rather take a look at larger programs you can use. We will start with File Station..
File Station is a personal file storage. If you wish to access your data from school, work or even abroad, you can upload all your data (music, movies, pictures, documents, etc.) here. You can create a shared folder if a specific group is to access the same files.
As shown in the picture, it is fairly simple to download from File Station. After uploading you just click the folder/file you wish to download. If more information is needed you just choose “properties”. You can zip and unzip files and folders as well. Rar files are also supported, but sadly not if password protected.