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Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS Review

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Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Web UI

The Web UI is very user-friendly and offers a "desktop" style interface. On the "desktop" there are a few icons by default. One is for the Package Center that allows you to download and install new packages, such as Antivirus for the NAS unit, Bittorrent Sync, Calendars, and more. This allows you to extend the usefulness of the NAS for home or business use. There are a number of categories to choose from, including Multimedia, Security, Backup, and more. The Control Panel is the heart of setting up the NAS device. We will look more into this below, but this is where the administration is done for creating disk volumes, setting up network access, setting up user permissions, and more. The File Station icon is where you have a file browser to view all of the folders and files on the Synology NAS. Last, the Help icon opens the built-in help menu.

 

 

 

Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Control Panel

File Sharing:

As I mentioned above, the Control Panel is where the heart of the configuration is done. When you open the Control Panel, you have four main sections that are broken down by the tasks each one offers. The first section is the File Sharing section. In this section, you can set up your shared folders, the permissions for those folders based on the users and groups you have set up, and more. You can also set up file services for your users, such as enabling NFS (which can also be used with VMWare and Hyper-V), FTP, TFTP, and WebDAV. The Users and Groups menus allow you to set up custom local users and groups for permissions access or, if you want to integrate into a business, you have the option of setting up the Synology DS1515+ NAS with your current Active Directory or LDAP infrastructure along with an integrated SSO client on the NAS for seamless login.

 

 

 

 

Connectivity:

The Connectivity menus allow you to set up external access and internal network configuration for accessing your Synology NAS from both inside and outside your local area network. The first menu is the QuickConnect set up that we registered for in the initial configuration wizard. If you want to allow this reverse access, you would enable it here and ensure the configuration is correct

Next is the External Access menu. This menu allows you to set up external access options, such as setting up a Dynamic DNS updater with many of the popular DDNS services (free and paid). You can also configure the internal router on the NAS allowing traffic to be routed inbound, sort of like a mock DMZ.

The Network tab is where you set up the base network settings for the interfaces, internal DNS, hostname, etc. Under the Network Interface menu, you can also set up the failover options such as Load Balancing, Active/Standby, 802.3ad Link Aggregation, etc. You also have tabs that allow you to setup QoS Traffic Shaping and the DMS manager settings. Finally, the last two menus allow for Wireless/Bluetooth set up if you have an external dongle for them and the Security Settings, firewall, and certificates.

 

 

 

 

 

On the next page we will continue looking at the Control Panel.




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