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Synology - DS-106 NAS Server Review

Former staff writer    -   December 28, 2006


Closer Look Continued

The CD that ships with the unit has the required software to get you off your feet and rolling. Once you pop the disc into your computer the auto-launch fires up and gives you a few options. One option is to install the Synology Assistant, which will allow you to interface with the unit and set it up according to your needs. There is a utility that will allow you to start a download on your PC, and then transfer it to the DS-106 to download... even when your PC is shut down! After installing the Synology Assistant and running it once, you will be brought to a screen that will find your DS-106. You will then be asked to log into it & once you are logged in, you have access to all the settings of the unit.

There are too many to list so I will give a VERY brief description of the key points as well as a screenshot for each section. After logging in you will be greeted with the Summary screen, which displays basic information and gives you links to the logs, shows the server name, server IP, and space used/available on the DS-106. On the left of the screen there are 7 sections: Home, System, Network, Tools, Device, Help, and Logout. Each section is broken down further into subsections which are accessible via tabs at the top of the window. These will allow you to setup the users, groups, shared folders, folder accesses, time, cron jobs, manual IP, ftp, web services, as well as a variety of built in tools. These tools include: shutdown/reboot, update, local backups, network backups, restore to factory defaults. The various sections can be seen below, and have individual setup options for all of the features of the DS-106. There are a lot of screenshots below, but they encompass all of the features of the DS-106 and as they say " a picture is worth a thousand words."




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Installation and Specifications
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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