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Synology - DS-106 NAS Server Review

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Test Setup

For testing the DS-106 was plugged into a gigabit switch which acts as the office backbone here. All computers, as well as the central internet connection are switched via a gigabit switch. The DS-106 was simply plugged into a free port and integrated into the system and assigned an IP from the router. Every device on this network is gigabit enabled.

This is the first time we at OCC have ever had the chance to benchmark and test a NAS (Network Attached Storage). After plugging in the unit and installing the software, I took a quick jaunt through the various option screens and setup the DS-106 to what sounded best for my application. After making sure it was setup to my liking I began a series of tests that I thought would give this unit a fair test. The first test was to copy about 500Mb’s of MP3’s to the unit and after the first 5 or so had transferred I began to stream them back across the network and listen to them. The unit handled this test flawlessly, never skipping a beat, but this was to be expected. Next I chose to measure a transfer speed, as well as time and how well it handled a transfer of a large file. The file I transferred was Sin City in high definition... which is a 16GB File. At first I simply dragged and dropped it into the folder on the DS-106, and then I transferred it again using CuteFTP across the network. I recorded how long it took for each transfer and those times can be found in the following graph.

I was a little surprised to see such a difference in speeds between the two transfer methods that I used. As long as you are not using the drive you are copying from, it looks like drag and drop is the way to go.


Next on the list was to play with some of the onboard features that this unit is packing. Firstly being the built in web hosting options. When you turn on the “Enable Web Station” feature you will see a “web” folder... simply drag and drop your website into that folder and BAM, its hosted. You can then access this page by entering your IP address into your browsers URL bar (http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) and you will be brought to your index page. This feature takes ALL the hastle out of setting up a web server on another computer. With the native mysql and php support, setting up a business or personal website is a snap.

The next big thing that jumped out at me was the FTP service that this unit has. Setting up a FTP daemon on a home computer is a pain to say the least, your left jiggering with ports, and frankly all the FTP daemons out there suck. With a click of a button your new DS-106 is a FTP server. You can setup user accounts with limits, as well as quotas.. (Again all accessible via typing in your IP) In the menu to turn on the web service, there is also an option to start a photo station. When you enable this option it adds a photo folder to the root directory of the unit and when you add image(s) to that folder they are accessible via the web in a tidy little interface.




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