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Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Review


Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look:

Surprisingly, the initial setup of the Synology DiskStation DS716+ was very easy and painless. Unlike most NAS units, which have a hard coded static IP address that you need to hook a machine up to and do the initial tasks before adding it to your network, Synology has taken the steps to make it seamless to the users. You just plug in your NAS to an outlet and then connect NIC Port 1 to the network. It will go out and grab a DHCP assigned address on your current network so no changes are needed to access it. Then you load up http://find.synology.com and your desktop machine will be instructed to start broadcasting over NBNS and LLMNR to find where the Synology NAS is.

In case you are not familiar with these protocols, NBNS is NetBIOS, which sends the packet out over IPv4 to solicit a name resolution just like DNS, but without a DNS server. LLMNR, which stands for Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution, is newer and can operate over IPv4 as well as IPv6 and runs the same way as NetBIOS, where it sends out queries for the device that owns that name to respond back to. Synology queries all the preconfigured names that its devices use such as synologyrouter, rackstation, beyondcloud, and more. Once the NAS sees the multicast query, it sends a response with its MAC and IP addresses. Then the Web Assistant provides that information to you as shown below and allows you to connect to it with one button. Once connected, you are at the login screen that has a default username "admin" with no password; you enter that and you are presented with the initial configuration wizard.




The initial configuration wizard takes you through a few brief steps to get you set up and beginning to use the Synology NAS. The DSM or DiskStation Manager is very intuitive, as you can see below, and is designed to get you using the NAS very quickly and efficiently. The wizard has you create your administrator account that overwrites the "admin" account so you can choose your own login. Then you are prompted to update to the latest DSM and set up automatic updates should you choose. One great feature of Synology DSM is QuickConnect, which you will be prompted to setup. I recommend setting this feature up as it allows you to share files from your NAS via the Internet, giving you external access on the go. This is done without port forwarding as the NAS is connected out to Synology for you to access in a sort of reverse shell method. You even have your own custom URL you can set up. Once everything is done you are presented with the "desktop" of the Synology DiskStation Manager.




Now that the initial configuration is done, we can take a better look at the Web-based UI and the control panel.

  1. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look: Installation
  3. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look: Initial Setup
  4. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look: Web UI & Control Panel
  5. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look: Control Panel Continued
  6. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Closer Look: Start Menu
  7. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS: Specifications & Features
  8. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Testing: Setup
  9. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Testing: CrystalDiskMark 5.1
  10. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Testing: Real Time Transfers
  11. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  12. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Testing: Operation & Features
  13. Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS: Conclusion
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