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The last button on the device is the power button. The rear of the drive has a small 70mm cooling fan to prolong the life of the Synology DS209 NAS drives. The unit also has two USB ports located on the rear as well.

They can serve various functions such as a connection to a USB printer. Many times when you are in need of a device like the DS, you are probably connected to a number of other computers as well.


Chances are you would like for these computers to be able to print to a central printer. Synology DS209 NAS DS can do just that. You can also use these extra USB ports to add more storage at a later time.

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A factory reset button and a lock port is also provided. You will be happy to know the LAN Synology DS209 NAS supports speeds up to a gigabit.

That's fast enough to help move data at a very reasonable speed. Opening the DS Opening the DS is as simple as removing three screws on the rear of the case, so we've decided that we will not get into much detail about it. After opening the case, you can see the unit has two spaces Synology DS209 NAS two hard drives. In this case, we will be using two GB Samsung drives.

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Two of the connections are standard for power and data transfer and the third connection is served as a mean for the DS to put Synology DS209 NAS drives in hibernate and monitor them as well. Not shown but laying underneath the PCB is a 1.

Like we Synology DS209 NAS earlier, the fan in the rear measures only 70mm and is just large enough to blow air across both drives. You will be happy to know that this fan is not loud at all as it is just under 24 dBA. The intro screen consists of a quick install guide, server setup, synology assistant, Data Replicator 3, Download Redirector and user guide. One of the first things you must do, if your DS does come with hard drives pre installed is to setup what form of raid Synology DS209 NAS any, you want. As this is a form of backing up important data, we elected for a raid 1 for the security features. The setup of a raid may take a few minutes depending on the size of drives you decide to use. We decided to start with the Synology Assistant option.

Running this application you are given the IP address of the DS as it sits on your network. You are also given the option to map the unit onto your desktop.

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Once you set up the administrative section of the DS you are greeted by a great list of options. We will touch Synology DS209 NAS a few of them in this article.

If you need more details on each apps we suggest you travel over to Synology's homepage to see just what more the unit has to offer. Synology offers a lot of applications for the digital media buff. One that we think would get a lot of usage would be the iTunes server app. Synology DS209 NAS last of the media apps we will talk about is Synology DS209 NAS Audio Station.

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Now how you listen to your music is covered by the DS If you listen to a lot of internet music like I did through the server, a small web player will allow you to play Synology DS209 NAS files directly from the DS Web Applications A very nice feature of the DS is its ability to be used as a web server. Honestly, any PC or server can be used as one, but Synology takes it one step further.

From one the included has the options to install many of the popular CMS like Joomla. Security Application Everyday, I talk to people that want to set up a security system at a remote location, one they can monitor from wherever they are via the web. All you need is network cameras. You get the option to back up via drag and drop or an automated schedule. The casing can fit two 2. Instead, installing hard drives is a matter of pulling the casing into Synology DS209 NAS pieces and screwing the drives into a cage.

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Synology bundles SATA data and power cables which connect to the NAS device's motherboard, but these are quite short and working out the best way to connect the drives can be a little troublesome. Predictably, there is a USB port and one-touch copy button on the front, allowing you to easily back up to the NAS device from external hard drives. However, Synology has added in a little something extra, with a front-mounted external SATA eSATA port; this can provide very fast Synology DS209 NAS transfer speeds for the few hard drives that offer the connection. Cloud Station Drive is an application designed to synchronize files between your Synology NAS and PCs via the Internet, ensuring that your data is always. Disk Station DS Feature-rich 2-bay SATA NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices.

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