A NAS system is nothing without quality software and on this page we will be following the installation to operation.
Synology supply a CD with all the necessary software which works on both Windows and OSX platforms. For this review we will be setting the system up on a Windows 7 64 bit based PC.
After inserting the CD we get presented with a menu system. This offers PDF guides as well as the software necessary to configure the DS710+.
Firstly, our unit reported that it had no firmware installed, so we had to navigate to the CD to ‘update’ the firmware. This is shown above by the ‘configuration lost’ message. Obviously there is a basic firmware installed otherwise the system wouldn’t work at all, but it seems to need a patch.
The firmware patch is located in the patches folder within the install area of the disc. The documentation is easy enough to follow, but we were surprised that this needed done at all. Perhaps I have spent too much time with QNAP NAS units and need to ‘adapt’ my way of thinking, but I feel a fully working unit should be sent from the factory without the need to use the CD for patches.
After around 10 minutes the system then sets up the drives we have installed, this can take a few minutes for formatting.
The system then asks to reboot, and for some reason ours got ‘stuck’ and timed out. We manually turned it off, rebooted.
As the services start the system is inaccessible and it took a further few minutes before we could double click the Diskstation listing.