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Synology Diskstation DS213 Air NAS Review

We have looked at the Synology DiskManager Operating System many times in the past, but today we are looking at the latest V4.1 revision.

When we first accessed the Synology device through its local IP address, this was the page we saw. We then proceeded to install the operating system.

To ensure you install the latest version from the start, it will download from the Synology server. This is a different approach to most other NAS devices which come pre-installed but then can be updated manually.

You can then set-up a manual network configuration, or use the DHCP server settings your router will supply.

It then creates the administrator user account, as well as naming the device and setting up the raid. We left the settings as default.

It didn’t take long to download the Diskmanager Software and we were quite impressed with the speed at which you could set it up.

We could then log-in with our administrator password to gain access to the operating system itself.

This is the first time I had used the Diskmanager software, and first impressions were good as the screen was intuitively designed and easy to read. Everything looked to be well labeled and in well thought out locations.

The system did take awhile to synchronize the two hard drives in hybrid raid set-up. This however occurred in the background while we continued to set the system up.

The Storage Manager allows you to see quite a few details about the hard drives, including the temperatures – this screenshot was taken just after the installation so they were quite hot.

If you are unsure of where to start, a quick start guide loads by default which takes you through the first few steps and shows you how to navigate around your NAS device.

The last screen the quick start guide suggested we looked at was the ‘package centre’ which allows you to install applications, including third-party apps. While this is a very new device, there already seemed to be a good array of apps, all of which were very functional, such as ‘Cloud Station’ and a Media Server’s etc.

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