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When it does, we scramble for a "storage solution" which is commonly equated to "more"; more GBs, more TBs maybe even PBs for some. Some people are more worried about the format of storage; do I need a bigger old school hard drive or should I go for faster SSD solutions? Unfortunately, the "solution" part of "storage solution" is rarely looked at from an ever-growing need point of view; how do I access my storage?
Ah, yes. This decade's biggest buzz phrase and an explosive industry all on its own. There are so many solutions it can make one dizzy and each one promises SOMETHING that "the others don't have"; be it more storage, automatic syncing across devices - you name it.
Unfortunately, they all have shortcomings - ensuring that none of them provide exactly what everyone needs. Why the DSj? Frankly, I was fed up. I knew what I needed; a lot of space, no restrictions, accessibility from every single device and PC local and internet and the ability to easily share with family and friends.
This particular combination of needs simply doesn't exist with a commercial service like Google Drive, Box or Dropbox. Drive makes it a pain to access your drive contents without syncing.
Box wants to cap the size of your files. Dropbox just doesn't have sharing flexibility. None of them provide adequate storage space for a heavy demand user like me and most of the mobile apps proved completely archaic.
The list goes on and on. Yes, what I needed was a self-hosted solution. I need to be able to have complete control over my storage solution; that would solve size and restriction issues - but what about accessibility methodologies? I need access from home and work PCs, phone, tablet - and it needs to be accessible using the apps and products I already own; not some custom, proprietary means provided by the storage solution provider. You are starting to see my dilemma, right? I want the best of every storage solution - with all the strengths and none of the weaknesses.
So many have promised; but few delivered. Until now. Essentially, it is a self-contained hard drive enclosure that exposes the storage via the local area network - or even the internet if properly configured.
The NAS is not a new thing by any means. While originally considered a business-related device, the ever-growing need for expansive storage in the home and small business has made network-accessible, large space storage solutions a real market. Hard drive failure is guaranteed; it's only a matter of WHEN - and what you'll lose when it happens. A NAS with multiple drives can offer data redundancy or backup between the two drives; meaning if one fails, the stored data is safely contained on the other drive.
For a business, redundancy is a must. For home users whose lives are immortalized only in digital format - redundancy is a growing need and concern. You can also throw caution into the wind and "pool" the DSj's two drive bays into one large volume; allowing you to take a couple of smaller drives you may have retired in favor of larger ones and make them into something bigger. As you would hope, the NAS is accessible across your local network to all your computers.
If this was all the DSj had to offer, it would make a handsome, big storage solution for home or office. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. My digital life has shifted. The numbers have flipped. I need access to my storage solution from my mobile devices; not just local - but while I'm on the road on 4G or McDonald's free wifi. This is where most NAS solutions miserably drop the ball; forcing ugly, half-baked apps to access your remote data - or even restricting it to certain media types.
Most of the time, you're required to set up some sort of proxy system on a PC that is connected to the NAS - and access your files that way. Finally, for those of you with UPnP type devices for accessing digital media across the network media players, TV set top boxes, video game consoles, etc. The Hardware The DSj comes as a smaller-than-expected, attractive white box with easy access to internal drive bays.
The construction is well-above average and putting your drives inside is a breeze. Truly, even the techno-challenged could get the hardware set up. The drives plug directly into the frame of the bay - so there is no awkward cable connecting.
There are some interesting restrictions to this that we'll cover later, but it's nice to know you can mix and match. The unit is powered by a custom power supply and features a couple of USB ports on the back more on this in a bit. The front panel has a series of lights to give you status and activity indications and the unit has some built in cooling to keep the drives happy.
Basic Configuration I had to use the Synology set up disk to find and do initial configuration of the DSj. This was fairly straight forward, but they attempt to direct you to a different solution first which might confuse and frustrate some users. The setup is mostly to install the latest Diskstation OS we'll cover this below and do some basic stuff.
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