I love this day. The day when Synology releases an update to their operating system, DiskStation Manager. Today, it's 5.2. We have talked about the beta on the podcast and now it's baked and ready to go for anyone with a x10 or later Synology NAS. I'm especially excited because a DS1515 just arrived and it will get 5.2 immediately! I'll be comparing some of the new features on the 1515 to the DS415+. Stay tuned for more on that but in the meantime, read to the bottom and go download 5.2!
Synology DiskStation Manager 5.2 Released
Synology Refines Award-Winning OS with New DiskStation Manager 5.2New Features Help Customers Optimize NAS for Better Usability, Efficiency, and SecurityBellevue, WA – May 12, 2015 – Today, Synology America Corp. announced updates to the company’s award-winning operating system with the launch of DiskStation Manager 5.2. The new OS offers more features to help businesses create customized storage solutions for development, backups, restoration, cloud technology, security, and caching. To improve the multimedia and mobile experience, DSM 5.2 also added refinements to Note Station, DS note, DS audio, DS photo+, and Audio Station.
“At Synology, we are constantly improving our software, so companies can access the full power of their NAS. From Docker to enhanced backups, we designed DSM 5.2 to help customers get the most all around value out of their storage,” said Jason Bonoan, product marketing manager at Synology.UPDATED BUSINESS FEATURESMore Development Tools.With the addition ofDocker, developers and system administrators can simplify the process for creating, deploying, and running virtualized applications on Synology NAS.
Upgraded File Backups and Replication.Smart Recycling, Single File Versioning, and iSCSI LUN snapshot make it easier to backup files, restore data, and optimize storage for greater efficiency. iSCSI LUNsnapshots guarantee data consistency. When combined with Smart Recycling,users can set the NAS to automatically delete redundant file versions, and free up storage for other uses.Added Security for Cloud Technology, File Syncing, and Encryption.Cloud Sync now offers one-way sync to help prevent unauthorized file updates. Additional advancements allow data encryption before it is transferred to the Cloud. The new DSM 5.2 also supports SMB 3 encryption for more security options.
SSD Caching that Uses 90 Percent Less Memory.With the DSM 5.2, SSD caching memory requirements have been reduced by 90 percent compared to the DSM 5.1. Now, IT departments can lower acquisition costs for memory.A REFINED MULTIMEDIA & MOBILE EXPERIENCEImproved Organizational Tools for Better Project Management.Updates to Note station and DS note make it easier to create, organize, and use to-do lists.
Better Music Streaming.With enhancements to DS audio and Audio Station, users can navigate playlists with greater ease, while enjoying better sound quality.The Ultimate Slideshow.For captivating slideshows and presentations,DS photo+has added support for Chromecast and DLNA-compatible devices, so users can display photos on their TV screens.AvailabilityThe Synology DSM 5.2 is free for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, or Embedded DataStation x10 series and onward. To download, visit:www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/5.2. For DSM 5.2 release notes go to:www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/5.2/software_spec.About SynologySynology creates network attached storage and IP surveillance solutions that transform the way users manage data and conduct surveillance in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology aims to help users centralize data storage and backup, share files on-the-go, and implement professional surveillance solutions in reliable and affordable ways. Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and the best in-class customer services. For more information about Synology visit:www.synology.com
Dave posted a topic in Forum News,I throw this out every once in a while. Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums? I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear. Something you have purchased lately. You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased. Hit me up with any questions. You never know where it will lead!
Dave posted a topic in CES 2020 ,D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear. Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
Let's start with cameras. D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH). These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection. The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options.
This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio.
Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi. D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them! I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.
AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
Dave posted a topic in Forum News,Get ya Merch here! I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town! Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more.
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Here is the main design.
Below is a part of the order that I put in!
The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome. I highly recommend the softness! The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.
This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large. In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
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Dave posted a post in Home Server Storage,Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out. Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS.
Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.
Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc. I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account. Now you can!
Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
Dave posted a post in Home Server Storage,Ubiquiti has been busy. There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is. It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.
You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App. I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on. There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books. It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming. This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world. The starter kit. It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package. The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi. Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past. Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.
The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port. All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear. This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.