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    Windows 10 and the Home Server

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Are you installing Windows 10? Do you have a server at home or work?  Windows Server 2012? Essentials Server? Let's talk about the old, and the new! 2016!  Susan Bradley, SBS MVP joins to talk Servers, Connectors, and Windows 10!
     
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    Dave
    The Surface 3 isn't that old yet but it seems Windows 8.1 is. July 29th is here and we can all get Windows 10 for free! Or can we?
     
    See Updates at bottom of post. Instead of troubleshooting the issue I just wrote it up! I downloaded Pro and tried to install it on a Home version. So it prompted me for a key. Naturally. My apologies.
     
    A link was rolling around on twitter early morning on the 29th to download Windows 10. It's free for me to upgrade right? There are a lot of headlines out there right now to download now! Install now, don't wait! ISO download!  If you choose to download to ISO or USB you may need a key! Read on.
     

     
    I took the bait.  I downloaded the bits instead of waiting for them to magically appear via the "Get Windows 10" icon in my tray.
     

     
    I started the download and then headed to bed.  I chose the "Create Installation Media" instead of "Upgrade this PC now."  The next morning the download was complete and my USB install tool was ready to go.  It was a pretty cool tool.  Here is a screenshot gallery of the entire process.
     
    [gallery link=file" ids="2216,2217,2218,2219,2220,2221,2222,2223,2224,2225,2226,2227]
     
    Now where did I put that key?
     

     
     
     
    Argh. Well, at least I have a nice USB stick with Windows 10 on it! I chose to "Create Installation Media" instead of updating this PC.
     
    This PC has never had a build of Windows 10 installed. It's a fresh Surface 3. I don't have a key for anything. Not Windows 7, not Windows 8.1. There are a lot of discussions on Twitter and Reddit about using older keys or generic Windows 10 keys.  My advice, wait for the upgrade to come down automatically or do the whole thing again and choose "Update this PC Now."  Painful.
     
    Update: My best guess is that after getting the upgrade automatically you will be able to use a USB stick or ISO media to update the Surface. Like resetting it to stock or Format/Re-install. I'm not sure how that will work on other devices or home builds.
     
    Update 2: I had to re-download from the link at the top of this page and do the "Setup this PC."  That is one PC = one download. That is painful.  I wanted to put the install on the USB stick and update the 4 Surface devices I have.   There also was some confusion on Twitter as to what was happening with my install. Download to USB, no reboot, double click setup from USB, install procedures starts.
     
    Update 3:  Ed Bott may have solved this. I chose Pro as the download and this Surface 3 is Home.  Boom! Ed is the man!
     
    Regardless, Win 10 now installed and watching twit.tv talk about licensing! Ha
     
    Join the Surface Geeks Forums to stay up to date on any changes or updates of these procedures. Discuss here.

    Joe_Miner

    NAS Performance Testing on my Gen8 MicroServer

    By Joe_Miner, in NAS,

    By: JohnStutsman
     

     
     
     
    In early May of 2013 starting with “Performance Comparison of Windows Server 2012 Essentials on the HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer and the HP ProLiant N54L G7 MicroServer” I posted a number of blogs where I compared the performance of a number of machines using the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit v1.7.1 (“NASPT”) Tests.
     
     
     
    Description of NAS Performance Toolkit (“NASPT”) Tests
     
    The NAS Performance Toolkit (“NASPT”) was developed and described by Tony Bock, Mason Cabot, Frank Hady, and Matthew Shopsin of the Storage Technologies Group, Intel Corporation, in the paper Measuring and Improving Single-User NAS Performance.
     
    Portions of their abstract states:

    NAS devices are increasingly entering the home and small business as centralized storage resources for large collections of documents, pictures, music and videos. Increasingly these devices are used for more than background tasks like backup. Newer interactive usages, like media access/creation, expose the performance of the NAS directly to the user. Unlike the enterprise NAS, the home and small business NAS will be judged primarily by single user performance as seen in user wait time.

    We introduce a new tool, the NAS Performance Toolkit (NASPT), uniquely built to measure the single user NAS Performance seen by a user of a mainstream personal computer. NASPT includes a wide range of workloads identified by our analysis of media, productivity and bulk data operations likely to drive single user NAS performance.

    We’ve made NASPT very easy to use and freely available. ….
    A number of tests are provided with the NASPT. Below is a listing of those tests used in this report.


    HD Video Playback: Traced from a commonly available video playback application, this trace represents about ten minutes of 720p high definition MPEG-2 video playback. A single 1.3GB file is accessed sequentially with 256kB user level reads. As is true in many of the workloads the NAS itself sees smaller reads since the SMB client and file system break these 256kB requests into smaller requests.
    HD Video Record: This trace represents recording roughly fifteen minutes of a broadcast 720p MPEG-2. A single 1.6GB file is written sequentially with 256kB access. The bit rate is somewhat lower than the playback test, they contain different video.
    HD Video Play & Record: This test was algorithmically constructed from the above video playback and record traces. To combine we introduced a 50ms offset into the record stream then merged the two streams. The 1GB file represents four minutes twenty seconds of application run time. Because the two streams have differing bit rates and because of variation in original trace periodicity, there is not a strict alternation of accesses. About 20% of the transactions are sequential.
    Two HD Video Playback Streams: Constructed from two copies of the above HD Video Playback test, this trace transfers 1.4GB of data representing two video streams played back for about six minutes. Again, sometimes one stream will issue two transactions in rapid succession so about 18% of the transactions are sequential.
    Four HD Video Playback Streams: This workload is constructed from four copies of the video playback test. The 1.3GB trace represents about three minutes forty-five seconds of video playback for each stream. About 11% of the accesses are sequential.
    Content Creation: This is a trace of commercially available video and photo editing software products executing a scripted set of operations to produce a video from a collection of different source materials. It contains a single very large file, apparently containing the video output, which is written in bits and pieces. About 11% of accesses within this file are sequential. There are many smaller files that are read and written more or less sequentially. Overall, about 40% of the accesses are issued sequentially. The test transfers 155MBs, 90% of transactions are writes. The median read size is 1300 bytes. The median write is 12kB. Transfers include a wide range of different sized accesses.
    Office Productivity: Scripted sequences of typical workday operations from a commonly available office productivity suite make up this trace. This test is the largest of the collection, transferring 2.8GB of data evenly divided between reads and writes. Eighty percent of these accesses are logically sequential, scattered across six hundred files ranging from 12 bytes in length to over 200MB. The median read size is 2.2kB whereas the median write size is 1.8kB.
    File Copy To NAS: This trace includes accesses executed when copying a 1.4GB file to a NAS. Data is written in 64kB sequential transactions.
    File Copy From NAS: Identical to File Copy To NAS, but in the opposite direction. All transactions are sequential 64kB reads.
    Directory Copy To NAS: This trace represents a bulk copy of a complex directory tree containing 2833 files, a transfer a large collection of files to the NAS. The directory used represented a typical installation of a commercially available office productivity suite. 247MBs is transferred with an average write size of 41.4kB. Only 52% of the writes are logically sequential as many files are small.
    Directory Copy From NAS: Identical to File Copy To NAS, but in the opposite direction creating many read accesses.
     
     
    I recently decided to NASPT my Gen8 MicroServer Configuration described in Windows Server 2012R2 installed on my Gen8 MicroServer ODD SATA and the performance described in the HSS Forum thread Windows Server 2012R2 on RAID0 SSD on ODD SATA Port 5 of G8 MS.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- NASPT Results for Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    For comparison, I ran NASPT for WHS-2011 running on my with i7-930, 12GB RAM, HD6450, Rocket 640L providing a SATA III port for the OS running on a Corsair GS 240GB SSD, with my data managed by Stablebit DrivePool and Scanner, and a drive-pool made of 8 Western Digital Red NAS drives.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- NASPT Results for WHS-2011 running on Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
     
     
     
    Additionally, I wanted to compare my recent NASPT Gen8 and X58 results to the May 2013 NASPT results running WHS-2011 on a N40L and N54L MicroServers.
     
     

    Note: these NASPT Benchmarks are useful for Comparisons with My specific testing setup, network, and Client Workstation implementation and should not be considered absolute benchmarks for comparison against another person’s results or Comparisons made after a long separation of time, updates, and cumulative modifications.  YMMV.
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Comparison NASPT Results for N40L, N54L, X58, and Gen8
     
     
     
    Graphing these results to compare in a bar chart.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- Bar-Chart Comparison NASPT Results for N40L, N54L, X58, and Gen8
     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- Comparison of NASPT Results for N40L, N54L, X58, and Gen8 -- Normalized to the N40L's Performance
     
     
     
    In all categories my Gen8 MicroServer out performs my older generation N40L and N54L MicroServers and closely matches my X58A-UD3R performance while exceeding the X58A-UD3R’s performance in two categories.
     
     
     
    Current As-Built & As-Tested: Machine

    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2

    16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)

    OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 Standard

    OS Drive C: 240GB Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x Corsair GT 240GB SSD in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: this is attached to the ODD SATA Port 5 – SATA II or 3 Gbps)

    Data Drive: 2TB Logical Drive 02 made of 4 x 1TB WD10JUCT 2.5” HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: two drives are in Bays 1 & 2 – SATA III or 6 Gbps; and two drives are in Bays 3 & 4 – SATA II or 3 Gbps)
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Forum NAS Performance Toolkit Tests on Gen8 MicroServer with any question or comments or more information about my tests as well as in the HSS Gen8 Forums and HSS Forums.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    Performance Measurement of the HP ProLiant N40L and N54L G7 MicroServer and Other NAS Devices http://homeservershow.com/performance-measurement-of-the-hp-proliant-n40l-and-n54l-g7-microserver-and-other-nas-devices.html
     
    Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver

    Joe_Miner
    How do you get a low cost External Storage box for your HP P222 RAID controller card in your Gen8 MicroServer? Why not recycle that N36L (or N40L/N54L) with a little extra hardware and tools while also having the older MicroServer doing double duty! Check out this post by Schoondoggy in the HSS Forums: Recycled N36L: External Storage for HP P222 RAID and Sophos UTM
     
     
     
    References:
     
    Recycled N36L: External Storage for HP P222 RAID and Sophos UTM http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9682-recycled-n36l-external-storage-for-hp-p222-raid-and-sophos-utm/
     
    Icy DOCK Internal Turned External http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9708-icy-dock-internal-turned-external/
     
    External SAS to SATA Cable http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9407-external-sas-to-sata-cable/
     
    CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Other MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver

    Dave

    Windows 10 on Surface Pro 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    There is a lot to discuss on this episode of Surface Geeks as so much has happened in the past two weeks.  I've got Jim Collison and John Wiskowski on and we eventually get around to chatting about Windows 10 on Surface.  I promise! We do have a lot of fund chatting about Band, Windows Phone, Groove, and a lot on Surface. Yep, Surface Pro 4, Pro 3 and Surface 3. Tons to talk about!
     
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    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with 240GB Corsair GT SSD attached to ODD SATA (SATA II 3Gbps) Port 5 and powered from 4-pin FDD connector – secured with tape
     
     
     
    My objective was to install Windows Server 2012R2 (“S2012R2”) on a single drive RAID0 SSD attached to the ODD SATA Port (SATA II 3Gbps) on the System Board and four 1TB HDD’s in RAID10 located at the main drive bays (Bays 1 & 2 are SATA III 6Gbps ports while Bays 3 & 4 are SATA II 3Gbps ports). It went very well!
     
     
     
    First, I attached a Corsair GT 240GB SSD to the SATA ODD Port (SATA II 3Gbps). I then used iLO4 to remotely access my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer as shown in Video 1.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Signing into iLO4 on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer from a Windows 7 Pro desktop within my home network
     
     
     
    Next I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer as shown in Video 2.
     
     
     

     
    Video 2 – I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. The single disk is a 240GB Corsair GT SSD that I had attached to the ODD SATA Port (identified in iLO4 as Port 5|Bay 5) earlier.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The new Logical Drive 01 created with a single drive RAID0 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen derived from the single physical drive, Port 5|Bay 5, 240GB Corsair GT SSD.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Firmware Versions on my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Using iLO4 and Intelligent Provisioning (“IP”) I installed Windows Server 2012R2, Video 3.
     
     
     

     
    Video 3 – With iLO4 I install Windows Server 2012R2 Standard using HP’s Intelligent Provisioning on a single Drive RAID0 created earlier with a 240GB SSD attached to my ODD SATA Port 5 in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- System and Device Manager Control Panel information
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- System Information - Windows Server 2012R2 on Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    After updating Windows Server 2012R2 with Windows Update I downloaded HP Service Pack for ProLiant 2015.06.02 (“HP SUM”) to update my Firmware and Drivers on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Video 4 – I use HP SUM to update my Firmware and Drivers on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 -- Firmware Versions on my Gen8 MicroServer after HP SUM
     
     
     

     
    Video 5 – I install four (4) 1TB 2.5” drives in the main 4 drive bay of my Gen8 MicroServer using Icy Dock EZConvert’s.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 -- 1TB 2.5" Drive being installed in Icy Dock EZConvert Air
     
     
     

     
    Video 6 – I create a RAID10 with four (4) 1TB drives I had installed earlier using HP’s Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller and creating Logical Drive 02. In Disk Management I initialize the resultant Logical Drive and then Format it.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Temperatures 1/2 day after the RAID10 was created -- Fan speeds were 26-27% with BIOS Fan settings on INCREASED COOLING
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with four physical 1TB drives in RAID10 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen below the single drive RAID0 Logical Drive 01
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 -- After running for 1/2 day with all Disks installed and all updates power requirements ranged from 35 to 42 Watts.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 12 -- Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2
    16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)
     OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 Standard
    OS Drive C: 240GB Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x Corsair GT 240GB SSD in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: this is attached to the ODD SATA Port 5 – SATA II or 3 Gbps)

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable

    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends
     


    Data Drive: 2TB Logical Drive 02 made of 4 x 1TB 2.5” HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: two drives are in Bays 1 & 2 – SATA III or 6 Gbps; and two drives are in Bays 3 & 4 – SATA II or 3 Gbps – With HDD’s the difference in speeds doesn’t appear relevant to me, YMMV)

    2 HDDs are in Icy Dock EZConvert

    2 HDDs are in Icy Dock EZConvert Air
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Forum Thread Windows Server 2012R2 on RAID0 SSD on ODD SATA Port 5 of G8 MS with any question or comments as well as in the HSS Gen8 Forums and HSS Forums.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    New Firmware – 15th June 2015 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9596-new-firmware-15th-june-2015/?p=102869
     
    ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994169
     
    ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994064
     
    Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     

    Dave
    I'm talking routers and WiFi with John Stutsman on this episode of Home Server Show. Why? Because I like the stuff!  John has a new D-Link router, the D-Link DIR 890L/R, and I've got WiFi issues.  I'll go over all kinds of WiFi products.  News, KickStarter, Cuda, and a live unboxing on the podcast!  Oh, and if I sound tired, I am! I just flew back from Italy and boy are my arms tired.  See you in the forums!
     
    Nuimo Smart Home Interface  Check this quick
    out too. 
    Eve Smart Irrigation
     
    Eero WiFi
     
    OSMC, Media Center Software
     
    iHomeServer
     
    Caddy, 3MB Web Server
     
    Cuda Download
     
    Copy.Com get free storage
     
    Synology has a router coming out
     
    Vulnerabilities with Home Routers
     
    D-Link DIR-890L/R
     
    Joanna Stern WSJ
     
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/wi-fi-woes-time-to-upgrade-your-wireless-router-1422990004
     
    http://blog.dlink.com/the-wall-street-journal-takes-our-ac3200-wi-fi-router-for-a-ride-literally/
     
    Additionally, I found many good reviews at Newegg for the DIR-890L/R:
     
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127573
     
    D-Link DIR-890L/R Support Page with latest Firmware and Manuals download http://support.dlink.com/ProductInfo.aspx?m=DIR-890L/R
     
    D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router DIR-890L/R http://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac3200-ultra-wi-fi-router/
     
    D-Link DIR-890L/R Wireless AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Gigabit Router, AC Smartbeam Technology http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127573
     
    SNB had some good info too
     
    SmallNetBuilder ("SNB") D-Link DIR-890L/R AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router Reviewed 2015-04-08  https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/32674-dlink-dir-890lr-ac3200-ultra-wi-fi-router-reviewed  Ranked #1
     
    SNB Ranker total router  https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/rankers/router/ranking/AC3200/rev8/6
     
    SNB Routing Performance  https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/rankers/router/ranking/AC3200/rev8/20
     
    SNB Ranker Performance Summary  https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/rankers/router/result/1932-dlink-dir890lr

    Dave

    Synology adds new Rack and Disk Stations

    By Dave, in NAS,

    Synology has been working overtime in 2015! They have been pumping out hardware and software like crazy.
     
    First up is a Rack Station for business customers.  It's a beauty and you need to take a look at the Synology site for all the details on it.  It's the RS18016xs+.  That's a lot to of numbers and letters but all you have to remember is this.  Scaleable to 1 PetaByte!
     
    14 Expansion Units, 180 Drive Bays, 1440 TB's.
     

     
    With superior performance and hardware specifications, RS18016xs+ provides a reliable, scalable, and easily managed network attached storage solution for enterprises seeking uninterrupted service and comprehensive business applications. RS18016xs+ delivers performance at over 3,900 MB/s throughput and 348,000 IOPS and can seamlessly expand above 1PB of capacity by stacking up to 14 expansion units RX1216sas.
     

     
     
     
    Have a look at it here.

    Next up are a couple of DiskStations.
    DS715. Is equipped with a quad core CPU, hardware encryption engine, 2 Gigabit LAN ports and 2GB RAM. Scales up to 7 drives with Synology DX513, providing up to 56TB of raw capacity. Supports Synology High Availability (SHA).




    Small business workgroups are looking for a storage solution with high performance, scalability, and optimal value. DS715 features a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, delivering speedy reading and writing speeds over 216 MB/s and 142 MB/s. As a robust NVR server supporting Surveillance Station, DS715 provides centralized management for hosting and viewing 30 IP cameras (900 FPS @ 720p). The ability to scale up to 7 drives ensures that SMBs are ready for future expansion.


    See more on the DS715 here.

    DS215+. The successor of the DS214+ comes with a brand new dual core processor with a hardware encryption engine, 2 Gigabit LAN ports and 1GB RAM.
     




    Serving as an all-in-one server, DS215+ is perfect for small and medium businesses to boost productivity. Powered by a dual-core processor, it delivers reading and writing speeds that exceed 209 MB/s and 139 MB/s respectively, while a hardware encryption engine brings fast encrypted data transmission speeds of up to 145 MB/s reading. The dual LAN ports offer Link Aggregation and failover support, ensuring continual network service and the highest uptime.


    See more on the DS215+ here.

    Press Release to follow.

    Synology® Introduces DiskStation DS715 and DS215+

    Blazing speed and unparalleled productivity

    Bellevue, WA—June 18, 2015—Synology America Corp., today launched the new DiskStations DS715 and DS215+. The DS715 is a scalable NAS server equipped with a quad-core processor, while the DS215+ is a dual-core 2-bay NAS server. Designed to provide an all-in-one and compact NAS solution, both servers are equipped with a hardware encryption engine to help SMBs safely store, protect, and share data.



    “Small business workgroups expect a reliable and high performance storage solution for their increasing needs, while minimizing the initial investment. The DS715 and DS215+ provide performance, reliability, and data encryption at a competitive price,” said Chad Chiang, senior product manager at Synology Inc.



    Coming with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, the DS715 provides speedy data transmission rates over 216 MB/s reading and 142 MB/s writing with Link Aggregation. Encrypted data can be read at up to 205 MB/s, thanks to the hardware encryption engine.

    Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU and 1GM RAM, the DS215+ delivers high-speed performance, exceeding 209 MB/s reading and 139 MB/s with Link Aggregation. The hardware encryption engine ensures fast encrypted data transmission speeds of up to 145 MB/s reading.



    The DS715 supports Synology High Availability, providing redundancy in the event of unexpected network failure and ensuring a smooth transition between clustered servers for the highest reliability and resiliency. As a robust NVR server supporting Surveillance Station, DS715 provides centralized management for hosting and viewing 30 IP cameras (900 FPS @ 720p). Designed to grow with businesses, it can scale up to seven drives when paired with one DX513 expansion unit.



    Designed with effortless hard drive installation and a focus on system reliability, the DS215+ comes with tool-less drive bay design, hot-swappable support, and dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover support to ensure continual service. Moreover, it features two USB 3.0 ports for higher data transmission and one eSATA port as an extensive external backup option.



    The DS715 and DS215+ run DiskStation Manager (DSM), the most advanced and intuitive operating system for NAS devices. Featuring a wide range of applications from backup to network management, the DS715 and DS215+ provide all essential business services and can help promote increasing productivity at work. Synology was named "PC Mag Business Choice Award winner" for the second consecutive year, and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, value, and likelihood to recommend.

    For more information on DS715, please visit: https://www.synology.com/products/DS715 . For more information on DS215+, please visit: https://www.synology.com/products/215+.

     

    Availability

    Synology DiskStation DS715 and DS215+ are now shipping globally.

    Synology at-a-Glance

    Synology 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.

    Joe_Miner

    The “Big Spider” D-Link DIR-890L/R

    By Joe_Miner, in Review,

    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- D-Link DIR 890L/R Unboxed
     
     
     
    For some time I had been thinking about replacing my aging D-Link DGL-4500.
     
    I was looking for something turn-key with AC and multi-band capabilities while being powerful enough to cover my entire house as well as portions of my surrounding yard.
     
    After reading a review by Joanna Stern in the WSJ I started taking a more serious look at the D-Link DIR890L/R and ultimately decided to go with her assessment. See:
     
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/wi-fi-woes-time-to-upgrade-your-wireless-router-1422990004
     
    http://blog.dlink.com/the-wall-street-journal-takes-our-ac3200-wi-fi-router-for-a-ride-literally/
     
    Additionally, I found many good reviews at Newegg for the DIR-890L/R:
     
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127573
     
    So, I pulled the trigger and ordered my D-Link DIR-890L/R and unboxed it on June 4, 2015:
     
     
     
    Video 1 -- D-Link DIR 890L/R Unboxing
     

     
     
     
    D-Link’s setup menu was very user friendly and a huge improvement over my DGL-4500!
     
    I chose not the register my DIR-890L/R in “mydlink” – I didn't see a need for it at this time but maybe at a later date I will once I had a chance to think more about the potential security implications.
     
    I upgraded the Firmware to the latest version, 1.06.B04, which can be done either automatically via the menu system or manually. I did both and each was easy and painless in my opinion.
     
    I basically went with all of the defaults except under Settings => Network => Advanced Settings I disabled UPnP to hopefully improve security. Over time I plan to make more changes to improve my networks security.
     
     
     
    Windows Phones Connectivity Issue
     
    One issue did arise that was very perplexing at first – on some websites our Windows Phones would load very slowly even though our Wi-Fi transfer rates were quite high on our Windows Phones using speed test.
     
    I finally discovered the root cause of the issues we were having -- IPv6 had not been fully implemented in my area by Comcast!
     
    First I found a thread on Windows Central that described my issue http://forums.windowscentral.com/nokia-lumia-1020/235055-2.htm see also http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mobiledevices/forum/mdlumia-mdtips/wp8-ipv6-issues/6066df14-a4b8-4953-beb4-1ece9b6182d4
     
    Comcast has an IPv6 Information Center at http://www.comcast6.net/ with a link to “Test your IPv6 Connectivity” at http://test-ipv6.comcast.net/ which confirmed that IPv6 has not been enabled by Comcast in my area.
     
    So, in the D-Link menu I went to Settings => Internet => IPv6 and changed IPv6 to Local Connectivity Only – Saved/Restarted – and our Windows Phones began loading web pages much faster.
     
     
     
    Pictures
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- D-Link DIR-890L/R with Antenna at optimal angle
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- D-Link DIR890L/R Rear view showing ports and connections
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- D-Link DIR-890L/R review instructions
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- D-Link DIR-890L/R mounted on 12" Floor Joist below center of Family Room
     
     
     
     
     
    Performance
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 -- Download & Upload Speeds from Wired Desktop
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 -- Download & Upload Speeds over Wi-Fi AC Wireless on Surface 3
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Download & Upload Speeds over Wi-Fi on Windows Phones
     
     
     
    Summary and Conclusion
     
    Overall, after nearly a month of usage, I am happy with my DIR-890L/R. My Wi-Fi connections are noticeably faster (even the Windows Phones after the IPv6 fix) and my wired network feels faster. I like being able to pull it from the box, turning it on, and having everything work after a quick set-up menu.  (I'm still keeping my DGL-4500 as a backup for the time being.)
     
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Networking Forums Thread "Big Spiders" D-Link DIR-890L/R with any question and/or comments on the above and other threads at HSS Networking Forums.
     
     
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    HSS Networking Forums http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/65-networking/
     
    D-Link DIR-890L/R Support Page with latest Firmware and Manuals download http://support.dlink.com/ProductInfo.aspx?m=DIR-890L/R
     
    D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router DIR-890L/R http://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac3200-ultra-wi-fi-router/
     
    D-Link DIR-890L/R Wireless AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Gigabit Router, AC Smartbeam Technology http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127573
     
    SmallNetBuilder (“SNB”) Answer Guy: How Many SSIDs is Too Many? http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9607-snb-how-many-ssids-is-too-many/
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    I had the pleasure of running into a User Interface Designer here in my local area.  Brennan reached out to me to share a UX project of his and we were able to meet up at the Windows 10 Mobility event in downtown Indianapolis.  What he showed me blew me away!
     
    So much in fact that I asked him if I could share it with you.  Brennan chose Microsoft Fitness, Microsoft Band, and the UX around it for his Senior Thesis. Take a look through the slides. It's worth it to get to the end!
     

     
    Brennan is available to answer questions about his work via the Surface Geeks Forums. Check this forum link for discussion on this post as well.  LINK

    Dave
    Synology is not just a NAS company. They have a great Surveillance product that integrates their NAS, DSM, and off the shelf IP cameras. I use it at home as do many others.  Synology also demonstrates the technology at their booths at CES and Computex.  This thief must have forgotten what booth he was at!
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htxfo8OlJq8
     
    He was later nabbed by police. Nice job Synology!

    Dave
    Protect your Surface 3 with Waterfield Designs Bags and Slip Cases video review.
     
    by David McCabe
     
    I'm taking a look at the Outback Slip Case and Laptop Sleevecase for Surface 3.  You can find these at SFBags.com as well as other great items for your tech.
     

     
    Here are the links to the gear discussed in the video.
     
    Outback Slip Case
     
    PC Laptop SleeveCase
     
    Here is a great gift idea, the Gear Pouch.
     
     
     
     

    Dave

    Urban Armor Gear for Surface 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I have the Urban Armor Gear case for Surface 3 and in this video I'll take a first look at it.  I don't know if it's because it's smaller but I like it better on the Surface 3 than the Pro 3.  I'll let you know after using it for a few weeks.  I'm going to leave this on my 3 so I'll let you know!
     

     
     
     
    You can find it on Amazon for $58 in red. Black was $68 at the time of this writing.
     


    Dave
    I've got a new Urban Armor Gear case for the Surface Pro 3 and I'll be trying it out for the first time.  Check it out for yourself!
     

     
     
     
    Protect your Surface Pro 3. On Amazon for a fraction of what it would cost to replace the screen or repair your Surface Pro 3. Link here. $69.95 Comes in Black or Red.
     


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