This is the second post in a series of looks at the Synology DS211+. You can follow the entire review of the DS211+ on this page. I will be going over the abilities of the DS211+ in full detail. If you missed the introduction of the DS211+ you might want to check it out here.
In this article I’ll be showing you the installation process of the box. It’s fairly straightforward and quick but does have a lot of screens. I’m not a huge fan of screen-shot posts but they can serve some good in case you are wondering about the process or have a DS211+ and want to reference another install. I’ll be referring to the DS211+ as “the box,” “DiskStation,” or by it’s model name of DS211+.
The process starts with the enclosed DVD. I’ll assume you can find a nice spot for the DS211+, install some drives, and hook power and the network to it.
Finding the Diskstation. Next is to highlight the one you are installing and click Connect or Install.
Browse to the installation disk in order to choose the .pat file that will load up and initialize your DS211. I’ll do the Complete Setup. (This was not in the manual by the way)
These screens are very straightforward. Choose a name for your box, set the password, choose your network setup, and set the time.
Setup will now walk you through the process of formatting the drives and installing the DSM software to the box. It all happens in this one screen so it’s pretty easy.
Then hit connect in the assistant to open a webpage for the Diskstation. Bookmark this page and you are set.
Synology has made it very easy to get the system setup. If I had encountered anything odd in these steps I might be a little leery about the future experience with the Diskstation. It was a rock solid start though. We are not done by any means though. We still have to choose how we will work with the hard drives and more fun options like photo sharing, music sharing, and more. Stay tuned to this page for all DS211+ posts.