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Tutorial Summary

In the second part of this occasional series, we take a look at using the Synology NAS to provide centralised storage.

At the core of your Synology NAS is DSM (Disk Station Manager) - a fully featured, server based operating system, optimised to manage your storage.

In this episode, we take a look at configuring DSM to share files and folders and set up user accounts.

As well as the more traditional file sharing capabilities, Synology provide a suite of applications called "Cloud Station Suite" - a range of free applications which allow you to create your own private sync services and in effect, set up your own private Cloud. We demonstrate how to set up the syncing services between your Mac, your NAS and your iOS devices - all for free and with no ongoing costs.

To learn more about the initial setup of a Synology NAS, be sure to check out episode SCOM0611 - Synology NAS - Part 1

The full tutorial covers:

  • Introduction
  • Synology Assistant
  • Shared Folders
  • Adding Users
  • Accessing Shared Folders
  • File Sharing
  • DS file on iOS
  • Photo Backup
  • Cloud Station Server
  • DS cloud on iPad
  • DS cloud Settings

App Store Links:

DS file - iOS App Store

DS cloud - iOS App Store

Show Links:

Synology Disk Station DS216+II 2 Amazon UK

Synology Disk Station DS216+II 2 Amazon US

WD Red 3TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive Amazon UK

WD Red 3TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive Amazon US


(8 comments posted)

James S

Might be interesting to know benefits of running a NAS vs. DAS.


Don McAllister

Hi James, I think the main difference is that the NAS offers many different services as well as just storage.

Fernando Martinez

I am really loving this series! Thank you for doing it. One common use of a NAS is to store music and video files. Would be helpful to see how to set up Plex with the NAS. Thanks again!


Don McAllister

Excellent - you may not have long to wait :)


Simon Browne

I have music (mp3,m4a, aac, flac ) and movies stored on NAS - WDCloud and Synology - and use VLC to listen and watch media. VLC on iPad, iPhone or Mac all have access to the files - no other apps required and VLC transcodes practically everything I have stored. Probably lacking most of the features of PLEX but it does the job very well of letting me listen or watch almost any file.

Karl Laurent

Great show, Don. I discovered many new possibilities of my Synology. Thanks a lot.

Mark Warner

I really appreciate your efforts on this series. One word of warning is how often Synology, and I imagine others, updates their software. This can create a lot of confusion. For example, your tutorial is already outdated in what things look like for setting up a new shared folder/file in that the software now lists only SMB/AFP/NFS, so familiar terms like MAC and PC are missing until one digs in and reads a bit further to understand what these terms mean.

I would really appreciate it if you set aside part of a tutorial to discuss ways to share folders/files with Mac and PC users who are NOT on your LAN and do not want to use a cloud-based sync-style system. I find this to be the most common way people want to share things when they already use services like DropBox etc. and really don't want to bother with another sync platform but do want the ability to mount, work with, and unmount a shared file etc.


Don McAllister

Thanks Mark, I'm not too sure what you mean by the tutorial being outdated as I did mention the SMB/AFP/NFS section in the File Services albeit briefly. Although it's technically possible to set up a remote mount of a file share as you describe, it's probably easier in most cases to use a cloud-based solution. As an aside, the built-in method of sharing links from the Synology also applied to folders as well. If you share a folder and send a link, the recipient does not access the folder from the cloud, they will see it on your Synology.

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