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External Devices

The DS1010+ offers four USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA connector to connect external devices. Top-end NASes from other manufacturers have more eSATA ports, but Synology offers a special unit DX510, designed like the discussed NAS, which expands the number of supported hard disks to as many as ten! All of them appear in the DSM interface and can be managed independently.

The USB interfaces can be used for external storage devices, printers, UPSes, Wi-Fi controllers and USB sound cards/speakers. Interestingly, the compatibility lists for Synology’s NASes based on different platforms include the same devices.

The support for FAT32, EXT2/3/4, NTFS and USB hubs is now complemented by the opportunity to access multiple partitions on external devices. Each partition is mounted as an individual shared folder, except for the DX510 unit connected via eSATA. Disks and disk volumes can be formatted into EXT3/4 or FAT32.

There is nothing new in terms of printer and UPS functionality.

System Settings

The DS1010+ allows to change the design of the web-interface login window and choose the ports for accessing it. It supports HTTPS and can redirect automatically to the encrypted connection. A self-signed certificate can be imported into the system. To improve security, the user is automatically logged off after being inactive for a certain period of time. The web interface and main protocols are additionally protected by a feature which blocks user access if a password guessing attempt is identified.

This can be enabled for SSH, Telnet and FTP.

If not enough, you can boost security even further by enabling the integrated firewall. Its rules are set up by selecting a service, user port, address (or an address range), and specifying the action (deny or allow the access). The firewall rule lists are defined individually for each interface.

Besides an ordinary status page where you can see main information about the NAS and its status, there are dynamic graphs showing CPU load, memory usage, and network activity level. You can find out which processes take the most CPU or memory resources.

Synology has always offered extensive logging capabilities in its devices. There are special logs for the backup system, connections, FTP server, etc.

An internal clock is necessary for logging, of course. You can set it up by choosing a time zone and the update method (manual or automatic).

The administrator can be notified about NAS events via email or SMS (a paid service). The language for notifications is selected separately.

When used in NASes, the x86 platform usually offers flexible power management options. Here, besides turning off the internal and external drives after a period of no access, the DS1010+ supports Wake-on-LAN, a work schedule, and UPSes.

On the same page you can find the options for choosing a fan control mode and turning off audio signals for various events.

The NAS’s firmware can be updated by downloading the firmware file to your PC and installing it into your NAS. Synology doesn't yet offer an automated way of looking for and installing latest firmware. The options for saving and restoring the NAS’s settings can be found in rather unusual menu locations, which may confuse an inexperienced user.

An option to reset all the settings and remove the disk configuration is available, too.

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