Integration with Mobile Devices
In this section of our review we will tell you how Synology products can be used together with mobile devices such as iPhone/iPod touch or Android. There are a few free applications from Synology in AppStore: DS audio, DS cam, DS photo and DS photo+. The first of them provides access to the NAS’s audio library for listening with the option of tag-based sorting.
The second may serve as an autonomous system for watching the video surveillance data, both recorded and live. The DS photo and DS photo+ applications provide different services despite their similar names: the former allows uploading photos from your mobile device to the NAS whereas the plus version is a client for the above-described Photo Station and allows viewing photos and videos and even writing comments to them.
Besides these applications, AppStore offers a couple of tools to control the file download station. SynoLoad is the only application to support the iPad.
The same goes for Android-based devices. You can use DS audio, DS cam and DS photo+ for them. SynoLoad for Android is not free but it has a free alternative called Synodroid.
Besides the specialized applications we can note that the NAS’s web-interface is adapted for mobile devices. For example, you can use the file browser and the photo catalogue from a smartphone.
There are no changes here. You can still use a few ready-made packages for installing via the Package Management page: Squeezebox Server, email server, phpMyAdmin. A recent addition is a module that can capture snapshots of folders with user data. We will describe it in detail in our upcoming review.
Console access and the option of installing additional software, for example via Optware, are still available. There are already over 1200 packages available for the x86 platform!