Having advanced hardware capabilities, the DS207+ offers a rich selection of extra services that can rarely be found on devices of its class. This functionality is supported by firmware, and the firmware image you can download from the manufacturer’s website is about eight times the capacity of the NAS unit’s flash memory chip. It is because most of the firmware is written to the internal hard disk rather than into the flash memory. When booting up for the first time, the NAS creates a system partition, over 100MB large, for that purpose.
By the way, the source code of the firmware is only available at a special request and will cost you $20. Perhaps this is the reason why PC enthusiasts do not create their own versions of this firmware. At least we couldn’t find serious projects concerning Synology products on the Web. However, you can find some info about customizing Synology’s firmware, for example at http://oinkzwurgl.org/diskstation. Although that resource is focused on junior NAS models from Synology, some of its materials should be interesting for owners of the DS207+ as well.
Judging by the forum at the Synology website and by the Wiki-page the company supports, Synology has a favorable attitude towards hardware enthusiasts. The company is among the few manufacturers of home networking equipment who officially make their product accessible via Telnet and SSH. You had to install a patch from Synology’s website to enable such access before, but recently this capability has been added into the NASes’ web-interface.
People at Synology do not wait for individual users to polish the official firmware off but do the job themselves. The services you will find available in the firmware of the DS207+ are going to satisfy most users.
Most of the services are available on the start page of the NAS’s web-interface.
To use a service you must first enable it in the Management menu that will be described shortly. We’ll now glance over the applications integrated into the official firmware. First of all, the DS207+ comes with such applications as iTunes Server, PHP and MySQL.
Now let’s see what services can be accessed from the entry page.
The DS207+ offers a file manager called File Station. You can use it to perform basic operations with files and folders on the internal HDDs as well as external disks connected to the DS207+.
The Audio Station link leads to the namesake application that can be used if you connect special speakers or an iPod to one of the NAS’s USB ports. The Audio Station allows to play music stored on the DS207+ and broadcast Internet-based radio stations via these devices. Besides, there are tools to create an indexed library of music and play-lists. You can make it even more comfortable for yourself by attaching a remote control with a USB interface.