Now let’s see what NAS-related setup options are available in the web-interface.
Besides the firmware name, the header of the manager window contains links to the integrated applications, DSM Desktop, and exit page (Logout). A navigation menu is located in the left part of the window. This menu looks prettier than in the previous version of the firmware but has retained its laconic two-level design and logical structure.
There is one small but handy innovation here: context search.
If you begin to type in some word, the DS209+ will try to find corresponding groups of settings and show links to them in a pop-up window.
The current page with settings is displayed in the right part of the window. The integrated Help system is designed as a vertical band along the edge of the window. You don’t even see a link to it until you choose some page. But when you do, there appears a book icon at the top of the band.
This is a link to the Help page which moves out of the band when you click it.
The Help system is complete and comprehensible, so even beginner users shouldn’t find it a problem to set the NAS up.
When you open the setup manager, you can see a page with a few setup Wizards that are indeed very helpful. You can also see the My Favorites zone here. You can drag-and-drop up to 10 links to any menu items into this zone for quick access. You can also change the appearance of the start page by clicking the Complete Mode link. This displays all of the menu items in a single list.
Now let’s see what setup options you can use in the Manager.
So the first group of settings is Information. It contains the Status page that offers rather detailed information about the current parameters of the device. For example, it reports the current temperature of the HDDs.
The Log page is especially interesting as it provides logs of the device’s operation divided into categories. Each log is very detailed and visual. The last page, About, contains information about the trademark, etc.