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System Settings

Now let’s check out the NAS’s network settings. These are its name, IP address and Jumbo Frames support. You can also make use of the integrated PPPoE and DDNS clients (with a few preset providers) as well as SNMP. If used on a large network, you can increase the NAS’s security by enabling the integrated firewall and the blocking of access when a password guessing attempt is detected.

The firewall is handy enough. Besides the standard parameters like address and port, you can use the names of the integrated services.

The integrated clock can be set up manually or synchronized via the Internet having first specified the time zone.

You can save/restore/reset the NAS’s settings and update its firmware. By the way, Synology often offers its users to beta-test new versions of firmware but you must be aware that you cannot easily downgrade the firmware.

The integrated logging feature is highly functional. Besides a standard list of events, you can view current connections and detailed information about what users connected via FTP or web manager have done. You can also read information about the backup copying services. Email and SMS (requires a subscription to a paid service) notifications are supported for remote reporting.

There are two pages in the web-interface that show that current status of the device. They provide summary information (name, addresses, firmware, disks, volumes, etc) and graphs (processor utilization, memory usage, network interface activity, total/free disk space).

The power management options are limited to turning the internal and external (USB and eSATA) disks off when idle and turning the NAS on/off by a schedule.

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