Assembly and Installation
Synology NASes used to require that you install their DSM firmware using the Synology Assistant utility. So, you had to have a compatible OS to run that utility, which wasn’t always convenient. Nowadays, each NAS has a web-server for initial setting-up. If you have a standard network configuration with a router and DHCP server, you only need a web browser (even a mobile browser on a tablet PC) to start your NAS up. The NAS can download the latest firmware version automatically. Synology Assistant is still useful, though. It allows you to change the device’s network settings, monitor its resources, connect network disks and printers, and upload photographs and videos. The utility is available in versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux, which covers most of computers out there.
The system partition is created on each installed HDD, so you can easily replace the latter afterwards without losing your system settings. Additionally installed software modules are bound to particular disk partitions, though.
The NAS is set up via a standard web-interface which looks like the desktop of a modern OS with multiple resizable windows, icons (i.e. links), background images, integrated help system and even widgets. The interface is available in several languages and can be accessed via HTTPS, which is useful for remote access.
There is only one administrator account but ordinary users can also use this interface to access extra services permitted for them.