Synology Adds Time Machine, iPhone Support to Disk Station Manager 2.2

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Synology announced Tuesday the release of Disk Station Manager 2.2, an update to the Disk Station configuration and management tool that adds support for Time Machine and iPhone, as well as Surveillance Station 3 and a DLNA-compliant media server. Disk Station is a Network Attached Storage solution that offers several server-related functions (print serving, file sharing, and many more) in addition to its storage function.

"In order to better fully support our Mac users, we've added Apple Time Machine and iPhone support to extend the capabilities of the Disk Station," Heather Morford, marketing director of Synology America Corp., said in a statement. "Time Machine support allows Mac OS X users to backup their data directly to their Disk Stations using the native Mac OS X application. Two new iPhone applications, DS photo and DS audio, make uploading photos and streaming music from a Disk Station to an iPhone or iPod Touch and easy and seamless process.”

Surveillance Station 3 is a video surveillance system one can manage through Disk Station. Users can attach IP cameras to their network, and manage them through Disk Station Manager. The new version include new features called Synchronized Multi-Event Player (SMEP) and Centralized Management.

According to the company, SMEP allows users to simultaneously watch events recorded at the same time from up to four different cameras. Centralized Management allows users to simultaneously watch the camera live-views installed on multiple Disk Stations, or watch the event timeline of a single camera installed on another Disk Station.

The update also includes support for Digital Living Network Alliance-compliant (DLNA) devices such as Sony PS3 and Xbox360 (and others) to allow for digital content sharing.

Disk Station comes in a large variety of variations and sizes, and you can find more information at the company's Web site. Disk Station Manager 2.2 is a free update for Disk Station users.

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2 Comments

prg

I have a Synology DS107 for a few years. I would not recommend any Synology products. Their AFP implementation is 10X slower than SMB and they have promised for two years to improve it. However, their releases for the past year has not addressed the slow performance that they have acknowledged.

Their iTunes server has had many issues and is even slower than AFP. A 20GB database of songs will take minutes to show up on iTunes.

I recently got a Time Capsule and is about 30x faster than the synology.

David Jameson

Personally, I am finding the DS 509+ to be absolutely wonderful although I wish the support from synology was faster.

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