How to setup a Synology NAS Part 1: Familiarising yourself with a Synology NAS

In this series of video’s we take a look at how you perform a basic setup and configuration of a Synology, Network Attached Storage device. The aim of this series is to offer a reference point to help you build your own home network.  

A NAS is a device that has been specifically designed to allow the computers on a network to centrally share files and data. While all NAS devices are able to provide file based storage services. A Synology NAS can be configured to behave more like a general purpose server, rather than just a traditional NAS.

As this video is the first in this series. We will be taking a look at the main features on a typical model of Synology NAS. We will then briefly discussing some storage suggestions and reviewing how you physically connect the device to your home network.

Notes: At this stage in the setup of our NAS. We did not fit all of the hard drives that we purchased for our NAS. Instead we only fitted a single drive, which is required in order to install Disk Station Manager. 

We will be adding additional hard drives to our NAS, and create volumes with those drives in a future video. 

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