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Synology DS1817 8-Bay NAS (Tested at 10Gbps) Review

By Tyler Bernath from Aug 16, 2017 @ 12:50 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Synology

Test System Setup


Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications





Setup being with the screen above, you can reach this using the Finder app from Synology or by entering the device IP.





To begin setup, we first have to install DSM; this takes a few minutes.




Once setup is complete, you will be let off at the dashboard above. The menu to the right gives you a quick look at the activity of the NAS. CPU, memory, and LAN usage are charted, and uptime is recorded along with the volume status.




Similar to past Synology appliances, these icons in the system menu direct you to configure your appliances. File Station is quick access to your data while package center is where you will find most add-on application like download station or Plex. Storage manager houses volume, caching and iSCSI access.




Diving into the control panel, icons are laid out with file sharing the first category including services and users. Connectivity allows you to setup your network, wireless connectivity, and manage security.




Here we have a closer look at the storage menu. Volume and disk group allow you to configure your drives as you see fit while iSCSI gives you quick access to your storage. You can setup a Hot Spare limiting downtime if you have a drive failure. SSD cache, as you guessed, speeds up access to your most frequently used data.




Package Center includes some must have solutions from Synology.




The snapshot above was taken during testing, and it gives you an idea on how well DSM monitors its resources. As you can see, even a 500 MB/s load on this unit does push the CPU past 30% and memory 9%.

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