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Sample Synology DiskStation 1813+ System Information

Example of Synology DiskStation system information output, with a five disk array: General Serial number XXXXXON001918 Model name DS1813+ Total physical memory 4096 MB DSM version DSM 4.3-3810 System time 2013-11-16 12:25:55 Operating time 0 hour(s) 39 minute(s) 35 second(s) Thermal status Normal (32 °C / 90 °F) Network Server name DiskStation DNS Default gateway Workgroup WORKGROUP LAN 1 MAC address 00-11-32-1E-69-9F IP address Subnet mask IPv6 address fe80::211:32ff:fe1d:699f/64 Scope:link LAN 2 MAC address 00-11-32-1E-69-A0 IP

iPad Air cannot access (hotmail) mail server?! [SOLVED]

Q. My new iPad Air stopped downloading my Microsoft Hotmail and now I am stuck at about a month ago on my email! I have it set to download all time email in my settings yet every time I try to download it says something like ‘cannot connect to mail server’. Any ideas? -Ian G. A. Hi Ian, I am sorry to hear about your Hotmail problem. 🙁 It seems that in iOS7 there are a number of issues with

Synology DS1813+ Review

My DS1813+ arrived yesterday via FedEx and I will soon be putting it through its paces. This article will be updated periodically. Until the next update, here are some preliminary links: DS1813+ Product Info Synology Network Attached Storage – DS1813+ Products its superior performance, scalability, resilience, and comprehensive features, Synology® DS1813+ is the ideal storage solution for your growing SMB. The DS1813+ can help to simplify data… Synology DS1813+ & DS1513+ DiskStations Reviewed – Features, Performance, Conclusion – SmallNetBuilder 4.2

NAS that supports SSDs with TRIM? [SOLVED]

Q. I am looking for a NAS that will let me use SSDs and supports TRIM. That is very important to me because I want the SSDs to last a long time. I like Intel or Samsung drives if possible and I only need 100GB to 200GB or so. FYI I am looking for a two bay RAID1 mirrored solution. Thank you! -Sergio Kan A. Hi Sergio, I think you are in luck 🙂 Synology is a well respected NAS brand

High-end NAS roundup

I have been looking for a new 5 to 10 bay NAS for backup purposes. There are a lot of nice options on the market right now. Here are some links and articles that have been helpful to me so far: LimeTech – AVS-10/4 Mass-Storage Server talked to several digital media enthusiasts and professional audio/video installers to come up with the ideal server for their needs in the AVS-10/4 Mass-Storage Server. It’s also a great… Thecus N10850 Top Tower Reviewed

Why I may never (again) buy a Drobo

Drobo = Great Idea I love the idea of Drobo. A storage device that: protects your data, is easily upgradeable, and is dead simple to use. When it comes to the reality I find things less rosy. Before I continue this review let me make note that there seems to be a conspiracy theory out there about negative Drobo reviews. I do not know if the theory is correct or not but many negative reviews seem to be met with

Using Parrot Zik headphones with Windows 7 / Win8 [solved]

Recently I tried pairing some Parrot Zik headphones with my Dell E6430 laptop. The pairing was quite easy but there was no sound when playing media files etc. 🙁 The solution for me was to: Disable the Parrot RFcomm service Specify that my ‘headset does not have an LCD’ After doing that, the headphones worked quite well with Windows! 🙂 It would have been nice if everything would have just worked right out of the box but overall I still rate

CMOS battery dead, lost settings, Windows won’t boot!

Q. Yo J.D……so my hoss of a Dell laptop (the one with a 20″ screen) seems to have bit it again…It was left unplugged for a couple of days and I think that internal battery was drained. So it will try and start windows, but then it crashes and starts the reboot process over…I can get into set up…do you know how I can fix that boot problem? -John A. Howdy John. Yes, it sounds like your CMOS battery is

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