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Friday, May 9, 2014

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Synology - syncing your precious data

The Brunei Times/ANN | Goh De No | Friday, May 9, 2014

I personally like to tinker around with phones, tablets, computers and laptops a lot. I understand these things, but I've never used them how I am using them now.

Phones, tablets and laptops are, of course, the more alluring side of technology. Desktops are no longer as attractive as they used to be, unless you're talking about souped-up graphics cards.

However, on the less alluring side of things, such as a CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) systems for your own property's safety, I failed to look at, until recently.

Over the past few months, I was busy helping set up an establishment, and I needed everything: computers, sound systems, laptops for staff - all things I like. CCTV, I didn't pay so much attention to, until recently.

I was about to go for the traditional CCTV server with wired cables fixed to the top of the wall. However, before I was about to purchase said CCTV server with cameras, I was introduced to the Synology DS713+ by a friend who uses it as a surveillance system at his office.

The Synology DS713+ is a Network Attached Server (NAS) which allows you to access it via your mobile device.

The best thing is, since the Synology devices are NAS, I could purchase wireless cameras that are connected to the network's WiFi and place them anywhere I want without having to pull wires around. This means that if a spot is not effective, or I no longer need surveillance there, I could just re-locate it.

Being connected to the server also means that I can monitor what the cameras are seeing with my smartphone.

Obviously, the Synology devices aren't just for CCTVs; you can create backups of your data, use it as a file sharing tool, as a printer server or even a media server.

Basically it's an all-in-one server sharing device.

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