USB device management, including USB printers, and the ability to backup USB storage and SD cards to the device
DSM update — automated updating of the software. It looks like a new release came out in the month since I set it up.
UPnP media server and its settings, including DMA transcoding for devices which can’t play back your media files natively. This is virtually required for use with XBox 360 and PS3.
iTunes service, and audio station setup. Audio station allows the user to listen to music through the control panel — no audio player required.
Photo station is aimed at people who want to share their photos but not on a major sharing site. Download Station lets users download items directly to the NAS via HTTP, FTP, NZB, and BitTorrent, plus eMule. Surveillance Station is useful for folks with IP cameras, and File Station is a method outside of the Control Panel to use the file manager I showcased earlier in the review.
The DS-211+ can also operate as a mail server, complete with web mail. While a neat feature, it may not be the best idea.
LAN, CPU, and memory usage graphs from the Resource Monitor applet
Storage manager showing my RAID0 volume and two 1 TB hard drives
Back up the configuration. There’s also a way to add packages, but it’s unclear how to find packages to add
The various external tools, File Station, Audio Station, Download Station, and more.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.