Exploring Synology NAS 918+

My last NAS drive was the NetGear Stora [eons ago], and with all the changes in technology, drive space, 4k transcoding, plex, VM support l was due for an upgrade.

Enter the Synology NAS DS918+ which l settled for after lots of research over the QNap equivalent.

Below are some pictures and notes.Started off with just one 6Tb Seagate Barracuda Pro 128Mb cache 7200rpm drive that was on sale on amazon prime day.

Note, the transfer speed from external USB [WD 4TB external] into the NAS is about 55-68Mbs, if the External isnt accessible on the file station, you might need to reboot the NAS

For somereason l could not get it to see the contents of my Sandisk ExtremeSSD for quick copy into the NAS via the USB ports it came with, but it did see the contents of my WD External 4Tb usb drive.

This home/business NAS does offer a lot of applications – including:

  • Plex [ one core app l need]
  • VM hosting – OS independent, you can run Windows VM, Linux VM etc
  • drupal, github, wordpress, apache etc
  • Streaming media – photos, videos, documents work great – on all my PC’s, Samsung TV, PS3, XBoxOne, wireless devices on my internal home network etc.

Its really impressive how a modern day NAS is now a dedicated Linux machine with webhosting, network security, antivirus apps etc.

 

ZCash mining – using GTX1080 GTX970 Stats

Screenshots:

GTX1080 at about 80 degrees C – and doing 474 Sol/s

GTX970 at aboyt 56 degrees C – and doing 275 Sol/s

OS – Linuxmint

 

Android Development Notes

Android Development Screen shots Notes, showing my settings, and most especially space costs on my dual OS laptop.

I dual boot into Windows 10 or  Ubuntu 16 on my laptop, l find the later faster and more Android sdk development simpler since l have to disable Hyper-V which l need on Windows 10 if l setup my full Android development on it – including emulator for testing.

Note, the complete tools below l chose and use take a lot of space. In my case, 30Gb, so plan accordingly.

Choice of SDK platforms.

My current phone is the LGG5 – running Android 7.0, however l also own an older Nexus 6 [no sim card/wireless plan] which l use for Android development testing running Android 7.1.1 [google nexus phones get the latest android releases frirst, unfortunately at least the nexus 6P not 6 is required for Android Oreo/8] 🙁 , and one of my target platform is Ikechukwu’s older samsung galaxy tablet which runs Android lollipop 5.0.1

I also chose Android MM – Marshmellow 6.0.1 since l have a tester using that version residing in Jos/Lagos on his phone – onijec [click here for his twitter link].

I want to test developing a small birthday countdown app for Ikechukwu, see if this works on multiple Android versions, test and use my google developer account/playstore and non playstore app distribution – before diving into more deep stuff like geo location based apps l am more interested in.