Category Archives: Hardware

Synology DiskStation DS1515+ Review

Summary: The Synology DS 1515+ is a capable little NAS with a large feature set, but it has some software reliability issues and limited technical support.

Hardware

The DS1515+ is a compact unit that feels sturdy. It holds five 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives, and 3.5″ drives can be installed without any tools. You will need a Phillips-head screwdriver to install an additional RAM module, but that’s also a very simple process. The fans are also easily replaceable.

Configuration

You will need to connect the DiskStation to the Internet to install the operating system, which is called DiskStation Manager (DSM). The installation process went smoothly. From a security standpoint, this process is slightly scary, and I hope that the automated installation process used some method to verify the integrity of the operating system.

Once the operating system is installed, there is a nice graphical user interface to manage all aspects of the system. It is possible to enable SSH to allow access to the unit by command line, but the CLI is officially undocumented, and Synology support won’t answer questions about it. The documentation on the Synology support site is pretty thorough, so I won’t go through the process to create a RAID or volumes.

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Mini Maker Faire Orlando Report: Hardware

I had a lot of fun at the Orlando Mini Maker Fair today!  In this post I’m going to highlight some of the hardware vendors who took the time to come out and show their stuff to the community.

80/20: The Industrial Erector Set

80/20 is a company that makes modular aluminum framing systems.  Their motto is “The Industrial Erector Set,” and it’s a good description of their product.  Our local distributor is Florida Motion and Control.  If you ever might need to build any kind of machine or robot, you need to browse the 80/20 web site and bookmark it.  I have never used it, but I am desperately looking for a project that will require this!

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