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  November 20, 2011 - 2:55pm
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my AppleTV 2 works great with my Synology DS411 Slim i would recommend it any time

  November 20, 2011 - 8:37pm
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Long before I even considered getting a jailbroken ATV for streaming movies off a NAS, I did some research and decided in purchasing a Synology 209 some 18 months ago.  Been using it to backup my family's 5 Macs via TimeMachine, store hundreds of movies, and hold thousands of music tracks.  Works great... is very stable, responsive, and keeps the hard drives operating at cool temps.  Synology keeps releasing OS updates for all of their NAS models, improving the value and longevity of my investment. 

Been using the NAS recently for streaming all of my MP4 and MKV movies via aTV Flash, and it works great.  Now, if only James can improve the loading times of saved metadata for my movies, all will be well.  Wink

  November 21, 2011 - 9:41am (Reply to #33)
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  Fechado wrote:

I'm using the Synology DS210+ working with AFP and its fast and reliable. Highly recommend it.

 

I'm curious, I have the DS211j and I cannot connect using AFP, I had to use smb. How did you get it to connect? Are you running the latest firmware on your 210j?

  November 21, 2011 - 9:44am
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I am using a USRobotics NAS "dongle" for external hard drives. Doesn't do redundancy, but provides decent NAS services, BT client, SMB support, Xbox/PS3 media server, access control And cheap < $80 !

http://www.usr.com/support/product-template.as...

These may be good solutions too - but don't expect too much

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/categor...

 

UPDATE: Nov 21 -- My USRobotics dongle decided to eat itself, so I cannot recommend it. As per the consensus here I went out and found the Synology DS111 1-bay device. Hard to find the DS211j which is an amazing deal if you can find it. Review of the DS111 is here. And screen shots of the amazing OS on the Synology products!

  November 21, 2011 - 9:51am (Reply to #35)
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  arim.1287 wrote:

 

I'm curious, I have the DS211j and I cannot connect using AFP, I had to use smb. How did you get it to connect? Are you running the latest firmware on your 210j?

Do you have AFP enabled on your Synology drive? We have a DS212+ here and it was disabled by default.

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  November 21, 2011 - 10:08am (Reply to #36)
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  james wrote:

Do you have AFP enabled on your Synology drive? We have a DS212+ here and it was disabled by default.

Yes I do. I can share with my Macbook via AFP no problem.

  November 21, 2011 - 10:11am (Reply to #37)
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  arim.1287 wrote:

Yes I do. I can share with my Macbook via AFP no problem.

 

Is it possible it won't work because I have the drives formatted for NTFS? Someone on a different thread suggested this may be the reason my brother cannot get is External HD to show up that's connected to his iMac.

  November 21, 2011 - 10:12am (Reply to #38)
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  arim.1287 wrote:

 

Is it possible it won't work because I have the drives formatted for NTFS? Someone on a different thread suggested this may be the reason my brother cannot get is External HD to show up that's connected to his iMac.

Yes. FAT and NTFS drives are not able to be shared using AFP, so SMB would need to be used in its place.

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  November 21, 2011 - 10:14am
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I was using a DS111 and the drives are formatted with ext4 on the Synology devices. I had AFP enabled and was not able to connect either. Ended up disabling AFP and using SMB. I don't believe drives are formatted as NTFS or FAT32/FAT with the Synology devices. All hard drives get reformatted with ext4 since the OS is Linux on the Synology devices and the OS installs on a partition on each hard drive on a Synology system.

  November 21, 2011 - 10:15am (Reply to #40)
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  james wrote:

Yes. FAT and NTFS drives are not able to be shared using AFP, so SMB would need to be used in its place.

 

Is there any real benefit to using AFP over SMB?

  November 21, 2011 - 10:23am (Reply to #41)
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  alexsirota wrote:

I was using a DS111 and the drives are formatted with ext4 on the Synology devices. I had AFP enabled and was not able to connect either. Ended up disabling AFP and using SMB. I don't believe drives are formatted as NTFS or FAT32/FAT with the Synology devices. All hard drives get reformatted with ext4 since the OS is Linux on the Synology devices and the OS installs on a partition on each hard drive on a Synology system.

Right the main (internal) Synology drives will be ext4, which have no issues with AFP or SMB. I'm not sure which formats are supported when connecting an extra drive using USB.

Are you running the latest DSM software on your Synology drive? There have been a few users who had issues with the older software which the new version seemed to cure.

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  November 21, 2011 - 10:27am
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Indeed I am running the latest DSM, have not attached any external drives either. When I formatted I downloaded the latest .pat file from the Synology website rather than using what was included. It checks out as the latest on the DSM control panel too. The AFP is definitely not happy from Media Player, at least on my DS111.