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Synology: DiskStation Manager 5.1 Beta is Available

Synology just released a Beta version of it’s coming DSM version 5.1 and it’s available for download:

At the same time, the powerpacked 4-bay Disktation DS415+ was announced: Hopefully it does come with SSD Cache capability!

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SharePoint: Downloading SPC2014 Content using Synology Download Station

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Like many of you, I was rushing over Channel 9 web site to download SPC2014 videos. Every year, Scripting guru’s are elaborating incredible pieces of script to automate content download, sometimes in a very reliable way (throttled download, file integrity verification, progress measurement…).

However, Synology owners can rely on the power of DSM’s Download Station to effortlessly download all video’s and slides in the most reliable way.

Using Download Station

  1. First, visit the Channel 9’s SPC2014 page to get the RSS feed of the content:
  2. In the upper right, copy the URL of the RSS feed for the content’s format you’re interested in. Note: obvisously, you can take note of multiple feeds (video or audio only for example)spcvidssyno1
  3. Then log on to your Syno’s DSM and start Download Station
  4. Click on the RSS Feed view on the left menu then click on the plus sign to add a feed. Add the RSS Feed URL(‘s) you previsously noted and chose if you wish to download all content automatically or select from the list afterwards. Click OK. If you select automatic download, it will start right away.
  5. Depending upon your bandwidth condition, manage concurrent downloads, pause, resume or stop as needed

Note: This download method works with any Channel 9 content as long as you put your hands on the appropriate RSS Feed and might also works with other sites… So why bother coding when you have the supreme NAS experience at hand 🙂

RSS Feed URL’s

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Synology: Resource Monitor not Loading



On one of my Synology NAS (I call them NAS but they would deserve a more flattering name), the Resource Monitor widget refused to load and remained stuck on Waiting like depicted on the screen capture below:

While I thought upgrading to DSM 4.2 would solve the problem it did unfortunately not, therefore I started playing around and found the culprit: SNMP. I actually found two possible causes:

The built-in SNMP Module

  1. Log on as admin on the web interface
  2. Go to the Control Panel
  3. Under Network Services, click on SNMP
  4. Uncheck Enable SNMP Service
  5. Reboot (yes reboot IS needed)
  6. Go back to the Control Panel and check Enable SNMP Service again

The NET-SNMP Daemon

Months ago I had installed the NET-SNMP using IPKG in order to get Cacti working. It appears that it may also prevent the Resource Monitor from load. Here is how to remove it:

  1. Open an SSH or Telnet session to the Synology as root
  2. Verify net-snmp is installed by executing
    ipkg list_installed
  3. If present, execute the command hereunder to uninstall it
    ipkg remove net-snmp
  4. Reboot the box (yes reboot IS needed too)

Happy Synologying!


Synology: No AirPlay Render Mode for Non-Admin in Audio Station

Recently I was configuring low-privilege accounts for my kids on the Syno. Soon afterwards I got complaints arriving at the service desk 🙂 because they not unable to render music out to Airplay-enabled devices using Audio Station.

Allowing non-admin user is fairly easy, just start Audio Station, click on Settings on the top menu then click on the tab Privileges. For each user you wish to enable that feature, enable the check box USB/UPnP Render Mode.

This will allow not only replaying to AirPlay but also to directly-connected USB sound devices and other UPnP devices as well if they expose this capability. I accidentally discovered that my new TV screen does UPnP rendering too :).

Note: I am running DSM 4.1 but I suppose it should work on less recent DSM as well.

Happy “Synologying” !