Photo Station 3
The new DSM 2.0 software includes the updated Photo Station 3 web photo sharing service (Figure 10). Like its predecessor, when you enable photo sharing, a share named \photo is created. To publish photos, you merely copy directories of images into the \photo share. Photo Station 3 then automatically indexes and creates thumbnails of your images.
Figure 10: Photo Station 3 home page
Albums can be either private or public. Public albums are viewable by everyone who connects to the server. To view private albums, you have to log into the Photo Station. Of course, you have to enable port forwarding and set up Dynamic DNS, called EZ Internet by Synology, to enable access from the Internet.
In my tests, I set up the DS508 to operate on an additional web port of 8080 as I have another web server operating on the standard port 80. So access to the photo share would be in the format, http://domainname:8080/photo. Unfortunately, the user list for the Photo Station is separate from the user list for the rest of the functions of the NAS. Synology said that it designed the Photo Station to have a separate user list because of security concerns, but may revisit the issue to have a single, unified user database.
You can run a slide show for any album (Figure 11). And, you can set any photo within an album to be the cover photo for the album. EXIF information is also shown for logged in users.
Figure 11: Photo Station Slide show
Photo Station 3 also includes basic blogging software. It’s intended primarily as a private blog., so only the administrator can create a post and only logged in users can comment on posts.
Though anonymous users can view the blog, there’s no facility for them to request login credentials. Frankly, there are much better free blogging sites available on the web, so I wouldn’t waste my time with the built-in blog.
The Audio Station interface has a fresh new look (Figure 12), but the basic functions are the same as in the previous version. You can create playlists from the music library hosted on the NAS, listen to Internet radio stations, or, if you connect your iPod to one of the NAS USB ports, listen to your iPod.
The Audio Station comes pre-populated with over 60 Internet radio stations, but you can add your own favorites. For many months, I’ve been listening to my favorite jazz station, KCSM, San Mateo using the Audio Station with my DS107+.
Like earlier versions of Synology NAS products, music is streamed to supported USB speakers connected to a USB port on the NAS.