The set-up process is a little convoluted, as the Linux operating system used by the DS210+ must be installed onto the fitted storage, sacrificing a bit of capacity. We downloaded the latest from Synology’s website, but a less recent version was included on the installation CD. Usefully, the setup program will locate the DS210+ on your network saving you the effort of playing about with IP addresses.
Once the basic setup is complete you’ll need to access the DS210+ admin interface, which is among the best we’ve seen. The menus are logically laid out and clearly labelled and the Ajax effects, while arguably gratuitous in places, add a touch of class and do add some nicety (automatically refreshing progress indicators, for example) in places.
Volume management options are limited by the number of disks installable. RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD configuration is possible with, as previously mentioned, hardware encryption available should you want or need it. Shared folders get a number of options dictating who has rights to access them via what file transfer protocols (Windows, FTP, and so on).
The DS210+ predictably features a DLNA and uPnP compatible media server, in addition to functioning as an iTunes server. The full list of supported file formats is too long to list, but all of the important ones make it, including FLAC, MP3, AVI and MKV.