Droid NAS review

Droid NAS makes wireless file sharing from or to your Android easy, but you'll need a Mac to use it. The program does not work with Windows, which is a little disappointing. Still, if your computer and your Android aren't normally friends -- and that's possible if you're using a Mac -- this app will help you bring them together without a cable.

This program serves as a wireless bridge for your files. When you connect to it, you can share your files over any Wi-Fi service, letting all of the Macs on that network access … Read more

Synology showcases NAS DiskStation Manager OS 5.0 at CES 2014

Here's some exciting news for Synology NAS server owners. The storage vendor announced at CES 2014 the latest version of its best-in-class Linux-based operating system for its NAS server, the beta of DiskStation Manager (DM) 5.0.

Since its inception, DiskStation Manager has been by far the most advanced operating system for NAS server and helped Synology NAS sever to win many of CNET's Editors' Choice awards, such as the Synology DiskStation DS1513+. The current version is 4.3.

Synology says DSM 5.0 brings a new, streamlined interface and some new and enhanced features. One area of … Read more

Fix a lost Time Machine connection to a network server

Apple's Time Machine backup service in OS X supports options to back up data to locally attached drives, or to networked drives such as Apple's Time Capsule devices. In addition, you can configure Time Machine to back up to a share point on another Mac. For instance, if you have a large 2-3TB USB drive attached to a desktop Mac, you can mount this drive on any other Mac as a shared folder, and then use it as a Time Machine backup destination.

This setup should provide you with networked backups, without needing to purchase a separate NAS … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.

This week readers had questions about an unexpected occurrence of the VIP mailbox in OS X mail, networked storage drives that result in different authentication prompts, and managing user accounts on a secondary hard drive in a MacBook Pro.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Banishing the VIP mailbox in OS X Mail MacFixIt reader Julie asks:

How do I delete the VIP folder in OS … Read more

LaCie's NAS OS 3.1 adds speed, cloud features, and more

LaCie's excellent 5big NAS Pro has just gotten a big improvement.

The storage vendor released the latest version of its NAS firmware today, NAS OS 3.1, adding speed and more features to its flagship NAS server. The new version promises to increase performance speed up to 25 percent in RAID 5.

I tried out the new firmware and found that performance was indeed improved noticeably. In tests with just one Gigabit Ethernet connection (the server has two network ports), in a SimplyRAID setup, which is similar to RAID 5 in this case, the server now offered 1,08MBps … Read more

Transfer files between Android and OS X with Droid NAS

Before I bought a Macbook Air, I began to fear the hassles that could potentially come with sharing files between my other devices, particularly my Android phone. What's the easiest way to transfer files between my two most beloved devices? Droid NAS is one elegant solution.

Droid NAS lets you send files back and forth between your Mac and Android phone. The app makes this possible via Wi-Fi and the built-in Bonjour protocol inside OS X.

Download and launch Droid NAS from your Android phone. Make sure that your Android device and your Macbook or Mac are all connected … Read more

Top six storage devices: A digital hoarder's wish list

There's more to digital storage than you might be aware of, and your needs often require devices across the entire spectrum. Start with the internal drive, then get an external drive, then a portable drive, then something you can access remotely or stream content from. Or just maybe, you might find you need something that works both as a portable drive and a media streamer, even when you're out and about. Yes, you could just realize that you want too much!

But no worries, you won't need to spend too much time on your search. The six … Read more

The complete guide to using Android with a Mac

For some reason it's a common belief that Android devices and Macs just don't get along. This misconception may have been true back in Android's infancy, but nowadays there's a long list of methods, apps, and services that let you use your Android device with your Mac. It's impossible to cover every app and service available, but I'm going to share the best of the bunch.

Most of the services listed below rely on the cloud to make the process of moving data between devices painless, while other methods require the tried and true … Read more

Share files between your Android device and a Mac with Droid NAS

You can share files between your Android device and a Mac by using a USB cable and running Android File Transfer on your Mac. If both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, however, there's an easier way: Droid NAS. Droid NAS is an Android app that makes your device appear in Finder as a Bonjour computer. There's no need to open a Web browser or run a separate program on your Mac.

Launch Droid NAS on your Android device, then select which profile you want to use. You can choose among the three profiles that are … Read more

Synology DSM 4.2 NAS OS now live

After almost two months in a beta state, Synology's version 4.2 of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system is now live.

The new version offers a host of improvements for both home and business users, especially in terms of ease of use. For example, Quick Connect -- a feature that quickly configures the router to facilitate the NAS server's Internet-based applications -- now supports the setup of more apps, including Cloud Station, DS File, DS Audio, DS Photo+, and the new DS Cloud app.

DS Cloud adds a Dropbox-like sync service for mobile devices. Other improvements … Read more