July 19, 2018, 9:27 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0687 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01833 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03442 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51646 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02528 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0333 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03741 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57108 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03151 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00707 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.75309 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02527 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12832 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07203 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27899 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19255 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 374.4856 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03737 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02464 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01868 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.20576 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12563 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.5578 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.55649 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77142 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41506 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32024 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11972 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93303 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19981 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25129 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33389 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51106 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01606 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03917 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01429 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08962 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88982 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.66816 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14005 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.88103 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1468 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44747 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1187 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26057 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20183 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.36027 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06796 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28159 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.25963 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 813.69248 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99588 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43547 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01325 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11107 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.8771 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27484 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.70146 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.90311 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.83502 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.15413 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01534 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.4508 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.22035 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.15189 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98915 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00412 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24822 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05703 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01161 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02573 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17723 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31076 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98373 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.78638 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.80995 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15122 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64048 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64347 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29125 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.40105 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35353 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07589 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24819 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.7153 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58586 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15284 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02753 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06114 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06073 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39618 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0692 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.97905 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06809 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07472 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.95267 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07015 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14747 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25122 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33483 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16573 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0143 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41538 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.38571 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.68088 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.68313 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16367 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.633 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24845 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62252 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04952 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04351 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08966 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12587 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57159 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.49906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49158 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.56977 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58277 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.09914 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2239.05724 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 431.12608 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04265 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04883 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05051 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90591 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.67265 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24818 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.07258 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76955 Zimbabwe dollar

REVIEW: SYNOLOGY DS 218+ : Versatility, size makes for a powerful network storage solution

STORAGE is fast becoming the problem of many households and small businesses. Not the kind of storage that requires boxes and cabinets to solve. It is the kind of storage that keeps the information currency in binaries and codes. Aside from storage, access anywhere and near-perpetual scalability are related and pressing concerns.

I take my own family as an example. We have five 1 terabyte portable hard drives at home for storage of photos and videos. My sons, taking up film and speech have videos uploaded and often times needs to be shared with class and groupmates for projects. I have my own 2 TB  hard disk that I regularly upload or download data from. Then there is a link that updates files between disks to my Amazon Web Services account, which is a free tier, thus comes only with a limited amount of space.

So when I heard of Synology’s small footprint DS218+ Networked Attached Storage (NAS) I looked at the specs and wanted to check out the performance. Here’s what I found out.

SMALL FOOTPRINT. At 165 mm x 108 mm x 232.2 mm, the DS218+ is about the size of two Robert Ludlum books, but longer. It weighs 1.30 kg without the hard disks, but that all goes to the solid construction. That space is truly desktop manageable. That also means more efficient power use. Many eons ago as a  young administrator for a now defunct website, Carz.ph, I built a networked server inside a Macintosh G4 shell. It took up so much space and ran hot.

The DS218+ with its small size and small internals runs cools and quitely.

Setting up the device took exactly 14 minutes (including unboxing). All that is really needed is to connect the plus and hook it up into a laptop. Its not all high tech too. Following the well-laid out instruction booklet (yes printed!) and turning on the unit then letting the wizard in the web browser guie you. The intuitive set-up interface also features DiskStation Manager (DSM). The nifty on-board tool will handle most of the needed automatic download and updating tasks behind-the-scenes, should you activate this feature.

OPEN SOURCE VERSATILITY. DiskStation Manager is a propriety Linux-derived operating system that runs DS218+ and other Synology NAS. The interface is distinct but being Linux, keeps its open source manageability. The interface feels like you’re using a desktop computer.

All the icons are easy to identify, menus well laid out and there is an abundance of help files. But what really impressed me from the interface was a huge array of custom plug-ins that handle many things including amazing activitites like a personal chat group (Chat by Snynology is the plug in) and file sharing apps for organizing your family photos, torrenting files, and everything in between. 

Other add-on packages expand the value and functionality of you’re the DS218+ and other Synology NAS devices. Here is a rundown of what I am targetting to set it up for—our common home backup device, a media streamer, the personal mail server, the in-house website-hosting device, the BitTorrent box, and connect-via-USB to the home CCTV as a back-up recorder. That is only for uses at home. 

NOT ONLY FOR HOME. This NAS can meet unique needs even for small businesses such as sharing files on the Cloud, including running e-commerce operations via Spree, media server managemet via Plex, and other like BitTorrent Sync, and GitLab. You can also set up a VPN environment, run the AES-NI hardware encryption to protect your data, run an antivirus to protect your system and RAID support to prevent data loss. Everything can be found and done in Package Center, with just a few clicks.

Also find the QuickConnect service that allows those with authorized user accounts to connect while away from home, without the requirement to mess around with router settings.

The end result is a multi-function device that can perform the tasks of a full size computer, while using only about as much electricity as a couple of LED bulbs. Note that even the fuller, bigger footprint DiskStation models consume less than half what a desktop computer would consume running 24/7. 

    MINI POWERHOUSE. Again I have to highlight the small footprint of the DS218+ because it has two hot-swappable drive bays (extra bays can be purchased online) and it runs off an Intel Celeron J3355 (2.0GHz) with a standard 2GB DDR3L. I already upgraded to 4GB on the review unit but there is still 2 more GB available as it maxes out at 6GB. 

    The added memory simply supplements the speed by which the processes are run. At 4GB there was no noticeable increase in speed, perceptibly or measurably. It transcodes at the following definitions; H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1 and has two Ethernet, three USB 3, and one eSATA port.     

At a Glance: DS218+ Versatility

    A SOLID SOLUTION. The DS218+ is a literally solid solution in overall excellent package. Out side it is smooth and nondescript. Pull out the front disk mask and the swappable bays are revealed. Also revealed is the solid steel construction, nicely machined interiors. The build quality is tough, ensuring the internals are well protected.

    I am particularly obsessed with that huge 90-mm cooling fan that does not even hum to cool the interiors, but ensures the it remains within safe thermal operation limits—even without being in an airconditioned room as in my case. The only thing you will notice is that it will start blowing away anything behind it.  

    The only other indications it is alive are four LED lights, dictating the status, LAN activity, and disk activity. Otherwise it will just sit quietly on the desktop or on a shelf. 

    After a week of solid testing, running all six laptops at home and hooking it up to an updated server I can say that the currently, and at its price range, the DS218+ is the best NAS for most people. It is fast, it offers powerful hardware and for the price of about P18,500++, is truly a solid storage solution. – Raymond G.B. Tribdino
Rating: 
Average: 5 (3 votes)

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