June 25, 2018, 11:14 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06901 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03401 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5072 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02524 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03345 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03758 Barbados Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 32.90079 Burundi Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07111 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bahamian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 376.17437 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03754 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02493 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01856 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.99061 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12218 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.75385 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57591 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.33615 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12016 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92728 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1963 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25225 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33484 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51146 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01612 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03918 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11882 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23224 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.43067 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27568 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 798.38407 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03119 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.45509 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01333 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06417 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89121 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28183 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.00526 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.92522 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.91094 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00568 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01541 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.38595 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.00451 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.292 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98572 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.74709 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25254 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05728 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01166 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02548 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1786 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3177 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98891 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.98647 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.97896 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15183 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65295 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29256 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.4053 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37584 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07518 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25239 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.72679 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59207 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15205 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03401 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06134 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0609 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28222 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06839 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07509 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.96073 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07046 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1479 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25235 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33738 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16635 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41725 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.72905 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25202 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04882 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04333 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12682 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.51597 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0488 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05073 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92165 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.69466 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25241 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.51033 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.80008 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 (2 votes)