Synology DiskStation DS1520+

I got my new NAS today ! It is the Synology DS1520+.

Synology DiskStation DS1520+

It was back in 10th Jan 2011 when I first bought my first Synology NAS. That was the Synology DS1511+. There were ups and downs through the 10 years (amazing ! it is still working relatively well after 10 years !) but I never doubt that one day, if I upgrade the NAS, it will still be a Synology.

For the Synology DS1511+, I have recently running Docker on it to host the Unifi Controller Docker software (for my Ubiquiti wifi equipment at home). I have also started to host the Open Speed Test software in the Docker. I have also started to run Cloud Sync software from Synology to back up the DS Photos albums in the Synology to Dropbox every night at 3am.

One thing I noticed is that whenever I uploaded iPhone photos and more specifically videos to the Synology, it completely brings the Synology 1511+ to a complete crawl. These videos are not even HDR videos. I could not even log on to the 1511+ till a long wait and it brings down the Unifi controller software. I had to log on to “PAUSE” the indexing of the video to be able to do anything more on the 1511+ and then DELETE the videos from the DS Photostation before everything came to a normal. Even leaving the indexing over night will not help as the next day, the indexing is still continuing. And the size of the iPhone videos are just about 200MB to 500MB.

It was so painful that I avoided uploading photos to the DS. Not sure what happened. The indexing is really taking up so much CPU that it brings the DS1511+ to a standstill.

So I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade it to the latest version of the DS15xx series. I wanted the same series to make migration a little more easier. Will write a blog about that next.

Purchasing the Synology DiskStation DS1520+

I used multiple vouchers and got the price in Shopee to about SGD935. I am not sure if that’s an excellent deal but then since there is a discount with vouchers, I am a sucker for it 🙂

Synology DS1520+ at Shopee
Synology DS1520+ at Shopee

Unboxing Synology DiskStation DS1520+

Arrived in a very tightly secured box

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ from Shopee
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ from Shopee

Tata

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ from Shopee
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ from Shopee
Synology DiskStation DS1520+
Synology DiskStation DS1520+
Synology DiskStation DS1520+
Synology DiskStation DS1520+

Unlike the DS1511+ where the power is INSIDE the NAS, the Synology DiskStation DS1520+ comes with an external power brick. So make sure you leave space for that. It did made the Synology DiskStation DS1520+ much lighter.

Synology DiskStation DS1520+
Synology DiskStation DS1520+

Comes with network cables. 2 pieces of network cables. You can do four network cables into one link aggregation as there are four network ports. You do need a managed switch. Perhaps one day…… 🙂

Synology DiskStation DS1520+
Synology DiskStation DS1520+

There are keys to lock the Disk Bays and there are screws provided for 2.5″ hard disks to be mounted if you so needed. Else it is a screw less disk bays like the older DS1813 that I have too.

Hello baby !!

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ in full glory
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ in full glory

The USB port is in front so it makes much easier copying or backing up to an external hard disks. Last time you have to reach for the back. Not so convenient.

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ with USB 3.0
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ with USB 3.0

The back of the NAS. SATA ports. Another USB 3.0 port. And the four network ports.

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ backside
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ backside

Closer up

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ backside
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ backside

And as I said, it is screw-less bays for your 3.5 HDD

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ screw less drive bays
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ screw less drive bays
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ screw less drive bays
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ screw less drive bays

The inside of the Synology DiskStation DS1520+

The inside of the Synology DiskStation DS1520+
The inside of the Synology DiskStation DS1520+

It comes with 8GB of RAM. 2 pieces of 4GB. I can see one here.

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ 8GB RAM
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ 8GB RAM

Built-in M.2 SSD slots

The DS1520+ comes with 2 built-in M.2 SSD slots. So you can purchase some M.2 SSD to use as a caching. I read in the internet you can even use SSH to try to configure the DS1520+ to treat the 2 SSD as a drive (instead of just for caching). If there is a good offer for Samsung Evo M2 drives in Shopee, I might give it a try 🙂

Built-in M.2 SSD slots
Built-in M.2 SSD slots
Built-in M.2 SSD slots
Built-in M.2 SSD slots
Built-in M.2 SSD slots
Built-in M.2 SSD slots

Comparing the DS1511+ and the DS1520+

Sitting next to each other. For a short while as the new Synology DiskStation DS1520+ will replace the DS1511+. Not sure what I am going to do with the older NAS yet.

Matte vs Shiny 🙂

Comparing the DS1511+ and the DS1520+
Comparing the DS1511+ and the DS1520+
Comparing the DS1511+ and the DS1520+
Comparing the DS1511+ and the DS1520+

The specs of the DS1511+ as seen in the DSM software before I shut down the server for the final time. 1GB of RAM 🙂

The specs of the DS1520+ as seen in the DSM software after I bring it up for the first time (and after migration from DS1511+ which I will write about).

Synology DiskStation DS1520+ Specs
Synology DiskStation DS1520+ Specs

I did a quick test and the indexing of the videos NO LONGER slow down my NAS even though the CPU used was still very high ! Look at the CPU usage. 90% !! But even then, I have no problems logging into the DSM software on the NAS and the Unifi controller in the Docker was still running and did not go offline. Thank god.

High CPF usage during Indexing
High CPF usage during Indexing

Looks good. Happier now. Will test with a massive upload of many photos in my iPhone that has not been updated.

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