If you own a Synology NAS (network attached storage) box, then life just got a lot better for you. Why? Because the company just released a pair of apps for your Android device that will let you control/access certain aspects of your NAS unit.

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First off, we have DS Video. Just like it sounds, this lets you stream any of the video content stored on your NAS directly to your Android device. It automatically sorts the videos into categories: movies, tv shows, home videos, and recorded programs. And if you have a DTV dongle on your NAS, you can even remotely manage the recording schedule. It's worth noting, however, that some of this functionality requires the newest beta (4.2) of DiskStation Manager.

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Secondly, Synology also released DS Download. This app allows you to view your download task list directly from your mobile, as well as information about each task, and control (pause, resume, or delete) individual tasks, create new tasks, and more.

Naturally, both apps are free of charge, other than the prerequisite of actually owning a Synology NAS.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Kevin Simon

    Sometimes i wish they would just wrap all their apps up into one.

  • Tyler Lemke

    The more apps from Synology the better. I absolutely love the NAS I have from them, having this continuous support from them is even better.

  • Harmen Molenaar

    Bs player streams my videos just fine on any share.
    None of this DNLA stuff for me thanks.

  • Ahmad Alnusif

    I don't mind separate apps for different uses, but having to enter my login into each and every one of them is a headache. I wish these apps were aware of each other so that if I authenticate in one this is shared.