Synology and Crashplan

I┬ápurchased, and have been using a Synology DS412+ NAS at home for about a year now. Previous to that I was running an old desktop with Windows Home Server OS to store all of my files and back things up to the cloud. I have to say that I am very pleased with my Synology NAS and wouldn’t go back to the WHS if you paid me to.

After I got my NAS set up and working as I wanted it to the next big worry was how to backup the data on the device. I had used Crashplan before and wanted to continue to use it on my NAS. Thankfully, Crashplan can be installed in a headless mode on the Synology NASs.

Here is a great article showing you how to install Crashplan on your Synology NAS and how to get the Crashplan software installed on a compouter to configure the headless NAS.

I recently update the DSM on my NAS to the latest version and Crashplan stopped running and refused to restart. I spent about a week trying to figure out why. I┬áre-installed Java and Crashplan but I couldn’t get it to start. Thankfully Mike’s Article has an update at the bottom that explained how to fix the issue, Thanks Mike. This fix was first published by Chris Nelson, here.

Verizon FiOS DVR – Fan Noise

I used to run a Windows Media Center server at home with a Ceton InfiniTV 4 tuner card that connected to an XBOX 360 in the living room and a Linksys Media Extender in the bedroom. We recently decided to go back to using the Verizon whole house DVR and a second box for the bedroom.

Anyway.. to cut a long story short everything was working fine for a couple of weeks until we started to get loud and random fan noise from the QIP 7216 DVR in the living room.

I tried all the obvious things like pulling power for a few minutes, checking all the settings in the DVR but I could not figure out how to adjust the fan speed/noise.

I knew that if I called Tech Support I would just be on the phone for 2 hours answering unrelated questions and just end up with another QIP 7216 which would probably just do the same thing.

After much searching, we (my wife) found the solution. The LED setting for the front of the DVR is set to Medium by default, if you change this to Low the Fan stops.

On the remote go to : Menu – Settings – Set Top Box – LED Brightness – and select Low.

My only conclusion is that it must be a smart fan and the LED being set to Medium must produce too much heat. Weird.