Google Nexus 5 Review Android/iPhone iOS Mobile Streaming Synology DS713

Google Nexus 5 Review Synology DiskStation DS713+

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Review Android and Apple iPhone iOS Mobile Apps Available From Synology

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I have to admit my main mobile and/or smartphone is the Blackberry Q5.

For business you cannot beat a Blackberry keyboard for text messaging and emails. I don’t know what it is, but, I am challenged when it comes to messaging on a touch screen.

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nexus-5-review

I know this may seem a bit of a stretch, I’m convinced Dino the 14 year German Short-Haired Pointer and my cherished friend is capable of doing better on a touch screen.

My backup phone is the Google Nexus 5.

Should I call it a backup phone? No! Absolutely Not!

The only reason the Nexus 5 is a backup is because of the touch-screen for text, email etc., otherwise it would be my main phone. Sorry, but I am totally inept with the touch-screen.

Why the Nexus 5 ?

Fast Snapdragon processor, excellent call quality, lots of ram and a large screen with excellent graphics = VALUE!

Not the best just the best value.

That’s right, I believe in getting value for your hard earned money. I want the best for less, who doesn’t?

As well, there are No (none, nada) Blackberry apps for Synology and quite frankly the screen real estate on the Q5 is limited.

Yes “Scarlet”, It’s about the screen size and you are my witness when I say it’s limited.

I have had a Blackberry pretty much from the get go and for me business is a priority. But, have had to hedge my bets and so here I am Android.

Synology has iOS apps for the iPhone which work in a similar manner, or, as well as Android, but, I have a confession to make; Yikes! I’m anti Apple.

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Just something about Apple I can not get my head around and refuse to go there.

Actually there is logical reasoning on my part for not using Apple’s technology and it is not because their technology is lacking.

Make no mistake about it, Apple is a technology leader of the highest regard.

Apple iPhone 5 White 16GB (AT&T) 
Apple iPhone 5 16GB White

Apple iPhone 5 16GB White

Apple http://audiohomecinema.com/y2ae

 

My issues with Apple predate the iPhone. This was when I needed software applications for business and a PC based platform was my only option at that time.

Also, I like the open source platform “Android” that Google has made available to the competition which further aligns with my personal preferences.

It’s all about the ability to choose and to be able to exercise it at will.

That being said I fully embrace freedom of choice and if the iPhone is your phone of preference I can respect that.

So, the Google Nexus 5 gives tremendous value for the money.

And, Synology has Android /iOS apps that facilitates the abilities of the Synology DiskStation to act as your own Personal Cloud to access files, audio and video on the go.

http://audiohomecinema.com/Synology DS – 713+

DS Audio
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Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: Synology

DS Audio allows you to stream music stored on your DS-713+ on your iOS or Android device, providing, you have an internet or WiFi connection available.

This is an app I use a lot while on the road. The app works very well for me streaming quality content.

You can browse music by either, Recently Added, Folders, Artists, Composers, Genre or Albums.

I have a lot of professional development material stored on the DS-713+. DS Audio allows me to access audio content in an exemplary manner while I’m on the move.

When I use WiFi on the Nexus 5 it gets much better, basically instantaneous due to buffering bandwidth not limited by the cellular network.

Download Synology Apps from Google Play Store: http://audiohomecinema.com/djb0

DS Video

DS Video on your iOS and Android devices allows you to watch all movies, your favourite TV shows, and recorded TV shows on the DiskStation DS-713+.

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iphones-DS-video

Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: Synology

I’ve only been able to stream movies on the Nexus 5 via WiFi on my home network and it works very well.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to stream over the cellular network. This is over http: and https:, just not happening at this stage for me.

As I said above there are no issues streaming video over WiFi and I was quite surprised at how good it is.

You see, I could never understand watching a tv show or movie on a 4″ inch screen. I thought people were nuts but “wow” it’s actually very good!

I’m at a stage where the odometer readout of my eyes requires I need to treat them with extra care.

Vision is still 20/20 but that small print is a challenge under certain lighting. So, I’ll save the 4″ inch video for the slightly younger generation.

Darn well wish this was around when I was more able to appreciate this technology.

Why No 4G video?

Not sure if it’s a bandwidth problem with my cell provider or a closed port on their side. When I sort this out I’ll update with the fix.

DS Cloud
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iphones-DS-Cloud

Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: Synology

DS Cloud is your “Personal Cloud Station” for your mobile device. You pick the DiskStation folders you want to synchronize with your mobile device and make them available for offline viewing.

You have complete and total control over synchronization criteria. For each folder select the maximum file size and type of file you choose to synchronize.

This is another app that works very well for me, sounding repetitive? It automatically updates my file access and syncs immediately on the Nexus 5 each time I add a new file directly to the DS713.

 DS Photo+
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Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: Synology

 DS Cam
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Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: Synology

DS Cam allows you to control the cameras attached to your DiskStation.

You can control camera angles and stream in real time with a touch screen, search and play recordings.

Set-up users authorized to access and stream any IP camera directly on DS Cam.

The first camera licence is free. Thereafter, you will pay a licence fee for each additional camera used.

Purchase DS713+ – http://audiohomecinema.com/Synology DS – 713+


OPPO BDP 103

OPPO BDP 103 | Audio Video High Definition

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DMR-Digital Media Renderer
Audio And Video From All Sources

I have used the OPPO Blue ray BDP 103 exclusively for rendering music and video  files stored on the Synology DS713 accessed via my computer then streamed to a 50′ Panasonic Plasma HDTV.

Also, I have found the Netflix portal on the OPPO BDP-103 provides a superior video experience versus streaming Netflix from the internet. Angelina Jolie never looked better.

Bonus time, surprised? No, nothing for free, But, what became a huge benefit to me was the up-converting of video of the OPPO BDP-103.

You see, I have a large collection of older WWII documentary footage that now breath a new life, albeit with the understanding that you can only do so much with those file types.

Sound!, Sound!, the OPPO BP-103 sounds absolutely marvelous darling!

A real head-turner in man-speak terms when the OPPO starts singing. A lot will depend on the quality of your playback system because the OPPO is that good!

Doesn’t matter, Rachmaninoff or Rolling Stones, The OPPO has the versatility to pull it off and tickle the senses.

Introducing The BDP-103

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BDP-103-refl

Includes a host of new features, starting with improved network streaming applications and a remarkably enriched playback interface, this makes the BDP-103 an extremely versatile player that gives you sensational picture quality and premium sound.

4K-Upscaling

4K-Upscaling

Purchase BDP-103:  http://audiohomecinema.com/xaix

Netflix

Netflix

Vudu

Vudu

The BDP-103 delivers and stimulates the senses with its media options. Starting with Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow, Pandora and Rhapsody, the BDP-103 further entertains with access to highly regarded network services from Digital Concert Hall, Film Fresh, YouTube Leanback and Picasa.

Rhapsody

Rhapsody

Pandora

Pandora

Digital Concert Hall

Digital Concert Hall

 

 

 

In addition the following disc and file formats;

Dvd-Audio

Dvd-Audio

Blu-ray-3D

Blu-ray-3D

 

DVD, audio CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, AVCHD, MP4, AVI, MKV, Recorded Discs (audio/video/picture files) or USB Drives provide

Sacd

Sacd

playback on the BDP-103.

High Resolution“lossless” WAV and FLAC audio formats are rendered magically on the BDP-103.

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BDP-103-back

OPTIONAL ROKU STREAMING STICK

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Roku

Purchase BDP-103 with Roku Streaming Stick:  http://audiohomecinema.com/avi9

Get the full Roku streaming experience with the optional Roku

Dual-HDMI-MHL

Dual-HDMI-MHL

Streaming Stick plugged in via the MHL Input:

Up to 1080p HD Quality

750+ Entertainment Channels

Dual-band extended-range wireless

Compatible with Roku Game Remote

REVOLUTIONARY VIDEO QUALITY

Marvell’s Kyoto-G2H video processor with next generation Qdeo™ technology. Qdeo video processing is a truly amazing and

Marvell

Marvell

immersive viewing experience free of noise and artifacts providing natural video for all types of content.

2D-3D-Conversion

2D-3D-Conversion

The BDP-103 faithfully reproduces high quality Blu-ray content in a manner the director intended. DVD playback up-converted to Blu-ray discs bridges picture quality to lessen the visual gap from your existing DVD library.

Network streaming and user encoded content of a variety of formats and quality are handled with grace due to the BDP-103 offering enhancement options such as video noise reduction, compression artifact reduction, detail and edge enhancements, intelligent colour and contrast.

MOBILE MEDIA CONTROL – iOS

Introducing the OPPO Media-Control

iOS App Controller

iOS App Controller

An app that turns your mobile device into a remote that gives you complete control over your OPPO BDP-103 player.

 

 

 

 

 

The app enables you to browse media libraries, control playback of media files, and turn the player off and on.

iOS App Screen Shot

iOS App Screen Shot

MAIN DECODER BOARD

Main Decoder Board With New Dual-Core SoC

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BDP-103-main-board

We all know two is better than one – provides fast loading content

Streaming NAS HDD Memory

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Streaming High Definition

Synology DiskStation DS-713+ Including Memory Upgrade

 

NAS

Synology DS-713+

Synology DS713+

Synology DS713+

 

Intel Atom D2700 processor allows the Synology DiskStation DS713+ to smoke the competition.

On the fly encoding with aplomb means not playing catch-up, aka, no stuttering when streaming HD content.

HDD

Western Digital 2 TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive WD2000F9YZ [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]

Western Digital 2 TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive WD2000F9YZ

Western Digital  – Se Enterprise Hard Drive

2TB – WD2000F9YZ – http://audiohomecinema.com/ktzj 

4TB -WD4000F9YZ – http://audiohomecinema.com/5rxy

I’ve had very good luck with WD HDD’s and in particular their Enterprise class hdd’s. The WD Se’s are great performers and sometimes perform at a higher level than the more costly RE series.

The WD Se’s have performed flawlessly for me in the following configuration: 2 x 2 TB mirror.

The 713+ works equally well with 4 TB HDD’s. Western Digital Se 4 TB HDD WD4000F9YZ

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In this instance more is better and if it’s within your budget go with higher capacity drives. You’ll thank me later.

Don’t forget the DS713+ is unique in its ability to add storage via an expansion unit. The DX213 adds two (2) extra bays of storage which will give you a total of 4 bays.

Adding the DX513 adds an additional 5 bays for a total of seven (7) bays.

So you say, yeah so what, what’s unique? This is the key, with these particular expansion units the DS713+ will operate as a 4 or 7 bay unit, in other words seamlessly as if you had initially purchased a 4 or 7 bay integrated unit.

DX213 >>>>>> http://audiohomecinema.com/bisx

DX513 >>>>> http://audiohomecinema.com/yroi

Why the Synology DiskStation DS-713+ ?

The Synology DS 713+ is a top performer and provides great value when you realize this NAS is rated at the top of its class compared to its competitors.

I have upgraded the RAM on my 713+ to 4GB (SO-DIMM) using this G.SKILL – DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 – 4096 x 1 module (part no. F3-12800CL9S-4GBSQ).

G.SKILL different part no. but should work as well –http://audiohomecinema.com/lzjg  G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-4GRSL

Upgrading to 4GB is not recommended and only a few of us have done it successfully.

The 713+ has one removable so-dimm slot that allows an upgrade to the maximum 2GB of RAM. Ships with 1GB of ram as standard.

I purchased a Kingston 2GB ValueRam module in the event that the 4GB G.SKILL didn’t work.

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 SODIMM Notebook Memory

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 1333MHz DDR3

Kingston 2GB sodimm memory |

 Kingston 2GB – http://audiohomecinema.com/ja50

Many users of the 713+ who upgraded to 4GB and failed went to using Kingston 2GB ValueRam with great success.

Pretty much assured to have no issues whatsoever using a 2-GB stick of memory.

Some of us tend to push the envelope a tich and make the hardware do more than what the engineers designed it to be used for.

You will notice I’ve used a higher binned (speed rated) memory module. Using higher binned silicon means that when operating at a lower speed the chance of data or bit errors will be further minimized.

I’ve used the G.SKILL ram (4GB) for a year without any issue or failure in the DS713+. The 713+ has only 1 memory slot on its board. And yes, it’s tricky to get to.

I use 32GB of G.SKILL ram in my Windows PC and I’m very impressed with its performance. In the past I’ve used OCZ and MUSHKIN ram.

Oh yes, I almost forgot, upgrading the memory will void the warranty. So, not for the faint of heart.

Keep in mind, re-installing the original sodimm, and, making sure the sticker or seal is not broken will place it in its original equipment state rather quickly.

All the above hardware have worked in an exemplary manner daily over the course of the past year for me.