Synology DSM 4.2 is out! Radius Alert!

March 14, 2013 at 12:06 am 1 comment

DSM version 4.1 has been my standard since I got my Diskstation sometime last summer.  Today, I happened to check and found that version 4.2 is now available.

NOTE:  Right now there is a screaming good deal on a 3TB WD Red drive at NewEgg ($139).  Check out for the coupon code.  I ordered one minutes after seeing the price, as that’s a very good buy on this drive, which NewEgg normally sells for $179.

Anyhow, I installed DSM 4.2 not expecting much, with it being a point upgrade.  Looking around at it though, I’m surprised, and in a good way!

The first thing I noticed was that the GUI for the Package Center is different.

The second thing I noticed was that there were a bunch of new packages that look really good.

DHCP Server
I remember this being a feature of 4.1, but I believe it was lacking reservations.  They are supported now, along with screen to show you the current leases, plus you can do multiple scopes now.
DNS Server
I’ve wanted a decent DNS server for my NAS, and now I’ve got one.  It’s got a nice GUI interface for setting up zones, and it seems pretty fast.  Not sure whats under the hood, but I’m using it as mine now.
Radius Server
This was a surprise, and it’s the Gem of the upgrade, in my opinion.  It’s got a deceptively simple GUI.   It was nice to see that it comes out-of-the-box with options to authenticate local users, LDAP users, or Domain users (the only options on the Settings panel).  The Clients panel allows you to add clients… I added a quick client (a newly created SSID on my OpenWRT box), set the Shared secret, and Applied it.   It’s got a Block List panel, which appears to allow you to set certain users (or groups) that you wish NOT to be authenticated.  Lastly, it has a Log panel, which lets you see what it’s been up to.

Perhaps most surprising of all, my simple test worked with very little effort.  I connected to my new WPA2 Enterprise SSID via my iPhone, and it prompted me to accept the Certificate, put in my new username and password, and it authenticated.  My iPhone was connected and working.  I may just move all of my Enterprise Auth to the Radius server on my Diskstation, if it proves to work well.

Other new features that I’ve only looked at briefly, but look good:Antivirus by McAfee – Not saying this is a good thing, but more A/V options aren’t really bad.
Syslog Server – Nice looking GUI interface.  It’s not Splunk, but it’s decent.
Directory Server – Was this in 4.1?  I plan to check into this one when I have some time…

There are lots more packages, that look to be useful in a business setting as well.

I’ve already turned off DHCP for my router and started using this as my caching DNS server.  Perhaps this weekend, I’ll move my “main” SSID over to let my DiskStation handle the Radius auth as well.


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  • 1. ptaylor  |  April 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I converted my Enterprise Auth over to use this Radius server a few weeks ago. So far, so good.


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