So you’ve got a shiny new Synology NAS and you’ve started storing files on it, videos, music and so forth. Unfortunately, the file transfer speeds are so bad you’re considering buying a turtle and glueing a USB drive to its back to speed up file copying.
After hours of searching the net for an answer, in the end, I found the cause of my woes in a couple of little settings tucked away on the Synology – effectively my Synology NAS wasn’t even trying to use newer/faster versions of the SMB protocol.
To find and check this, perform the following steps:
Login to the Synology NAS and click on Control Panel:
Ensure that the SMB service is enabled then click Advanced Settings:
In Advanced Settings, set the Maximum SMB protocol to SMB3, I also increased the minimum SMB protocol to SMB2. If your NAS is operating on a private home network, you may want to disable transport encryption mode (use at your own risk) and enable opportunistic locking:
For me on my Synology DS215j, this took my file transfers from around 5MBps to around 80MBps!
For anyone looking for a better network platform for home, check out my article on Ubiquiti’s Unifi kit: http://bobmckay.com/i-t-support-networking/robust-powerful-home-wifi-ubiquiti-unifi/.