NAS setup suggestions

one artist

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I have: Synology NAS DS218 with two 6TB Seagate drives, a M1 Mac mini 8GB Ram and 512GB drive, and a RT2600ac router with a Netgear GS108 unmanaged switch.
I would like to add: A multi Gig managed switch with this:

https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Ethernet-Adapter-Compatible-Thunderbolt/dp/B084L4JL9K or there is also a Thunderbolt to 5GB ethernet adapter.

The idea of the multi Gig switch is to take advantage of ethernet adapters. I would like some suggestions for a multi Gig managed switch. I plan to keep the Mac mini next to the router and switch. You can also operate the mini remotely using a Luna adapter and a new iPad Pro as a wireless monitor.

I haven't had much luck getting the Mac and the DS218 connected yet but I'm hoping the managed switch will help, plus a good Mac tutorial.
 
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BoredSysadmin

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Don't think that going multi-gig will help you here. a 2-Bay NAS with raid1 (I assume) will only barely be able to saturate 1gig on maybe reads.
Not sure if Synology will support a USB nic either.
I think you probably should just review few guides on how to use the nas from your mac:
 

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Thank you for the advice and the tutorial link. I tried that Mac guide and other Mac/Synology guides and I get the same error message. "There was a problem with the connection. Contact your Administrator etc." Maybe getting a managed switch may help. I may even go the route of getting a full blown 10GB switch as the first stage of a complete upgrade.
 

one artist

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Neither a managed switch nor 10GBe are going to do anything for you.
What do you suggest? From my Mac mini I can do a "find my Synology" and it opens and I logon. The Mac and the DS218 are connected to the same router but I can't connect them from the Mac.
 

BoredSysadmin

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Did you follow the guide's every step, including turning on the Mac file service on the NAS?

  1. Go to the NAS web interface.
  2. Open the control panel.
  3. Go to 'File Services> Win / Mac / NFS'.
  4. Check the "Enable Mac file service" checkbox.
 

one artist

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Check the "Enable Mac file service" checkbox.
Thanks, I'm getting closer. The NAS was first setup on a PC and I'm slowly switching over to the Mac settings. I still can't connect from Finder/Go/Connect to server. At least I'm making slow progress and I do appreciate your help.
 

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Try mounting a shared folder using SMB and see if that helps.

with Finder selected as the active application (you can click on "Macintosh HD"

type [command-key]k


in the popup enter:

smb://<NAS IP address>/<name of a share>

where
<NAS IP address> is the IP address (or you can try name) of your NAS
<name of a share> is a share you have configured on your synology or one of the default shares like users

you'll likely be prompted for login credentials which you should have configured when the NAS was set up.
 
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