Storing and sharing all important files in the DiskStation is ideal for your everyday work in the office. If you’re a mobile worker who travels around the world and takes business trips very often by train or airplane, keeping your local files synchronized between the computer and DiskStation should be made your top priority, especially for the situation you’re in places where Internet connection is limited or expensive to acquire.
According to the IDC’s forecast, by 2013, the world’s mobile worker population will grow to nearly 1.2 billion people – more than a third of the world’s workforce. The numbers would represent the office-based mobile workers, non-office-based mobile workers, and home-based mobile workers, in regions including U.S, Europe Asia/Pacific, Japan, and the rest of the world. Well, you might be the next one who enjoys the convenience of telecommuting and joins the mobile workforce.
Working on DiskStation files anytime
Generally speaking, when you are away from the office, you would either put the working files on a USB stick or directly download them to your laptop. There is a question though. When there is a large amount of files being worked on, keeping track of different edited versions can cause a headache. Imagine if there is a synchronization mechanism between your DiskStation, local computer and laptop. DiskStation supports offline files on Windows platforms, which can be done by simply enabling offline files service on your DiskStation, and then back to your computer and select the files or folders you want to take away by making them always available offline with a right click.
Now that your files are synchronized, you will be able to work on any documents during trips even in places without the Internet connection, such as in the boarding room or the aircraft. When you’re back in the office again and gaining access to the DiskStation, your laptop will automatically sync the files with the DiskStation, allowing you to always have the latest updates. As a result, there is no need to select which files to download or upload and in turn, and you save a lot of time because the sync process only takes place on modified files only. In terms of consistency, when someone else modified the files while you were away, there will be a sync conflict and you can decide which version to keep.
The built-in offline file-viewing feature is available on Professional or more advanced edition of Windows. For those who use Home editions of Windows or use Mac for that matter, you can still utilize this feature provided by 3rd-party apps by like SyncToy by Microsoft on PC and GoodSync on Mac.
What if you’re out of the office but you still want to sync files with your DiskStation? Well, just establish a VPN connection to your office network. Then click sync, and it’s done. If you don’t have a VPN server yet, you should try our VPN Center package, which is one of the most economic VPN solutions that bundled PPTP or OpenVPN connections. With VPN enabled, you can sync your files between the laptop and DiskStation anywhere and anytime virtually, as long as Internet connection is available.
Browsing documents on iPad, iPhone & Android phones
From time to time you’d love to travel with a lighter device other than a laptop, like an iPad. The impressive battery life makes it perfect for you to carry it around on business trips and the large screen is ideal for you to do your presentation rehearsal during the flight. After enabling WebDAV, you can use DS file on iPad to download the files from your DiskStation. The DS file is capable of many things in situations without Internet access. You can keep copies of your files on the DiskStation, so it’s always handy for you in different situations. You can also open local files stored on your iPad, with DS file itself or other 3rd-party apps. And of course, we did not forget your beloved Android phones – We have just released the Android and iPad version of DS file!
Be more productive and spend less time on waiting for connection or finding the correct version of files. Start getting your files synced with your computers now !