My Setup 2016 – Synology DiskStation DS916

It has been around four to five years since I purchased the HP X510 Home Media Server, and have made several modifications to my home audio setup, since my initial posts. I will further review the Synology DiskStation DS916+ in a later post, however thought that I would share with you an update on my gear list as it stands.

2016 – Setup as follows:

Sonos – Zoned Audio

Kitchen– Play:1

Bedroom – Play:1

Lougeroom – Sonos Play:Bar


AppleTV 4 – 64GB


Samsung BD-F6500 BlueRay Player

Foxtel IQ 3 Set Top Boxes


Telstra (NETGEAR) Netgear AC1900 Cable Data Gateway (C6300BD)

  •  Telstra Air® compatible
  • Cable 3.0 (HFC)
  • Ethernet WAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac certified®
  • 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch
  • 2x USB
  • DLNA Certified®

Synology DiskStation – DS916+


  • 4-Bay Network Attached Storage DS916+
  • 4 Western Digital 2 TB drives
  • Synology Media Server Operating System

The usual equipment:

Foxtel IQ 3 Set Top Boxes

Tivo HD Set Top Box (Retired)

Raspberry Pi2 – RetroPie Gaming Server

2 x 2TB Western Digital External HDD hidden behind the iMac

Apple TV 3 (Bedroom) and Apple TV 4 (LoungeRoom)

Telstra (NETGEAR) Netgear AC1900 Cable Data Gateway (C6300BD)

2 x Apple AirPort Express WiFi Access Point – Bedroom Extender, and Outdoor Speakers

The component backbones:

Samsung 46″ LCD television

Sonos PlayBar Soundbar for Television

iMac 24”

Sound (other than Sonos):

2 Outdoor Audio Speakers

My Internet Service Provider is through Telstra Australia.  It is a little more expensive, but I have Home Cable (Cable 3.x (HFC) and have a static IP address for the Synology, with 500 Gig available download per month @ 100G speeds. I was also hoping to cut the cable on my Foxtel Box, however as this is bundled in with my home internet connection, it has been a good set top box replacement for my Tivo that died some months back.

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