If you are running a Synology NAS you know that the DSM software provided by Synology is full of features. Included in the stock software is the ability to power up and power down you NAS on a timed schedule. I have used this feature in my backup NAS for a long time to power up the Synology on a schedule that allowed my other Synology NAS to run a daily sync of the shares that I wanted to backup.
The only problem was that the only way I had to shut down the NAS was also on a timed schedule. This led to the NAS being either on for a long time after the backup was finished, or turning off before the backup was finished leading to a failed backup sync.
The solution turned out to be simple - there is a community package called Advanced Power Management that allows you to set disk or network activity triggers to the power off setting. So, now I have the NAS turn on and after 45 minutes start checking if the disk activity threshold has been met. If it has, the NAS turns itself off. The saves power - usually more than an hour of more power off than using the inaccurate timed system.
To get the package, add http://www.cphub.net to your package sources in the package center. Then look for and install the Advanced Power Management package.
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