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My case study in the clouds…

Eye-Fi Pro X2 and Synology DSM


In this post, I will try to show how using the Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB SDHC card, fasten our camera and NAS in one, fully automatic machinery.

I am an amateur photographer, so a little more advanced, but still an amateur. Nikon D90 Pictures I’m doing with kit lens 18-105, write them as RAW files which later conjure in Adobe Lightroom 5 This has its advantages, by calling I have more control over the final appearance of the photo, but it has also disadvantages. Usually, I take a call only when accumulates a greater number of shots, then sit down to a long session of the Lightroom. The disadvantage of this solution is that the rest of the household (wife), do not have access to images, as long as I do not call out. You know what might be the consequencesSmile

After analyzing the situation and the available solutions, I decided to purchase an SD card with WiFi. When viewing cards available, guided by only one indicator of the power of WiFi antenna (and support for RAW files). Let’s take it to the logic, tiny card enclosed in the box, which can be reached? Something like bluetooth. In this statement the Eye-Fi has proved to be unbeatable and as far as I can tell after purchase, the card works in my entire apartment and sometimes I have the impression that he has a better antenna than the tablet.

I made ​​it up myself so that the camera will record images as RAW + JPG, jpg will be “flew” on the NAS and indexed, will be immediately available on the TV through the media server. Everyone will be happy, the wife will have an immediate insight into the picture, and I’ll call when I have time (NEF will fly to another location). From the top I note that eye-fi applications on Windows and Android operating system run very well, their configuration is simple and is not the subject of this entry (Polish distributor distributes the manual of the cards after buying instructions (in Polish) type step by step ). Unfortunately, the circuit card with Synology has not proved easy, hence this blog entry.

Make cards, invented it so that if you want to send a photo without their software, we need to use to their server. The only way to upload our photos in to NAS server, configure the FTP server on the Synology. A photo from the card, through our WiFi, is sent to the server efy.fi and from there, via FTP, uploaded to our server. This has the advantage, we can be configured with multiple access points (including public) WiFi and thus acting to “endless” space on the card. It also has the disadvantage that it is a serious breach of security, we give an external company to access our server. Let’s say that we trust this company, but I was easily able to imagine a hacker attack on the servers eye.fi and gain their account data. EHHHHH …

So much for a lengthy introduction, now let’s do it, but safely Smile

Turn on FTP on DSM 4.3:



Turn FTPS, or encrypted FTP on port 21 As a result, no one overheard username and password. It is very important to select the PASV mode in the WAN IP enter into what we are visible on the outside (without the FTPS will not function correctly, they will write their files with zero size). Configure the firewall on the NAS is known, the control panel is an appropriate option, the router can be set by the upnp port 21, the NAS panel’s “Configure router”. Eye.fi Manager connects us with only one IP address, so we can prepare the appropriate rule that will accept traffic to our FTP server with only that one address (



It is also the ultimate defense against server compromise eye.fi, stolen accounts do not give if you can only connect to the original address.

In the next step we assume a shared folder (select the option indexing files and hide in a network environment) called ftp, and a dedicated user (and necessarily a group, other than the standard), which will only have access to this folder:


In the Control Panel, in the Indexing media, we add our FTP directory:



The media server, add the appropriate directory:


And it’s all on the side of DSM, we automatically synchronized JPG images that are immediately indexed and available through the media server (DLNA).

Configuring side eye.fi is simple (define appropriate ftp account) and does not require any particular translation, the only note is that if you want to make modifications in the ftp account, it is better to remove them entirely and define anew.

On the Internet you can find various versions of “standalone eye-fi server” in this one, which can be installed directly on our NAS as a SPK . Apparently the work, but I decided not to install and configure them. Why? The use of such a solution closes our “mobile” solution in the framework of our apartment, it is safer, but the definition of the card can only specify one server to which you want to communicate it, and for that you can specify multiple WiFi network. If the server is not accessible from the outside, many WiFi networks will not do anything. You can have fun with manual changes to your account eye.fi, but why? It has to be fully automatic solution if you configure a WiFi network all within which we show up and we take pictures (for example, house parents, aunts, a favorite eatery or Hot-Spot) that we forget that we ever had to play in the stills camera !Smile

And finally, the greatest magic, my camera is old, I bought it a few years ago on auction sites as “used”, the firmware version which gives it 1.0, ie as in a factory loaded. When you insert an SD card (Eye-Fi) in to camera, We have a new option in menu!

Nikon D90 Eye-Fi

As you can see, upload photos is not mandatory and can be disabled with the camera.


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Author: Piotr Pisz

Computer always, since I got a Commodore 64 at the end of primary school, through his beloved Amiga and Linux infinite number of consoles, until today, fully virtual day. Since 2001, Unix/Linux Systems Administrator, for seven years a faithful companion and protector of Solaris system, until his sad end. In the year 2011 came in the depths of virtualization, then smoothly ascended into the clouds and continues there today. Professionally working as Systems Architect in the Polish Security Printing Works.

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