S3 or Simple Storage Service is a protocol supported by many cloud storage service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Backblaze B2, Wasabi, and others. S3 support is also possible with some popular Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices such as Synology, allowing users to create their own personal cloud.

In order to add an S3-compatible service as a Mylio Photos+ device, you’ll need to provision a Bucket, and retrieve the correct Server Endpoint URL, Access Key, and Secret Key for your service.

In order to host your S3 private cloud on a NAS, you’ll need to install a container environment (such as Docker) and an S3 application (such as MinIO). You’ll use this S3 server app to create your Bucket, build your Server Endpoint URL, and generate your Access Key and Secret Key. In addition, opening specific router ports and securing SSL certificates is required. You can even access the S3 private cloud from outside your home network, by configuring DDNS and opening a firewall port.

This chapter includes example configurations for several popular S3 services as well as setup instructions for Synology NAS devices using Docker and MinIO. Other S3-compatible services or NAS devices may be used, but the setup and configuration may differ slightly.

Differences Between S3 Private Cloud and Standard Mylio NAS Setup

Setting up your NAS using the standard Mylio Photos+ configuration (Windows only) will display in the Devices section of the Dashboard as a storage device with a NAS symbol on the Device Card. This configuration will display the complete file structure, exactly as it appears in Mylio Photos+ Folders view. If you want to see and navigate your files directly, use the standard NAS configuration.

Setting up your NAS as an S3 Private Cloud will display in the Devices section of the Dashboard as a cloud device with a cloud symbol on the Device Card. This configuration will display as a single Mylio folder that is managed and viewable only through the Mylio Photos+ application. If you want a protection repository with the convenience of cloud access and no host dependency, choose the S3 private cloud option.

Always online PC/MAC Required Folder & File Structure Visible Internet Access for Sync Configuration Level Protection Level
Standard Mylio NAS Yes Yes Via host computer only Basic Good (host required)
NAS S3 Private Cloud No No Yes Advanced Best

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