I just bought a Synology DS413j in order to replace a handful of external USB drives with a single box that I can access without plugging anything into my Mac. I was a little disappointed to realize that, when connecting to my NAS via the default AFP, I got a drive that didn’t support Trash and didn’t seem to support Unix permissions. (It was also dog slow, even with the NAS and my computer plugged into my router, although that may be a separate issue.)
Ideally, I’d like to be able to treat the Synology as a normal HFS+ volume that happens to consist of multiple physical drives and which happens to be accessible over the network. (I realize that HFS+ is terrible in a lot of ways, but at least it supports the Mac “niceties” like permission metadata.) Is anything like this possible? Will connecting via SMB or NFS fix these problems?