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Welcome to! SpaceRex was founded in December of 2019, first as a youtube channel with video tutorials focusing on Synology and Raspberry Pi. In 2020, it expanded to include this website, which is a hub for SpaceRex and a place to host tutorials in other formats. Check out our team below!

Our Team

This is Will


Founder, Content Creator, Director of Moon Based Operations

Will is the founder of and the primary content creator for all of the SpaceRex accounts. He also runs SpaceRex consulting, helping clients set up their own networking systems. He currently works a day job as an engineer after graduating from NC State University. His favorite hobbies are photography, running, and data storage.

This is a portrait of the lovely Katie Barbrey


Wife!, Scheduler, Plant Enthusiast

Katie is the primary editor for the SpaceRex website, and she manages scheduling for SpaceRex consulting. She is also an engineer who graduated from NC State University. Her hobbies include fashion, going on long walks, and coming to terms with the amount of networking equipment in her living room.

The box is a wonderful piece of networking gear which houses everything you could ever need

“The Box”

Network Host, Blinki boi, Human Resources

The Box contains all of the networking equipment which inspires most of SpaceRex content. It houses the switch, the Synology DS1819+, and the FreeNAS R630 which is the main editing NAS for SpaceRex Productions. The Box not only warms our home but also our hearts.

What is in the box?


  1. Jay Regallis

    Loved your video on 2-factor authentication on Synology routers. I had mine set up and working . . . until I had to exchange my iPhone! Now I keep getting an error code when I enter the code generator number. I’m a novice, and cannot figure out how to reconnect now, as I can’t even open the control panel. Can you help?

  2. Marc

    Gr8 tutorials. I’m a total newbie on Raspi and OpenMediaVault but thanks to you I already got my first “Raspi-NAS” up and running in less than half a day. Tnx a lot.

  3. Franz Critchlow

    I am watching your collectic content on YouTube and also find your website interesting Will, marry her! She knows it’s a rack and is still with you. That is a catch 🙂

  4. Roger Thorpe Jr

    I don’t need to hire you for help yet since your YouTube videos are so good. but I’m a weekend warrior docker/Synology and Mac guy so I’m sure that time will come.

    I just wanted to thank you and say I’m so incredibly happy to have found your YouTube channel. Honestly I could watch you all damn day on any topic. You make everything interesting and easy to understand and articulate so well.

    Cheers and thank you.

  5. William Sorrentino

    Thank you for the great tutorials! I have searched everywhere for a tutorial about setting up a Synology NAS behind a Synology router (RT2600ac), without exposing UpNp. A tutorial on the integration setup of SRM & DSM is a topic NOBODY has addressed, even Synology has not published any articles about this topic. Your other tutorials have been very helpful. I switched to Bitwarden on your recommendation but have not setup self hosting on docker yet.

  6. John Doe

    Thanks for all the tips & tricks on how to use Synology NASes!
    We have a Synology NAS with a whopping 64 GB of RAM, which is why we’d like to dedicate the NAS to handling all offsite backups. Currently, we use CrashPlan for Small Business as our online backup and file hosting service. The problem, however, is that CrashPlan is nowhere to be found in the Package Center on DSM v6.2.3 even if you set the trust level to “any publisher”.

    A working version of CrashPlan used
    to be available at, which is a community source, but the package no longer works properly. The following Docker solution, which seems to be maintained by only one person, appears to be the only one that works currently:
    This workaround looks like a makeshift solution that may stop working if the developer decides to abandon the project. Should we circumvent this problem by following the steps below?

    1. Install a Windows 10 or Ubuntu virtual machine on the NAS using the Virtual Machine Manager.
    2. Allocate a sufficient amount of RAM to the virtual machine (CrashPlan is based on Java and eats up a lot of RAM).
    3. Install CrashPlan on the virtual machine.
    4. Mount the desired NAS shares on the virtual machine so that the shares can be accessed using a file manager on the virtual machine.
    5. Configure CrashPlan to create offsite backups of the mounted shares.

    Is this a feasible solution?

  7. Gaston

    Hi Will, here’s a new topic for your channel suggestion: installing Personal Gitlab Runner on a Synology NAS via Docker.
    I’ve followed you videos on Git, but they are 50% of what I would like to do with my projects and the NAS I’ve invested on. So, I’m trying to but a home lab with 4 Raspberry Pi 4 to run a Kubernetes cluster that picks the new yaml files from a Gitlab repo via CI/CD.
    Hope to see your approach as mine is not working, yet.

  8. COB

    I’m writing about your video tutorial Turn a RaspberryPi into a Security Camera with Motion Detection!

    I love this idea, but I have had a few problems.

    Firstly, I couldn’t get motion eyeos (the latest version 20200606) to boot up (on a Raspberry pi 4 4gb), but I managed to solve it thanks to this (

    Unfortunately, when I add a camera to motion eyeos, it says unable to open video device (Raspberry pi V2-8). I have tested the camera in Raspberry Pi OS, and it works fine. The last comment talks about problems with USB cameras, but I don’t really understand it. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks

  9. Marcel

    Hi Will,

    1) Thank you for the informative videos! However… 😉
    2) Regarding your video about the Reolink security cameras on
    I have two Reolinks E1 Zoom connected to my DS1821+ with camera model “ONVIF all functions” and I can zoom pan and tilt and hear audio, only cannot speak. So in contrast to your analysis I think the Reolink E1 Zoom is compatible for the most part. Pity you didn’t go into any detail regarding this cam (or a very close relative)

  10. Mark Goldstein

    Thanks for the Synology videos. Perhaps a future video on Tailscale, a VPN using the secure Wiregard protocol, for accessing your Synology would be of interest. Secure and as easy to setup as Synology Connect.

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