Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure

Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure

Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure

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Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x 3.5/2.5" SATA HDD/SSD Drive Bays
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Celeron J3355 Dual-Core
  • 2GB of 1866 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A | 1 x eSATA
  • RAID 0, 1, Basic, Hybrid, and JBOD
  • Encrypted Reads up to 113 MB/s
  • Encrypted Writes up to 112 MB/s
  • Hardware Encryption & Transcoding Engine
  • Synology DiskStation Manager OS
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Synology DS218+ overview

  • 1Description

Built with a dual-core processor, an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, Btrfs file system support, and Cinema 4K video transcoding, the DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure from Synology is designed for those who need an all-around storage solution that has been optimized to not only safeguard data, but also deliver fast file transfer speeds, real-time 4K video streaming, and the storage of Ultra HD content. It is equipped with two drive bays that are capable of natively supporting 3.5" SATA hard drives, as well as 2.5" SATA hard drives and SSDs. Using its two drive bays, this NAS will allow you to store and share a large number of files, including videos, music, photos, and documents with up to 2048 user accounts and 200 maximum concurrent connections.

The DS218+ runs on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, which is a browser-based operating system which helps to simplify managing your Synology NAS. Its CPU is a 2.0 GHz Intel Celeron J3355 Dual-Core with a burst frequency of up to 2.5 GHz, and its 2GB of 1866 MHz DDR3L RAM, which can be upgraded to 6GB, allows frequently-used files and applications to be quickly accessed. The NAS is capable of achieving encrypted read speeds of up to 113 MB/s and encrypted write speeds of up to 112 MB/s, while a dedicated hardware transcoding engine can transcode H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2, and VC-1 video at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 at up to 30 fps via Video Station and DS video. This allows 4K videos to be converted and played on-the-fly on devices that do not natively support Ultra HD formats.

Also featured are three USB 3.0 Type-A ports and eSATA port which allow it to be connected to your Windows or Mac system, and network connectivity is achieved via the integrated Gigabit Ethernet port, allowing your stored data to be shared with users throughout the network. Data may also be made remotely available through the free iOS and Android applications. For those who require RAID support, the DS218+ supports RAID 0 and 1, as well Synology Hybrid RAID and Basic RAID, each of which offers performance, data redundancy, or a combination of both. For those who do not require a RAID, JBOD is also available, allowing each drive bay to be individually utilized.

The DS218+ is engineered to be energy efficient. Not only does it offer a 92 x 92mm fan to help keep the system running cool at all times, its noise dampening design of 19.3 dB(A) makes for quiet operations. The server supports numerous scheduled power on / off cycles and hard drive hibernation to further minimize power consumption and operation expenses.

The Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure operates on 100-240 VAC at 50/60 Hz and includes an accessory pack, a 60W AC power adapter, a power cord, and an RJ45 LAN cable. It is protected by a limited 2-year warranty.

General Features

Compact and Powerful Storage Solution
The Synology DS218+ comes with a 2.0 GHz Intel Celeron J3355 Dual-Core 64-bit processor and 2GB of DDR3L RAM, delivering encrypted read speeds of up to 113 MB/s, encrypted write speeds of up to 112 MB/s, AES-NI hardware encryption, and 4K Ultra HD video transcoding.
Next-Generation File System for Improved Data Protection
The Btrfs file system introduces advanced storage technologies and optimized snapshots to help prevent data corruption and reduce maintenance overhead. While ensuring high-level data integrity, it also offers flexible, efficient data protection and recovery tools.

Flexible Shared Folder / User Quota System
Provides comprehensive quota control on user accounts and shared folders

Snapshot Replication
Provides schedulable and storage capacity-saving data protection with 1024 shared folder backups and 65,000 system-wide snapshots

File- or Folder-Level Data Restoration
Accelerates data recovery, providing more flexibility for businesses

Automatic File Self-Healing
Detects and recovers corrupted files without user intervention
4K Multimedia Server
Access and stream your 4K media content virtually anytime and anywhere. The DS218+ supports 4K H.264/H.265 online transcoding via Video Station and DS video, allowing 4K videos to be converted and played on-the-fly on other computers, smartphones, and media players that don't natively support Ultra HD formats.
Synchronize Files Across Your Devices
Cloud Station Suite provides real-time data synchronization across all your devices and other Synology NAS. "Intelliversioning" keeps the most important file versions to better utilize storage space.
Digital Asset Protection
Powered by Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), Synology NAS offers advanced security measures to protect against sudden data loss and potential security holes.

Security Advisor
Analyzes system settings, password strength, network preferences, and removes any possible malware.

A kernel-level enhancement that blocks malicious programs from accessing unauthorized system resources.

AES 256-Bit Encryption
Encrypt shared folders and network data transmissions to help keep data from unauthorized access

2-Step Verification
Helps prevent others from logging into your DSM by generating a one-time password (OTP) on your mobile device.

Trust Level
Customize the trust level in Package Center to avoid installing packages from untrusted sources, safeguarding your NAS from unknown or tampered package files.
User-Friendly File Access with QuickConnect
Access files on your Synology NAS over the Internet without the hassle of setting up port forwarding rules, DDNS, or other complicated network settings. QuickConnect allows you to connect via a secure, customizable address, so that you can instantly access media and work files on most Internet-connected devices with no additional charge.
Powered by Synology DSM
Collaborate on spreadsheets and documents on your private cloud.

Surveillance Station
Complete surveillance solution for recording, monitoring, and management.

File Server/Management
Powerful built-in file management and sharing services.

Synology's DSM operating system has an intuitive user interface and powerful capabilities.

Desktop Backup
Simplified backup solution for your Windows, Mac, and mobile devices.

Complete multimedia solution for management, streaming, and playback.
UPC: 846504002580
In the Box
Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • Accessory Pack
  • 60W AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • RJ45 LAN Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Synology DS218+ specs

    Hardware Specifications
    CPU Model 2.0 GHz Intel Celeron J3355 (burst up to 2.5 GHz)
    CPU Architecture 64-bit
    Hardware Encryption Engine Yes
    Hardware Transcoding Engine H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2, and VC-1
    Maximum Resolution: Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160)
    Maximum Frames per Second: 30 fps
    System Memory 2 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3L
    Memory Configuration 1 x 2 GB
    Total Memory Slots 2
    Maximum Memory 6 GB (2 GB included + 4 GB via D3NS1866L-4G)
    Drive Bays 2
    Compatible Drive Types 3.5" SATA HDDs
    2.5" SATA HDDs & SSDs
    Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 24 TB (2 x 12 TB HDDs, capacity may vary by RAID types)
    Maximum Single Volume Size 108 TB
    Hot Swappable Drives Yes
    External Ports 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A
    1 x eSATA
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    Copy Button
    File System
    Internal Drives Btrfs
    External Drives Btrfs
    exFAT (purchased separately in Package Center)
    System Fan 92 x 92 mm (1 piece)
    Fan Speed Mode Full-Speed Mode
    Cool Mode
    Quiet Mode
    Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators Yes
    Power Recovery Yes
    Noise Level 19.3 dB(A)
    Scheduled Power On/Off Yes
    Wake on LAN/WAN Yes
    Power Supply Unit / Adapter 60 W
    AC Input Power Voltage 100 to 240 VAC
    Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
    Power Consumption 17.23 W (Access)
    5.4 W (HDD Hibernation)
    Operating Temperature 40 to 104°F / 4 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -5 to 140°F / -21 to 60°C
    Relative Humidity 5 to 95% RH
    Certifications FCC Class B
    CE Class B
    BSMI Class B
    DSM Specifications
    Operating System Windows 7 and 10
    Mac OS X 10.11+
    Supported Browsers Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10+, Safari 10+, Safari (iOS 10+), Chrome (Android 6.0+)
    Multilingual Support English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Dansk, Norsk, Svenska, Nederlands, Русский, Polski, Magyar, Português do Brasil, Português Europeu, Türkçe, Českı, 日本語, 한국어, 繁體中文, 简体中文
    Networking Protocols CIFS, AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV, CalDAV, iSCSI, Telnet, SSH, SNMP, VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)
    Security FTP over SSL/TLS, IP auto-block, firewall, encrypted network backup over Rsync, HTTPS connection
    VPN Server Maximum connections: 20
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions 6.5 x 4.3 x 9.2" / 165 x 108 x 233.2 mm
    Weight 2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.26 x 10.63 x 4.803"

    Synology DS218+ reviews

    DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Enclosure is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great functionality. Been playing with this box for a few days. So far - very happy on how it performs. The app list is great. So far used it as a media center + storage for personal photos and documents. I haven't upgraded the RAM and so far I do not see the need. The only resource shortage I got was on the CPU side when I copied a bunch if media files and it started indexing or matching the video files metadata, but these are rare cases. I installed 2x 4TB WD reds in it and initially thought that I could use the SHR to make a 1 TB redundant volume and rest for non-redundant media storage. Unfortunately it looks like this was not possible. That's the only con I can think of so far.
    Date published: 2018-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my first NAS, so far so good! I watched a dozen YouTube videos about network attached storage before buying this DS218+. The main reason I got the DS218+ over the DS216j was because of its Snapshot capability. It offers piece of mind knowing that my files are backed up nearly instantly using Cloud Station Backup on my PC and Running Cloud Station Server on the DS218+. I also like the ability to set up automatic external USB drive backups of the NAS. It can be set to simply plug in the USB drive and it starts backing up what you previously set it up to and then ejects the USB drive (if you want it to). No need to access a computer or even press a button. Easy to set up, quiet and easy on power requirements, only costs me about $2 a month to operate.
    Date published: 2018-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy setup, apps I'm not that tech savvy and purchased this unit as a plug-n-play approach on a NAS drive. I installed two 3TB Western Digital Blue drives easily, raid 1 (second drive is a redundant drive allowing 1 drive failure without losing data). The setup was quick. There's a little learning curve as I didn't realize that interface was through browser but the apps offered are relatively intuitive. I had DLNA setup fairly quick - viewed photos and listened to music on my smart TV from the NAS drive. I was able to connect to the NAS from my office at work too. It appears I can setup users and give them permissions - though I have not yet tested this out as a potential way of sharing photo proofs and limiting client's ability to peruse other folders. If it does, it'll be a welcome feature I was not expecting. I'm looking forward to using the backup USB functionality as well.
    Date published: 2017-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to setup I purchased this to replace my aging DS213+ NAS. Fast and reliable with 2x 10tb WD Gold hard drives. Streaming with MKV HD video files is good but you need Infuse Pro to decode HD surround sound.
    Date published: 2018-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to setup, quiet, runs in background, great features Have been backing up to a large external HD for waay to long, and was toying with the idea of a NAS for many years. Happy to find this and WD Red HD's here at B&H with free shipping and aggressive pricing. For a home user with lots of invaluable photos and home videos over the years, it's great to be able to put them all up on this NAS and have an iOS/Android that you can access from anywhere. One small complaint is a 'photo upload' tool in Windows that took a long time (for me it was something like 30 minutes per 3,000 photos) to process, and when the file number went to 5,000 or more it would crash in the middle of it. But once they are there, it's great to be able to show photos or video from whereever you may be with an internet connection, even on a smartphone. I've set it up as a Plex server but after reading about hardware transcoding I'll stick with an NVidia Shield unit we use for that purpose, and just point the Shield to this NAS as the media store. Was using another external drive and walking back and forth is no longer needed. They have many 'DSM Packages' (applications that run off of their Disk Station Manager - more info on their website here� along with online demos of the software to check out) including cloud backup and a dropbox-like functionality, which I haven't played with yet. Installation was an absolute breeze. The trays are ingeniously designed so that no tools are needed, and basically just plugged it in and a web browser interface walks you through the setup. Lastly this thing is really quiet. Very pleased with the purchase - expensive all-in with the drive purchase, but don't expect to need upgrading or replacing for many years of peace of mind.
    Date published: 2018-03-14
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from The 4k transcoding performance is really bad... I got this item few days ago and spend sometimes to setup it. It was really easy to setup. I purchase this item to be the home media server for my photos and videos. When I try to play Hi-Res video, it was so laggy on my mobile device like iPad or iPhone, even play on my smart TV. The performance is not as what it advertise.
    Date published: 2017-12-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from stay away. if you need tech support BtrFS implementation is a joke. Too many limitation on the snapshot, slow, long RAID rebuilding time. synology tech support is not existing, never pick up your phone call, takes forever to reply your email.
    Date published: 2017-11-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy installation and setup I used two 3TB WD Red drives and set up the system as Raid 1. Everything functioned out of the box, both the DS218+ and the WD drives worked fine. The only problem I had, and still have, is that Win7 will not let me backup my system to this drive. I can still backup to the old NAS drive I use for Sonos but not this one. I have still to explore some of the software and it lost a star because I'm not sure it's running at a transfer speed that is specified but that maybe the Xfinity Router, the file source etc. I need to understand the security system better. I have used Buffalo LS drives in the past and this was a replacement for one that died after a firmware update from Buffalo who took no responsibility for the failure and just told me you are out of warranty. I have yet to see what the Synology support is like.� This is a critical issue after my Buffalo experience. Also when I decided to take my Buffalo drive apart they had used a Seagate Barracuda drive that is not recommended for 24/7 operation in NAS drives. There are two settings to be aware of when setting up the Synology system 1. The unit will time out after a user specified time but wakes up quickly and 2. You can set up a "restart when power comes back on" as the default requires you to manually switch it back on. Overall a great experience.
    Date published: 2018-03-27
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