Compare Synology DiskStation NAS DS718+ 2-Bay (2GB RAM) AND Synology RackStation NAS RS217 2-Bay 1U (RAILS NOT REQUIRED)


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DS718+
IBSY-718P
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£342.00 ex.VAT
£410.40 inc.VAT
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RS217
IBSY-R217
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£349.00 ex.VAT
£418.80 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-718P
IBSY-R217
Brand
Synology
Synology
Series
DiskStation NAS
RackStation NAS
Model
DS718+
RS217
Type
2-Bay (2GB RAM)
2-Bay 1U (RAILS NOT REQUIRED)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
30/05/2017
05/08/2016

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
157x103.5x232mm
291x436x44mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
512MB
Guarantee
3yr
3yr
Processor
Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz
Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 - Dual Core 1.33 GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
2153
low
Total Drives
2
2
Total Drives (alternate)
2
2
RAID
0:1:
0:1:
RAID Levels
Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Rack size
1

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
1X eSATA (host)
2X RJ45 1GbE
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
3X USB3 type A (host)
1X eSATA (host)
2X LAN
2X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X USB2 type A (host)
2X USB3 type A (host)
Speed
Speed/RPM
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
Black
Black
Weight (kg)
2.7kg
10kg
Weight (bare)
1.74kg
3.46kg
Watts
20.1W
21.25W
Reviews
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS718+


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Our Review: 5/5
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Price ex.VAT:£342.00
Price inc.VAT:£410.40



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OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 8.00

FEATURES rating score10.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 9.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 9.00
Synology DS718+ PROS

designKeeping the older chassis from the previous unit DS716+II is a smart move. The result is that costs are being kept VERY close to that of the previous unit. It is both compact, cool and quiet (though the noise of the drives should always be kept into consideration).
featuresBY FAR the most powerful and able 2-Bay from Synology and at this price level, it is VERY hard to beat. It can do EVERYTHING - Trancode 4K, Run as a Plex Media Server with transcoding, host a few virtual machines, store images in apple time machine - every thing most people need a NAS for, this unit can do it.
performanceAlongside the ability to perform all of the tasks you need from a NAS server in 2017 and 2018, you will have the high speed of read and write from the dual LAN ports. As well as supporting both the BTRFS files system and the SHR configuration - both of which vastly improve your performance and integrity of your data
valueEasily one of the best NAS servers of 2017. It has the power, the price and the compact size to fulfil your NAS needs and provide an ample storage solution.
Synology DS718+ CONS

designStill not sure why they didn't update the chassis, as they have done with the DS218+
featuresAs it is just a 2-Bay, you will need to buy the DX517 to expand to higher than 2 HDD/SSD. If you need more than 2 bays for immediate storage, go for the DS918+
performanceThe RAM can only be expanded to 6GB - As apposed to 8GB as you might expect. The 4GB Memory upgrade is available from Synology, but still a shame you cannot officially exceed the 6GB Memory
valueThe only real negative for me was that the price is only £60-70 lower than the DS918+ 4-Bay, which features NVMe SSD storage on top and 4GB of goes upto 8GB.



General Performance

The DS718+ same as the RS217 is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. Unlike the RS217 this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz processor. Another key difference between the RS217 is RAM. DS718+ arrives with 2GB RAM.

About Connections

There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Three USB3 ports on this Synology is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. There is one eSATA port on DS718+ giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds. Sometimes when your business grows, you might consider getting a box with expansion capabilities. With this box you have all opportunities to do so. You might want to contact one of our tech guys to find out more.

About Usage

With two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1. RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. You may install Plex Media Server on this box. Plex lets you easily create a feature rich and practical home media playback system. Some boxes offer real time transcoding functionality. That let you stream your media hustle free, based on your device speed or screen size. Please contact us to find transcoding compatibility list.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Synology is £7.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit RS217.
Synology RackStation NAS

RS217


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Price ex.VAT:£349.00
Price inc.VAT:£418.80





General Performance

The RS217 same as the DS718+ is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. Unlike the DS718+ this box has the Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 - Dual Core 1.33 GHz processor. Another key difference between the DS718+ is RAM. RS217 arrives with 512MB RAM. It has 512MB RAM which is enough for home environments to do very simple tasks. The RS217 512MB RAM compared with DS718+ 2GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Two USB3 ports on this Synology is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. There is one eSATA port on RS217 giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds.

About Usage

With two bay unit you are having additional advantages. You may choose your box to be set up as JBOD, RAID0 or RAID1. RAID 0 would be good for non-critical storage of data when you need it to read and written at high speeds. It could give you good performance. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. You may install Plex Media Server on this box. Plex lets you easily create a feature rich and practical home media playback system. Some boxes offer real time transcoding functionality. That let you stream your media hustle free, based on your device speed or screen size. Please contact us to find transcoding compatibility list.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £349.00.


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