Best 2 bay NAS- Synology 2018


Best for Plex, Surveillance, Performance, Connectivity, Energy saving, Warranty, Transcoding

Synology 2 bay range comparison chart



Simplified Synology 2 bay range use comparison chart will help to decide which model is right for you.

DS218 - The standard 2-Bay NAS from Synology. It will provide support and functionality for all of the standard day to day tasks you need from a NAS server in the home or office. It may not exactly specialize in any one task, but for a first time NAS, it is hard to argue with.

DS218J - The newest generation of the cost-effective 2-Bay Synology NAS for 2017 and 2018. With modest specifications and a noticeably lower price-tag, it is often the firm favorite for those needing a low powered DLNA media server for the home, 3-5 cameras or a simple backup library

DS218PLAY - The latest release in the Synology PLAY multimedia series, featuring 4k Transcoding and Playback. It also supports many other standard NAS tasks and applications, however as the unit features an ARM CPU, it will action them to a lesser degree than the PLUS series of NAS

DS218+ - will provide the same functionality as above, but to a higher degree. People often choose this model as a home media center, Backup network location, office station, surveillance and more. With a Synology Play model, you can stream your videos on your mobile even if you are not at home or in a local network. Video can be transcoded up to 1080p Full HD video format if necessary. It will save your mobile data usage and stream video quicker if the stream is transcoded. Overall it is the perfect middle ground NAS in terms of price and power.

DS718+ - The premium, flagship NAS 2-Bay. By far the most powerful and expandable NAS two Hard Drive. If you want to do EVERYTHING that Synology can provide, this is the network attached storage device to choose. Supporting everything from Virtual Machine Support, Apple Time Machine, 4K Playback and transcoding, Plex Media Server NAS transcoding, BTRFS support and more. This is the top of the line NAS server.

DS216SE - Cheapest 2 drive backup solution. Just a drive with network connectivity. 

DS216+II - Old

DS216 - Old

DS216J Old

DS216PLAY - Old

 

Best 2 bay Synology NAS for Performance

 The performance of a NAS can be judged by more than just 'how powerful the CPU is'. It comes down to how well it performs at the task you have in mind. A CPU can be 2-3Ghz and in multiple cores, but if it is inefficiently designed or not supportive of certain applications demands, then it will either gets too hot and not perform, or just incompatible. Performance is often judged by the TYPE of CPU. Most NAS CPU are ARM or x86 Based. For those looking for excellent file based performance at the lowest power use, then an ARM processor such as one found in the DS216J, DS218J, DS216PLAY, and DS218PLAY is ideal, though that last one also covered 4K media playback too. If you have larger and more graphical tasks in mind that could push the CPU more, then an x86 Intel CPU such as ones found in the DS218+, DS216+II, DS716+II and DS718+ will perform significantly better.

 
 IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-218 Synology  IBSY-218P Synology  IBSY-718P Synology 
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218  DS218+  DS718+
£115.00  £142.00  £178.00  £210.00  £261.00  £353.00
Marvell Armada 370 88F6707  32-bit 800 MHz Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 Realtek RTD1296 Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz  Intel Celeron J3355  64-bit  Dual Core 2.0 burst up to 2.5 GHz  Intel Celeron J3455 64-bit  Quad Core 1.5 burst up to 2.3 GHz
256 MB DDR3 512 MB DDR3 1 GB DDR4 2 GB DDR4    
    Hardware Transcoding Engine 10-bit H.265 (HEVC)  Hardware Transcoding Engine 10-bit H.265 (HEVC)  Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)  Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)
   Hardware Encryption Engine  Hardware Encryption Engine  Hardware Encryption Engine Hardware Transcoding Engine Hardware Transcoding Engine
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS for Connectivity

Connectivity is fairly universal when it comes to all Synology NAS DSM software applications (with the higher performance CPU NAS enabling more tasks and individual connected activities. However, in terms of physical connections, the Synology 2-Bay NAS series does scale very well. As you can see below, which each fraction that you pay for the next model, the more USB ports, faster port, network ports (RJ45) and eSATA expansion ports you get.

 
 IBSY-216SE Synology  IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218  DS218+  DS718+
£115.00  £142.00  £178.00  £210.00  £261.00 £353.00
1xLAN 1xLAN 1xLAN 1xLAN 1xLAN 2xLAN
      1x USB 2.0     
 2x USB 2.0  2x USB 3.0  2x USB 3.0 2x USB 3.0  3x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0 
        eSATA Port  eSATA Port 
        USBCopy USBCopy
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS for Expansion

A little connected to connections earlier, the physical chassis and build of each Synology 2-Bay NAS server and expandability options improve with each level up. The cost-effective DS216se, DS216J and DS218J cannot be expanded in terms of memory/RAM or Hard Drives. Whereas at the other end of the scale, you have the likes of the DS218+ and DS718+ that can have an extra 4GB of DDR3L memory if needed and the aadditionof 5 extra HDD/SSD bays with the DX517 Synology NAS Expansion attached.

 

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218  DS218+  DS718+
£115.00      £210.00  £261.00  £353.00
use bigger drives use bigger drives use bigger drives  use bigger drives    
no ram upgrade  no ram upgrade   no ram upgrade  no ram upgrade  6 GB (2 GB + 4 GB)
DX517 X 1
(Independant storage)
 6 GB (2 GB + 4 GB)

DX517 X 1
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS for Power Consumption and noise

The Synology 2-Bay NAS server series is generally considered by many for their NAS buy of choice thanks to the low power use and low noise produced by such a modest and petite sized device in the home or office. However, as you can see below in the comparison, factors such as the chassis material (plastic in some cases, 50/50 metal and Plastic or 100% metal) and the quality of the internal cooling will play their part on both noise and heat/electricity dissipation.  The lower priced devices feature those ARM CPU that use less power, plastic cheaper build cases and smaller fans - the result is low noise and noticeably less power use. Whereas at the top of the table we can see a massive difference with the Intel 4 Core CPU in the all-metal DS718+ 2-bay. In terms of Power output Vs Noise/Power Input, the DS218 is the middle ground NAS.

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218  DS218+  DS718+
18.4 dB(A)  18.2 dB(A)  19.9 dB(A)  19.3 dB(A)  19.3 dB(A)  18.4 dB(A) 
13.73 W (Access) 
5.12 W (HDD Hibernation)  
17.48 W (Access) 
7.03 W (HDD Hibernation) 
16.79 W (Access) 
5.16 W (HDD Hibernation) 
 14.99 W (Access) 
5.78 W (HDD Hibernation) 
  17.23 W (Access) 
5.4 W (HDD Hibernation) 
  20.1 W (Access) 
9.1 W (HDD Hibernation) 
           65W Power Supply
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS functionality

 

 In terms of what the NAS can do, both in terms of hardware and software, you will always find the more expensive the NAS 2-Bay from Synology, the more the DSM 6.2 software can do. With the budget end of the spectrum arriving with the DSM software, but in a much more limited way on the DS216J and DS218J. However as soon as you spend more in £30-40 increments, you immediately have more options open to you. Once again this comes down to that CPU and then after that, the individual cores and clock speed in GHz of the processor in question. Ultimately you get what you pay for and you need to factor things in like future proofing and long term application expandability when buying your first Synology 2-Bay NAS.

 

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218 DS218+ DS718+
        USBCopy USBCopy
Backup server Backup server Media transcoding Media transcoding    Citrix Ready 
  Simple media stream  H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1  H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1   VMware vSphere 6 with VAAI
  Simple surveillance NAS        
 SSD Read/Write Cache
     Home Multimedia   Home Multimedia  Home Multimedia  Home Multimedia
       Backup    4K videos to be converted and played on the fly
           Dual 1GbE LAN ports
          Windows Server
        H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30 same as 218+
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS for Speed

 

Although it would be easy to just say that the sped of a NAS is purely dictated by the CPU and Memory again, there is a little more to it than that. Yes, they play a big part, but it is the efficiency of the CPU and how well the DSM software utilizes that ability that makes all the difference. As you can see from the devices listed below, in some cases the maximum number of tasks and the read and write between them (despite having a good £50 price difference in some places and very differing CPU) is almost identical. That comes down to the software and it's collaboration with that CPU. However, it comes as no surprise that the fastest NAS in terms of read and write is the DS718+ NAS. 

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE   DS218j DS218play DS218 DS218+ DS718+
20 Download Tasks 30 Download Tasks  50 Download Tasks  80 Download Tasks 80 Download Tasks  80 Download Tasks 
           
101 MB/s reading 64.1 write 113.11 read 112.35 write 112.83 read 112.1 write 112 read 112 write  113.11 read  112.62 write  226.22 read 188.27 write 
encrypted  30.21 write 12.6  encrypted 105.67 read 58.93 write   encrypted 112.69 read 112.93 write encrypted 112 read 111 write encrypted 113.11 read  112.04 write   encrypted 226.13 read 184.7 write
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS for PLEX

Hosting a Plex Media Server on a NAS is a very popular choice and something heavily supported by Synology (even including a comprehensive and official Plex App for free in their App center). Almost all Synology 2-Bay NAS from the DS216PLAY and the DS218PLAY upwards can host a Plex media server. However when you need to access large media files, or want to play back awkward codecs (such as .MOV and .MKV) to smaller, portable devices such as iPhones and Tablets that you need a NAS that can transcode media in Plex. Only Intel based Synology NAS can support Plex Media Server transcoding. So remember that when buying your first Plex Media Server NAS.

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218 DS218+ DS718+
    NO Plex  NO Plex   Plex Server Plex Server
        SD (480p/576p) SD (480p/576p)
        HD (720P) HD (720P)
        HD (1080P) * HD (1080P) *
          nas for plex nas for plex 
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS for shared folders

 

Although largely supported by all Synology 2-Bay NAS, sharing folders and files with people on your NAS improves in quantity with each NAS level you go up. So if you are using the NAS for a business, or many family members, spend a little bit more and start your Synology 2-Bay NAS buying considerations at the DS218+ and DS216+II and go from there upwards. 

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218 DS218+ DS718+
256 folders 256 256 256 256  256 
512 accounts 1024 accounts   2048 2048 2048  2048 

  • EXT4

  • EXT4
  • EXT4
  • EXT4
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
 
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
 

 


Best 2 bay Synology NAS for Surveillance

All Synology NAS servers arrive with the Surveillance NAS software 'Surveillance station' and this lets you connect multiple IP cameras to your NAS and monitors/record from them live. As well as enabling features (camera dependent) like motion tracking, Night Vision, facial recognition, time management movement and heat detection. However choosing which NAS to buy for your NAS based CCTV Surveillance should be based on three factors. 1, The maximum number of cameras supported by the device at once (starting at 5 for the DS216se and all the way up to x40 on the DS718+). 2, The maximum resolution of the cameras recording supported (as low as 720p and all the way up to 4K high density). 3, The frames per second (FPS) of all the cameras when in operation, the better the NAS, the higher you will get for all these factors. See in the comparison table.

 

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218 DS218+ DS718+
Maximum IP cam 5 Maximum IP cam 14 Maximum IP cam 15 Maximum IP cam 16 Maximum IP cam 25 Maximum IP cam 40
2 Free License 2 Free License 2 Free License 2 Free License 2 Free License 2 Free License
50 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
20 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
10 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
10 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
420 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
120 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
90 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
60 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
20 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160)
450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
180 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
110 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
80 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
40 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160)
600 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
300 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
200 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
150 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
110 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160)
750 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
375 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
250 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
200 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
120 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160) 
1200 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
800 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
350 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
280 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
170 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160) 
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Best 2 bay Synology NAS for Transcoding

Unlike Plex Transcoding, Native Synology transcoding (so NAS->CLIENT) requires less work for the CPU. However though you can see that a number of you weaker and ARM based NAS such as the DS216PLAY, DS218PLAY and DS216 can natively transcode up to 4K media playback files, you can support much higher density files, resolution and more at once t=on the more expensive/powerful units. So if you think the media will be more accessed and transcoded by multiple users at the same time (i.e. in the living room and a bedroom at once, on mobile devices) then you should start your NAS buying search at the DS218+ and work up from there towards the DS718+.

IBSY-216SE Synology IBSY-218J Synology IBSY-218PLAY Synology IBSY-216 Synology IBSY-218P Synology IBSY-718P Synology
DS216SE DS218j DS218play DS218 DS218+ DS718+
--- --- 4K Group 3
Hardware Transcoding Engine 
4K Group 3
Hardware Transcoding Engine 
4K Group 1 
Hardware Transcoding Engine 
4K Group 1 
Hardware Transcoding Engine 






  • 1 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.265 (HEVC), 10-bit or 
    1 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-4 Part 2 (XVID, DIVX5)/MPEG-2/VC-1
  • 1 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.265 (HEVC), 10-bit or 
    1 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-4 Part 2 (XVID, DIVX5)/MPEG-2/VC-1


  • 2 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC) or 
    2 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-2/VC-1
 
 
  • 2 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC) or 
    2 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-2/VC-1
    4K  4K    4K  4K
    

   4K 2160p (4096 x 2160 or 3840 x 2160) with codecs H.265 (HEVC) and H.264 (AVC), and in 1080p with codecs H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1 can be transcoded up to 1080p by Synology NAS in 4K Group 1. 4K 2160p (4096 x 2160 or 3840 x 2160) with codecs H.265 (HEVC) and H.264 (AVC), and in 1080p with codecs H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1 can be transcoded up to 1080p by Synology NAS in 4K Group 1. 
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Conclusion

1.IBSY-718P SynologyDS718+

2.IBSY-218P SynologyDS218+

3.IBSY-218PLAY SynologyDS218play

4.IBSY-216 SynologyDS216

5.IBSY-218J SynologyDS218j

6.IBSY-216SE SynologyDS216se

 

 

 

 




How and where do I sign up for Plex? How much does Plex Cost?

The Plex Application for your NAS, Mac, PC, Android device is free and available in the NAS App store, iTunes and Google Playstore at no additional cost. Though the free apps, serving as an excellent introduction, will soon feel limited and we advise that if you upgrade to the Plex Pass subscription service for vastly improved options and add-ons. To begin setting up your Plex Media Server, you will need to head over to Plex and set up your account (use the below link) so you can have all your movie, TV show, music, and photo collections at your fingertips. Anywhere you go, on the devices you love.

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If however you wish to skip straight to the good stuff and set up your Plex Pass Membership immediately so you can get your Plex Media Server at 100%, use the link below to take walk you through setting up your Plex Pass today!

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