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01/10/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
What is the maximum storage DS216play NAS can handle?
It is better to ask SPAN for free compatibility checks. But as today you could fill it with 2X 18TB Seagate Ironwolf. This would give you a total raw storage of 36TB
30/09/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Can I use any drives with this NAS?
Yes, but we would recommend to use WD Red or Seagate Ironwolf. They consume less energy and generate less vibration and noise.
29/09/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Can I upgrade the RAM on this NAS?
Yes, it will work with Samsung, WD or Seagate SSD. In fact this will improve the internal speed and make apps run faster.
28/09/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Is this enclosure suitable for a SSD - such as Samsung EVO SATA III SSD
06/06/2016 | Rick | NL Flag |
Love it because of its transcoding capabilities. And 2 drives keep my data safe!
09/02/2016 | Ian Chamberlain | GB Flag |
would this be a good drive to run flex server from? I want to be able to access my media while on the road and not have to lug an additional HD around.
I hate to tell you, but no... this is not a great choice for a Plex Media Server. You would be better opting for a Synology DS216+ released later this month or (if you are prepared to spend almost double) then the Synology DS716+ IS A TRULY dominating SYNOLOGY Plex media server choice. If you want to jump ship to QNAP, then within this price bracket you can go for the QNAP TS-251+. I've included links below to all three devices and you can order them directly from there. When you do, pop 'youtube' in the comments and I will ensure you get a little freebie thrown in! Plex for Synology DS216+ https://www.span.com/product/Synology-2-Bay-DiskStation-NAS-DS216+-SATA-HD-RAID-0-1~53375 Ple for Synology DS716+ https://www.span.com/product/Synology-2-Bay-DiskStation-NAS-DS716+-SATA-HD-RAID-0-1~51145 Ple for QNAP TS-251+ https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-251+-2G-2-Bay-RAID-0-1-2GB-RAM-~51037


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09/02/2016 | PhantomAct | GB Flag |
It's like Synology does micro improvements in the hope people will still notice them. Whereas QNAP with their TS-251 did a great leap from TS-231
You summed it up perfectly!


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06/02/2016 | Matthew | MT Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment
08/01/2016 | SPAN | GB Flag |
New Synology 2-Bay DiskStation NAS DS216+ will be soon shipping. If interested to get your hand on first batch you can do pre-orders here: DS216+ Link
02/12/2015 | CandymanBMF | GB Flag |
Thanks for the review, exactly what I was looking for. I am, however, a bit surprised you didn't mention anything about the maximum storage capacity. I'm reading some conflicting numbers, even looking at Synology's own website and docs. Do they both support 16TB (2x8TB) or not?

Yep, I can confirm that both of these units support the newly released 8TB NAS Hard Drives from Seagate. Ultimately Sepcs sheets and compatibility lists are changed often in line with new released drives and changes in firmware. At the time of making this video, the Seagate Enterrpsie TB NAS drives were not listed. Also there are of course other HDDs out there at 8TB (The Seagate Archive 8TB and the HGST He8 drives for example), however we make a point of only referring to NAS hard Drives for a NAS unit. You can definitely install the Seagate 8TB NAS drives in either of these units. however though they are currently hard to come by. If you are interested in purchasing these drives (and maybe a NAS to install them in) follow the links below Segate Enterrpsie NAS drive ST8000NE0001- https://www.span.com/product/Seagate-Enterprise-NAS-HDD-ST8000NE0001-3-5-SATA-6Gb-8TB-7200rpm~51060 The Seagate Archive 8TB HDD ST8000AS0002 - https://www.span.com/product/Seagate-Archive-HDD-v2-ST8000AS0002-3-5-SATA-6Gb-8TB-5900rpm~46708 I've had your attention this far, could you indulge me a little longer? Why not purchase your Network Attached Storage solution directly from us. We ship Worldwide and I think you'd be surprised how low we can go with shipping prices. It won't cost you anything to find out. Simply send your name and address (plus of course confirming the device you want) to robbie@span.com or even sales@span.com and they will get back to you within the hour with the best price and shipping (maybe even free) to you. Then at least you have the answer. Let's be honest, you have the guys like Amazon and Ebay to go for, but we are selling a solution, not just a box (I am aware how 'salesman' that sounded, but bear with me). We will tailor the box (RAID, Firmware and all) to your needs, provide after sales technical support and better warranty support than generic online shops. Bottom line, all it will cost you at this stage is an e-mail. If you want to know more about SPAN.com, learn about them here at https://www.span.com/about Last thing, if you are a gambler, 'like' our Facebook page where every month we give away more and more digital storage technology. just like the main page and cover all your bases! Toodle pip! Robbie@span.com

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23/11/2015 | riopato2009 | GB Flag |
Thank you for posting this comparison, when I heard they came out with the 216play I was already planning to save up for getting this model. I'm so disappointed with the decisions Synology made to downgrading this series with using the arm chip alone but the lack of ports and not being hot swappable makes this purchase a do not buy. I was hoping for something with at least a bay trail based system, possibly celeron like the qnaps but I guess they were more focused on power usage and media transcoding instead of improving performance. No upgradable ram is a negative also and I wonder if the 1gb limit effects performance? My 214play is always hovering above 50% usage but the cpu hardly runs above 30% even during transcoding.
Thnak youfor your insights, very useful indeed to have user perspectives on NAS storage enviroments. Always appreciated.


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07/11/2015 | simon | GB Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment
22/10/2015 | vittorio | GB Flag |
Fast, quiet and with many functionalities. One of the best home nas I had in ages
20/10/2015 | Something Koo | GB Flag |
Another key benefit of 216play is the support for H.265 video codec that's becoming quite common these days. I too am very disappointed by the removal of the SD card, the USB ports and most importantly the "copy" button! But considering that I'm upgrading from my 211+ mainly for transcoding, I think I'll have to go with the 216play. Do you know if the 216play has any FPU?
+Something Kool Thank you for the detailed response. The floating point unit is said to be improved over the DS214PLAY. However we only briefly ran photos and video through these units during the R/W checks and cannot say we noticed a huge difference. This was based on around 100 files so either system wouldn't have been especially taxed in terms of thumbnail and image generation.

If you are considering upgrading your DS211+, I would not recommend the DS216PLAY for your needs (unless 4K transcoding is imperative to you) as you will not be seeing a significant increase in your output. I would urge you to give QNAP a try and look into the TS-253 PRO. The OS is VERY similar but more geared towards experienced users. It is a pinch more expensive but you will GENUINELY see improved results and it has superior memory, a vastly more power CPU, more ports (inluding HDMI, 2x LAN for dual channeling, 3x USB 3.0 and a 1 touch copy button). On top of all this it has on-the-fly transcoding and offline transcoding included, the RAM can be increased to upto 8GB of DDR3 and is hotswappable if you want to use your old drives as well as new ones... what's not to like?

The QNAP can be found here https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-253-Pro-2-Bay-RAID-0-1-2GB-RAM-~46033
19/10/2015 | Daniel Prince | GB Flag |
I've read lots of people have problems streaming from 214play to a chromecast, buffering etc, has that been addressed now the CPU is is bigger/better in the 216?
It appears so, yes. If I can take a little information from you, I can address Synology directly on your behalf and get a first hand response. Just message me directly on robbie@span.com . Thank you for your question.
16/10/2015 | Adam | GB Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment



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13/10/2015 | Junaid Kalia | GB Flag |
Where do you order it in US? and how much does it cost in USD?

After placing order online, items will be shipped from UK. Delivery would cost $79.91. It depends on USD conversion rate. To get precise cost, choose USD currency when click on language flag in top right corner. Than during the checkout, price will be displayed in chosen currency. 

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07/10/2015 | blessing786 | GB Flag |
Is this the correct way to understand the Max capacity on the Synology drive, just say the max capacity is 8tb on the 2bay version. Does that mean I can put 2x 8TB drives in totalling 16gb or does that mean I can put only a maximum of 8tb over both bays? Also I dont run a raid and the capacity of both drives is over 8tb will I only see the maximum or will I get over the max amount? sorry if this is confusing.
The max capacity of your NAS (or indeed any NAS these days) is only limited by the highest capacity drives available the time (currently 8TB)... they only provide a number at the time because people request it and its something that generally is out of date within a few months. Put simply, you can put the biggest drive you can in each and every slot - it IS 8TB, but only per slot (not total). So your figure of 2x85 = 16TB is correct. without a RAID installed (not advised) you would see the total available capacity of 2 x 8TB (known as a JBOD) drives available to write onto. If you created a RAID 0 (easily arranged in settings), THEN you would see a single drive in your system that is 16TB (of 15.99TB). I hope this helped you. Please don't forget to Like and subscribe as this channel exists on community support. If you need any technical advice or want a NAS/Drives bought world wide, check out www.span.com (or e-mail richard@span.com) Lastly, this video has since been updated and improved - check out the updated, modern and most importantly improved sound quality version here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcocxpPampU
06/10/2015 | Ahmed AlDar | GB Flag |
What about the DS216+ DS216J Versions ? when they will be released ?
We will be updating you all on the new releases from Synology, as well as all the other manufacturers dropping their latest kit in the following weeks. Do subscribe to stay up to date!
15/09/2015 | Robbie @ SPANTV | GB Flag |
The latest addition to Synology's PLAY series, the DS216PLAY is definitely one to keep an eye on. With an improved CPU and overall NAS experience, The DS216PLAY is really a contender in the 2016 NAS market. PROs Design User Experience 4K Support (both in use and on-the-fly) Improved CPU CONs They have removed the SD Card reader The HDD installation is no longer click and slide trays. Overall, 4.5/5 stars



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DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
  PROS
designA good solid and very cost effective NAS for those looking for 4K Native transcoding as well as a standard and competant base for all other NAS features.
featuresOne of the first 4K NAS devices from Synology and also giving you access to all the features you would expect from a good level 2-bay Synology NAS this 2016
performancePerforming most task in keeping with The rest of Synology's 2-BAY NAS range (not the + models) and with a dual core CPU and 1GB of RAM, this NAS will perform everything from Image backup, media sharing and file distribution and download, as well as the 4K NAS Transcoding (native., not for a Plex Media Server) comfortably.
valueA good first-NAS purchase and one for those looking for an entry level network attached storage device.

  CONS
designMany feel that the DS216PLAY is a disappointing follow up to the Synology DS214PLAY as it features a less known PSU, weaker HD transcoding and no SD Card slot.
featuresAs mentioned, no longer featuring the SD card of its predecessor and hot swapping is no longer available as NAS Hard Drives are installed internally
performanceNot a particularly powerful NAS, but this is reflected in the Price.
valueMany will hit the limits on this Units power and ability early on if they are looking for a Plex Media Server NAS or other more demanding applications. For those users I would recommend the Synology DS216+ for their NAS needs.


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01/10/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
What is the maximum storage DS216play NAS can handle?
It is better to ask SPAN for free compatibility checks. But as today you could fill it with 2X 18TB Seagate Ironwolf. This would give you a total raw storage of 36TB
30/09/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Can I use any drives with this NAS?
Yes, but we would recommend to use WD Red or Seagate Ironwolf. They consume less energy and generate less vibration and noise.
29/09/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Can I upgrade the RAM on this NAS?
Yes, it will work with Samsung, WD or Seagate SSD. In fact this will improve the internal speed and make apps run faster.
28/09/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Is this enclosure suitable for a SSD - such as Samsung EVO SATA III SSD
06/06/2016 | Rick | NL Flag |
Love it because of its transcoding capabilities. And 2 drives keep my data safe!
09/02/2016 | Ian Chamberlain | GB Flag |
would this be a good drive to run flex server from? I want to be able to access my media while on the road and not have to lug an additional HD around.
I hate to tell you, but no... this is not a great choice for a Plex Media Server. You would be better opting for a Synology DS216+ released later this month or (if you are prepared to spend almost double) then the Synology DS716+ IS A TRULY dominating SYNOLOGY Plex media server choice. If you want to jump ship to QNAP, then within this price bracket you can go for the QNAP TS-251+. I've included links below to all three devices and you can order them directly from there. When you do, pop 'youtube' in the comments and I will ensure you get a little freebie thrown in! Plex for Synology DS216+ https://www.span.com/product/Synology-2-Bay-DiskStation-NAS-DS216+-SATA-HD-RAID-0-1~53375 Ple for Synology DS716+ https://www.span.com/product/Synology-2-Bay-DiskStation-NAS-DS716+-SATA-HD-RAID-0-1~51145 Ple for QNAP TS-251+ https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-251+-2G-2-Bay-RAID-0-1-2GB-RAM-~51037


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09/02/2016 | PhantomAct | GB Flag |
It's like Synology does micro improvements in the hope people will still notice them. Whereas QNAP with their TS-251 did a great leap from TS-231
You summed it up perfectly!


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06/02/2016 | Matthew | MT Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment
08/01/2016 | SPAN | GB Flag |
New Synology 2-Bay DiskStation NAS DS216+ will be soon shipping. If interested to get your hand on first batch you can do pre-orders here: DS216+ Link
02/12/2015 | CandymanBMF | GB Flag |
Thanks for the review, exactly what I was looking for. I am, however, a bit surprised you didn't mention anything about the maximum storage capacity. I'm reading some conflicting numbers, even looking at Synology's own website and docs. Do they both support 16TB (2x8TB) or not?

Yep, I can confirm that both of these units support the newly released 8TB NAS Hard Drives from Seagate. Ultimately Sepcs sheets and compatibility lists are changed often in line with new released drives and changes in firmware. At the time of making this video, the Seagate Enterrpsie TB NAS drives were not listed. Also there are of course other HDDs out there at 8TB (The Seagate Archive 8TB and the HGST He8 drives for example), however we make a point of only referring to NAS hard Drives for a NAS unit. You can definitely install the Seagate 8TB NAS drives in either of these units. however though they are currently hard to come by. If you are interested in purchasing these drives (and maybe a NAS to install them in) follow the links below Segate Enterrpsie NAS drive ST8000NE0001- https://www.span.com/product/Seagate-Enterprise-NAS-HDD-ST8000NE0001-3-5-SATA-6Gb-8TB-7200rpm~51060 The Seagate Archive 8TB HDD ST8000AS0002 - https://www.span.com/product/Seagate-Archive-HDD-v2-ST8000AS0002-3-5-SATA-6Gb-8TB-5900rpm~46708 I've had your attention this far, could you indulge me a little longer? Why not purchase your Network Attached Storage solution directly from us. We ship Worldwide and I think you'd be surprised how low we can go with shipping prices. It won't cost you anything to find out. Simply send your name and address (plus of course confirming the device you want) to robbie@span.com or even sales@span.com and they will get back to you within the hour with the best price and shipping (maybe even free) to you. Then at least you have the answer. Let's be honest, you have the guys like Amazon and Ebay to go for, but we are selling a solution, not just a box (I am aware how 'salesman' that sounded, but bear with me). We will tailor the box (RAID, Firmware and all) to your needs, provide after sales technical support and better warranty support than generic online shops. Bottom line, all it will cost you at this stage is an e-mail. If you want to know more about SPAN.com, learn about them here at https://www.span.com/about Last thing, if you are a gambler, 'like' our Facebook page where every month we give away more and more digital storage technology. just like the main page and cover all your bases! Toodle pip! Robbie@span.com

SPAN.COM tech team
23/11/2015 | riopato2009 | GB Flag |
Thank you for posting this comparison, when I heard they came out with the 216play I was already planning to save up for getting this model. I'm so disappointed with the decisions Synology made to downgrading this series with using the arm chip alone but the lack of ports and not being hot swappable makes this purchase a do not buy. I was hoping for something with at least a bay trail based system, possibly celeron like the qnaps but I guess they were more focused on power usage and media transcoding instead of improving performance. No upgradable ram is a negative also and I wonder if the 1gb limit effects performance? My 214play is always hovering above 50% usage but the cpu hardly runs above 30% even during transcoding.
Thnak youfor your insights, very useful indeed to have user perspectives on NAS storage enviroments. Always appreciated.


SPAN.COM tech team
07/11/2015 | simon | GB Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment
22/10/2015 | vittorio | GB Flag |
Fast, quiet and with many functionalities. One of the best home nas I had in ages
20/10/2015 | Something Koo | GB Flag |
Another key benefit of 216play is the support for H.265 video codec that's becoming quite common these days. I too am very disappointed by the removal of the SD card, the USB ports and most importantly the "copy" button! But considering that I'm upgrading from my 211+ mainly for transcoding, I think I'll have to go with the 216play. Do you know if the 216play has any FPU?
+Something Kool Thank you for the detailed response. The floating point unit is said to be improved over the DS214PLAY. However we only briefly ran photos and video through these units during the R/W checks and cannot say we noticed a huge difference. This was based on around 100 files so either system wouldn't have been especially taxed in terms of thumbnail and image generation.

If you are considering upgrading your DS211+, I would not recommend the DS216PLAY for your needs (unless 4K transcoding is imperative to you) as you will not be seeing a significant increase in your output. I would urge you to give QNAP a try and look into the TS-253 PRO. The OS is VERY similar but more geared towards experienced users. It is a pinch more expensive but you will GENUINELY see improved results and it has superior memory, a vastly more power CPU, more ports (inluding HDMI, 2x LAN for dual channeling, 3x USB 3.0 and a 1 touch copy button). On top of all this it has on-the-fly transcoding and offline transcoding included, the RAM can be increased to upto 8GB of DDR3 and is hotswappable if you want to use your old drives as well as new ones... what's not to like?

The QNAP can be found here https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-253-Pro-2-Bay-RAID-0-1-2GB-RAM-~46033
19/10/2015 | Daniel Prince | GB Flag |
I've read lots of people have problems streaming from 214play to a chromecast, buffering etc, has that been addressed now the CPU is is bigger/better in the 216?
It appears so, yes. If I can take a little information from you, I can address Synology directly on your behalf and get a first hand response. Just message me directly on robbie@span.com . Thank you for your question.
16/10/2015 | Adam | GB Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment



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13/10/2015 | Junaid Kalia | GB Flag |
Where do you order it in US? and how much does it cost in USD?

After placing order online, items will be shipped from UK. Delivery would cost $79.91. It depends on USD conversion rate. To get precise cost, choose USD currency when click on language flag in top right corner. Than during the checkout, price will be displayed in chosen currency. 

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07/10/2015 | blessing786 | GB Flag |
Is this the correct way to understand the Max capacity on the Synology drive, just say the max capacity is 8tb on the 2bay version. Does that mean I can put 2x 8TB drives in totalling 16gb or does that mean I can put only a maximum of 8tb over both bays? Also I dont run a raid and the capacity of both drives is over 8tb will I only see the maximum or will I get over the max amount? sorry if this is confusing.
The max capacity of your NAS (or indeed any NAS these days) is only limited by the highest capacity drives available the time (currently 8TB)... they only provide a number at the time because people request it and its something that generally is out of date within a few months. Put simply, you can put the biggest drive you can in each and every slot - it IS 8TB, but only per slot (not total). So your figure of 2x85 = 16TB is correct. without a RAID installed (not advised) you would see the total available capacity of 2 x 8TB (known as a JBOD) drives available to write onto. If you created a RAID 0 (easily arranged in settings), THEN you would see a single drive in your system that is 16TB (of 15.99TB). I hope this helped you. Please don't forget to Like and subscribe as this channel exists on community support. If you need any technical advice or want a NAS/Drives bought world wide, check out www.span.com (or e-mail richard@span.com) Lastly, this video has since been updated and improved - check out the updated, modern and most importantly improved sound quality version here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcocxpPampU
06/10/2015 | Ahmed AlDar | GB Flag |
What about the DS216+ DS216J Versions ? when they will be released ?
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15/09/2015 | Robbie @ SPANTV | GB Flag |
The latest addition to Synology's PLAY series, the DS216PLAY is definitely one to keep an eye on. With an improved CPU and overall NAS experience, The DS216PLAY is really a contender in the 2016 NAS market. PROs Design User Experience 4K Support (both in use and on-the-fly) Improved CPU CONs They have removed the SD Card reader The HDD installation is no longer click and slide trays. Overall, 4.5/5 stars



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