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SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
1GB RAM
Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
2yr Warranty
Description
Synology DiskStation DS218play
Value Series

Ideal Entertainment Center with 4K Ultra HD Capability
Designed for multimedia enthusiasts, DS218play supports real-time transcoding of 4K Ultra HD source content. With the availability of centralized management, DS218play is ideal for fast file sharing and reliable backup for all types of devices.

CPU - Quad-Core 1.4 GHz
Transcoding - 4K Ultra HD video transcoding
Fast Performance - 112 MB/s reading, 112 MB/s writing
Eco-friendly - 5.16 W in HDD hibernation / 16.79 W in access

Enjoy 4K videos on the go
Access and stream your 4K media content anytime and anywhere. DS218play supports 4K live transcoding via Video Station and DS video, allowing 4K videos to be instantly converted and played on TV, smartphone, and other media players that originally do not support Ultra HD formats.

Multimedia powerhouse
Access your multimedia content anytime, anywhere with an intuitive web-based interface.

Video Station
Video Station lets you easily manage and organize movies, TV shows, and home videos, and stream to other computers, smartphones, and media players.

Photo Station
Photo Station allows you to effectively organize and share photos and albums, while easily communicating with others using labels, comments, and more.

Audio Station
Audio Station is your personal music center, designed to intelligently sort and organize your audio files, and stream to Google Cast enabled devices easily. Audio Station supports lossless formats ensuring pristine audio quality.

Seamless integration with your mobile devices
Synology mobile applications are designed to allow quick and secure access to your data wherever you are.

Easy 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 simple customizable address (e.g. https://customID.quickconnect.to), so that you can instantly access media and work files on any Windows/Mac/Linux computer, laptop, or mobile device without additional charge.


Powered by Synology DSM

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

Public Cloud Integration
Backup and synchronize data easily between your public cloud accounts and your NAS.

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

DSM UI
Award-winning operating system with an intuitive user interface and powerful capabilities.

Security
Comprehensive built-in security tools are constantly updated to tackle evolving threats and protect your devices.

Cloud Station Suite
Synchronize cross-platform data automatically with file version control on all your devices.



Hardware Specifications CPU CPU Model Realtek RTD1296 CPU Architecture 64-bit CPU Frequency Quad Core 1.4 GHz Hardware Encryption Engine   Hardware Transcoding Engine 10-bit H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30 Memory System Memory 1 GB DDR4 Storage Drive Bays 2 Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives) 3.5" SATA HDD 2.5" SATA HDD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder) 2.5" SATA SSD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder) Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 24 TB (12 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) Maximum Single Volume Size 108 TB Notes "Compatible drive type" indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay. The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity. (Learn more) External Ports RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1 USB 3.0 Port 2 File System Internal Drives EXT4 External Drives EXT4 EXT3 FAT NTFS HFS+ exFAT* Notes exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center. Appearance Size (Height x Width x Depth) 165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm  Weight 0.87 kg  Others System Fan 92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs Fan Speed Mode Full-Speed Mode Cool Mode Quiet Mode Brightness adjustable front LED indicators   Power Recovery   Noise Level* 19.9 dB(A)  Scheduled Power On/Off   Wake on LAN/WAN   Power Supply Unit / Adapter 60W  AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase Power Consumption* 16.79 W (Access) 
5.16 W (HDD Hibernation)  British Thermal Unit 57.29 BTU/hr (Access) 
17.61 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)  Environment Temperature Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F) Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F) Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH Certification FCC Class B CE Class B BSMI Class B Warranty 2 Years DSM Specifications Storage Management Maximum Internal Volume Number 256 Maximum iSCSI Target Number 10 Maximum iSCSI LUN 10 Supported RAID Type Synology Hybrid RAID Basic JBOD RAID 0 RAID 1 RAID Migration Basic to RAID 1 Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs Synology Hybrid RAID RAID 1 Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD Synology Hybrid RAID SSD Support SSD TRIM   File Sharing Capacity Maximum Local User Accounts 2048 Maximum Local Groups 256 Maximum Shared Folder 256 Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 4 Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 200 Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration   NFS Kerberos Authentication   Log Center   Syslog Events per Second 400 Add-on Packages (learn more about the complete add-on package list) Chat   Maximum Users 500 Notes The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum. CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached. Cloud Station Server   Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices 200 Maximum Number of Synced Files (ext4) 200,000 / single file reaction time 687 ms Notes The maximum number of concurrently connected devices refers to the maximum number of devices that can remain connected at the same time. For more information on file processing capability, please refer to the reaction time for file processing. File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 1KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS. RAM expansion was not used during testing. Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing. Download Station   Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 50 exFAT Access (optional)   Media Server   DLNA Compliance   Office   Maximum Users 100 Maximum Simultaneous Editing Users 30 Notes CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached. For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed. Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM Surveillance Station   Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 15 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras) Total FPS (H.264)* 450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
180 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
110 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
80 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
40 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160) Total FPS (H.265)* 450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
450 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
210 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
120 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
60 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160) Total FPS (MJPEG)* 210 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
70 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
50 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
30 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) Notes Surveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera. Video Station   Video Transcoding 4K Group 3 (See more) Maximum Transcoding Channel Number 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 VPN Server   Maximum Connections 15 Environment & Packaging Environment RoHS Compliant Packaging Content Main Unit X 1 Accessory Pack X 1 AC Power Adapter X 1 AC Power Cord X 1 RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1 Quick Installation Guide X 1 Optional Accessories Surveillance Device License Pack Disk Holder: Type C VS360HD VS960HD
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General

Stock code IBSY-218PLAY
Brand Synology
Series DiskStation NAS
Model DS218play
Type 2-Bay (1GB RAM)
ROHS Y
Date added 18/09/2017

DS218play Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 165x108x233mm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
Cache 1GB
Guarantee 2yr
Processor Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net) low
Total Drives 2
Total Drives (alternate) 2
RAID 0:1:
RAID Levels Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

DS218play Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal2
USB3USB3 type A (host)External2

Software

DS218play Speed

Speed/RPM SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 2.2kg
Weight (bare) 870g
External Length (mm) 300cm
External Width (mm) 250cm
External Height (mm) 200cm
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Synology DiskStation NAS DS218play 2-Bay (1GB RAM)


spantv reviewOur Review:

7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 8.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
  PROS
designA classic, compact Synology case, the DS218PLAY is a good balance of loq power consumption, low noise and easy to put down on a shelf or in a cupboard and never think of again.
featuresThough it is mainly geared towards multimedia use (4K, 1080p, DLNA, etc), unlike previous Synology PLAY series NAS, this unit has a better access and ability to run applications that are more business or file based - also the CPU used is efficient and powerful enough to be able to multitask very well indeed,
performanceIn multimedia use, this device performs very, very well indeed. It also provides standard levels of performance on other network attached storage applications. It does what it says on the tin!
valueThis IS a good NAS. If you need a compact and capable NAS server from Synology that will let you house and access your entire multimedia collection, the DS218PLAY will do the job, as well as provide additional support for everything from Apple Time Machine, to 3rd party cloud migration, file servers, download servers and support a website. It may not make teh top 5 NAS of the year, but it would get into the top 15

  CONS
designIt is a shame that that Synology did not use a hotswap chassis with trays, or even the modern 2017/18 casing that is being used in the DS218 series. Also, Synology have yet to re-introduce the SD Card slot that was present on the DS214PLAY back in 2013/14 - such a shame
featuresAs mentioned, it is a much better performance threshold than the DS216PLAY, however, the price is still close enough to the DS218+ that for spending just a little more you can get a significantly more powerful NAS. Disappointing that PLEX has not yet released supported plex app.
performanceEven though this is a multimedia tasked NAS, Synology still have yet to introduce common multimedia demands like HDMI support and Audio out ports - features like this would push it easily into the front for MANY users and would also result in converting many QNAP NAS users
valueIt may feel a little underwhelming a couple of years down the line once you start using non multimedia applications


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SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
1GB RAM
Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
2yr Warranty

free camera License
2x Free Camera Licenses

Synology DiskStation DS218play
Value Series

Ideal Entertainment Center with 4K Ultra HD Capability
Designed for multimedia enthusiasts, DS218play supports real-time transcoding of 4K Ultra HD source content. With the availability of centralized management, DS218play is ideal for fast file sharing and reliable backup for all types of devices.

CPU - Quad-Core 1.4 GHz
Transcoding - 4K Ultra HD video transcoding
Fast Performance - 112 MB/s reading, 112 MB/s writing
Eco-friendly - 5.16 W in HDD hibernation / 16.79 W in access

Enjoy 4K videos on the go
Access and stream your 4K media content anytime and anywhere. DS218play supports 4K live transcoding via Video Station and DS video, allowing 4K videos to be instantly converted and played on TV, smartphone, and other media players that originally do not support Ultra HD formats.

Multimedia powerhouse
Access your multimedia content anytime, anywhere with an intuitive web-based interface.

Video Station
Video Station lets you easily manage and organize movies, TV shows, and home videos, and stream to other computers, smartphones, and media players.

Photo Station
Photo Station allows you to effectively organize and share photos and albums, while easily communicating with others using labels, comments, and more.

Audio Station
Audio Station is your personal music center, designed to intelligently sort and organize your audio files, and stream to Google Cast enabled devices easily. Audio Station supports lossless formats ensuring pristine audio quality.

Seamless integration with your mobile devices
Synology mobile applications are designed to allow quick and secure access to your data wherever you are.

Easy 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 simple customizable address (e.g. https://customID.quickconnect.to), so that you can instantly access media and work files on any Windows/Mac/Linux computer, laptop, or mobile device without additional charge.


Powered by Synology DSM

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

Public Cloud Integration
Backup and synchronize data easily between your public cloud accounts and your NAS.

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

DSM UI
Award-winning operating system with an intuitive user interface and powerful capabilities.

Security
Comprehensive built-in security tools are constantly updated to tackle evolving threats and protect your devices.

Cloud Station Suite
Synchronize cross-platform data automatically with file version control on all your devices.



Hardware Specifications
CPU
CPU Model Realtek RTD1296
CPU Architecture 64-bit
CPU Frequency Quad Core 1.4 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine  
Hardware Transcoding Engine 10-bit H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30
Memory
System Memory 1 GB DDR4
Storage
Drive Bays 2
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)
  • 3.5" SATA HDD
  • 2.5" SATA HDD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder)
  • 2.5" SATA SSD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder)
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 24 TB (12 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size 108 TB
Notes
  • "Compatible drive type" indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
  • The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity. (Learn more)
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1
USB 3.0 Port 2
File System
Internal Drives EXT4
External Drives
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
Notes exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm 
Weight 0.87 kg 
Others
System Fan 92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Brightness adjustable front LED indicators  
Power Recovery  
Noise Level* 19.9 dB(A) 
Scheduled Power On/Off  
Wake on LAN/WAN  
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 60W 
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 16.79 W (Access) 
5.16 W (HDD Hibernation) 
British Thermal Unit 57.29 BTU/hr (Access) 
17.61 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation) 
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Warranty 2 Years
DSM Specifications
Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number 256
Maximum iSCSI Target Number 10
Maximum iSCSI LUN 10
Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
RAID Migration Basic to RAID 1
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD Synology Hybrid RAID
SSD Support
SSD TRIM  
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum Local User Accounts 2048
Maximum Local Groups 256
Maximum Shared Folder 256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 4
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 200
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration  
NFS Kerberos Authentication  
Log Center  
Syslog Events per Second 400
Add-on Packages (learn more about the complete add-on package list)
Chat  
Maximum Users 500
Notes
  • The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
Cloud Station Server  
Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices 200
Maximum Number of Synced Files (ext4) 200,000 / single file reaction time 687 ms
Notes
  • The maximum number of concurrently connected devices refers to the maximum number of devices that can remain connected at the same time. For more information on file processing capability, please refer to the reaction time for file processing.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 1KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS. RAM expansion was not used during testing.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
Download Station  
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 50
exFAT Access (optional)  
Media Server  
DLNA Compliance  
Office  
Maximum Users 100
Maximum Simultaneous Editing Users 30
Notes
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM
Surveillance Station  
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 15 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)* 450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
180 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
110 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
80 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
40 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160)
Total FPS (H.265)* 450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
450 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
210 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
120 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944) 
60 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160)
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 210 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
70 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
50 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
30 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
Notes Surveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.
Video Station  
Video Transcoding 4K Group 3 (See more)
Maximum Transcoding Channel Number 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
VPN Server  
Maximum Connections 15
Environment & Packaging
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • AC Power Cord X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1
Optional Accessories
  • Surveillance Device License Pack
  • Disk Holder: Type C
  • VS360HD
  • VS960HD
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Specifications

General

Stock code IBSY-218PLAY
Brand Synology
Series DiskStation NAS
Model DS218play
Type 2-Bay (1GB RAM)
ROHS Y
Date added 18/09/2017

DS218play Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 165x108x233mm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
Cache 1GB
Guarantee 2yr
Processor Realtek RTD1296 64-bit Quad Core 1.4 GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net) low
Total Drives 2
Total Drives (alternate) 2
RAID 0:1:
RAID Levels Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

DS218play Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal2
USB3USB3 type A (host)External2

Software

DS218play Speed

Speed/RPM SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 2.2kg
Weight (bare) 870g
External Length (mm) 300cm
External Width (mm) 250cm
External Height (mm) 200cm
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19/02/2018 | Richard St. | US Flag |
Bought DS218play for the kids to access their movies and music (well away from me - damn those songs are annoying!) doing a great job for them, quick and easy for them to get to grips with.
06/02/2018 | | EU Flag |
Synology has made a lovely little 2 bay media powered NAS in the 218play! The CPU is so film and music friendly, it copes with everything we throw at it. Great recommendation from Spans Youtube channel and they were spot on. Built it for me with 2 6TB WD HD and the turn around was really swift.
04/01/2018 | | GB Flag |
I choose this over DS218 non plus version which has the same processor. This is cheaper and very same performance.
11/12/2017 | | GB Flag |
Good value for money multimedia NAS. Luckily I am not using it for PLEX - other are disappointed that there is no support yet as today. Otherwise it trans-codes 4k video with no problem. Dual drive safety put my mind at ease too.
16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Is there a difference between network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and nas drive?

There is no physical difference between a network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and NAS drive, the MAIN difference is about the use of the equipment. So:

A Network Drive is a area on storage that is useable to anyone on the network and will be visible to the device you are using if you have the correct login/password.

A Backup Drive is a storage device is a area of NAS or DAS storage that is used JUST for backups and only for writing, not reading - it backs up one or multiple devices on a regular basis.


A Network Hard Drive is the same as a network drive, but instead of a portion of online storage that is network/internet accessible, it is an entire disk drive. Much larger and often includes a RAID drive acting as a fall-back.

A NAS Drive can do all of the above. It can be set up to be a backup drive for all your devices, it can make either a portion or ALL of the storage available over the internet or network, it can do all of these at the same time and can give you much, much more access options thanks to NAS software from the likes of QNAP, Synology, WD, Asustor, Buffalo and Drobo.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a server at home?

A server at home is a network attached storage device (NAS) that is like a computer, but with the emphasis on storage space. They can be purchased for as little as £100 and mean all your data can be accessed, used and backed up to and from overt the internet or your home network (WiFi etc). Bigger and more expensive home servers can do more, such as virtual computers, surveillance recording and multimedia access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is meant by diskless NAS?

A Diskless NAS means that it a network storage device that is sold without any Hard Drives inside. Many NAS Brands like WD and Buffalo will only sell their NAS server devices with Drives already installed - this can often increase the price significantly, as well as limit the Hard Drives you want to install. A diskless NAS is a device that you can choose which drives, how many and the capacity you want and install them yourself, for a more bespoke NAS storage device. Installing the Hard Drives is very easy and you can often save a lot of time and improve your long term storage by choosing a diskless NAS and selecting the drives yourself.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS external hard drive?

A NAS external Hard Drive is an external storage device that, unlike USB 3.0 and eSATA external Hard Drives, is accessed used the internet or your home network. So that means you can access the contents (DATA) of the NAS on your iPhone, iPad, Smart TV, PS4, XBOX One, Sonos Sound System, Bose system, Laptop, Smartphone and pretty much any DLNA enabled device without having to connect to it with a cable. Meaning you do not need to carry duplicates of all your data on all your devices, but can have one central NAS storage devices that all the other devices can access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How do I connect to my NAS remotely?

You can connect to your NAS server remotely with the mobile applications that are free with your NAS Brand manufacturer for iOS and Android. Alternatively you can use a number of desktop applications from the big brands QNAP and Synology NAS to access your device remotely. Lastly you can create a network and internet accessible drive with iSCSI and then setup software (Virtual Machine, backup, Surveillance and more) on your Mac or Windows machine to read and write to the NAS remotely.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS drive used for?

A NAS drive can be used for the following:

Apple Time Machine Backups
Synchronized Backups of Windows and Android devices
A Plex Media Server
DLNA Media Server
Download Server
Printer Server
Virtual Machine Deployment
Email Server
CRM and/or CMS System
A CCTV IP Camera Enabled Surveillance station for your home or office
File Server
and more...


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What are the different types of RAID?

The most popular and recommended RAID levels for a 2-Bay NAS and 4-Bay NAS from Synology and QNAP are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a RAID hard drive?

A RAID Hard drive is a Hard Disk Drive that is designed to be used in a RAID configuration - in simple terms it is a drive that can be installed with multiple other drives of the same type (such as WD Red RAID Drives, WD Purples Surveillance RAID Drives and Seagate Ironwolf NAS RAID Drives). These are designed to be on for long periods of time and for handling data that is shared and/or duplicated across multiple drives at once - constructed with better vibration, head and access controls). Most other drives are designed to work on their own.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is raid on a NAS?

RAID on a NAS is a means to protect yourself from losing your data due to hard drive failure. Hard Drives are the 2nd most vulnerable area of a NAS device and if a drive fails and you do not have a copy of the data elsewhere, you will most likely lose it all. RAID gives you a safety net (called REDUNDANCY) which means you can afford to lose 1, 2 or even 3 hard drives with the right configuration. The most common options are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a personal cloud storage device?

A personal Cloud storage device is a piece of Hardware, Like a NAS, that gives you the access, freedom, speed and utility of popular 3rd party cloud providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon S3 and more. However unlike those providers that hold your data on a server farm hundreds or thousands of miles away, where you it can be broken into, a Personal Cloud (NAS) lives in your home/office and can be protected with both bespoke AES-256bit encryption, individual login credentials and if the worst case scenario, can be simply unplugged from the network/internet.


It is also considerably cheaper in the long term.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How do you connect to a NAS?

You can connect to a device in several ways:


- You can connect to a NAS via your home network as long as it is connected to the same router/switch that your other devices are connected to, via cable or over Wi-Fi (the devices, not the NAS)


- You can connect over the internet using the NAS manufacturer’s respective software on desktop or mobile platforms for Mac, Windows and Android devices


- You can also access the data as a network drive (where the location of the drive with be an IP - 192.168. etc.) and then the drive can be read and written to as needed


Thank you


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How does a NAS device work?

Excellent Question. A NAS devices like a computer that is dedicated to storing data that is made accessible across all your internet enabled devices. It connects to your home network (in simple terms, the internet connected network in your home or office) and makes the data that is store on it accessible. You can also access the data from outside the phone via WiFi at hotspots and other buildings, or via your mobile 3G or 4G internet connection.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Do you really need a NAS?

If you have data spread across multiple devices without a single backup location, then YES, you really do need a NAS drive. As it will make backing up with multiple devices easier, more automated and reliable.


If you are a business with large amounts of data that needs to be accessible quickly, across multiple machines or outside your office environment for off-site staff or clients, then YES you needs a NAS.


If you want your internet accessible data to be 100% inaccessible when needed (for security) and are considering a Cloud provider or a NAS, BUY A NAS!!! It is cheaper in the long run and can have individual and bespoke security measures. 


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS drives for home?

A NAS drive for Home is the means of storing your data in a central location that can be used for more home and entertainment based applications. Often these are 2-Bay or 4-Bay NAS Devices that support applications such as Plex, DLNA Server support, Backups like Apple Time Machine and Surveillance over IP cameras from companies such as Edimax and Reolink. The Hard drives in a NAS Drive for Home are recommended to be WD Red NAS Drives or Seagate Ironwolf NAS drives.


 

27/10/2017 | Guest | FI Flag |
Couldn't see in the specs, but is the memory upgradeable? It looked from the preview video that it would have the same 2GB DDR3 as the 418play, but instead has 1GB DDR4. I wouldn't mind expanding later to 2GB if it was possible.
27/10/2017 | | GB Flag |
If you are looking at DS218play- that basically means you are not happy with DS118 single drive solution or ds418 empty drive bays. Dual drive means that you can still use DS218play even if one drive inside breaks. Still should do regular backups. But this will give you peace of mind that your data is safe.


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