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Market leading price on this well reviewed 2 bay NAS by Synology.

No drives included but the price reflects that, and allows you the freedom to select the drives and capacity that suits your use case

  • NAS Drives - Empty Enclosure
  • CPU - Intel Celeron J3355 64-bit Architecture
  • System Memory - 2 GB DDR3L
  • 2 Bay
  • 1x Gigabit LAN port | 3x USB 3.0 ports | 1x eSATA port
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Supports real-time 4K video streaming
  • All-around storage solution optimised to safeguard your data
  • DS218+


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Equipped with a dual-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS218+ delivers exceptional file transfer speeds. Supporting real-time 4K video streaming, DS218+ is ideal not only for protecting critical data but for storing ultra-high definition media contents as well.

  • CPU - Dual-core up to 2.5 GHz
  • Ultra Performance - 113 MB/s encrypted reading, 112 MB/s encrypted writing
  • Encryption - AES-NI hardware encryption
  • Transcoding - 4K Ultra HD video transcoding

NEXT-GENERATION FILE SYSTEM FOR BETTER DATA PROTECTION

The Btrfs file system introduces advanced storage technologies and optimized snapshots to 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 and user quota settings provide comprehensive quota control on all user accounts and shared folder
  • Snapshot Replication provides schedulable and storage capacity-saving data protection with 1,024 shared folder backups and 65,000 system-wide snapshots
  • File- or folder-level data restoration accelerates data recovery and provides more flexibility for businesses
  • Automatic file self-healing detects and recovers corrupted files without user intervention
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rincage12/06/2020 13:44

Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads …Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.


True but you need to support that yourself, keep it patched and this (excl. disks) uses less electricity than an old-fashioned light bulb. Time saver, it is stable and I don't have to worry about file systems etc. (yes I could do that but don't want to spend 3 full week nights umm and err'ing) e.g. enabling docker and import an image took the whole of 2 mins.

Do have to add: there is a learning curve to get used to the user interface (didn't find it that intuitive) and I preferred my earlier ReadyNAS but this offers more features.
Edited by: "plap" 12th Jun
Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.
rincage12/06/2020 13:44

Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads …Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.


And for everyone else who thinks you've just referenced a Charlie Brown character, this NAS will do.
lnz12/06/2020 14:46

A DIY NAS/File server might be an idea if you want to have over 4 disks, …A DIY NAS/File server might be an idea if you want to have over 4 disks, or you need specific network requirements, but in a SOHO/home situation, a Synology, Qnap, Netgear, would most likely quickly turn out to be cheaper and less hassle and, especially, instant!Of course making your own NAS and running FreeNAS or OpenMediaVault, or any of the alternatives on it could be lots of fun and a good challenge providing you know what you are doing and you have the time to do it.Finally a repurposed PC would be bigger, noisier, use more electricity, and (because of its age) not as reliable.



Have been running my HP Proliant Gen8 with upgraded memory and CPU on Xpenology for about 5 years now and it is on 18 hours a day, it is awesome, to some extent you need to be able be a bit tech and code savy to update the software but it is a simple case of following instructions. The equivalent synology machine would be in the region of £700 where as mine was up and running for about £300 including the cost of WD NAS HDD (x4). Set up a raid 1 and backs up to GDrive as well.
Edited by: "h0t_dealer" 12th Jun
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Are the cheaper ones of this good?
mccririck12/06/2020 13:19

Are the cheaper ones of this good?


Think you need to be a little more specific!
Price drop, possibly due to newer devices coming out soon.

Noticed the DS918+ 4 bay is down to £469 at Box
bubblegum291012/06/2020 13:26

Price drop, possibly due to newer devices coming out soon. Noticed the …Price drop, possibly due to newer devices coming out soon. Noticed the DS918+ 4 bay is down to £469 at Box


Would tie in with Amazon being short on stock and expecting a new delivery soon, perhaps the new models on the same container/vessel?
I wanna upgrade my 212+ to this for the x64 processor but the £15 delivery to Northern Ireland is a bit ridiculous. Heat for the price to GB!
I’ve been waiting forever for them to refresh their single bay range.

I’ve got the DS119 but I’d like to see something new
This is or the new DS220J?
bubblegum291012/06/2020 13:26

Price drop, possibly due to newer devices coming out soon. Noticed the …Price drop, possibly due to newer devices coming out soon. Noticed the DS918+ 4 bay is down to £469 at Box


Yes the new models are coming soon, already released in Japan and Taiwan.

Not sure whether to jump on the 918+ at that price or pay however much more for 2 more years of support with a new model. Not much difference between them if using as a Plex streamer.
I have the DS218 Play and am really happy with it so far. I don't do much with it other than use it for a NAS Drive. Bought to replace a failed WD MyCloud.
Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.
rincage12/06/2020 13:44

Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads …Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.


True but you need to support that yourself, keep it patched and this (excl. disks) uses less electricity than an old-fashioned light bulb. Time saver, it is stable and I don't have to worry about file systems etc. (yes I could do that but don't want to spend 3 full week nights umm and err'ing) e.g. enabling docker and import an image took the whole of 2 mins.

Do have to add: there is a learning curve to get used to the user interface (didn't find it that intuitive) and I preferred my earlier ReadyNAS but this offers more features.
Edited by: "plap" 12th Jun
rincage12/06/2020 13:44

Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads …Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.


And for everyone else who thinks you've just referenced a Charlie Brown character, this NAS will do.
rincage12/06/2020 13:44

Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads …Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.


I have a 214j and a 216play, fantastic devices, good range of applications available including a very good video surveillance system.
Edited by: "sadbiker" 12th Jun
sinjin_smythe12/06/2020 13:34

I wanna upgrade my 212+ to this for the x64 processor but the £15 delivery …I wanna upgrade my 212+ to this for the x64 processor but the £15 delivery to Northern Ireland is a bit ridiculous. Heat for the price to GB!



Wow... you've done well to keep that going up 'til now
I'm considering selling mine as I've migrated to a 213+ and now a 916+ since then.
Should this drop any further? I am also waiting for the 220+ to be released in UK so this one will drop.
Also very tempting on the 918+ with more space for storage. 920+ doesn't seem much better apart from more pricy.
I have the DS118 single bay but it struggles with 4k torrents, I use a private torrent site to download, can anyone recommend Synology that would play 4k seamlessly.
Edited by: "Riyaad12" 12th Jun
Riyaad1212/06/2020 14:10

I have the DS118 single bay but it struggles with 4k torrents, can anyone …I have the DS118 single bay but it struggles with 4k torrents, can anyone recommend Synology that would play 4k seamlessly


216 play, then it's only your network which may be the problem
Riyaad1212/06/2020 14:10

I have the DS118 single bay but it struggles with 4k torrents, can anyone …I have the DS118 single bay but it struggles with 4k torrents, can anyone recommend Synology that would play 4k seamlessly


I am in the same situation with 214+. You would need at least the 718+ or 918+, not sure how good the 218+ will perform, I think it is because the 218+ is dual core and both 718+ and 918+ are quad cores.

In Box.com the 918+ is also cheaper than in Amazon.
jesusgsdev12/06/2020 14:12

I am in the same situation with 214+. You would need at least the 718+ or …I am in the same situation with 214+. You would need at least the 718+ or 918+, not sure how good the 218+ will perform, I think it is because the 218+ is dual core and both 718+ and 918+ are quad cores.In Box.com the 918+ is also cheaper than in Amazon.


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Found this prices new at £254 but the moderator wont allow deals from that merchant posted here, not sure why? I wont mention the merchant as this comment might get removed but they are reputable.
Assuming nothing I’m playing needs transcoding and never more than 2 clients at one time, what is the cheapest I can get away with?
h0t_dealer12/06/2020 14:36

Found this prices new at £254 but the moderator wont allow deals from that …Found this prices new at £254 but the moderator wont allow deals from that merchant posted here, not sure why? I wont mention the merchant as this comment might get removed but they are reputable.


Give it a go and see what happens or could you send me a message withthe name of the merchant?
Edited by: "concertsdealsoffers" 12th Jun
ebay.co.uk/p/2…039


Ebuyer are presently banned from here for self promotion breach
concertsdealsoffers12/06/2020 14:43

Give it a go and see what happens or could you send me a message withthe …Give it a go and see what happens or could you send me a message withthe name of the merchant?


ebay.co.uk/p/2…039


Ebuyer are presently banned from here for self promotion breach
rincage12/06/2020 13:44

Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads …Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.


A DIY NAS/File server might be an idea if you want to have over 4 disks, or you need specific network requirements, but in a SOHO/home situation, a Synology, Qnap, Netgear, would most likely quickly turn out to be cheaper and less hassle and, especially, instant!
Of course making your own NAS and running FreeNAS or OpenMediaVault, or any of the alternatives on it could be lots of fun and a good challenge providing you know what you are doing and you have the time to do it.
Finally a repurposed PC would be bigger, noisier, use more electricity, and (because of its age) not as reliable.
h0t_dealer12/06/2020 14:45

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/25031180039Ebuyer are presently banned from here …https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/25031180039Ebuyer are presently banned from here for self promotion breach


Your right there as it just came up as banned on top of my screen
lnz12/06/2020 14:46

A DIY NAS/File server might be an idea if you want to have over 4 disks, …A DIY NAS/File server might be an idea if you want to have over 4 disks, or you need specific network requirements, but in a SOHO/home situation, a Synology, Qnap, Netgear, would most likely quickly turn out to be cheaper and less hassle and, especially, instant!Of course making your own NAS and running FreeNAS or OpenMediaVault, or any of the alternatives on it could be lots of fun and a good challenge providing you know what you are doing and you have the time to do it.Finally a repurposed PC would be bigger, noisier, use more electricity, and (because of its age) not as reliable.



Have been running my HP Proliant Gen8 with upgraded memory and CPU on Xpenology for about 5 years now and it is on 18 hours a day, it is awesome, to some extent you need to be able be a bit tech and code savy to update the software but it is a simple case of following instructions. The equivalent synology machine would be in the region of £700 where as mine was up and running for about £300 including the cost of WD NAS HDD (x4). Set up a raid 1 and backs up to GDrive as well.
Edited by: "h0t_dealer" 12th Jun
I've been thinking of a NAS, just to put photos,music and films on to stream to out TV and Sonos. How easy are they to set up. Will a single drive be ok, every thing is well backed up,so wouldn't be bothered if the NAS failed. 2 tb would be more than enough.
h0t_dealer12/06/2020 14:52

Have been running my HP Proliant Gen8 with upgraded memory and CPU on …Have been running my HP Proliant Gen8 with upgraded memory and CPU on Xpenology for about 5 years now and it is on 18 hours a day, it is awesome, to some extent you need to be able be a bit tech and code savy to update the software but it is a simple case of following instructions. The equivalent synology machine would be in the region of £700 where as mine was up and running for about £300 including the cost of WD NAS HDD (x4).


tech moved on a bit since then, whats the equivlanet nowadays?
andyjst12/06/2020 14:54

tech moved on a bit since then, whats the equivlanet nowadays?


the set up still works and runs efficiently, DSM doesnt make too much demand on the hardware. Not sure the equivalent these days as never needed to look and not sure what there is to gain.
rubyrider12/06/2020 14:53

I've been thinking of a NAS, just to put photos,music and films on to …I've been thinking of a NAS, just to put photos,music and films on to stream to out TV and Sonos. How easy are they to set up. Will a single drive be ok, every thing is well backed up,so wouldn't be bothered if the NAS failed. 2 tb would be more than enough.


very easy, single drive would work. Double gives you a backup. Also it can synch to a cloud service, so if you got space on GDrive, Icloud etc you can set it up to backup. It is the software that makes these so popular, easy and intuitive.
h0t_dealer12/06/2020 14:45

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/25031180039Ebuyer are presently banned from here …https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/25031180039Ebuyer are presently banned from here for self promotion breach


Title says 218+ but the actual listing seems to be for the more basic 218.
h0t_dealer12/06/2020 15:03

very easy, single drive would work. Double gives you a backup. Also it can …very easy, single drive would work. Double gives you a backup. Also it can synch to a cloud service, so if you got space on GDrive, Icloud etc you can set it up to backup. It is the software that makes these so popular, easy and intuitive.


That sounds promising, not bothered on the cloud or backing up. I would probably buy from Amazon, and look at Synology single bay, they seem to have a good name and prices look ok to me. Thanks
rincage12/06/2020 13:44

Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads …Seriously, how much! An old server type machine with Linux will give loads more flexibility.


I do mostly agree, it's a lot of money... I wouldn't go for just any old machine - I've had an N36L and then N54L as a NAS for about 9 years now (having 3 of them meant I could quite easily play around and migrate when ready), I've been through Microsoft WHS, Xpenology for the longest time and now unRAID, and to be honest it's just slightly techy and most of it just works. I've used genuine Synology boxes and I can definitely see the appeal if you just want something that mostly just works, but if you're willing to fiddle then a DIY solution is way better value.

I don't need any transcoding which makes my life easier, if I did then I would be seriously considering the Ryzen 3xxxG or upcoming 4xxxG chips, they should be excellent performers, and a self built box can be very, very quiet.
Mav300012/06/2020 13:40

I have the DS218 Play and am really happy with it so far. I don't do much …I have the DS218 Play and am really happy with it so far. I don't do much with it other than use it for a NAS Drive. Bought to replace a failed WD MyCloud.


I have mycloud are these worth the extra
DuncanB12/06/2020 15:10

Title says 218+ but the actual listing seems to be for the more basic 218.


yes you are correct, the description link takes you to 218!
Riyaad1212/06/2020 14:10

I have the DS118 single bay but it struggles with 4k torrents, I use a …I have the DS118 single bay but it struggles with 4k torrents, I use a private torrent site to download, can anyone recommend Synology that would play 4k seamlessly.


I’ve got a 118 (not 119 as I previously claimed!) and it handles 4K just fine.

In what way does it struggle ?
HankHandsome12/06/2020 15:33

I’ve got a 118 (not 119 as I previously claimed!) and it handles 4K just f …I’ve got a 118 (not 119 as I previously claimed!) and it handles 4K just fine.In what way does it struggle ?


Sorry not technically minded but if I download a 4K movie, it will not play at all or stutter grotesquely. My DS is wired to my 4K TV.
Easily added an 8gb stick from Crucial to my 218+ version, 10GB total. Running as a Plex server amongst other things. Most apps you can container into Docker anyway , that may also be a tip for those with other models and 2GB RAM look to switch from the Synology App into Docker instead to see if that speeds things up, plenty YouTube videos and articles around to learn from. Alternatively take a look at freenas.org/ and put the money into Hardware to run that instead.
Edited by: "hodondo" 12th Jun
h0t_dealer12/06/2020 15:26

yes you are correct, the description link takes you to 218!


You're right, it's definitely the DS218 for £254.45, the DS218 Play is £233.93 and the DS218+ listed for £342.55. Shame as I would definitely have bought the DS218+ if it was £254!
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