Synology DS218+ 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure - £255.80 (With Code) @ eBay / Ebuyer
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Synology DS218+ 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure - £255.80 (With Code) @ eBay / Ebuyer

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Posted 24th Jun
Synology DS218+ 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure

the best price I have seen. I bought one
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Excellent price. Really solid little box! Runs like a dream. Docker etc. Give it some more 1866 ddr 3 and it will be sweet!
I have had one for two years. Does everything I need. Plex server, CCTV, Apple Time Machine and other pc backups.
Just upgraded mine to 16gb ram which, whilst isn’t indicated in the owners manual, is easily done.
I'm not sure if this is diskless or not, but I'm gonna say that it doesn't.
For that price tbh you can build your own server from scratch.
Halfang24/06/2019 19:33

I'm not sure if this is diskless or not, but I'm gonna say that it …I'm not sure if this is diskless or not, but I'm gonna say that it doesn't. For that price tbh you can build your own server from scratch.


it's true. but it is not easy to build a stable and economical machine. Synology software does a good job here
Halfang24/06/2019 19:33

I'm not sure if this is diskless or not, but I'm gonna say that it …I'm not sure if this is diskless or not, but I'm gonna say that it doesn't. For that price tbh you can build your own server from scratch.


This is diskless. You could build a server for this price, however to have something work straight out of the box with what it can do is far easier than building your own machine.
Can these be easily & automatically backed up to Azure or AWS?
How old is this drive? I believe it came out in 2017 right?
Cheaper on amazon £244.79
pedrolami24/06/2019 19:32

I have had one for two years. Does everything I need. Plex server, CCTV, …I have had one for two years. Does everything I need. Plex server, CCTV, Apple Time Machine and other pc backups. Just upgraded mine to 16gb ram which, whilst isn’t indicated in the owners manual, is easily done.


How easy is it to make your own plex library and do you need to pay fees for it? Thinking about doing that for music, photos and videos (if plex can do that).
cheaperbythe1224/06/2019 19:55

How easy is it to make your own plex library and do you need to pay fees …How easy is it to make your own plex library and do you need to pay fees for it? Thinking about doing that for music, photos and videos (if plex can do that).


The Plex server itself is free, this will catalogue your media. They do offer a Plex Pass which allows premium features for music, photos and video.
The Pass has subscriptions that range up to lifetime.
edgeone24/06/2019 19:46

Can these be easily & automatically backed up to Azure or AWS?


Yep. Search Synology Cloud Sync
nefe24/06/2019 19:54

Cheaper on amazon £244.79


incorrect, that is not the 218+ but the simple 218.
nefe24/06/2019 19:54

Cheaper on amazon £244.79


That’s the 218.
nefe24/06/2019 19:54

Cheaper on amazon £244.79



Incorrect - This is the + (plus) model - The amazon model is not.
Just found this code works on the 718+ model too, bringing it down to £329.87, which makes it pretty interesting too...! (must resist....)
How is the electricity bill on these things?
pedrolami24/06/2019 19:59

The Plex server itself is free, this will catalogue your media. They do …The Plex server itself is free, this will catalogue your media. They do offer a Plex Pass which allows premium features for music, photos and video. The Pass has subscriptions that range up to lifetime.


Thanks. Useful info. Is it worth getting a plex lifetime pass when it's around £75ish every so often for all our media in that case in your opinion?
Halfang24/06/2019 19:33

I'm not sure if this is diskless or not, but I'm gonna say that it …I'm not sure if this is diskless or not, but I'm gonna say that it doesn't. For that price tbh you can build your own server from scratch.


I agree with this, if you're interested in tech you're much better off building your own server. I repurposed my old desktop (i5 4430) into an Unraid box, utterly amazed by how reliable it has been!
One pointer is Synology normally update these every two years, and this was launched in 2017. Likely the 20+ series of these will be launched this year. Just for food for thought!
You guys should forget PLEX and use Infuse by Firecore (if you have Apple devices), I've been using them for the last 3 years. I point infuse to my DS218 which has tv shows and movies folders and it streams straight away and also grabs meta data (if you haven't ripped it already from dvd or bluray). Just chucking this alternative out there.



LOGiCALX24/06/2019 20:56

You guys should forget PLEX and use Infuse by Firecore (if you have Apple …You guys should forget PLEX and use Infuse by Firecore (if you have Apple devices), I've been using them for the last 3 years. I point infuse to my DS218 which has tv shows and movies folders and it streams straight away and also grabs meta data (if you haven't ripped it already from dvd or bluray). Just chucking this alternative out there.[Video] [Video]


Infuse is great. It can also connect to a Plex server.
deadstarg24/06/2019 20:30

One pointer is Synology normally update these every two years, and this …One pointer is Synology normally update these every two years, and this was launched in 2017. Likely the 20+ series of these will be launched this year. Just for food for thought!


These are my thoughts too, for our needs I'm waiting on a new J version!
I have the Synology ds216+II.

How easy is it to transfer to another Synology server.

Just remove and reinsert the hardrives?
Vomit24/06/2019 20:26

I agree with this, if you're interested in tech you're much better off …I agree with this, if you're interested in tech you're much better off building your own server. I repurposed my old desktop (i5 4430) into an Unraid box, utterly amazed by how reliable it has been!


I got a proliant 54nl and upgraded it to 16gb ram and 5hdds + ssd boot drive running freenas.
It does anything I could possibly want (except transcoding 4k but I can run that as is on my network). Much cheaper than this.
LOGiCALX24/06/2019 20:56

You guys should forget PLEX and use Infuse by Firecore (if you have Apple …You guys should forget PLEX and use Infuse by Firecore (if you have Apple devices), I've been using them for the last 3 years. I point infuse to my DS218 which has tv shows and movies folders and it streams straight away and also grabs meta data (if you haven't ripped it already from dvd or bluray). Just chucking this alternative out there.[Video] [Video]


Guy's hands from first video look like alien's from Half Life...
LOGiCALX24/06/2019 20:56

You guys should forget PLEX and use Infuse by Firecore (if you have Apple …You guys should forget PLEX and use Infuse by Firecore (if you have Apple devices), I've been using them for the last 3 years. I point infuse to my DS218 which has tv shows and movies folders and it streams straight away and also grabs meta data (if you haven't ripped it already from dvd or bluray). Just chucking this alternative out there.[Video] [Video]


Getting rid of plex and using infuse would be a step backwards.
pedrolami24/06/2019 19:46

This is diskless. You could build a server for this price, however to have …This is diskless. You could build a server for this price, however to have something work straight out of the box with what it can do is far easier than building your own machine.


unRAID. Dockers.
This or qnap

Can this do 4k
Edited by: "wakkaday" 24th Jun
What’s best 4bay nas? I have too many gb!
moneybanks1424/06/2019 21:35

I have the Synology ds216+II.How easy is it to transfer to another …I have the Synology ds216+II.How easy is it to transfer to another Synology server.Just remove and reinsert the hardrives?


You can’t just switch the hard drives, from memory I had to go into one of the synology set up menus with both nas connected to the network and select move drive from one nas to the other. Then you just switch the drive to the new nas. It was very easy to do
Chikki24/06/2019 21:50

Getting rid of plex and using infuse would be a step backwards.


Use both. It's been a revelation on my iPad Pro and my son's iPad.

Plex on ios uses the built in player and can only direct play formats supported by ios. This means the plex server must transcode unsupported formats. Almost all plex servers will struggle to transcode 4K streams. Especially with PGS subs which it needs to burn in.
Infuse uses its own player which has better format support. It will ALWAYS request an exact copy of the file from the Plex server and use the significant power of the iPad to transcode if required. It plays 4K films smooth as butter with no stutter. Including PGS subs. It's fantastic.
Edited by: "bouttime2" 25th Jun
When people say they use Plex for movies, are we talking illegally downloaded ones or ripped blurays etc? Not a judgemental comment, just genuinely asking.
aturner12325/06/2019 11:10

When people say they use Plex for movies, are we talking illegally …When people say they use Plex for movies, are we talking illegally downloaded ones or ripped blurays etc? Not a judgemental comment, just genuinely asking.


I'd say both
MrHappy3725/06/2019 08:36

You can’t just switch the hard drives, from memory I had to go into one of …You can’t just switch the hard drives, from memory I had to go into one of the synology set up menus with both nas connected to the network and select move drive from one nas to the other. Then you just switch the drive to the new nas. It was very easy to do



I have a netgear readynas 102, can i swap drives without losing data?
aturner12325/06/2019 11:10

When people say they use Plex for movies, are we talking illegally …When people say they use Plex for movies, are we talking illegally downloaded ones or ripped blurays etc? Not a judgemental comment, just genuinely asking.


A large percentage of one, a small percentage of the other.
aturner12325/06/2019 11:10

When people say they use Plex for movies, are we talking illegally …When people say they use Plex for movies, are we talking illegally downloaded ones or ripped blurays etc? Not a judgemental comment, just genuinely asking.

90% piracy
sliyk25/06/2019 12:44

I have a netgear readynas 102, can i swap drives without losing data?


I wouldn’t think so as it relies on the synology operating system being carried from one nas to the other
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