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Synology DS218 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure - £204.22 Amazon
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Synology DS218 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure - £204.22 Amazon

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Posted 19th Nov 2019

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Best price I've seen on Amazon but should I buy this close to black friday? Sorely tempted.....
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  • Versatile 2-bay NAS for small offices and home users
  • 64-bit quad-core processor delivering sequential throughput at over 112 MB/s reading and 112 MB/s writing
  • 2 GB DDR4 memory, 4 times the capacity than its predecessor
  • 4K 10-bit H.265 video transcoding on the fly
  • Running on Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM)
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For whatever it's worth, i've had single bay synology devices for the last five plus years and i've never had an issue. i've got a portable 4TB hard drive that i use for backups, which i do quite regularly.

I know many people prefer 2 bay drives for the raid setup though, so that's fine.
As it is a 2 drive bay would only one of them be available to be useable as for the other one be if something went wrong ? I was think of making a cheap pc freenas. Thanks
Does it do virtualization?
Very tempted....anyone know its better to wait for a deal on 218+ compared to this? Does it really matter at all.
dragon9719/11/2019 10:05

As it is a 2 drive bay would only one of them be available to be useable …As it is a 2 drive bay would only one of them be available to be useable as for the other one be if something went wrong ? I was think of making a cheap pc freenas. Thanks


You can configure it to work in different RAID flavours for redundancy, or just have two big disks for more space.
conradj119/11/2019 10:25

You can configure it to work in different RAID flavours for redundancy, or …You can configure it to work in different RAID flavours for redundancy, or just have two big disks for more space.


Thank you for the information.
Depends what you're going to use it for.
I use my four year old DS216J to serve up 4K movies to my Apple TV. The current version, DS218J, sometimes goes on sale for around £130.
my DS209 has been on for 10 years with only a noisy fan giving me issues, has the same seagate drives in it since day one , will always buy synology ,
You got to pay extra for surveillance license if want to use with IP camera?

synology.com/en-uk/products/DS218

Edit: says you get two camera license included on software specs
Edited by: "Arstar" 19th Nov 2019
yep, reasuringly expensive, i have a ds411+ with noisy fan that i should replace / clean. Good products.

I got a cheap usb raid 5 array too as I wanted something big and dirty / not networked.
Muzzzzzzz19/11/2019 10:56

yep, reasuringly expensive, i have a ds411+ with noisy fan that i should …yep, reasuringly expensive, i have a ds411+ with noisy fan that i should replace / clean. Good products. I got a cheap usb raid 5 array too as I wanted something big and dirty / not networked.


Would you mind sharing what you got? Looking for something similar.
>>Best price I've seen on Amazon but should I buy this close to black friday? Sorely tempted.....

buy now, if cheaper on Black Friday buy that and send this one back

Personally I am waiting for a drop on the DS218+ (went down to £247.99 on Amazon Prime Day in July)

"DS218+ will be useful if you consider using it as a Plex server, or virtualization (windows media center or Linux). You can add extra 5 drives as a separate volume and increase the RAM size. If not, there is no need for this extra performance. Unless you will have many people simultaneously and continuously accessing and using this device."
nascompares.com/syn…ay/
Edited by: "kowalski" 19th Nov 2019
The + model should support dockers as well, which I don't think the non + models do.

Dockers are amazing and make adding apps/packages way easier.
Waiting for the 418play.. someone punch me when that goes below 400
Will these work as a Plex server? I see a lot of NAS that can run PMS but then in reality aren’t powerful enough to transcode.
this or ts-253a? how do they compare
CromeX19/11/2019 11:30

Waiting for the 418play.. someone punch me when that goes below 400


You may not need the power but the 918+ has dipped as low as £405.99 on 20th September on Amazon i.e. not a marketplace seller
Edited by: "Njay" 19th Nov 2019
Njay19/11/2019 12:28

You may not need the power but the 918+ has dipped as low as £405.99 on …You may not need the power but the 918+ has dipped as low as £405.99 on 20th September on Amazon i.e. not a marketplace seller


yeah I was hesitant as I got scammed earlier by an amazon seller doing the same thing and nothing arrived.. that seller had similar details.. ie 1 month waiting time.. sad I missed it though as I think it was legit
Arstar19/11/2019 10:53

You got to pay extra for surveillance license if want to use with IP …You got to pay extra for surveillance license if want to use with IP camera?synology.com/en-uk/products/DS218Edit: says you get two camera license included on software specs


Been a while since I bought mine but can confirm I can use 2 cameras with Surveilance Station, plus the DS Cam app. Works over VPN also if you have a VPN server enabled router so you can (albeit its not that nippy) check your cams from anywhere with internet access with the right config.
pr2thej19/11/2019 12:42

Been a while since I bought mine but can confirm I can use 2 cameras with …Been a while since I bought mine but can confirm I can use 2 cameras with Surveilance Station, plus the DS Cam app. Works over VPN also if you have a VPN server enabled router so you can (albeit its not that nippy) check your cams from anywhere with internet access with the right config.



you can do this easier with Synology's own 'Quick Connect' feature which is like a pre configured dynamic DNS service, probably not as secure as VPN but I have 2 step activate on mine anyway.
CromeX19/11/2019 12:40

yeah I was hesitant as I got scammed earlier by an amazon seller doing the …yeah I was hesitant as I got scammed earlier by an amazon seller doing the same thing and nothing arrived.. that seller had similar details.. ie 1 month waiting time.. sad I missed it though as I think it was legit


Sorry you missed the offer as it was definitely supplied and fulfilled by Amazon themselves rather than marketplace seller

I know what you mean though for scams as looking on camelcamelcamel you can see that the lowest price for brand new via Amazon market place seller was £212. The lowest price for Amazon is the £405.99 I mentioned earlier.
GrinWithoutaKat19/11/2019 11:29

Will these work as a Plex server? I see a lot of NAS that can run PMS but …Will these work as a Plex server? I see a lot of NAS that can run PMS but then in reality aren’t powerful enough to transcode.


H/W transcoding under plex is unfortunately only supported on Intel based Synology NAS devices. I.e. 218+, 718+ and 918+

Frustrating as the 218 does support h/w transcoding but only via DS video.
paulj4819/11/2019 12:50

you can do this easier with Synology's own 'Quick Connect' feature which …you can do this easier with Synology's own 'Quick Connect' feature which is like a pre configured dynamic DNS service, probably not as secure as VPN but I have 2 step activate on mine anyway.


Yep you can, and yep you've also hit on the reason why I didnt use that!
I've never been able to wrap my head around how these things get away with being so shockingly overpriced for what they are. It's empty, there are no drives, you have to supply your own. It's just a case you can put (only) 2 drives in, it has a bottom of the barrel performance lower than budget smartphone tier CPU, same for pitiful RAM, and an ethernet port. This means it's worth £200+ for some reason?

For what it is, if you told me a device like this existed and its specs I'd consider it expensive if it cost a quarter of that.
Andrewski2219/11/2019 11:19

Would you mind sharing what you got? Looking for something similar.



smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/…p_1 was £127 msg me if you want to ask anything about it....

& Saw they have a newer version which has hopefuly fixed some bugs.
Edited by: "Muzzzzzzz" 19th Nov 2019
Roph19/11/2019 13:42

I've never been able to wrap my head around how these things get away with …I've never been able to wrap my head around how these things get away with being so shockingly overpriced for what they are. It's empty, there are no drives, you have to supply your own. It's just a case you can put (only) 2 drives in, it has a bottom of the barrel performance lower than budget smartphone tier CPU, same for pitiful RAM, and an ethernet port. This means it's worth £200+ for some reason? For what it is, if you told me a device like this existed and its specs I'd consider it expensive if it cost a quarter of that.


Maybe you're paying for the privilege of the included OS and apps with regular updates, the included dynamic DNS service, the extra low power consumption design with the associated R&D over the years.

The Synology products are 'premium' product that demand a 'premium' price.

I used to run an old dell desktop converted into a Freenas machine, to save electricity costs I replaced it with a Synology NAS and the electricity savings in 18 months have paid for the cost of the Synology.
Edited by: "paulj48" 19th Nov 2019
GrinWithoutaKat19/11/2019 11:29

Will these work as a Plex server? I see a lot of NAS that can run PMS but …Will these work as a Plex server? I see a lot of NAS that can run PMS but then in reality aren’t powerful enough to transcode.


Have you thought about building an unraid server? Uses more power sure but you can transcode all you like and get it to handle all of your downloading needs.
GrinWithoutaKat19/11/2019 11:29

Will these work as a Plex server? I see a lot of NAS that can run PMS but …Will these work as a Plex server? I see a lot of NAS that can run PMS but then in reality aren’t powerful enough to transcode.


How many transcodes do you need? A Shield TV can manage 2 or 3 hardware transcodes see here support.plex.tv/art…ld/
LordHippos19/11/2019 11:29

The + model should support dockers as well, which I don't think the non + …The + model should support dockers as well, which I don't think the non + models do.Dockers are amazing and make adding apps/packages way easier.


Definitely go for the 218+, Docker is amazing. I have Home Assistant (Hassio) running on mine with Motion Eye looking after 5 IP cameras. And pi-hole & Plex.
Roph19/11/2019 13:42

I've never been able to wrap my head around how these things get away with …I've never been able to wrap my head around how these things get away with being so shockingly overpriced for what they are. It's empty, there are no drives, you have to supply your own. It's just a case you can put (only) 2 drives in, it has a bottom of the barrel performance lower than budget smartphone tier CPU, same for pitiful RAM, and an ethernet port. This means it's worth £200+ for some reason? For what it is, if you told me a device like this existed and its specs I'd consider it expensive if it cost a quarter of that.


I understand the observation, but having used a 218+ for the last year I wouldn't be without it now. I run a personal VPN, IP cameras, stream videos over the network, download torrents, operate an MQTT server, Home Assistant and Node Red (All in Dockers) automatically backup all photos from the family mobile phones to the personal cloud, and conduct regular backups of the local PCs. The list goes on - and all this is then protected with the 2 disk RAID setup (to a high degree). I've used cheaper NAS units in the past but the Synology wins hands down. Brilliant machines and regularly updated software.
Bergeon19/11/2019 22:02

I understand the observation, but having used a 218+ for the last year I …I understand the observation, but having used a 218+ for the last year I wouldn't be without it now. I run a personal VPN, IP cameras, stream videos over the network, download torrents, operate an MQTT server, Home Assistant and Node Red (All in Dockers) automatically backup all photos from the family mobile phones to the personal cloud, and conduct regular backups of the local PCs. The list goes on - and all this is then protected with the 2 disk RAID setup (to a high degree). I've used cheaper NAS units in the past but the Synology wins hands down. Brilliant machines and regularly updated software.



Yep, MQTT is my next project when I get some time!
Guys, does the Synology products accept any hard drive? I have a spare add and a spare hybrid sshd drive taken from an old computer I could reuse, can hard drive technology be mixed and matched or do both drive have to be the exact same spec.
The price of 218+ seems high, is it worth waiting for it to fall in new year if newer models launched?
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