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  • A versatile 2-bay NAS for home and personal cloud storage
  • Over 113 MB/s reading, 112 MB/s writing
  • Dual-core CPU with hardware encryption engine




Synology DS218j 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure Key Features

  • A versatile entry-level 2-bay NAS for home and personal cloud storage
  • Over 113 MB/s reading, 112 MB/s writing
  • Dual-core CPU with hardware encryption engine
  • Everywhere access with iOS/Android/ Windows ready mobile apps
  • An integrated media server supporting multimedia streaming
Synology

DiskStation DS218j is a 2-bay NAS server which perfectly fits home and

personal users to build your own personal cloud. Simple yet powerful,

Synology DS218j offers effortless data sharing, multimedia streaming,

and cloud synchronization. Synology DS218j is backed by Synology's

2-year limited warranty.
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I'll wait for the 2020 version
good price. I bought the ds218 + last year for £255 without discs. I bought two hdd red for £90 each. so this option is cheaper for less demanding people

I will add that, you can run Home assistant on Synology
Edited by: "Phoenix_eu" 12th Feb
This is a cracking drive, paid £140 diskless before xmas as nicked a couple of 4tb drives from our datacenter.

Got it in the loft, noisier than I thought it would be
Got the DS218 Play and they are fantastic for streaming straight to my Amp, Oculus Quest and TV with DLNA.

Their support is excellent too and they have a good selection of apps for your phone etc.
I really want the DS218+ but I’m holding off for the 2020 model.. surely it’s coming soon!?!
Can this be configured for RAID 1?
I've been using the previous model DS216J for the last 4 years. Bought an OLED TV last June so been using the NAS to stream 80GB 4K movies to it via my Apple TV. Works perfectly for streaming.
2020 model has already been confirmed for this. Details here -
Sparco12/02/2020 12:44

I've been using the previous model DS216J for the last 4 years. Bought an …I've been using the previous model DS216J for the last 4 years. Bought an OLED TV last June so been using the NAS to stream 80GB 4K movies to it via my Apple TV. Works perfectly for streaming.


This was what I was looking to use it for. What’s it like streaming the same content on a device outside your home network?
MrJinxy12/02/2020 13:08

This was what I was looking to use it for. What’s it like streaming the s …This was what I was looking to use it for. What’s it like streaming the same content on a device outside your home network?


Don't know, I haven't setup the NAS for external access.
2 x £100 drives means £150 for the NAS box. Which makes it a decent price if you want the Synology NAS.
fiqqer12/02/2020 17:49

2 x £100 drives means £150 for the NAS box. Which makes it a decent price …2 x £100 drives means £150 for the NAS box. Which makes it a decent price if you want the Synology NAS.


It’s £147 on Amazon so not much of a saving, if any
Only half a gig of memory.
Voted cold. You can buy all this separately for the same price. If you're not bothered about having two internal drives then you can buy the DS118 for £150, it's far more powerful.
Mutha12/02/2020 12:12

Got the DS218 Play and they are fantastic for streaming straight to my …Got the DS218 Play and they are fantastic for streaming straight to my Amp, Oculus Quest and TV with DLNA.Their support is excellent too and they have a good selection of apps for your phone etc.


Can these things run plex?
andylol12/02/2020 23:33

Can these things run plex?


Easily as long as no transcoding is needed. I can play 4k HDR with this as my TV and 4k firestick supports the file type I use.
nathanlhughes12/02/2020 23:59

Easily as long as no transcoding is needed. I can play 4k HDR with this as …Easily as long as no transcoding is needed. I can play 4k HDR with this as my TV and 4k firestick supports the file type I use.


Hmm might get one of these Synologys for torrenting and Plex streaming rather than having to turn my gaming pc on just to leave it idle... How's the power draw on them?
andylol13/02/2020 00:15

Hmm might get one of these Synologys for torrenting and Plex streaming …Hmm might get one of these Synologys for torrenting and Plex streaming rather than having to turn my gaming pc on just to leave it idle... How's the power draw on them?


That's what I do, plus automatic backups from multiple PCs. I have the DS118. 4TB external for films and TV shows, 4TB internal for everything else. The power draw is minimal, check their website for the exact numbers.
nathanlhughes13/02/2020 00:27

That's what I do, plus automatic backups from multiple PCs. I have the …That's what I do, plus automatic backups from multiple PCs. I have the DS118. 4TB external for films and TV shows, 4TB internal for everything else. The power draw is minimal, check their website for the exact numbers.


I went down the separate boxes route for this.

Have a dell optiplex running plex with all torrenting config running on a windows virtual machine behind a vpn. Have a ds218 purely as a file server. A nas has definite advantages over sata/ usb drives though, the ability to remotely move/edit files via mobile is great.

The issue you will likely running into with this is the vpn and plex remote access issue. To set up a NAS as an all in one, the different apps need to be set up in dockers, so that the vpn connection can apply just to the torrent config. Docker is only available in the + variants of Synology NAS'.

I've spent the last 2/3 months researching this area. The best NAS specific guide i found is this; reddit.com/r/s…de/
Edited by: "Peter9588" 13th Feb
It might be good for someone looking for a ready system.
I've recently built a custom nas with Raspberry Pi 4 and 4tb usb drive. New RPI4 is very fast and has USB3 & Gigabit lan. I'm getting 80MBS speeds, which his great. PS: XFS formatted disks has better smb speeds.

The advantage of a RPI based system is you have more variety of apps & services you can install. I've also setup pihole for local ad blocking and homeassistant for home automation.
Edited by: "thedopeyone" 13th Feb
Sparco12/02/2020 12:44

I've been using the previous model DS216J for the last 4 years. Bought an …I've been using the previous model DS216J for the last 4 years. Bought an OLED TV last June so been using the NAS to stream 80GB 4K movies to it via my Apple TV. Works perfectly for streaming.


Doesn't the OLED pick it up on the network anyway, without having to use the Apple TV?

I have a Seagate NAS and the OLED streams straight from that
nathanlhughes13/02/2020 00:27

That's what I do, plus automatic backups from multiple PCs. I have the …That's what I do, plus automatic backups from multiple PCs. I have the DS118. 4TB external for films and TV shows, 4TB internal for everything else. The power draw is minimal, check their website for the exact numbers.


With a 1 bay is there a risk of loss of data if the hard drive dies? Have you got a back up somewhere else?
squibski13/02/2020 10:38

Doesn't the OLED pick it up on the network anyway, without having to use …Doesn't the OLED pick it up on the network anyway, without having to use the Apple TV? I have a Seagate NAS and the OLED streams straight from that


I'm sure there's apps on the TV that let you play from a NAS but probably nothing as capable as the Infuse app on the Apple TV:-

firecore.com/infuse
I have one of these and 'shucked' 2 x 14TB WD drives into it, setup as Raid 1. Worked fine, even comes with a small adaptor for differing screw hole positions on 'shucked' drives. No issue with 3v pin either. Sucks up files at Gigabit speed which is fine for me and serves files to my TV with no issues (note I dont need to transcode as I have a 4k tv which plays most things and I don't watch on mobile devices).
Sparco13/02/2020 10:56

I'm sure there's apps on the TV that let you play from a NAS but probably …I'm sure there's apps on the TV that let you play from a NAS but probably nothing as capable as the Infuse app on the Apple TV:-https://firecore.com/infuse


Each to their own. I just select 'Personal cloud' from the TV inputs and all my folders and content are right there. Didn't need an app or to set anything up. No need for extra devices or remotes. Can cast from the Seagate app tho but tend to find navigating on the TV is just as fast.
FireBIade20013/02/2020 11:53

I have one of these and 'shucked' 2 x 14TB WD drives into it, setup as …I have one of these and 'shucked' 2 x 14TB WD drives into it, setup as Raid 1. Worked fine, even comes with a small adaptor for differing screw hole positions on 'shucked' drives. No issue with 3v pin either. Sucks up files at Gigabit speed which is fine for me and serves files to my TV with no issues (note I dont need to transcode as I have a 4k tv which plays most things and I don't watch on mobile devices).


What app do you use on your tv? Plex or video station?
MrJinxy13/02/2020 10:43

With a 1 bay is there a risk of loss of data if the hard drive dies? Have …With a 1 bay is there a risk of loss of data if the hard drive dies? Have you got a back up somewhere else?


Yeah there's a risk. However, all my important stuff on the PCs in my house are backed up to the synology. So there's a 1:1 copy (think Dropbox sync) so if that single drive in the synology fails then you still have the copy on the PC.
You can also backup to the external USB. Just be aware that the external USB drives won't be NAS HDDs so you shouldn't keep them running all the time.
MrJinxy13/02/2020 13:57

What app do you use on your tv? Plex or video station?


The NAS is running Media Server (Synology's app) and the TV (2016 LG Oled) has a native App called Photo and Video which is DNLA compatible. You then just turn on the indexing service in the NAS App and set it pointing to your folders with media in. It's basic but it's all I need.
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