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Synology ds218j NAS at Ebuyer for £151.64

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Posted 25th Oct 2018
Synology DS218j 2 Bay Desktop NAS EnclosureKey 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.

Specifications

  • CPU Model: Marvell Armada 385 88F6820
  • CPU Architecture: 32-bit
  • CPU Frequency: Dual Core 1.3 GHz
  • Hardware Encryption Engine: Yes
  • System Memory: 512 MB DDR3
  • Drive Bays: 2
  • Compatible Drive Type: 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: 16 TB
  • RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port: 1
  • USB 3.0 Port: 2
  • Internal Drives: EXT4
  • External Drives: EXT4; EXT3; FAT; NTFS; HFS+*; exFAT*
  • Size (Height x Width x Depth): 165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm
  • Weight 0.88 kg
  • System Fan: 92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs
  • Brightness adjustable front LED indicators: Yes
  • Power Recovery: Yes
  • Noise Level*: 18.2 dB(A)
  • Scheduled Power On/Off: Yes
  • Wake on LAN/WAN: Yes
  • Power Supply Unit / Adapter: 60W
  • AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Power Frequency: 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
  • Power Consumption: 17.48 W (Access); 7.03 W (HDD Hibernation)
  • British Thermal Unit: 59.68 BTU/hr (Access); 24 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
  • 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
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I have this model, great entry level Nas, shame no hdds included!
mastermjr2004125/10/2018 10:59

I have this model, great entry level Nas, shame no hdds included!


Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... Well, the share stopped working on Windows 10. Found out this was because SMB1 is now disabled on Win10 (recent update) as it's really insecure (25+ years old). Only way to get it working is to re-enable SMB1 on Win10. Do you know if this connects the same? Is it able to be setup to use SMB 2 or 3? Ta...
Bye_Bye25th Oct

Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... …Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... Well, the share stopped working on Windows 10. Found out this was because SMB1 is now disabled on Win10 (recent update) as it's really insecure (25+ years old). Only way to get it working is to re-enable SMB1 on Win10. Do you know if this connects the same? Is it able to be setup to use SMB 2 or 3? Ta...


Look it up on the Synology site?
Bye_Bye25th Oct

Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... …Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... Well, the share stopped working on Windows 10. Found out this was because SMB1 is now disabled on Win10 (recent update) as it's really insecure (25+ years old). Only way to get it working is to re-enable SMB1 on Win10. Do you know if this connects the same? Is it able to be setup to use SMB 2 or 3? Ta...


Double check with the website but it should support SMB 1 - 3, AFP and NFS shares.

Good NAS for basic storage although it might be a little underpowered if you plan to load it up with apps.
Bye_Bye25th Oct

Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... …Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... Well, the share stopped working on Windows 10. Found out this was because SMB1 is now disabled on Win10 (recent update) as it's really insecure (25+ years old). Only way to get it working is to re-enable SMB1 on Win10. Do you know if this connects the same? Is it able to be setup to use SMB 2 or 3? Ta...


Can you please advise what you will be using the NAS for? And yes this Nas works a joy with Windows 10!
Bye_Bye25/10/2018 11:04

Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... …Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... Well, the share stopped working on Windows 10. Found out this was because SMB1 is now disabled on Win10 (recent update) as it's really insecure (25+ years old). Only way to get it working is to re-enable SMB1 on Win10. Do you know if this connects the same? Is it able to be setup to use SMB 2 or 3? Ta...


This should answer your question, information taken from synology website;

Windows®, macOS® & Linux®DSM comes with comprehensive support of networking protocols — FTP, SMB2, SMB3 (encrypted), AFP, NFS, and WebDAV — and provides seamless file sharing across Windows®, macOS®, and Linux® platforms.
The Recycle Bin feature supported on AFP, SMB, File Station, and WebDAV, allows you to flexibly decide when to permanently remove the files, according to the different rules.
Can you back them up to an attached USB drive?
Bobbba9 m ago

Can you back them up to an attached USB drive?


You can, but your usb would need to be bigger than the data stored on the HDD installed in the Nas, but I would recommend using an external Hdd for big data transfers rather than using a usb stick.
Bye_Bye25th Oct

Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... …Been looking at this. I have a D-link Sharecenter that stopped working... Well, the share stopped working on Windows 10. Found out this was because SMB1 is now disabled on Win10 (recent update) as it's really insecure (25+ years old). Only way to get it working is to re-enable SMB1 on Win10. Do you know if this connects the same? Is it able to be setup to use SMB 2 or 3? Ta...


Yes when had this NAS I used SMB 2 and 3 for Win 10.
Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling with 4k video streaming
asandino25/10/2018 14:59

Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling …Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling with 4k video streaming


Was just going to ask the same with my 213j , usb packed up years ago , is it a case of swoping the existing hd's to a new unit ?
It looks great. What is it?
asandino18 m ago

Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling …Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling with 4k video streaming


No! This puppy will struggle with Plex. Even my DS218 play can’t cope well with 4
The deal is down from £173.98. Still a good price as its a new release unit. Add drives of choice.
mambomike45025/10/2018 15:07

Was just going to ask the same with my 213j , usb packed up years ago , is …Was just going to ask the same with my 213j , usb packed up years ago , is it a case of swoping the existing hd's to a new unit ?


synology.com/en-…ter

TL;DR Yes, probably.
asandino25/10/2018 14:59

Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling …Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling with 4k video streaming


Not a good strategy, this has a low powered CPU and no hardware acceleration. It’ll struggle with 4k just the same.
mastermjr200417 h, 49 m ago

This should answer your question, information taken from synology …This should answer your question, information taken from synology website;Windows®, macOS® & Linux®DSM comes with comprehensive support of networking protocols — FTP, SMB2, SMB3 (encrypted), AFP, NFS, and WebDAV — and provides seamless file sharing across Windows®, macOS®, and Linux® platforms. The Recycle Bin feature supported on AFP, SMB, File Station, and WebDAV, allows you to flexibly decide when to permanently remove the files, according to the different rules.


Thank you I couldn't find it - but must have been right under my nose.. Thanks for helping out
webvictim53 m ago

https://www.synology.com/en-global/knowledgebase/DSM/tutorial/General/How_to_migrate_between_Synology_NAS_DSM_6_0_and_laterTL;DR Yes, probably.


Many thanks
Just realised Ebuyer use Yodel Good luck with that! Will wait to see if Amazon have one on Black Friday Shame, as its a good price.... So long as you get it....
asandino5 h, 21 m ago

Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling …Would it be worth upgrading my 212j to this? My current one is struggling with 4k video streaming


It depends on what you mean. The 218j is more than capable of streaming 4k if you do the following:
- Gigabit switch (10 quid from Amazon depending on how many ports you want)
- If you are using Powerline then it must be the newer AV2 standard
- Use NFS protocol if possible as this is more efficient than SMB
- Make sure that the device you are connecting to can actually play the 4k file.

All the above works with the 218j because it is only acting as a storage device and not doing any transcoding. Instead it is just sending the file to a media device which can be a PC or Android Box.

Even Plex can stream 50+GB 4k files over Wifi if it is the new AC standard and Plex does absolutely ZERO transcoding of Audio or Video.

HtH
Edited by: "Enet" 25th Oct 2018
webvictim1 h, 32 m ago

Not a good strategy, this has a low powered CPU and no hardware …Not a good strategy, this has a low powered CPU and no hardware acceleration. It’ll struggle with 4k just the same.


You are assuming that it transcodes. See my other post.
The deal is good for a brand new box. My one was 145 from Amazon Warehouse, but it looked and worked like a brand new device.

Heat
webvictim25/10/2018 18:50

Not a good strategy, this has a low powered CPU and no hardware …Not a good strategy, this has a low powered CPU and no hardware acceleration. It’ll struggle with 4k just the same.



Yep what enet said , the nas doesn't care what you are streaming, as long as your network can handle the size of the file req (how fast it needs to stream eg 1-2Mbps) iirc streaming a 4k ffile is no more demanding than copying a 50gb file it should all go at 100Mb/s over gigabit wired. However if the device at the end cannot handle the file/sound/bitrate/codec then you will find problems.
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But many consumer broadband connections aren't fast enough to allow reliable 4K streaming. Amazon recommends at least 15 megabits per second, while Netflix advises 25 Mbps. But if other devices at home will be occupying your bandwidth, 15 or 25 Mbps alone won't suffice.

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Thee are Good NAS ..and there is a ton of "apps" available for them ..........
Edited by: "GwanGy" 25th Oct 2018
GwanGy44 m ago

Yep what enet said , the nas doesn't care what you are streaming, as long …Yep what enet said , the nas doesn't care what you are streaming, as long as your network can handle the size of the file req (how fast it needs to stream eg 1-2Mbps) iirc streaming a 4k ffile is no more demanding than copying a 50gb file it should all go at 100Mb/s over gigabit wired. However if the device at the end cannot handle the file/sound/bitrate/codec then you will find problems....................quote -------------------------But many consumer broadband connections aren't fast enough to allow reliable 4K streaming. Amazon recommends at least 15 megabits per second, while Netflix advises 25 Mbps. But if other devices at home will be occupying your bandwidth, 15 or 25 Mbps alone won't suffice.quote "Thee are Good NAS ..and there is a ton of "apps" available for them ..........


What GwanGy said ...
Plus Synology makes setting up a NAS extremely easy. From what I remember I just put my drives in and it does the formatting and everything automatically. Other NAS are much more daunting to set up with Storage Pools etc and I'm not exactly new to this stuff.
GwanGy58 m ago

Yep what enet said , the nas doesn't care what you are streaming, as long …Yep what enet said , the nas doesn't care what you are streaming, as long as your network can handle the size of the file req (how fast it needs to stream eg 1-2Mbps) iirc streaming a 4k ffile is no more demanding than copying a 50gb file it should all go at 100Mb/s over gigabit wired. However if the device at the end cannot handle the file/sound/bitrate/codec then you will find problems....................quote -------------------------But many consumer broadband connections aren't fast enough to allow reliable 4K streaming. Amazon recommends at least 15 megabits per second, while Netflix advises 25 Mbps. But if other devices at home will be occupying your bandwidth, 15 or 25 Mbps alone won't suffice.quote "Thee are Good NAS ..and there is a ton of "apps" available for them ..........


If you’re using something like Plex and the NAS needs to transcode the media so that the device at the end can play it, you will run into problems. That’s why the CPU power matters. If it can play 4k natively it shouldn’t be an issue, but not that many devices can.
Is there any way of connecting a 4tb drive to this and to the tv at the same time?
mambomike45025/10/2018 15:07

Was just going to ask the same with my 213j , usb packed up years ago , is …Was just going to ask the same with my 213j , usb packed up years ago , is it a case of swoping the existing hd's to a new unit ?


I moved from a 213j to a 218play. Its quite straightforward and I found instructions on the synology site. From memory, you tell the 213 you are moving to 218 then unplug the hdd and plug into the 218 which then asks if you want to keep the data on the drive or start a fresh.

As I say this is from memory as I done mine back in January, but it was very easy and im no computer expert either.
MrHappy371 h, 20 m ago

I moved from a 213j to a 218play. Its quite straightforward and I found …I moved from a 213j to a 218play. Its quite straightforward and I found instructions on the synology site. From memory, you tell the 213 you are moving to 218 then unplug the hdd and plug into the 218 which then asks if you want to keep the data on the drive or start a fresh.As I say this is from memory as I done mine back in January, but it was very easy and im no computer expert either.


Thanks for the info
Why I'm seeing £164.48 and not 151.64?
I've been using the previous version (ds216j) of this NAS for the last two and a half years. Same spec apart from CPU speed is 1GHz instead of 1.3GHz.

Never had any problems with it, runs quiet, easy to use and is reliable.
How Good is next to the Buffalo LinkStation 210 at 89.99 I understand 1 Bay etc. But say for transfers and app, backups etc. Which should I go for?
Now 15p cheaper!
Sparco26th Oct

I've been using the previous version (ds216j) of this NAS for the last two …I've been using the previous version (ds216j) of this NAS for the last two and a half years. Same spec apart from CPU speed is 1GHz instead of 1.3GHz.Never had any problems with it, runs quiet, easy to use and is reliable.


Also no problem playing 4K files stored on the ds216j on my Apple TV 4K. I use a very nice app called "Infuse" on the Apple TV which lets you play files from an NFS share on the Synology. I can use the same app on my iPad.

Plex won't work because it tries to do stuff with the files before streaming them and 4K files are too high bit rate for the NAS to process.
Going to be any black Friday deals on this
Se10ery198518th Nov

Going to be any black Friday deals on this


£118.56 on warehouse deals right now, 7 as new available. 5 as new available
Edited by: "malhal" 20th Nov 2018
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