|Item model number||DS218j|
|Item Weight||1.92 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8.88 x 6.5 x 3.94 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||8.88 x 6.5 x 3.94 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
|Manufacturer||Synology America Corp|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||October 24, 2017|
Synology 2 bay NAS DiskStation DS218j (Diskless)
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- 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. Operating Temperature: 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
- Everywhere access with iOS/Android/Windows ready mobile apps
- An integrated media server supporting multimedia streaming.Maximum Single Volume Size:16 TB
- Compatible drive - 3.5" SATA HDD; 2.5" SATA HDD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder) ; 2.5" SATA SSD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder)
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Your own private cloud
DiskStation offers big storage capacity for housing your movies, photos, or important data, making it easy to create your own private cloud and maintain complete control over your data. Synology’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system simplifies the process of backing up your computers, accessing your files from anywhere, streaming multimedia, and more.
At a glance:
- 2 drive bays for data redundancy
- Performance over 113 MB/s reading
- Powered by DiskStation Manager (DSM)
- Anywhere access with mobile apps
File sharing and syncing
With comprehensive support for file sharing protocols and operating systems, DiskStation allows you to centralize files and access them using all major platforms. Or synchronize files across multiple devices or even across several locations so remote teams can work together.
Personal multimedia server
Turn your DiskStation into a home media hub and stream your movies, TV shows, pictures, and MP3s to your favorite devices such as computers, smartphones, Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, DLNA devices, and more.
Maintain control of your data and ensure your files are safe with Synology. We provide secure, reliable, and affordable solutions that make it easy to backup files for all your devices and protect yourself from accidental data loss.
24/7 smart security solution
Surveillance Station delivers intelligent monitoring and video surveillance tools for protecting your home. Safeguard the important places in your life with remote live viewing, flexible event notifications, and smart analytics.
Easy file access anytime, anywhere
Access files on your Synology DiskStation over the Internet without the hassle of setting up complicated network settings. QuickConnect allows you to connect via a simple customizable address so that you can instantly access media and work files on any Windows/Mac/Linux computer, laptop, or mobile device without additional charge. Synology also provides various mobile applications allowing you to enjoy your multimedia library even when on the go.
|Max Raw Storage Capacity||24 TB (12 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)||48 TB (12 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)||14 TB (14 TB drive x 1) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)|
|CPU||Dual Core 1.3 GHz||Dual Core 1.4 GHz||Dual Core 800 MHz|
|Hardware Encryption Engine||✓||✓||✓|
|Memory||512 MB DDR3||1 GB DDR4||256 MB DDR3L|
|1GbE LAN Port||1||1||1|
|USB Port||2 x USB 3.0||2 x USB 3.0||2 x USB 2.0|
|Supported RAID Type||Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1||Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10||Basic|
|Maximum IP cameras||14||16||5|
|Power consumption||17.48 W (Access), 7.03 W (HDD Hibernation)||21.22 W (Access), 8.97 W (HDD Hibernation)||10.04 W (Access) 5.01 W (HDD Hibernation)|
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|Hardware Interface||USB 3.0||—||Ethernet||USB 3.0, Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||8.88 x 6.50 x 3.94 inches||6.50 x 4.25 x 9.14 inches||6.10 x 3.90 x 6.75 inches||9.45 x 3.31 x 8.67 inches|
|Item Weight||1.92 lbs||4.98 lbs||1.80 lbs||2.43 lbs|
Synology Disk Station 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. System Fan: 92 mm x 92 mm, Fan Speed Mode: Full-Speed Mode, Cool Mode, Quiet Mode, Low-power Mode. Noise Level: 18.2 dB(A), Power Supply Unit / Adapter: 60 Watts, AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC, Power Frequency: 50/60 Hz, Single Phase.
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1) I am NOT using this for a server for media although it can serve that purpose.
2) See 1. :)
So... Here is how I use it and in what situation it gets a 5 out of 5 from me.
*I have the system mirrored using RAID 1. This means I have TWO 8TB disks because mirroring duplicates rather than giving more space.
*The Synology box is powered OFF 5 days a week.
*On Sat/Sun we do full backups of all 5 PCs in the house using Acronis software.
*MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT WHATEVER BACKUP SYSTEM YOU USE CAN ALLOW YOU TO BOOT A FAILED SYSTEM IN SUCH A WAY AS TO SEE THE Synology NAS!
*I also back up my Google Cloud stuff once a week (in case I do something stupid when deleting things)
*I also separately back up all of my music and photos as they don't change much and exclude these from weekly backups.
*When all that stuff is backed up I either power off the system until next week, or once a month bring my external USB 3.0 8TB drive in from my remote location to back up the whole NAS in case of fire or other catastrophe.
So far it succeeded in restoring a failed HD with no problem.
I put two 8 TB drives in it and am totally in love with the whole synology software/interface. I setup my photo, video and vpn as primary gateway. I access my nas all the time from my mobile phone or at work when I need to download things and not do it on my work computer or just transfer files/watch movies. My only issue I've had which may be just more android related (though I just finally got ore 8.0 on my galaxy s7) is DS video not loading a good range of movies I have when I am remote and trying to cast it. I looked through forums for possible solutions and nothing I tried worked. After the ore 8.0 upgrade on my phone it seems like it's working good but I haven't tried it thoroughly yet to see that it is in fact fixed by the OS upgrade.
I like that synology release updates often and keeps the system up to date with security patches ect. But I think what I love the most about the system is the remote access through quickconnect and using DS get app to download things while I am away. I rarely get much on my computer anymore since I got my NAS. There are so many nice packages to get the most out of the NAS. I also setup my phone to get backed up with its videos/pictures when I am on wifi only. Now after having this system I can't imagine ever not having redundant backup solutions to your pictures and videos. I mean those are precious moments to keep and not only that but all your documents, software and important data in general. You cannot rely on a single external drive.
The downside is that there are a few quirks to consider. Drive (synologies equivalent app to DropBox or Google drive) does not seem to work as seamlessly. Simply storing info into drive does not seem to move it to the NAS device. If I mount the NAS as a shared folder I can save documents to it and then they appear in Drive on any device I add the app to. Could be my inexperience. Moments is tied to Drive. Once Drive is loaded the more sophisticated CloudStation Server app cannot be used. Basically you have to choose one or the other (Drive or Cloudstation).
Lastly (and this is my fault), this unit does not transcribe movie formats. So if you have a mix of formats you will need to use an external device to recode them in to a MPEG format. Here I should have done a little more research, but the workaround is simple, use your computer, using open source software and recode it and just store the recoded files.
I am able to run video directly from my Samsung Smart TV, or an Apple TV (you need to use your phone to push the video to start on Apple TV, but once you do this your phone is no longer needed. This is similar to how Chromcast seems to work). It also works on Roku, although Roku is giving a message that the video app is not fully compatible and will no longer be available after the end of 2018.
I am amazed how much data you can store on this device. I purchased two 4 Terabyte NAS disks, and with everything I placed on it am using less then a terabyte of storage!
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As a newbie, I just want to setup one drive to save files on, the other to back them up, and have it easily accessible to everything on the network. If I were designing this product, I'd have an assistant that launches to guide the new user through setting this up, and include some instructions in the box with actual words on them to get started. I'm sure I'll get there eventually, and I'm sure those who know about networking would roll their eyes at me, but this has been a very frustrating experience, when I feel it could have been a simple one.
So many hours of setup and data copying wasted. I even bought two 2TB NAS WD RED drives for it. Truly disappointed. I have attached the screenshots of the error.
- It's really easy to use once setup - initial setup is also easy, though not trivial.
- Lots of supported server-side apps means you can lots more than just run media.
- It's whisper quiet.
- Dim-able LEDs.
- With a WiFi dongle (not included) it can be setup anywhere, so you aren't tied to your router.
- Supported audio/video formats are limited - and the server isn't powerful enough to convert them on the fly.
- Direct remote access is tricky (at least on Windows, Linux seems to connect easily).
Does exactly what was on the box + more
En cuanto a velocidad, por Wi-fi con mi router alcanza velocidades de 40 Mbps y por Ethernet llega a los 98 Mbps (adjunto imagenes)
El OS que tiene es muy solido y las funciones son excelentes, pero si necesitas usarlo al 100% necesitas: A- Una conexión a inet simétrica y de 200 MBPS (Unico provider con estas características en Mex es AXTEL) - posiblemente en Layer 2 - B- un router MUY eficiente (Un apple o un Linsys VELOP c- mucha paciencia para configurar los puertos para tener acceso desde fuera sin usar la app que es bastante inútil