03 June 2019
Synology is a pioneer when it comes to data storage and IT peripherals. The company recently launched its dual bay Synology Diskstation DS218+, along with other products, in India. In this post, we'll be reviewing the DS218+, discuss its features and try to assess if it's worth your money or not!
In this age of fast internet, millions or trillions of GBs of data is transferred over the internet on a daily basis. That is why it is more important than ever to store and safeguard your data the right way!
External hard disks?
Yes, they might be a good solution but over the years, as the data gets accumulated, it might not be viable to carry it or worse, plug multiple of them in your PC.
What do you do now?
The simple answer to this is that you get - Network-attached storage (NAS). A Network-attached storage device is just like a mini computer, but you can install a hard disk in it and you can access the files by virtually from anywhere.
Don't you think this eliminates all the hassle of carrying and connecting multiple external hard drives at once?
It is the one-stop solution for all your storage woes!
You now might get a question like,
"What If I want to go out?"
Well, Synology has perfectly got it covered!
Whether you're at your home or even at a coffee shop, you can access your hard drives/storage from anywhere by just logging on to your Synology account from your browser.
When it comes to the processor, the Synology DS218+ comes with a Dual-core Intel Celeron J3355 which is clocked at 2.0 GHz. The processor follows a 64-bit architecture and the CPU frequency can burst up to 2.5 GHz. It comes with 2GB of RAM, which can be further expanded up to 4GB via the second storage slot. You might think the file-transfer speeds might be an issue but it's not. The DS218+ has superfast file transfer speeds! According to Synology, it is 113 MB/s encrypted reading, 112 MB/s encrypted writing, however, the speeds are also dependant on the disks that you use.
This NAS can support up to a total of 28TB of storage with 14TB in each bay, maximum. and supports both 3.5-inch SATA and the 2.5-inch SATA hard disks or SSD's without a fuss. The installation of these drives is pretty easy too, all you need to do is to screw the discs to the drawer and slide it in. As far as connectivity ports are concerned there are three USB 3.0 ports, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, 1 eSATA port, and a copy button, located at the front for quick access, to copy data from an external drive
This DiskStation follows the AES-NI hardware encryption standard so that your data is safe and protected. It supports 4K Ultra HD video transcoding which makes this a media entertainment hub for streaming real-time 4K video @30FPS. Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) offers all the tools you need to safeguard your data from being corrupted. It's robust. It has various security measure in place that will prevent data loss and avoid potential security flaws.
The Synology DS218+ has its own operating system called DSM, which allows you to access your storage from anywhere. The DS218+ also comes with its own package manager where you can install various kinds of apps from Media-server to Plex server. etc and much more according to the requirement!
That means you not only will use it just as a storage, but you can also use it as an entertainment hub.
Speaking of DSM, Let's look at what features DSM offers us.
Main Highlights of the DiskStation Manager (DSM) Operating System:
- The Ui: DSM is an award-winning operating system that comes with an intuitive user interface. It is a web-based operating system which comes equipped with every Synology NAS. It is easy to use and navigate. Not to forget, it also offers a host of other useful features!
- Synology Office: With Synology office, you can use Spreadsheets and collaborate with your team on a private cloud. It helps you create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with efficiency and ease. You can add and work with multiple team members to collaborate and share ideas thus improving your productivity. It also has a built-in chat plugin, which you can use to text your team while editing an important document without leaving anything behind. The best part, It is compatible with Powerpoint, Word, and Excel. You can convert them into Synology office and it also allows you to convert Synology office documents to Powerpoint, Word, and Excel!
- Surveillance station: Your Diskstation can also be paired and used with various Surveillance equipment. This Surveillance station comes with built-in CMS (Centralized management system) which is used for multi-site and multi-server deployments. Not only your PC, but you can use this to monitor from your Android and iOS device. This will also help you in connecting with a TV-wall setup. This surveillance station feature is compatible with most of the 6900 IP camera models to give you a live stream of what's really happening.
- Desktop backup: It provides an all-around easy backup solution for your desktop, laptop or any other mobile device. Yes, even Macs are supported. It uses the SMB3 protocol for reliable data transfer and backup. The USB copy feature ensures that when you plug in a pen drive or an external hard-disk to the Diskstation, it auto-copies all the files and folders to the hard disk and vice versa.
- Videostation/Multimedia: The DS218+ offers you a complete media management solution for all your multimedia needs. You can stream all your movies, TV shows and various other videos on your Synology NAS. Not just on your Synology NAS but you can stream videos to various devices like your television, smartphone and media players.As most of us like to watch it on our television, Synology provides support to all the latest TV ecosystems like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, Samsung TV. etc
If you have your own personal video library which no one should have access to? then you can set up a 4-digit code to safeguard it. Synology DS218+ NAS is one of the most efficient ways to store your data, be it important files, documents or videos, the company offers an all-around solution for all your data needs.
Other features include:
- App armor
- 2-step verification with OTP
- 256-bit AES encryption
- Cloudstation suite etc.
During our extended usage, the experience of using this NAS was pretty smooth and uninterrupted, both locally as well as on the cloud server. It retails via Amazon for RS. 37,999 and is a very good buy for small and medium enterprises, wh or for people who are concerned about data privacy. 4K Video streaming without any deciding also makes it ideal for video library functions.