NVR 1218

Network Video Recorder NVR1218

Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 is an all-in-one, energy efficient private surveillance solution with HDMI output for PC-less management and live monitoring.

All-in-one, stand-alone surveillance solution

Offering an effortless surveillance experience, Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 has the ability to display and record up to 12 IP cameras1 while being extremely energy-efficient.


  • Maximum 12 IP cameras
  • Energy Efficiency

Cloud Station Backup for PC protection

Featuring real-time incremental backup technology, your data stored on a PC can be backed up to a Synology NAS instantly, using minimal system resources, bringing a truly comprehensive and secure private cloud experience.

1080p HDMI output for local display

Watch surveillance feeds and manage cameras/recordings without using a computer. NVR1218 is equipped with a dedicated HDMI output providing 1080p display resolution on a monitor, while supporting 720p at up to 12 channels/30FPS.

Flexible deployment

Setup and deploy NVR1218 in remote or secure locations with no external network access required. The support for Point of Sales (POS) systems allows NVR1218 to be integrated with transaction systems to enable video indexing capability against transaction records.

Expandable recording storage, up to 7 drives

NVR1218 can be connected to Synology DX517 expansion unit to expand from 2 to 7 drives, allowing you to create RAID 5 volumes and find the ideal balance for your storage strategy. Once connected via eSATA with a specially designed locking cable, NVR1218’s raw capacity can reach 70TB.

Intuitive Surveillance Station to streamline deployment

Supporting powerful features from Surveillance Station and its mobile app, everything can be done without a PC.

Full support for Surveillance Station features

Surveillance Station provides a centralized, user friendly interface, letting you manage and monitor IP cameras in your shop or office.

On-the-go surveillance with the DS cam mobile app

DS cam is the mobile extension of Surveillance Station, allowing you to access Live View, playback recordings, adjust PTZ, and receive push notifications on your mobile device.

Hardware Specifications 
CPU ModelEmbedded NVR SoC
CPU Architecture32-bit
CPU FrequencyDual Core 1.0 GHz
System Memory1 GB DDR3
Drive Bays2
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit7
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)3.5″ SATA HDD
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity20 TB (10 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units70 TB (10 TB drive x 7) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size16 TB
Hot Swappable Drive
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port2
USB 3.0 Port1
eSATA Port1
COM Port1
Video Outputs
Video OutputHDMI X 1
Supported Video Resolution1080p 60Hz
Audio Input3.5 mm Stereo Audio Jack x 1
Audio Output3.5 mm Stereo Audio Jack x 1
Size (Height x Width x Depth)165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm
Weight0.9 kg
IP Camera Support
Maximum Channel Number12 (including 4 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)*360 FPS @ 720p (1280×720), 12 Channels 
100 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), 10 Channels 
60 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536), 6 Channels 
40 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944), 4 Channels 
30 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160), 3 Channels
Total FPS (MJPEG)*120 FPS @ 720p (1280×720), 12 Channels 
80 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), 8 Channels
60 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536), 6 Channel 
40 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944), 4 Channel
Video CodecMJPEG
H.265 (output via local display is not supported)
MxPEG (output via local display is not supported)
Audio CodecPCM
NotesIn our test environment, live view streams are delivered via Local Display; video live-viewing and recording share the same video stream from the camera. Surveillance Station throughput is tested with an Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera.
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port1
Wake on LAN/WAN
System Fan80 mm x 80 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed ModeCool Mode
Quiet Mode
Power Recovery
Noise Level*19 dB(A) 
Scheduled Power On/Off
Power Supply Unit / Adapter60W 
AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption*13.64 W (Access) 
4.32 W (HDD Hibernation) 
British Thermal Unit46.57 BTU/hr (Access) 
14.75 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation) 
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature5°C to 45°C (40°F to 113°F)
Adapter Operating Temperature0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity5% to 95% RH
Warranty3 Year Hardware Warranty, Extendable to 5 Year Coverage – EW201
NotesSupport for Wake on WAN needs switch and routers which recognize Magic Packet.
Noise Level Testing Environment: Fully loaded with Seagate 1TB ST31000520AS hard drive(s) in idle; Two G.R.A.S. Type 40AE microphones, each set up at 1 meter away from the Synology NAS front and rear; Background noise: 16.49-17.51 dB(A); Temperature: 24.25-25.75˚C; Humidity: 58.2-61.8%
DSM Specifications ( See more )
File System
Internal DrivesEXT4
External DrivesEXT4
HFS+ (Read Only, with max. volume size 2TB)
Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number256
Supported RAID TypeSynology Hybrid RAID
RAID 5 (with Expansion Unit)
RAID 6 (with Expansion Unit)
RAID MigrationBasic to RAID 1
Basic to RAID 5 (with Expansion Unit)
RAID 1 to RAID 5 (with Expansion Unit)
RAID 5 to RAID 6 (with Expansion Unit)
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDsSynology Hybrid RAID
RAID 5 (with Expansion Unit)
RAID 6 (with Expansion Unit)
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDDSynology Hybrid RAID
RAID 5 (with Expansion Unit)
JBOD (with Expansion Unit)
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID TypeSynology Hybrid RAID (with Expansion Unit)
RAID 1 (with Expansion Unit)
RAID 5 (with Expansion Unit)
System Management
Maximum Local User Accounts1024
Maximum Local Groups256
Maximum Shared Folder256
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration
Log Center
Syslog Events per Second100
Add-on Packages
VPN Server
Maximum Connections5
Environment & Packaging
EnvironmentRoHS Compliant
Packaging ContentMain Unit X 1
Accessory Pack X 1
AC Power Adapter X 1
AC Power Cord X 1
RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
Quick Installation Guide X 1
HDD bracket X 1
USB installation dongle X 1
Optional AccessoriesSurveillance Device License Pack
Expansion Unit: DX517 X 1