DS218 Play

DiskStation DS218play

Your personal multimedia library 

Ideal Entertainment Center with 4K Ultra HD Capability

Designed for multimedia enthusiasts, DS218play supports real-time transcoding of 4K Ultra HD source content. With the availability of centralized management, DS218play is ideal for fast file sharing and reliable backup for all types of devices.

CPU
Quad-Core 1.4 GHz

Transcoding
4K Ultra HD video transcoding

Fast Performance
112 MB/s reading, 112 MB/s writing

Eco-friendly
5.16 W in HDD hibernation / 16.79 W in access

Enjoy 4K videos on the go

Access and stream your 4K media content anytime and anywhere. DS218play supports 4K live transcoding via Video Station and DS video, allowing 4K videos to be instantly converted and played on TV, smartphone, and other media players that originally do not support Ultra HD formats.

Multimedia powerhouse

Access your multimedia content anytime, anywhere with an intuitive we-based interface.

Video Station

Video Station lets you easily manage and organize movies, TV shows, and home videos, and stream to other computers, smartphones, and media players.

Photo Station

Photo Station allows you to effectively organize and share photos and albums, while easily communicating with others using labels, comments, and more.

Audio Station

Audio Station is your personal music center, designed to intelligently sort and organize your audio files, and stream to Google Cast enabled devices easily. Audio Station supports lossless formats ensuring pristine audio quality.

Seamless integration with your mobile devices

Synology mobile applications are designed to allow quick and secure access to your data wherever you are.

DS Audio

DS Photo

DS video

Easy file access with QuickConnect

Access files on your Synology NAS over the Internet without the hassle of setting up port forwarding rules, DDNS, or other complicated network settings. QuickConnect allows you to connect via a secure, customizable address, so that you can instantly access media and work files on any Internet-connected device with no additional charge.

Desktop Backup

Simplified backup solution for your Mac, PC, and mobile devices.

Public Cloud Integration

Backup and synchronize data easily between your public cloud accounts and your NAS.

File Server/Management

Powerful built-in file management and sharing services.

DSM UI

Award-winning operating system with an intuitive user interface and powerful capabilities.

Security

Comprehensive built-in security tools are constantly updated to tackle evolving threats and protect your devices

Cloud Station Suite

Synchronize cross-platform data automatically with file version control on all of your devices.

Hardware Specifications 
CPU 
CPU ModelRealtek RTD1296
CPU Architecture64-bit
CPU FrequencyQuad Core 1.4 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine 
Hardware Transcoding Engine10-bit H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 60
Memory 
System Memory1 GB DDR4
Storage 
Drive Bays2
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)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 Capacity24 TB (12 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size108 TB
Notes"Compatible drive type" indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
 The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity. (Learn more)
  
External Ports 
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port1
USB 3.0 Port2
File System 
Internal DrivesEXT4
External DrivesEXT4
 EXT3
 FAT
 NTFS
 HFS+
 exFAT*
  
NotesexFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
Appearance 
Size (Height x Width x Depth)165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm
Weight0.87 kg
Others 
System Fan92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed ModeFull-Speed Mode
 Cool Mode
 Quiet Mode
  
Brightness adjustable front LED indicators 
Power Recovery 
Noise Level*19.9 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off 
Wake on LAN/WAN 
Power Supply Unit / Adapter60W
AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption*16.79 W (Access)
 5.16 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit57.29 BTU/hr (Access)
 17.61 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Environment Temperature 
Operating Temperature5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity5% to 95% RH
CertificationEAC
 CCC
 RCM
 KC
 FCC
 CE
 BSMI
  
Warranty2 Years
NotesNoise Level Testing Environment: Fully loaded with Seagate 2TB ST2000VN000 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 ) 
Storage Management 
Maximum Internal Volume Number256
Maximum iSCSI Target Number10
Maximum iSCSI LUN10
SSD TRIM 
Supported RAID TypeSynology Hybrid RAID
 Basic
 JBOD
 RAID 0
 RAID 1
  
RAID MigrationBasic to RAID 1
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDsSynology Hybrid RAID
 RAID 1
  
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDDSynology Hybrid RAID
File Sharing Capacity 
Maximum Local User Accounts2048
Maximum Local Groups256
Maximum Shared Folder256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks4
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections200
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration 
NFS Kerberos Authentication 
Log Center 
Syslog Events per Second400
Add-on Packages (learn more about the complete add-on package list)  
Chat 
Maximum Users500
NotesThe number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum.
 CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  
Cloud Station Server 
Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices200
Maximum Number of Synced Files (ext4)100,000 / single file reaction time 642 ms
NotesThe maximum number of concurrently connected devices refers to the maximum number of devices that can remain connected at the same time. For more information on file processing capability, please refer to the reaction time for file processing.
 File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS. RAM expansion was not used during testing.
 Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
  
Download Station 
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks50
Drive 
Maximum Number of Synced Files100,000 / single file reaction time 941 ms
Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections for PC Clients200
NotesThe EXT4 file system was used for the purpose of testing.
 The maximum number of concurrent connections refers to the maximum number of connections that could be maintained when the maximum number of synced files was reached.
 File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS.
 Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
  
exFAT Access (optional) 
Media Server 
DLNA Compliance 
Moments 
Facial recognition 
Subject recognition 
Office 
Maximum Users200
NotesMultiple files were opened for testing and each file was edited by 30 users simultaneously.
 CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
 Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM
  
Surveillance Station 
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required)15 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)*450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720)
 180 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
 110 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536)
 80 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
 40 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160)
Total FPS (H.265)*450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720)
 450 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
 210 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536)
 120 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
 60 FPS @ 4K (3840x2160)
Total FPS (MJPEG)*210 FPS @ 720p (1280x720)
 70 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
 50 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536)
 30 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
NotesSurveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.
Video Station 
Video Transcoding4K Group 3 (See more)
Maximum Transcoding Channel Number1 channel, 60 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.265 (HEVC), 10-bit or
 1 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920 × 1080), H.264 (AVC)/MPEG-4 Part 2 (XVID, DIVX5)/MPEG-2/VC-1
VPN Server 
Maximum Connections15
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