Synology DiskStation DS218play is a feature rich, two-bay tower equipped with a 64-bit quad-core
processor. Featuring powerful multimedia processing capabilities, DS218play supports real-time
transcoding of 4K Ultra HD source content, and is perfect for multimedia streaming and file sharing for
home users. Synology DS218play is backed by Synology’s 2-year limited warranty.
4K Ultra HD Entertainment Center
Synology DS218play is a multimedia-optimized 2-bay network attached storage
solution equipped with a 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM, delivering
sequential reading throughput at over 112 MB/s and writing throughput at over 112
MB/s under RAID 1 configuration. An encrypted sequential data transmission at over
112 MB/s reading and 112 MB/s writing1. DS218play further supports real-time 4K Ultra
HD (4096 x 2160) video transcoding of up to 10bit H.265 (HEVC) content2.
Personal Multimedia Library
DS218play helps you easily manage your multimedia content and share them across
Windows, Mac®, and Linux® platforms. With Video Station, you can easily organize and
sort your personal digital video library with comprehensive media information and
watch 4K Ultra HD movies and films. Photo Station allows you to effortlessly organize
photos into customized categories, smart albums and blog posts, and link them to
social networking websites within a few clicks. Audio Station comes with Internet
radio and lossless audio format support, and is capable of music playback via DLNA or
AirPlay-compliant devices.
• 2-bay NAS with optimal multimedia
solution for home users
• 4K video transcoding on the fly with
10 bit H.265 codec support2
• Up to 112 MB/s and 112 MB/s
sequential reading and writing
throughput, respectively.1
• Over 112 MB/s encrypted sequential
reading throughput and 112 MB/s
encrypted sequential writing
• Powered by a 64-bit 1.4 GHz quad-core
processor with 1 GB DDR4 RAM
• Supports a single volume of over 20TB
raw capacity
• Supports up to 15 IP cameras
Cross-Platform File Sharing and Data Synchronization
Synology DS218play supports comprehensive network protocols, ensuring a seamless
file sharing experience across Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms. Windows AD
and LDAP integration allow DS218play to fit quickly and effortlessly into any existing
network environment without the necessity to recreate user accounts. Cloud Sync
keeps your Dropbox, Google™ Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Baidu and Box storages in
sync with your personal DiskStation at home. The Cloud Station Suite allows you to
sync files among multiple devices — Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android™ tablets/
phones — effortlessly keeping everything up-to-date. DS218play combines seamless
file sharing capability with hardened security, even over the internet with HTTPS,
built-in firewall, and multiple IP and account intrusion auto-blocking mechanisms.
4K Ultra HD multimedia library
Real-time H.265 4K video transcoding
provides hassle-free and high-quality
video playback among various
Easy Backup Solutions
With block-level incremental backup and cross-version deduplication, Synology Hyper
Backup provides multi-version backup with optimized storage utilization and allows
data backup to multiple destinations–local shared folders, external hard drives, network
shared folders, rsync servers, and public cloud services.
Anywhere/Anytime Availability
Synology provides mobile applications that allow you to enjoy your multimedia library
even when on the go. Available on iOS, Android™ and Windows Phone® platforms, DS
photo, DS audio, DS video, and DS file enable access to your Synology NAS through
Photo Station, Audio Station, Video Station, and File Station. What’s more, you can use
DS get to remotely manage and monitor download tasks on Download Station.
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.
Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design
Synology DS218play is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Compared with its
average PC counterpart, Synology DS218play consumes relatively little power at 16.79
watts when accessed and 5.16 watts when hard drive hibernation is enabled. The
scheduled power on/off feature further reduces power consumption and long term
operation costs.
Synology DS218play can serve as a
centralized backup destination, allowing
you to back up files from multiple devices
via Cloud Station Backup.
Hardware Overview
Status indicator
LAN indicator
Drive status indicator
Power button and indicator
USB 3.0 port
Reset button
Power port
1GbE RJ-45 port
Kensington Security Slot
Technical Specifications
Realtek RTD1296 quad-core 1.4GHz
Hardware encryption engine
Hardware transcoding engine
Yes; Supported codec: MPEG-4 Part 2 (XVID, DIVX5), MPEG-2, VC-1, 10-bit H.265 (HEVC); maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum
frame rate per second (FPS): 30
Compatible drive type
2 x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA SSD / HDD (drives not included)
External port
2 x USB 3.0 port
Size (HxWxD)
165 x 100 x 225.5 mm
0.87 kg
Gigabit (RJ-45) x 1
Wake on LAN/WAN
Scheduled power on/off
System fan
92 x 92 x 25mm
AC input power voltage
100V to 240V AC
Power frequency
50/60Hz, single phase
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
Maximum operating altitude
5,000 m (16,400 ft)
General DSM Specification
Networking protocol
File system
• Internal: ext4
• External: ext4, ext3, FAT, NTFS, HFS+, exFAT3
Supported RAID type
Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Storage management
Maximum internal volume: 256
Maximum iSCSI target: 10
Maximum iSCSI LUN: 10
iSCSI LUN clone/snapshot support
File sharing capability
Maximum local user account: 2,048
Maximum local group: 256
Maximum shared folder: 256
Maximum concurrent SMB/NFS/AFP/FTP connection: 200
Windows Access Control List (ACL), application privilege
Directory service
Windows® AD integration: Domain users login via SMB/NFS/AFP/FTP/File Station, LDAP integration
Firewall, Encryption shared folder, SMB encryption, FTP over SSL/TLS, SFTP, Rsync over SSH, Login auto block, Let's Encrypt support, HTTPS
(Customizable cipher suite)
Supported client
Windows 7 and 10, Mac OS X 10.11 onwards
Supported browser
Chrome®, Firefox®, Internet Explorer® 10 onwards, Safari® 10 onwards; Safari (iOS 10 onwards), Chrome (Android™ 6.0 onwards)
Interface Language
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Dansk, Norsk, Svensk, Nederlands, Русский, Polski, Magyar,
Português do Brasil, Português Europeu, Türkçe, Český,
Packages and Applications
File Station
Virtual drive, remote folder, Windows ACL editor, compressing/extracting archived files, bandwidth control for specific users or groups,
creating sharing links, transfer logs
FTP Server
Bandwidth control for TCP connections, custom FTP passive port range, anonymous FTP, FTP SSL/TLS and SFTP protocol, boot over the
network with TFTP and PXE support, transfer logs
Universal Search
Offer global search into applications and files
Hyper Backup
Support local backup, network backup, and backup data to public clouds
Backup tool
DSM configuration backup, macOS Time Machine support, Cloud Station Backup
Shared folder sync - maximum task number: 4
Cloud Station Suite
Sync your data between multiple platforms by installing the client utilities on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS devices, while retaining
up to 32 historical versions of files
Maximum concurrent file transfer: 200
Cloud Sync
One or two-way synchronization with public cloud storage providers including Amazon Drive, Amazon S3-compatible storage, Baidu cloud,
Box, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, hubiC, MegaDisk, Microsoft OneDrive, OpenStack Swift-compatible storage, WebDAV
servers, Yandex Disk
Surveillance Station
Maximum IP camera: 15 (total of 450 FPS at 720p, H.264) (Includes two free camera licenses; additional cameras require the purchasing of
additional licenses)
VPN Server
Maximum connection: 15, supported VPN protocol: PPTP, OpenVPN™, L2TP/IPSec
Mail Server
Supported Mail Server Protocols: POP3, SMTP, IMAP, Support LDAP/AD account
Mail Station
Webmail interface for Mail Server to receive emails from multiple POP3 mailboxes, customizable SMTP server
Collaboration Suite
• Chat maximum user: 500
• Office maximum user: 100 , maximum simultaneous editing user: 30
• Calendar: support CalDAV and access via mobile devices
Note Station
Rich-text note organization and versioning, encryption, sharing, media embedding and attachments
Storage Analyzer
Volume and quota usage, total size of files, volume usage and trends based on past usage, size of shared folders, largest/most/least frequently
modified files
Security Advisor
Malware detection/removal, user account/password, network, system-related security scan
Antivirus Essential
Full system scan, scheduled scan, white list customization, virus definition auto update
Download Station
Supported download protocols: BT, HTTP, FTP, NZB, eMule, Thunder, FlashGet, QQDL
Maximum concurrent download task: 50
Web Station
Virtual host (up to 30 websites), PHP / MariaDB®, third-party applications support
Other packages
Video Station, Photo Station, Audio Station, DNS Server, RADIUS Server, iTunes® Server, Log Center, third-party packages available on Package
iOS/Android™ applications
DS audio, DS cam, DS cloud, DS file, DS finder, DS get, DS note, DS photo, DS video
Windows Phone® applications
DS audio, DS file, DS finder, DS get, DS photo, DS video
Environment and Packaging
Environment safety
RoHS compliant
Package content
Optional accessories
• VisualStation VS360HD, VS960HD
• Surveillance Device License Pack
• 2.5" Disk Holder (Type C)
2 years
DS218play main unit x 1
Quick Installation Guide x 1
Accessory pack x 1
AC power adapter x 1
RJ-45 LAN cable x 1
*Model specifications are subject to change without notice. Please refer to www.synology.com for the latest information.
1. Performance figures may vary depending on environment, usage, and configuration.
2. DS218play can transcode 4K video to 1080p or lower. The maximum number of concurrent video transcoding channels supported may vary depending on the video codec,
resolution, bitrate and FPS.
3. exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
Synology is dedicated to taking full advantage of the latest technologies to bring businesses and home users reliable and affordable ways to centralize data storage,
simplify data backup, share and sync files across different platforms, and access data on-the-go. Synology aims to deliver products with forward-thinking features
and the best in class customer services.
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