Synology Introduces DiskStation DS218play, DS218j, and DS118

Synology launched three new NAS today with media streaming, file sharing, and data backup features perfect for home and small offices. The new devices include the 2-bay DS218play and DS218j as well as the 1-bay DS118.

“These three home storage solutions are built to be the best multimedia library for users who love taking photos and videos to capture every important moment with their family and friends,” said Katarina Shao, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “With versatile add-on packages, the three NAS models are also excellent choices for small studio owners who are seeking better productivity during work hours.”

DiskStation DS218play

The DiskStation DS218play is equipped with a 64-bit quad-core Realtek RTD1296 1.4 GHz processor. The system features 1GB DDR4 memory. This is an effective processor with hardware encryption engine. It is capable of encrypted throughput over 110MB/s. It features a hardware transcoding engine too, allowing the DS218play to support real-time single-channel 10-bit H.265 4K Ultra HD and single channel Full-HD video transcoding.

Externally, the DS218play has two USB 3.0 for storage drives, wireless dongles, and printers. One RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port provides the network capabilities.

The new DS218play has a suggested retail price of £217.09 (inc. VAT).

  • 64-bit quad-core 1.4GHz processor
  • 4K video transcoding
  • Supports up to 15 IP Cameras
  • Backed by Synology’s 2-year limited warranty

DiskStation DS218j

Within the DiskStation DS218j is a dual-core Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 32-bit processor with 1.3 GHz clock speed. It features 512MB DDR3 memory for moderate workloads. The processor does have a hardware encryption engines, but no hardware transcoding as the above.

It can still deliver a sequential throughput of 113 MB/s when reading and 112 MB/s when writing. The moderate hardware makes it an efficient little box which only consumes 17.48 watts during peak usage and 7W when the drives hibernate.

Just as the DS218play, the DS218j has two USB 3.0 ports and one RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port. The MSRP for this device is £168.

  • An integrated media server supporting multimedia streaming
  • Access with iOS/Android/Windows mobile app
  • Dual-core processor
  • Backed by Synology 2-year warranty

DiskStation DS118

Synology’s DiskSTation DS118 might be smaller than the other two, but it packs a nice punch. Inside is a 64-bit Realtek RTD1296 quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB DDR4 RAM. With its hardware encryption engine, DS118 offers encrypted sequential reading/writing throughput at over 110 MB/s. DS118 is an ideal storage solution that comes with data backup and QuickConnect features that allow users to access data from any location. It also supports 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding on the fly to enrich multimedia entertainment.

The 1-bay DiskStation DS118 is the cheapest of the three new devices and it will set you back £158.18.

  • 64-bit quad-core 1.4GHz processor
  • Over 113 MB/s reading and 112 MB/s writing
  • 4K video transcoding
  • Backed by Synology 2-year warranty

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