Synology DS718+ 2-Bay NAS Review 1

Synology DS718+ 2-Bay NAS Review

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Specifications

Synology DS918+ Specifications
ProcessorIntel Celeron J3455 Quad Core (2M cache, 1.5 bursts up to 2.3 GHz)
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)Yes
Hardware Transcoding EngineH.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30
Operating SystemEmbedded Linux
Memory2 GB SO-DIMM DDR3L (expandable; maximum of 8 GB)
Memory Module Pre-installed1 x 2 GB
Storage2x 3.5"/2.5" SATA II/III
Storage /w Expansion Unit7x 3.5"/2.5" SATA II/III
RAID Levels (stock)Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, Synology Hybrid RAID
RAID Levels /w Expansion UnitSingle Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5,
5 + Hot Spare, 6, 10, Synology Hybrid RAID
Capacityup to 24 TB (disks not included)
Maximum Raw Capacity /w Expansion Unit84 TB (12 TB drive x 7) (Capacity may vary based on RAID type)
iSCSITarget & Initiator
Hot-Swap2x
Networking2x 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet (with Link Aggregation/Failover support)
File System (Internal Drives) Btrfs, EXT4
File System (External Drives) Btrfs, EXT4, EXT3, FAT, NTFS, HFS+, exFAT (purchased separately in Package Center)
Maximum Number of IP Cameras (licenses required)40 (including the two free licenses)
Video Transcoding4K Group 1 (See more)
I/O PortsUSB 3.0 x 3, eSATA x 1
Dimensions157 (H) x 103.5 (W) x 232 (D) mm
Weight1.74 kg
Power Consumption20.1 W (Access)
9.1 W (HDD Hibernation)
(with 2x Western Digital 1 TB WD10EFRX installed)
Power SupplyExternal (EA10681Y-120), 65 W, 100-240 V
Fan1x 92 mm (FD129225LL-N)
Noise Level18.4 dB(A)
(Fully loaded with Seagate 2 TB ST2000VN000 hard drive(s) in idle)
Packaging Content Main Unit x 1
Accessory Pack x 1
AC Power Adapter x 1
AC Power Cord x 1
RJ-45 LAN Cable x 2
Quick Installation Guide x 1
Optional Accessories Surveillance Device License Pack
D3NS1866L-4G RAM Module
Expansion Unit: DX517 X 1
VS360HD
VS960HD
Warranty3 years
Price (excl. VAT)
(at the time of the review)

$399.99


The DS718+ uses the same CPU as the DS918+ we reviewed a while ago. However, the DS718+ does not support M.2 drives and can only take two disks, which you can expand to seven with an expansion unit. Along with the NAS, you will receive licenses for two camera channels; up to forty cameras are supported, which means the DS718+ can be the center of an advanced surveillance system.

The provided power adapter has a maximum capacity of 65 W, which easily meets the needs of the NAS. By using a power brick, the server's dimensions are kept compact, and it is easy to replace if it happens to break down. Finally, this is an expensive 2-bay NAS, but the DS718+ is also a high-end model since it supports an expansion unit.
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