Synology DS218+ Transcoding Hardware Support

Synology DS218 + with Transcoding Hardware Support

Synology DS218+ Transcoding Hardware Support the previous edition of InfoKomputer tested Synology DS418, this time InfoKomputer tested another NAS (network attached storage) device from Synology, DS218 +. This device is intended for a simpler home user segment, but which still requires a device in centralized storage that has high performance.

Aimed at home or small-scale offices, Synology DS218 + has a very simple design. This NAS has the capacity for two hard disk and solid state drive units. Installing the hard disk can be done by opening the front door and pulling the hard disk bay one by one. Installation of hard disk bay is very easy because it has used the toolless system.

With a maximum capacity of 2 storage media units, Synology DS218 + has the support of a maximum capacity of 24 TB with the largest hard disk capacity currently at 12 TB. Then, this NAS has support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and also JBOD configurations.

In terms of specifications, the Synology DS218 + uses a high-speed dual-core Intel Celeron J3355 processor that is 2 GHz and 2 GB of DDR3L main memory. But to improve its performance, the NAS also supports expansion of main memory capacity up to six gigabytes through a DDR3L SO-DIMM slot in it. To access the memory slot, you need to remove the entire hard disk bay first.

Synology DS218+ Transcoding Hardware Supports Various Features

Synology DS218 + has a body made of plastic material that makes it lightweight but feels sturdy. At the front, there is a USB 3.0 port for connecting external storage media. This external storage media can be used to make backups. A button is available for instant backup. Then on the back there are still 2 more USB 3.0 ports and 1 LAN port that supports gigabit. In addition, there is also an eSATA port. On the back there is also a cooling fan that is large enough to help remove heat.

For use at home, Synology embeds multimedia features that are quite complete on DS218 +. This NAS is equipped with a hardware transcoding engine feature to "process" videos when streaming to other devices.

Synology DS218 + also supports a variety of other features. All of these features can be added as needed through the Package Center on the DiskStation Manager interface which is the operating system. Applications available include Media Server, Photo Center, and several other applications that are intended for business needs such as Mail Server.

Synology also provides mobile applications available for Android and iOS. Synology provides applications for each function so that you will easily install many applications to get all their functions. Speaking of performance, Synology DS218 + has a fairly good performance. With standard main memory capacity, this NAS is quite responsive to run various functions that are in it. 

During testing, the RAID configuration process on it takes place quite quickly depending on the capacity of the hard disk used. This NAS also operates fairly quietly, even though the fan noise is quite audible when rotating optimally in Synology DS218+ Transcoding Hardware Support.