Synology DiskStation DS218+ Setup, Support, Manual, Software Download
Synology DiskStation DS218+ Review. At last. After considering the money for a NAS for a long time, I have never looked back. I went straight to the Plus model to be prepared for the future. I also directly upgraded to a total of 10GB RAM.
Synology DS218+ Volume:
However, this could be even quieter. For me, the NAS is under the TV in the living room in a TV cabinet with back wall. The very quiet fan noise is thrown back through the open cabinet. Possibly. I am considering using a silent adapter. However, you can only hear the NAS when there are no other noises in the room. So justifiable with the cinema sound!
I bought the NAS primarily for backing up my pictures, after 2 external HDDs were smoked. I also have a WD MyBook Live with 3TB. Without RAID, this is too unsafe for me in the long term. The MyBook Live is also extremely slow.
Synology DS218+ Speed:
When I put the NAS into operation, I experienced a real speed frenzy. I operate the NAS in the WLAN AC network and have transfer rates of up to 65MB / s. With the MyBook, I manage 9 MB / s, if at all.
The speed is even sufficient to process RAW files in Lightroom. Of course, don’t expect SSD performance, but um, it works.
Synology DS218+ Media server:
In addition to photos, I have also found using the NAS as a media server. Here I found the variant RasPlex on a Raspberry Pi for me as the best and most fluid solution. The Plex server runs on the NAS and the RasPlex client on the Pi. Connected in the network over 1000 line. Everything is supported by DTS sound, mkv containers, H265 codecs etc.
Tried the internal VideoStation, which failed due to DTS. An installation of ffmpeg was not really successful either, so a crutch again. Then try everything with the fireTV stick with Plex. But here no AC3 support etc and then the connection goes straight to the knees at 1080p and high bit rate. Even Kodi on the TVstick was not a satisfactory success. In summary: If you like good quality, fast performance and good sound, then you can’t avoid a wired system mMn. The integration of the RasberryPi also prompted me to set up a DIY Ambilight with HyperCon. And that’s right now.
Synology DS218+ Software
But continue to NAS. The apps are also very successful. Be it the DS Photo or Audio App. The DS Photo App is very fast with external access and large photos can be quickly presented to colleagues and the family. I have also integrated them into my iPhone so that the cell phone photos are automatically uploaded to the NAS.
The better half of me can also access the music from your cell phone and collect and listen to your audio books.
I know that all of these services can also be implemented with other apps and platforms, but these entire stand-alone solutions are always just crutches for me. Here photos on flickr, data on Dropbox or Onedrive and music about the stressful and for me still the most complicated program iTunes. (and God knows, I have enough experience in the area of technical stuff)
In addition, it is precisely this possibility for me to be master of and over his data, which is also a positive side effect.
Synology DS218+ Setup
The Synology DiskStation DS218+ setting options are also very diverse. The time-controlled switching off, switching on, wake on lan, or the banal “switch off the LEDs” at 8:00 p.m. so that I can watch films undisturbed is great.
In summary: real enthusiasm and worth every penny. Finally no further crutch in the house, but an egg-laying wool milk sow. I completely forget that I actually wanted to use the NAS primarily for archiving photos. Because of all the possibilities, 4TB may be too little for me at some point 😉
Synology DS218+ Installation
Before I had connected a hard drive to my router, which simply took too long due to the access times. Well, and then came interim solutions such as hard drives connected to a PC and keeping the data the same on the laptop using synchronization software. Oh dear, how much time and nerves did it take?
Well, as I said, five years ago looking for the NAS, which was and is the right choice for the future. After a lot of research, I came across Synology again and again, which is also a little bit the Mercedes among NAS systems. In retrospect, it turned out to be justified.
Since I did not want to “spend” so much, I decided on the DS213j and equipped it with 2x WD 3TB (Red). Honestly what a very good decision, as a beginner. Nevertheless, I would recommend everyone to buy a DS218, DS218 play or if then even DS218 +.
The total price is so cheap because of two hard drives for a RAID 1, and the price difference between a J model and a higher variant is “not” that much more. The DS213j has done its job well all the time. Due to 512 MB RAM, not too high-performance CPU and some apps on it, it eventually reached its performance limits. Access from the Internet to the DSM was really nerve-wracking.
So the DS218 + came into play. Access via DSM is no longer a problem. Accessing files on the DS213j as well as video was no problem.
At this point, I don’t want to write about the DS218 + anymore, because to put it simply, with 2 GB RAM of a high-performance CPU and the use of apps that the DS213j was denied, this was the right choice.
The DS213j is still in operation, only with significantly fewer apps. I also removed media center, photo, video, music, etc. as a conversion and now leave everything to the DS218 +, which does it with flying colors.
Backups are transferred to external hard drives via USB3.0 on the DS218 +, which now hardly takes any waiting time. Under the DS213j that was a daily task (with the first backup, for example, with 200 GB). Of course, backups are also stored on local hard drives that are decentralized and not connected to the system. The DS213j now takes over DNS server, Survallance, a little file and file access to secure external media such as SmartPhones.
If you now compare the two, only the DS218 + can be considered for a purchase. Very simple rule, after the first two months you can see with a smaller model what you would like to do but maybe not, or with many restrictions. The delta of the devices is around 120 € additional costs, which are well invested if you want to have a NAS system.
Synology DS218+ Manual
Synology DS218+ Software Download
Download Synology Assistant
Synology Assistant is a desktop utility that searches for Synology DiskStations in the local area network. It helps you set up and install DSM on your DiskStation, connect to network or multi-functional printers shared by your DiskStation, setup Wake on LAN (WOL), or view monitored resources of your DiskStation.
Download Synology Drive Client
Synology Drive Client, the desktop utility of the DSM add-on package, Synology Drive Server, allows you to sync and share files owned by you or shared by others between a centralized Synology NAS and multiple client computers.
Download Synology Chat Client
Synology Chat Client is a feature-rich desktop native client developed for Windows, MacOS, and Linux platforms, allowing you to enjoy the instant messaging service on your PC.
Download Synology Note Station Client
Synology Note Station Client connects you with Note Station on your Synology NAS. You can manage all the notes/to-do list offline, right from your local computer.
Download Cloud Station Drive
Cloud Station Drive is an application designed to synchronize files between your Synology NAS and PCs via the Internet, ensuring that your data is always up-to-date and enabling you to easily access your files. Even when the Internet connection is not available, you can still view and edit your files offline, and all the changes made will be automatically synced to your Synology NAS and PCs once the Internet connection is restored.
Download Cloud Station Backup
Cloud Station Backup is a backup service that allows you to back up your files from multiple client computers to a centralized Synology NAS.
Download Synology Hyper Backup Explorer
A desktop tool for browsing, decrypting, and extracting different versions of backup data in Hyper Backup repositories
Download Synology Active Backup for Business Agent
Active Backup for Business is the all-in-one backup solution, designed for streamlining and enhancing data protection in businesses’ diverse IT environments. Before protecting and backing up data stored on personal computers as well as physical Windows Servers, this Synology Active Backup Agent is required to be installed on the target device to carry out the designed backup tasks and store the backed up data. As the management is centralized on the server end, most of the actions require either DSM or device’s administrative privilege.
Download Synology Active Backup for Business Recovery Media Creator
Synology Active Backup for Business Recovery Media Creator allows you to create a boot image in USB or ISO format in just one click. This Recovery Media Creator also incorporates Active Backup for Business Recovery Wizard, thereby providing bare-metal and volume-level recovery.
Download Synology Active Backup for Business Recovery Wizard
Synology Active Backup for Business Recovery Wizard guides you through how to create bare-metal and volume-level recovery with the customized boot media. Installing Active Backup for Business Recovery Wizard is not required if you have already installed and used Active Backup for Business Recovery Media Creator to create recovery media.
Download Synology Photo Station Uploader
Synology Photo Station Uploader is an app for bulk uploading photos and videos to Photo Station. It creates thumbnails and converts videos to playable and high quality formats using the processing power of your computer instead of consuming the system resources of your DiskStation. It is integrated with the context menu in File Explorer or Finder on your Windows PC or Mac, so that you can upload photos by right-clicking.
Download Synology Surveillance Station Client
Synology Surveillance Station Client is a desktop utility which provides quick, simple and powerful way to access Surveillance Station on your Synology products. With this utility, you can now enjoy smoother live-view experience, improved performance while launching different applications, and be free from browser limitations.
Synology Transactions Device Simulator is a user interface simulation program for Point of Service (POS). You can easily add Transaction Device Simulator to Surveillance Station to test all the functions of Transactions.
Download Synology Transactions Compatibility Tool
Synology Transactions Compatibility Tool is designed to test the compatibility of Point of Service (POS) and third-party software with Surveillance Station. Since the Transactions application provides a general interface to receive the data sent by POS or third-party software, the list of compatible manufacturers cannot be provided. Therefore, Transactions Compatibility Tool allows you to check the compatibility before purchasing a Synology product.
Download Synology Evidence Integrity Authenticator
Synology Evidence Integrity Authenticator is a Windows/Mac application that validates and confirms that the recordings and screenshots made by Synology Surveillance Station have not been tampered with since its original recording. Other than approve the recordings’ embedded digital signature, this tool also display the exact recording time and DiskStation serial number.
Download Synology Video Transcoder
Synology Video Transcoder is a software designed for transcoding. You can easily add a video file and transcode it into a user define compatible format with Surveillance Station.
Download Synology Presto Client
The intuitive Synology Presto Client enables users to securely and rapidly exchange data on all major platforms.
Download Synology Snapshot Manager for Windows
Synology Snapshot Manager software plugin for Windows Server allows you to create application-consistent snapshots in DSM. For Windows environment, you can install Synology Snapshot Manager for Windows Server. After installation, when a snapshot is triggered on DSM, Synology Snapshot Manager will use the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology to produce consistent point-in-time copies of data. Synology Snapshot Manager for Windows Server also supports performing snapshots when triggered by 3rd party software via VSS.
Download Synology Snapshot Manager for VMware
Synology Snapshot Manager software plugin for VMware vCenter Server allows you to create application-consistent snapshots in DSM. For VMware environments, you can install Synology Snapshot Manager for VMware vCenter Server on Windows Server. After installation, when a snapshot is triggered on DSM, vCenter Server will be notified and flush all the data from memory to the LUN to guarantee data consistency. Once the snapshot is complete, vCenter Server will resume normal I/O operation of VMware datastore.
Download Synology Storage Replication Adapter
iSCSI LUN replication can be managed via VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager by installing Synology SRA on VMware Site Recovery Manager servers.
Download Synology NFS Plug-in for VMware VAAI
To enable VMware VAAI on your NFS datastores, you need to install Synology NFS Plug-in on each ESXi host. Synology NFS Plug-in can be installed directly on an ESXi server from the command line, or through the VMware Update Manager (VUM). For detailed instructions, please refer to the README file.
Download Synology Guest Tool for Virtual Machine Manager
This tool improves the compatibility of Windows virtual machines running on Synology NAS. It includes VirtIO drivers required for Windows and Synology Guest Agent, optimizing snapshots and other functions of virtual machines.
Download Synology Cloud Sync Decryption Tool
A desktop tool to decrypt data encrypted by Cloud Sync.