|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
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Synology DS118 Disk Station, Black, 1-Bay; 1GB DDR4
|Digital Storage Capacity||12000 GB|
|Hardware Interface||USB 3.0|
About this item
- Compact and quiet, blending into your small offices and home
- Dual-core CPU with hardware encryption engine
- Over 113 MB/s reading, 112 MB/s writing
- Dual USB 3.0 ports for external storages and printers
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Synology disk station DS118 is a high-performance and compact 1-bay NAS, specifically designed for offices and home users to effectively manage, protect, and share data. Its new 64-bit quad-core processor supports 10-bit 4K H.265 video transcoding to enrich multimedia entertainment.
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Synology software makes it simple to setup syncing etc once you get used to the interface.
Not compatible with Plex, need the DS218+ to run the app. But streams just fine without it
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You will need to download the unit's manual as only a Quick Start Guide is enclosed and optionally the latest version of its Desktop Management Software (it is model specific) although the device can find it automatically once connected to the Ethernet. There are some initial procedures during which the drives are formatted to suit the system and the 'ideal' RAID format for the number of drives installed - there is no choice although apparently RAID 5 was used to best utilise 4 identical drive units! It will take a while, especially as there is a built-in 10 minute delay for the machine to reboot post-format. Some essential apps will be automatically installed but there are loads more that can be installed should you need them; some will be more useful to some users than others.
Although the unit is expensive relative to some with a similar feature set, it remains all plastic (casing and drawers) when some at least have a metal casing. It is well-cooled with two 80mm rearward fans and silent, unless an ear is pinned to the side of the casing. UK and Euro mains leads are provided as are twin Ethernet cables. It supports two USB 3.0 expansion ports (for a printer or other devices) at the rear plus another at the front.
If needed as a full-blown media server that is able to transcribe 4K video on-the-fly, this is not the model for you - the DS418Play is the minimum standard as it has a faster and media-enabled Intel Celeron CPU.
Transferring selected media files was performed at a steady 110-115 MB/s, about a third faster than another brand's equivalent purchased just days previously but later returned after a slew of functional and operational issues. It should prove as reliable as another Synology NAS unit that has run almost endlessly (a few power cuts over time were the sole exceptions) for several years.
I bought this to run act as a server for the main data repository in my network, to allow remote and cloud based working/syncing. So far so good! It's quiet and 'sleeps' when not in use, saving power and noise! I will be considering upgrading the RAM soon to give a little more performance, but it's not necessary at the moment. Would highly recommend.
It hides most of this from you, so you cannot see these applications or disable/remove them from the web interface, so you have to use SSH. Nuts! Anyway do this (don't disable things you can't work out):
Login: ssh admin@[IP address of NAS]
Get a list of enabled services: sudo synoservice --status | grep enable
Turn off: sudo synoservice --disable [Name of service]
Reboot: sudo reboot
The only useful thing that I could really add is be aware of noise levels. I made the mistake of pairing one of these with four Toshiba MG series drives and the result was so much noise in my home that no matter where I put it I could still hear it on occasion while trying to sleep. In this case I accept the MG drives are particularly noisy but even with four very quiet drives noise will be a factor with four of them, so be aware of this if you are planning to install one of these where noise is a concern.
The software and the options seems overwhelming at first but taking them one step at the time and it just makes sense. The software suit are well designed and you have so so many options. I have to say that I did struggle a bit for the RAID setup, but going through a lot of tutorial and I managed to set it up the way I wanted.
At the end the hardware does not seems impressive at first, in fact the enclosure seems to be a cheap plastic and not a lot inside. But don't let that fool you. the NAS which was in a dusty environment coped very well.
I have this NAS for 4 months now and I am very happy with my purchase.