Synology DiskStation DS418play NAS Review

4K streaming, no problem

Synology DS418play Recently we had an opportunity to review one of the newest Network Attached Storage devices by Synology, DS418j. The DS 418j is a very well designed NAS and has plenty of options and features. But, one of the things that it couldn’t do with ease is streaming. More and more users seek streaming ability from their home storage devices. Ability to stream video has been around for a while now however with newest formats such as 1080p and 4k it is pretty challenging to find the right device that will support all of your devices at home. A few months ago Synology introduced their newest solution gearing towards streaming media, DS418play. The new DS418play is a 4 bay NAS devices that is specifically designed to deliver multiple of streams of high definition video along with all of the multiple features which Synology is famous for. This new model of ‘play’ series is equipped with Dual-Core CPU which bursts up to 2.5GHz and offers 4k Ultra HD video trans-coding. DS418play comes stock with 2Gb of DDR3L RAM and could be easily upgraded to 6Gb of DDR3L RAM to boosts overall performance. In our review we will be concentrating on overall performance of DS418play and its streaming capabilities and limitations.

Review Sample Provided by: Synology
Product Name: DS418play
Price at time of review: $ 461.66 USD MSRP
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Packaging

Just like every product designed by Synology, DS418play comes in an environmentally friendly cardboard box. The box does has some weight to it as it contains the NAS itself and the power supply brick which adds up to about 6 Lb or 3Kg. There is not much artwork on the box. Just a few stickers describing the contents of the package.

Some of the features of DS418play are listed on the back of the shipping box. This is extremely helpful when looking for the right device for your storage needs. Do you need more than 2 bays? How about dual network card for redundancy? Questions like these come in handy while shopping for SOHO NAS devices.

Internal packaging of DS418play is very must standard. Besides a strong cardboard design, the actual device is wrapped in the white bag (to protect against accidental scratches) and packaged in between two plastic foam cutouts.

DS418play packaging includes Power brick, two cat 5e Ethernet cables, a bad of screws, power cord and a pair of hard drive sled keys. A Quick Installation Guide and Synology marketing of RT1900ac and RT2600ac is also included.

Specifications

 

Hardware Specifications
CPU
CPU ModelIntel Celeron J3355
CPU Architecture64-bit
CPU FrequencyDual Core 2.0 burst up to 2.5 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
Memory
System Memory2 GB DDR3L
Memory Module Pre-installed2GB (1 x 2GB)
Total Memory Slots2
Memory Expandable up to6 GB (2 GB + 4 GB)
Storage
Drive Bays4
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity48 TB (12 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size108 TB
Hot Swappable DriveYes
Notes
  • “Compatible drive type” indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
  • The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity. (Learn more)
  • Expansion of the internal volume is only supported if the combined single volume size does not exceed the maximum limit of 108TB.
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
USB 3.0 Port2
File System
Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
NotesexFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth)166 mm x 199 mm x 223 mm
Weight2.23 kg
Others
System Fan92 mm x 92 mm x 2 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Brightness adjustable front LED indicatorsYes
Power RecoveryYes
Noise Level*20.5 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/OffYes
Wake on LAN/WANYes
Power Supply Unit / Adapter90W
AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption*29.01 W (Access)
5.57 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit98.98 BTU/hr (Access)
19.01 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Warranty2 Years
NotesPower consumption is measured when fully loaded with Western Digital 1TB WD10JFCX hard drive(s).
DSM Specifications ( See more )
Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number256
Maximum iSCSI Target Number32
Maximum iSCSI LUN256
iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODXYes
SSD TRIMYes
Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
RAID Migration
  • Basic to RAID 1
  • Basic to RAID 5
  • RAID 1 to RAID 5
  • RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 5
  • JBOD
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum Local User Accounts2048
Maximum Local Groups256
Maximum Shared Folder256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks4
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections200
Windows Access Control List (ACL) IntegrationYes
NFS Kerberos AuthenticationYes
Log CenterYes
Syslog Events per Second400
Add-on Packages (learn more about the complete add-on package list)
Antivirus by McAfee (Trial)Yes
ChatYes
Maximum Users1000
Notes
  • The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
Cloud Station ServerYes
Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices200
Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices (with RAM expansion)300
Maximum Number of Synced Files (btrfs)1,000,000 / single file reaction time 834 ms
Maximum Number of Synced Files (ext4)1,000,000 / single file reaction time 484 ms
Notes
  • The maximum number of concurrently connected devices refers to the maximum number of devices that can remain connected at the same time. For more information on file processing capability, please refer to the reaction time for file processing.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 1KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS. RAM expansion was not used during testing.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
Download StationYes
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks80
exFAT Access (optional)Yes
MailPlus / MailPlus ServerYes
Free Email Accounts(Licenses required for additional accounts)
Recommended MailPlus Client NumberUp to 45 (Btrfs) / 45 (ext4)
Maximum Server Performance181,000 (Btrfs) / 194,000 (ext4) emails per day, approx. 5.5 GB (Btrfs) / 5.9 GB (ext4)
Notes
  • The CPU and RAM usages were both under 80% when testing recommended client numbers.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Read-write SSD cache was enabled in 5-bay (and above) NAS models with 2 SSDs units installed.
  • The performance of the mail system will slightly decrease in high-availability mode due to data synchronization between the two servers.
  • Functions that were enabled in all of the tests above: anti-spam, anti-virus, DNSBL, greylist, content scan, full-text search (English only).
Media ServerYes
DLNA ComplianceYes
OfficeYes
Maximum Users200
Maximum Simultaneous Editing Users60
Notes
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM
Snapshot ReplicationYes
Maximum Snapshots per Shared Folder1024
Maximum Snapshots of all Shared Folder65536
Surveillance StationYes
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required)25 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)*750 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
375 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
250 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
200 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
120 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (H.265)*750 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
750 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
450 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
250 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
200 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (MJPEG)*450 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
250 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
160 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
130 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
NotesSurveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.
Video StationYes
Video Transcoding4K Group 1 (See more)
Maximum Transcoding Channel Number2 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC) or
2 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-2/VC-1
VPN ServerYes
Maximum Connections20
Environment & Packaging
EnvironmentRoHS Compliant
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
  • VS360HD
  • VS960HD
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