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Synology DiskStation DS1821+ NAS Review

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DiskStation DS1821+ Traditional NAS solutions were used to provide just file storage but with many years of evolving home and small businesses, NAS devices have more and more features to offer. A perfect example of an advanced NAS solution would be the Synology DiskStation DS1821+. The DS1821+ NAS features include the ability to host databases, websites and can even host your VMware machines. This multi-featured storage device is easy to configure and operate.

As we know there comes a time when you have outgrown your storage needs and need to move into the next tearing of storage and protection. It is a well-known fact that you should keep at least two copies of your data on two different storage platforms/devices for backup. But where does it all start? (You may ask). It all starts from the right solution as your first storage repository. It doesn’t matter if you are a computer enthusiast or a small business owner your storage needs should always have redundancy. A great investment for home and small business users would be an affordable NAS solution. NAS or Network Attached Storage is appliance-based hardware that provides storage access via the network. NAS solutions can vastly vary in price and configuration so picking the right solution might be challenging. Most of the NAS devices support RAID redundancy which is a great way to achieve reassurance that your files are being safe in the event of hard drive failure. No job is too big or too small for the Synology DiskStation DS1821+ as it is a great “next step” appliance into the storage needs that most computer enthusiasts, developers, and storage administrators seek.

 Packaging

As always packaging of Synology hardware is made from a thick recyclable cardboard box. The shipping box is very well structured and has a handle on the top for easy transport. From the rear side of the box, users can see some hardware specifications of DS1821+ and package contents.

DiskStation DS1821+

The internal packaging of DS1821+ is done extremely well. The entire device is wrapped in a protective plastic bag and supported by plastic foam from every angle. The device has a substantial weight of 12LB (6Kg). DS1821+ is being sold without hard drives so when you populate this appliance the weight of the entire device could be more than 20LB(10Kg).

DiskStation DS1821+

To get you up and running fast, the Synology DiskStation DS1821+ comes with two Cat 5 network cables, a bag of screws, two security keys to lock the drives in place, a power cord, and a Quick Installation Guide.

DiskStation DS1821+

Hardware Specifications

CPU

CPU Model AMD Ryzen V1500B
CPU Quantity 1
CPU Architecture 64-bit
CPU Frequency 4-core 2.2 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)

Memory

System Memory 4 GB DDR4 ECC SODIMM
Memory Module Pre-installed 4 GB (4 GB x 1)
Total Memory Slots 2
Maximum Memory Capacity 32 GB (16 GB x 2)
Notes
  • Please select Synology memory modules for optimum compatibility and reliability. Synology will not provide complete product warranty or technical support if non-Synology memory modules are used for memory expansion.
  • Synology reserves the right to replace memory modules with the same or higher frequency based on supplier’s product life cycle status. Rest assured that the compatibility and stability have been strictly verified with the same benchmark to ensure identical performance.

Storage

Drive Bays 8
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 18 (DX517 x 2)
M.2 Drive Slots 2 (NVMe)
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
  • M.2 2280 NVMe SSD
Maximum Single Volume Size* 108 TB
Hot Swappable Drive
Notes
  • “Compatible drive type” indicates drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
  • Each internal volume (may consist of multiple drives) is expandable up to 108TB.

External Ports

RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 4 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port* 4
eSATA Port 2
Notes The USB 3.0 standard was renamed to USB 3.2 Gen 1 by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) in 2019.

PCIe

PCIe Expansion 1 x Gen3 x8 slot (x4 link)

File System

Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
Notes exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.

Appearance

Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 343 mm x 243 mm
Weight 6 kg

Others

System Fan 120 mm x 120 mm x 2 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Easy Replacement System Fan
Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators
Power Recovery
Noise Level* 22.2 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On / Off
Wake on LAN / WAN
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 250 W
AC Input Power Voltage 100 V to 240 V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 59.8 W (Access)
26.18 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 204.05 BTU/hr (Access)
89.33 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Notes
  • Power consumption is measured when it is fully loaded with Western Digital 1TB WD10EFRX hard drive(s).
  • Noise Level Testing Environment: Fully loaded with Seagate 2TB ST2000VN000 hard drive(s) in the idle state. Two G.R.A.S. Type 40AE microphones, each set up 1 meter away from the Synology NAS at the front and rear. Background noise: 16.49-17.51 dB(A); Temperature: 24.25-25.75˚C; Humidity: 58.2-61.8%

Temperature

Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH

Certification

  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • EAC
  • CCC
  • KC
  • VCCI
  • RCM

Warranty

3 Years
Notes The warranty period starts from the purchase date as stated on your purchase receipt. (Learn more)

Environment

RoHS Compliant

Packaging Content

  • Main Unit X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Cord X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 2
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1

Optional Accessories

Notes All memory modules will operate at the maximum frequency specified by the CPU manufacturer.

Software Specifications

DSM Specifications

Storage Management

Maximum Internal Volume Number 64
SSD Read / Write Cache (White Paper)
SSD TRIM
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
  • RAID 10
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • JBOD
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10

File Services

File Protocol SMB/AFP/NFS/FTP/WebDAV
Maximum Concurrent SMB/AFP/FTP Connections 1,000
Maximum Concurrent SMB/AFP/FTP Connections (with RAM expansion) 2,000
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration
NFS Kerberos Authentication
Notes
  • Regarding data concerning tests with RAM expansion, all memory slots are installed with the maximum capacity of supported RAM.
  • The testing standard was based on the maximum number of concurrent connections supported by this model. During the testing, 25% of the connections were used to transfer files concurrently. The transfer process guaranteed that the connections were not interrupted; the minimum transfer speed was not guaranteed.

Account & Shared Folder

Maximum Local User Accounts 2,048
Maximum Local Groups 256
Maximum Shared Folder 512
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 16

High Availability

Synology High Availability

Log Center

Syslog Events per Second 800

Virtualization

VMware vSphere with VAAI
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2019
Citrix Ready
OpenStack

General Specifications

Networking Protocols SMB1 (CIFS), SMB2, SMB3, NFSv3, NFSv4, NFSv4.1, NFS Kerberized sessions, iSCSI, HTTP, HTTPs, FTP, SNMP, LDAP, CalDAV
Supported Browsers
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer 11 onwards
  • Safari 13 onwards
  • Safari (iOS 13.0 onwards)
  • Google Chrome (Android 11.0 onwards)
Supported Language English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Dansk, Norsk, Svenska, Nederlands, Русский, Polski, Magyar, Português do Brasil, Português Europeu, Türkçe, Český, ภาษาไทย, 日本語, 한국어, 繁體中文, 简体中文

Add-on Packages view the complete package list

Antivirus by McAfee (Trial)

Central Management System

Synology Chat

Maximum Users 1,500
Notes
  • The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Synology Chat was configured to the maximum.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.

Document Viewer

Download Station

Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 80

exFAT Access (Optional)

iSCSI Manager

Maximum iSCSI Target Number 128
Maximum iSCSI LUN 256
iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODX

Synology MailPlus / MailPlus Server

Free Email Accounts 5 (Licenses required for additional accounts)
Maximum Number of Concurrent Users 150
Maximum Server Performance 1,484,000 emails per day, approx. 45GB
Notes
  • Models with more than 4 bays were installed with two SSDs for SSD cache.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was 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 Server

DLNA Compliance

Moments

Facial Recognition
Subject Recognition
Auto Color & Rotate
Moments Select

Snapshot Replication

Maximum Snapshots per Shared Folder 1,024
Maximum of System Snapshots 65,536

Surveillance Station

Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 40 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264) 1200 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
1050 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
600 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
440 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
320 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (H.265) 1200 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
1200 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
1120 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
600 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
480 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Notes
  • Surveillance 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.
  • The maximum channel number also includes devices installed on Virtual DSM.
  • Total FPS may be affected by other services running at the same time (e.g., archive tasks performed by Archive Vault).

Synology Drive

Recommended Number of Hosted Files 1,000,000 (applies to files indexed or hosted by Synology Drive. For file access through other standard protocols, refer to the File Services section above)
Recommended Number of Concurrent Sync Clients 550 (the number of connections that can be maintained when the recommended number of hosted files was reached)
Notes
  • Exceeding the recommended numbers above will not block application operations, but may result in longer response time.
  • Utilizing SSD cache can significantly improve performance.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Btrfs file system and non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.

Synology Office

Maximum Users 1,800
Notes
  • Multiple files were opened for testing and each file was edited by 30 users simultaneously.
  • 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

Video Station

Virtual Machine Manager

Recommended Virtual Machine Instances (Learn more)
Recommended Virtual DSM Number (Licenses required) 8 (including 1 Free License)
Notes The specifications vary depending on system configuration and memory size.

VPN Server

Maximum Connections 30

Notes:

  • Model specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
  • The figures are based on Synology internal testing. Each performance test is done individually. No other services or applications are processed at the same time.
  • The actual performance may be lower than lab testing figure due to differences in server configuration, deployment, and the number of active operations.
  • If usage requirements exceed the specifications above, please contact our regional partners for professional advice.

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 15 years now. As a Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspects of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of the latest technologies.

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