Model: Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Server
Manufacturer: Synology
Provided By: Synology

As one of the biggest names in the network-attached storage (NAS) industry, Synology doesn't need much of an introduction. Founded in 2000 by two former Microsoft employees, this Taiwanese company creates network-attached storage, IP surveillance solutions and network equipment for the home and small to medium sized business markets. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology aims to help users centralize data storage and backup, share files on-the-go, implement professional surveillance solutions, and manage network in reliable and affordable ways.

This past fall, Synology launched its latest 2-bay Plus-series NAS, the DS218+. Designed with home users and small businesses in mind, this all-around storage solution is equipped with an Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, three USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port and a gigabit Ethernet port. This allows the DS218+ to transcode two H.265/H.264 4K video streams at once and deliver up to 113 MB/s read and 112 MB/s write speeds, even with encryption enabled.

Like Synology's other NAS servers, the DS218+ offers a wide range of applications for cross-platform file sharing, data backup and multimedia streaming. The device can also function as a personal, private cloud to provide real-time data synchronization across multiple devices as well as remote access through Synology's QuickConnect service. To top it all off, the DS218+ includes the latest version of Surveillance Station. Along with support for multiple IP cameras, this private-security solution features an intuitive desktop-like interface, user-friendly video management tools and powerful analytics to alert you of suspicious activities around your home or business. 

Synology DiskStation DS218+ 2-Bay NAS Server
Processor Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz, burst up to 2.5 GHz
Memory 2GB DDR3L (expandable up to 6 GB)
Hard Disk Drive 2 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA HDD/SSD
LAN 1 x 1GbE (RJ-45)
External Ports 3 x USB 3.0
1 x eSATA
Dimensions 165 x 108 x 233.2 mm
Weight 1.3 kg
Power Consumption 7.23 W (Access)
5.4 W (HDD Hibernation)
Temperature 5°C to 40°C (Operating)
-20°C to 60°C (Storage)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
Power Supply 60W AC power adapter, 100-240V
System Fan 92 x 92 x 25 mm

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what Synology's latest Plus-series NAS has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a look at the DS218+'s features and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Does Synology's new 2-bay NAS have what it takes? Keep reading as we find out.

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