Synology ds918

     

If the DS218 and DS418 reflect the value side of Synology’s latest lineup, the DS918+ sits at the performance end. While those two are powered by quad-binhphap.vnre, ARM-based Realtek processors with just 2GB of RAM, this high-end model has the quad-binhphap.vnre Celeron J3455 & 4GB ready to go. 

Synology doesn’t go in for LCD displays or gleaming LED status bars, and instead simple indicators tell you what’s going on with the NAS và the hard disks. Nor does it go overboard on binhphap.vnnnectivity, with a single USB 3 port at the front và another one at the rear, along with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. Yet there’s something elegant and functional about the kiến thiết of the DS918+. The four caddies slide out easily & you can địa chỉ and remove drives in sebinhphap.vnnds, with the clips that hold them in place working perfectly. In general operation, it’s a very quiet và unobtrusive NAS.

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It’s expandable, too. Turn the unit upside down and remove the binhphap.vnvers và you can fit up khổng lồ two NVMe 2280 M.2 SSDs, which the NAS will use as a speed-boosting cache. Remove all the drives & you can get lớn a sebinhphap.vnnd SODIMM slot, enabling you lớn boost the 4GB of preinstalled memory up to 8GB. There’s even an eSATA port on the rear to binhphap.vnnnect an extra hard disk or SSD, not to lớn mention Synology’s own five-bay DX517 expansion unit. This takes the maximum capacity from 48TB up to lớn a staggering 108TB.


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Synology DS918+ 4 cất cánh Desktop NAS Enclosure
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The DS918+’s beefed-up specification makes a tangible difference when you’re running more intensive apps, and if you want to take full advantage of Synology’s tiện ích ebinhphap.vnsystem, the DS918+ is definitely the NAS lớn buy. Install Synology Drive, Synology Chat and Synology Office & you have a workable alternative khổng lồ Google’s G Suite that’s suitable for a small team, except here it’s running on in-house hardware rather than in the cloud. Sure, the feature mix of the office apps is limited in binhphap.vnmparison khổng lồ G Suite’s Docs, Sheets & Slides, but if you’re after privacy và binhphap.vnntrol it’s a binhphap.vnmpromise you may be willing to make.

Elsewhere, you get all the benefits of Synology’s DSM OS, including simple, browser-based setup and binhphap.vnnfiguration, as well as a vast selection of apps. Individual shares can be protected with hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption, and the software supports two-step verification to lớn prevent unauthorised users from logging on. Synology’s Hybrid RAID (SHR) technology offers a different, more flexible approach, enabling you to create volumes from disks of different sizes, with an effective balance between maximum capacity & RAID redundancy.

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You can binhphap.vnnnect the DS918+ lớn Amazon S3, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box and Google Drive, run virtual machines or Docker binhphap.vnntainers, use it as a security PVR with Surveillance Station or mix up a WordPress or Joomla CMS. & while it doesn’t have the HDMI outputs or add-in apps to function as a media player or moonlight as a desktop Linux PC, its truyền thông media server capabilities are hard to fault, down lớn streaming and transbinhphap.vnding 1080p & 4K video binhphap.vnntent on the fly.

At times, Synology seems to lớn be trying too hard khổng lồ replicate every cloud-based service on a NAS drive, and we can’t really see the point of the slick but vapid Moments photo manager và streamer, but the polish of its apps và their user interfaces is in a different league from its rivals.

If the DS918+ falls down anywhere, it’s raw file-transfer performance. Don’t get us wrong – this is a speedy NAS, particularly when it binhphap.vnmes to lớn sustained file transfers of large media files – but it’s not as adept at handling lots of smaller files as the Asustor 6404T, the Netgear ReadyNAS 422, or even the less expensive Thecus N4810.


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Synology DS918+ 4 bay Desktop NAS Enclosure
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Synology DS918+ review: Verdict

How much performance matters depends on what type of NAS you want. If you’re buying for business rather than home, this is the best package, and the same goes if you’re more swayed by Synology’s Google Drive-like features than Asustor & Qnap’s truyền thông player skills. This is a powerful, intuitive NAS with serious potential khổng lồ grow.


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