Synology Introduces DiskStation DS418play

BELLEVUE, Wash.—September 28, 2017—Synology® Inc. announced the official launch of DiskStation DS418play, a 4-bay NAS ideal for serving as a home multimedia center.

DS418play is equipped with a dual-core 2GHz processor capable of bursting up to 2.5GHz. It comes with 2GB DDR3L memory by default, which is twice the size of its predecessor, and expands up to 6GB to enhance multi-tasking operations. Powered by a new hardware transcoding engine, DS418play supports up to two channels of H.265/H.264 4K video transcoding.

“Mobile devices supporting 4K video recording are becoming increasingly popular. However, since 4K video clips are capacity-consuming and not all TVs at home support 4K video playback, users tend to record videos with lower resolution as an alternative,” said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. “With DS418play supporting up to 40TB of raw capacity, users can store their favorite videos in ultra-high definition, organize and share videos with families and friends effortlessly, and transcode videos on-the-fly to allow video playback on devices that do not support 4K.”

The processor of DS418play supports AES-NI hardware accelerated encryption. With Link Aggregation enabled, DS418play delivers excellent encrypted data throughput at over 226 MB/s reading and 185 MB/s writing. Users’ digital assets are protected by AES-256 encryption, which allows them to enjoy high-performance data transmission.

DS418play runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1, the advanced and intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices, with various applications offered to enhance work productivity. Synology has received numerous media accolades, topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget’s storage solution survey and winning PC Mag Readers’ Choice seven years in a row.

For more information on DS418play, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS418play

Synology® Unveils New XS/Plus/Value-Series Product Lineup: From Home to Business

Storage solutions designed to meet a multitude of needs

Taipei, Taiwan—September 2017—Synology® Inc. announced the official launch of new product lineup featuring:

  • XS-series DS3018xs: Synology’s first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and M.2 SATA SSD supports
  • Plus-series DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+: Greater performance and data resiliency for intensive workloads
  • Value-series DS418: Introduction of 4K online transcoding capability

To allow for ultra-high performance using SSD cache without occupying internal drive bays, DS3018xs features a PCIe slot, which can be installed with a dual M.2 SATA SSD adapter card (M2D17). DS918+ comes with dedicated dual M.2 NVMe slots at the bottom where you can directly install M.2 NVMe SSDs. DS418 features 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding.

XS-series:

DS3018xs, Synology’s first 6-bay tower NAS, is compact but powerful as it features the advanced processor Intel Pentium D1508 dual-core 2.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with AES-NI encryption engine, offering scalability of RAM up to 32 GB and of storage capacity up to 30 drives with two Synology DX1215. In addition to four Gigabit LAN ports, DS3018xs takes advantage of boosting maximum throughput with an optional 10GbE network interface card, delivering stunning performance at over 2,230 MB/s sequential reading and 265,000 sequential read IOPS.

Plus-series:

DS918+ and DS718+ are powered by Intel® Celeron® J3455 quad-core processor. DS218+ is powered by Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual core processor. All these models are equipped with AES-NI hardware encryption engine. Powered by transcoding engine, these Plus-series NAS servers support up to two channels of H.265/H.264 4K video transcoding. The RAM can be scaled up to 8 GB for DS918+, and up to 6 GB for the other two products, allowing you to operate more intensive tasks at once. DS918+ and DS718+ are equipped with two LAN ports, and their storage capacity can be scaled up to 9 and 7 drives respectively with Synology DX517.

“Responding to the demands from our customers, DS3018xs is built as a comprehensive business-ready desktop NAS. Running mission-critical applications or planning virtualization deployment with DS3018xs has never been easier.” said Vic Hsu, CEO of Synology Inc. “The new DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+ are optimized to be your digital video libraries, and will bring you excellent experiences with high definition live video transcoding anywhere you go.”

Value-series:

DS418 is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with hardware encryption engine, 2 GB RAM, and two LAN ports. Powered by the hardware transcoding engine, DS418 supports H.265 4K transcoding to serve as your media library. DS418 is ideal for offices and home users to manage, protect, and share the critical data efficiently.

DS3018xs, DS918+, DS718+, DS218+, and DS418 run with DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1, one of the most advanced and intuitive operating systems for network-attached storage devices which offers a wide range of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology has received numerous media accolades, such as topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget’s storage solution survey and PC Mag Readers’ Choice for seven years in a row.

Synology Router RT2600ac Review

Synology RT2600ac router is one of it’s latest router launched in 2017. it’s wifi speed is up to 2.53Gbps combined bandwidth. The RT2600ac is a powerful wireless router for homes and SME looking for a features like VPN, internet security and most importantly, file sharing capability. It supports the latest 802.11ac wave 2 standard which enables up to 800Mbps and 1733Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios respectively. If you are worried about redundancy issues, the RT2600ac has Dual WAN in load balancing mode or failover mode.

Hardware

It has a Dual core 1.7 Ghz CPU with 512MB of DDR Ram and for wifi antenna it’s using 4×4 MIMO Omni-directional high-gain dipole (2.4GHz / 5GHz). It also comes with 4 ports of RJ45 LAN with 1 WAN port or if you’re doing dual WAN mode, it’s 3 ports for LAN and 2 ports for WAN.

There’s 2 holes underneath the router to allow it to be mounted on the ceiling.

 

 

 

For storage expansion, there’s 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 and surprisingly Synology has included a SD card reader on a router.

 

There’s led indicators on the front of the router which is customizable.

 

There’s 2 useful buttons on the right side. The WPS button for connecting to the wireless network without sharing the password and the on/off button to off the wifi function without accessing the router management. and on the left side of the router there’s the eject button to safely remove the USB drive/SD card.

Software

Synology is well known for it’s NAS and it’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface. The interface for their router is similar and it’s called Synology Router Manager (SRM). Setting up the SRM is very easy. Just follow the quick installation guide and it’s ready to go. It has a wizard mode and just follow the simple instructions to set it up.

After setting it up for the first time this is the login page which is customizable in the settings.

I’m running on the latest SRM verion : SRM 1.1.4-6509 Update 3

On the top right corner you can see the current utilized speed of the router. the blue is upload and green is the download speed.

Earlier I mentioned that the led indicator can be schedule. You can find the settings on the Control Panel -> Device -> LED page.

Let’s check out the WIFI network configurations.

There’s this new feature called Smart Connect which will automatically choose the the best wifi signal depending on your distance to the router. This works seamlessly with your end devices. Don’t forget to create your own SSID and make sure to use WPA2 for better security.

If you always have guest coming to your home or office. There’s the guest network which can be customized to be valid from 1 hour to unlimited.

And if you’re really really concerned about network security you can choose to enable the MAC Filter . This only allows the specified MAC Address to connect to the network even if you have the WIFI password. This is MAC Filter works on the LAN cable too.

The Smart WAN is for load balancing and failover for the WAN network. If you have 2 separate WAN links you can utilized the LAN 1 to make it the Inactive or standby port.

One good feature is the QuickConnect function.

First of all register an account with synology and then enable quickconnect.

Using the quickconnect.to link to connect to your router anywhere without meddling with DDNS.

I was connecting to the quickconnect.to url to access the login page.

 

There are many more settings which I won’t go in-depth as it’s quite similar to any other routers.

Applications

Synology has their own app store which is called the Package Center.

There’s currently 8 applications that you can download. Installing the app is a breeze. Just click on Install and it will immediately start download the application and install on to your USB drive.

If you’re using the Cloud Station Server it will prompt you to format your hard drive EXT4 format which the router is able to do.

There is 3 method of using the Cloud Station, Download the software

Synology has also included a companion app called DS router. it’s available on both android and iOS devices. It is an easy way to managed your router from your mobile. I find the UX is good and UI is easy to understand.

 

 

 

 

 

Synology Introduces DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817

Powerful all-in-one NAS solution optimized for your growing needs

 

Taipei, Taiwan—June 12017—Synology® Inc. launched the new DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817, powerful and scalable 5 and 8 bay desktop NAS. DS1817 is the first Value series equipped with built-in 10GbE LAN ports and expandable RAM module, delivering future-proof, high-speed storage for professionals and growing small/medium-sized businesses.

DS1817 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz processor with RAM module expandable to 8GB. Thanks to the built-in 10GbE interfaces, DS1817 can achieve outstanding sequential throughput performance exceeding 1,577 MB/s reading and 739 MB/s writing when using RAID 5. The built-in 10GBASE-T ports and 1GBASE-T LAN ports pave the way for businesses to upgrade to a 10GbE environment, and provide the support of Link Aggregation and failover.

DS1517 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and four Gigabit LAN ports featuring failover and Link Aggregation. It delivers sequential throughput performance over 449 MB/s writing and 436 MB/s reading when using RAID 5.

“Growing small and medium-sized businesses expect a cost-effective storage solution that is versatile and expandable for their future demands, while minimizing the initial investment required,” said Katarina Shao, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “The DS1517 and DS1817 are engineered to fulfill such needs, and provides the high performance and flexible scalability to manage, protect, and share data at work.”

Both DS1517 and DS1817 can be scaled up to a raw capacity of 150 and 180TB respectively with two DX517 expansion units. DS1517 and DS1817 support Synology High Availability (SHA), providing redundancy in case of unexpected network failure or disasters, and ensuring seamless transition between clustered servers. Moreover, DS1817 provides storage solutions for virtualization environments with VMware®, Citrix®, and Microsoft Hyper-V® certificates.

DS1517 and DS1817 run with DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1, the powerful and intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices. Featuring a wide range of applications to bring better productivity at intensive work, DS1517 and DS1817 can serve as a centralized data backup destination. Synology has received numerous media accolades, such as topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget’s storage solution survey.

DS1517 and DS1817 are backed by a limited 3-year hardware warranty. An additional extended warranty option is available in select regions for up to five years of coverage.

Synology® Introduces FlashStation FS2017

Blazing fast all-flash NAS for intensive I/O applications, powered by Intel® technology

Taipei, Taiwan—April 2017—Synology® today launched FlashStation FS2017, a high-performance and scalable NAS designed for enterprise usage. Capable of handling over 90,000 IOPS in 4K random writing, FS2017 is perfect for big data analysis, video post-production, virtualization, and handling any demanding database application that requires high IOPS and low latency at the same time.

FS2017 is powered by an 8-core Intel® Xeon® D processor together with 16 Gigabytes of DDR4 ECC RDIMM that is expandable up to 128GB. The cutting-edge hardware delivers high performance and throughput even with multitasking and multiple virtual machines hosted. Four Gigabit ports allow simple plug-and-play into existing RJ45 based networks, ensuring continual network uptime. For higher bandwidth applications, the dual 10GBASE-T ports with the option of an additional 10GbE / 25GbE / 40GbE NIC can maximize throughput and meet data-intensive requirements.

“A common challenge for RAID on SSDs is how to prevent multiple drives from failing at the same time,” said Vic Hsu, CEO at Synology Inc. “RAID F1 is designed precisely to address this pain point. With a special algorithm for workload distribution among SSDs, RAID-F1 enhances the resilience of your flash storage pool to ensure data safety.”

“Businesses need reliable and easy-to-use storage solutions that give them immediate access to their most critical data,” said Ran Senderovitz, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Wireless Consumer and Commercial Infrastructure Group. “The Intel® Xeon®D processor family delivers exceptional efficiency, performance, and I/O options, offering a strong foundation for storage solutions.”

FS2017 runs on Synology’s award-winning NAS operating system DSM, with built-in Snapshot Replication which creates up to 65,000 backup copies to offsite servers, and a virtualization solution that incorporates VMware, Citrix, Hyper-V, and OpenStack integration. Together with Windows ACL, Windows® AD and LDAP integration support, FS2017 is an exceptionally capable NAS for any large-scale businesses.

Synology® Introduces DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+, and Expansion Unit DX517

High-performance NAS optimized for data intensive tasks

Synology<sup>®</sup> Introduces DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+, and Expansion Unit DX517

Taipei, Taiwan—April 13, 2017—Synology® Inc. launched DiskStation DS1517+ and DS1817+ together with the Expansion Unit DX517 today. The powerful and scalable 5-bay and 8-bay tower servers offer a high-performance, reliable, and versatile network-attached storage solution for tech enthusiasts and small/medium-sized businesses.

The exciting new feature in DS1517+ and DS1817+ is the inclusion of a PCIe slot, which allows users to install an optional 10GbE network interface card or Synology’s new M2D17 M.2 SATA SSD adapter. In addition, DS1517+ and DS1817+ both come in 2GB and 8GB memory configurations, which can be upgraded to 16GB thanks to the easily accessible memory compartment.

Installing an additional network interface card allows enthusiasts and businesses to take advantage of up to two 10GbE ports to boost maximum throughput. When combined with the Intel® Atom™ quad-core 2.4GHz processor and equipped with optional dual channel memory, DS1517+ and DS1817+ can deliver sequential throughput performance up to 1,179 MB/s reading and 542 MB/s writing speeds.

With the introduction of Synology’s new M2D17 PCIe adapter card, DS1517+ and DS1817+ can be equipped with dual M.2 SATA SSDs, allowing users to enhance performance and latency using SSD caching without occupying the front drive bays.

“DS1517+ and DS1817+ offer tech enthusiasts and small businesses more storage options that bring outstanding performance and flexibility for intensive storage tasks,” said Jason Fan, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “DS1517+ and DS1817+ are Synology’s first two NAS supporting M.2 SSD, designed to solve the performance bottleneck for heavy workload applications and significantly reduce the I/O latency.”

Both DS1517+ and DS1817+ support connecting up to two DX517 expansion units, allowing users to add up to 10 additional drive bays and scale up storage capacity on-the-fly. The RAID volume can be expanded without having to reformat the existing hard drives, ensuring seamless capacity expansion without downtime.

DS1517+ and DS1817+ are powered by DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1, the versatile and intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices. Featuring a wide range of applications for backup, network management, and productivity, DS1517+ and DS1817+ can serve an integral role in office IT infrastructure. Synology has received numerous media accolades, such as topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget’s storage solution survey.

DS1517+ and DS1817+ both carry 3-year limited warranties. An additional extended warranty option is available in selected regions for up to five years of coverage.

For more information on DS1517+, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS1517+
For more information on DS1817+, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS1817+
For more information on DX517, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DX517
For more information on M2D17, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/M2D17
For more information on extended warranty, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/extended_warranty

Availability

DS1517+, DS1817+, DX517 and M2D17 are available worldwide immediately.