Compare: DS218+ vs DS218play
- Watch videos in 4K resolution (30 fps) with Plex and the Synology app.
- The Synology DS218+ supports 2.5 and 3.5-inch internal HDDs.
- The DS218+ doesn't play 4K videos with 60 frames per second.
- Watch 4K footage with 60 frames per second.
- The DS218play doesn't support Plex.
Main differences between DS218+ and DS218play
|Processor||2GHz Dual-Core||1.4GHz Quad-Core|
|USB ports||3 connectors||2 connectors|
|Video quality||4K 30 fps||4K 60 fps|
|Hardware encryption||AES-NI||Standard encryption|
- Processor: 2GHz Dual-Core processor
- RAM: 2GB RAM
- USB ports: 3 USB ports
- Drive sizes: 3.5 and 2.5 inches
- Plex support? Yes
- Maximum video quality: 4K resolution with 30 fps
- Hardware encryption: AES-NI
- Processor: 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor
- RAM: 1GB RAM
- USB ports: 2 USB ports
- Drive sizes: 3.5 inches
- Plex support? No
- Maximum video quality: 4K resolution with 60 fps (smooth)
- Hardware encryption: Basic encryption
Play videos in 4K with 30 fps with Plex and the Synology app
The Synology DS218+ streams and transcodes saved media to mobile devices and computers, similar to the 218play model. You also use the DS Video or Video Station app for this. Thanks to the Intel processor, the Synology DS218+ supports Plex so you can stream your entire media library to all of your devices.
Play videos in 4K with 60 fps with the Synology app
The Synology DS218play is specifically designed to stream and transcode video files from your NAS to your smart TV, media player, or smartphone. Use the Video Station or DS Video app to do this. Install these on your NAS and your smartphone or tablet, or on your television with Android TV, or your Apple TV. Stop worrying about file formats, because your NAS converts these live so you can play every video smoothly in 60 frames per second.
Make multiple encrypted backups of PCs and USB flash drives
The DS218+ is designed for and aimed towards small businesses or home offices. Thanks to the large RAM (2GB), you can make more and faster backups with the DS218+ in comparison to the 218play. The extra USB lock and the USB copy button allow you to duplicate files from a USB flash drive directly to your NAS. On top of that, the DS218+ encrypts your files with the powerful AES-NI hardware encryption. Use your apps with the Synology apps or QuickConnect when you're on the go.
Make some backups for holiday photos and personal files
The DS218play is an NAS that's suitable for streaming media at home. Of course, you can also use the DS218play as cloud storage and backup management. You can automatically schedule backups with the extensive Synology DSM software. Thanks to the Synology QuickConnect website, you can access all files on your DS218play when you're outdoors.
Both Synology NAS were designed for a different type of use. Do you want a simple media streamer that plays and transcodes all types of video files in 4K resolution with 60 frames per second? The Synology DS218play is suitable for you. Would you like to use Plex, or do you want your cloud storage to have multiple functions, such as simultaneous working together, advanced encryption, an USB copy function, and the ability to make backups fast? The more powerful DS218+ is suitable for your situation.
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