Indoor surveillance package - Synology DS218play with 8TB

Indoor surveillance package - Synology DS218play with 8TB

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Pros and cons

According to our NAS expert
  • Thanks to the Quad-Core processor, the NAS can handle multiple demanding tasks, such as streaming HD surveillance videos and making backups.
  • The NAS supports multiple RAID setups, allowing you to safely store your files.
  • The Foscam C1 has a viewing angle of 100 degrees, so you can monitor an entire room.
  • You can't rotate, tilt, or zoom the camera remotely.
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Product description

Protect your home from intruders with the indoor surveillance package - Synology DS218play with 8TB. With a Synology DS218play NAS, a Foscam C1 IP camera, and 2 Seagate IronWolf 4TB hard drives (8TB in total), you'll have all you need for 8 years of low-resolution 30fps footage. The DS218play is an entry level NAS with room for 2 hard drives and it comes with a quad core processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM. Thanks to this processor, you can even use the NAS while it's storing surveillance images. The Foscam C1 wirelessly sends the 30fps HD ready surveillance images to your NAS. With this IP camera, you can see what's happening in your house via your smartphone. You can place the IP camera at the front or back door for example, or point it at an area that you want to protect extra well.


Included by default

Foscam C1 Black

  • Manual (5.08 MB)
  • Power cable
  • Power adapter

Seagate IronWolf ST4000VN008 4TB

  • Manual
  • 3 years of Seagate Rescue Services

Synology DS218play

  • Manual
  • Accessory pack
  • Power cord
  • Network cable

Tips for using this product

Read our tips and find out all about how to set up your product and use it the right way.


Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    great device, good value for money

    Paul Van Tiggelen | 3 April 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • nice and quiet
    • plug and play
    • price
    • haven't been able to discover yet

    After years of separate hard drives to back up my files, I now bought my first NAS, along with 2 x the WD Red WD20EFRX 2 TB hard drive. I had 3 goals:
    - backup of all my home videos (0.7 TB)
    - play my home videos and DVDs on TV (I don't have a DVD player anymore)
    - own extra storage space for me and my family, especially photos they want to backup from their phone.

    Installation was easy and the device is now purring (silently) in the meter cupboard). I am very satisfied with it, although I cannot compare it with other brands or types. With the Apps I can access the NAS from my phone and that works very well. Finally, I can download the Start-to-run MPs from the NAS to the iPhone without further ado.

    I first have to transfer DVDs in Mp4 format (with Handbrake) and that was disappointing. The fact that the NAS cannot handle the DVD files is not due to the NAS, but to the outdated DVD-video format, I have been told.

    Creating different accounts and allocating rights will be quite an exploration, but the software doesn't seem complicated to me.

    Paul Van Tiggelen | 3 April 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Great product!

    Marietje | 10 May 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch

    I haven't found a flaw yet, I love it. It can now function as a backup so that my family and I can safely store our files. I've had to make the choice, but I'm glad I persevered. Also happy CoolBlue Den Haag I received excellent help in purchasing the product. I opted for 2 x 4TB drives from Seagate. RAID 1 gives me 2TB for storage. I think I can go ahead with that. Installation went well, very easy. What is striking is that Synology would like to contact your NAS online, I have unchecked all those check boxes.

    Marietje | 10 May 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,0/10
    don't hesitate about other brands, Synology rocks!

    Mark uit Utrecht | 8 January 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Super clear instructions for installation
    • enough apps for valuable functionalities
    • Good knowledge base and forums to solve problems
    • wonderfully fast processor
    • Resonates in the meter box, must use foam rubber

    Installed quickly, many relevant options, clear overview of status, good Help function, available on Youtube for help videos. All this is really a must for such a (for consumers) complex product.

    Mark uit Utrecht | 8 January 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Good NAS for home use with plenty of options
    • Speed
    • Ease of use
    • Ease of installation
    • Stream 4K Movies
    • Fan makes a slight rattle

    Product is good. If I stream 4K movies from my NAS, it goes very fast. The speed to access your NAS outside your own network is also not that bad. The only drawback is that the fan gives a slight rattle. You can hear him in a quiet room.

    Leon | 10 April 2020 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 3.5 / 5 stars
    6,8/10
    Nice compatible file server with extras
    • Low noise, also adjustable fan
    • data traffic smooth enough
    • nice small and light
    • software not always useful

    The installation I found difficult, the detour via synology.com was not clear to me. I hate websites that will find devices on my internal network. Handy, but where is the leak? I still don't feel like I have security in place because I don't know what Synology is up to with the software.
    Some applications I find not useful, some are very old. The 2 most used apps are the file manager and control panel.
    I do not use the Synology applications for streaming sound and video.
    Sound goes through my Bluesound app on my iPhone where I can also register network shares, the folder layout of the NAS (album, genre, artist, etc.) neatly takes over this app, great! Thanks to DLNA compatibility, I watch videos of my own DVDs ripped with handbrake using the app of the TV itself. He can't do Plex, but I don't miss that either (?) The NAS was there without me having to set anything up with the DLNA devices.
    I use it in RAID1 config. It is in the meter cupboard near the modem, connected with an Ethernet cable. You can adjust the cooling, I set it a bit higher than the default silent setting and then you still barely hear it. The temperature of the HD, which can be read via an application, will indeed drop.

    Erik | 30 August 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    Fast NAS with extensive capabilities
    • Compact, fast NAS
    • Extensive possibilities, many software packages available
    • Requires some (self) study to use all possibilities
    • When setting up for multiple users, some knowledge is required (access rights)

    Hardware
    A compact and fast NAS. The internal RAM is not expandable (1GB). If internal RAM expansion is a wish in the future, the DS218+ is a more suitable model (it has 2GB as standard and can be expanded to 6GB through 4GB).

    A maximum of 2 times 12TB can be used (so without RAID (without data protection) you have 24 TB of space.......that's a lot of (media) files. I recommend that you always choose the option of data protection when installing so that if 1 of the disks in the NAS breaks, you can always continue working, have the data automatically restored by placing a new hard disk of the same size (or larger) in it (the software takes care of that). 12TB (24 TB) you then have 12TB at your disposal in the case of data protection.

    Under load (i.e. intensive use of the NAS) you only occasionally hear the disks, the NAS/fan of the NAS is not audible (certainly a plus, you don't want a vacuum cleaner in your living room or bedroom).
    Under prolonged load (i.e. intensive use of the NAS), the temperature of the NAS remains well within limits (so the plastic cabinet of the NAS simply remains "cool").

    Software
    A lot is possible with Synology's software / packages. Therein lies both the power and a possible danger ...... it does take some time to discover and master all possibilities.

    But once read in and with some testing, a lot is possible with the Synology software.

    Erik V | 16 July 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Well-performing and reliable NAS for a decent price.
    • USB connections for external (backup) write now on the back of the device
    • Quiet
    • Regular free software updates
    • External power supply not useful

    After years of loyal service from my old synology NAS, I bought another Synology. Installing is a breeze with the user-friendly Disk Station Manager (DSM) software. This software is also regularly provided with updates! I can move forward again!

    Martin | 23 November 2017 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    super device
    • Compact Design
    • Ready in half an hour
    • Fast
    • Works perfectly via Digibox from Telenet or Smart TV
    • Still some setting that are not easy for a layman

    A fast NAS server that is operational in no time.
    This is sufficient for normal home use.

    Luc Van der Donckt | 17 November 2017 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    9,2/10
    Good device
    • Pretty easy to set up even for a layman
    • Lots of options and possibilities

    My first nas and I had it set up the way I wanted within half an hour

    Patrick van Mastrigt | 7 January 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    9,2/10
    good device
    • works well
    • sound is not too bad
    • some searching for some settings

    works well, some settings requires some searching

    Johan | 5 January 2018 | In the version: NAS with no hard drives | Automatically translated from Dutch

Specifications

Product

Product number
597497
Manufacturer code
C1-B
Brand
Foscam
Warranty
2 years
Warranty type
Carry-in warranty
Old product returned for free
Yes

Image properties

Video resolution width
1280 pixels
Video resolution height
720 pixels
Type of image definition support
HD ready (720p)
Image quality according to customers
Standard
Pan
No
Tilt
No
ePTZ
No
Zoom (IPcam)
No
Digital zoom
0
Vertical viewing angle
115 °
Horizontal viewing angle
100 °
Fisheye
No
Frames per second
23 fps
Lens diameter
12 mm

Camera options

Number of cameras
1
IP camera type
HD camera, Indoor camera, Night camera, WiFi camera
Usage location
Indoor
Alarm system needed for use
No
Subscription needed for full use
No
Motion detection sensor
Yes
Infrared lighting
Yes
Infrared light range
8 m
Infrared motion sensor
Yes
Suitable for placement behind glass
No
Dynamic DNS client
Yes
Talkback function
Yes
Integrated microphone
Yes
Review happening
No
Number of seconds to review happening
0 s
Streaming
Yes

Other properties

Battery (power source)
No
Storage options
Cloud, NAS, SD card
SD card slot
Yes
Type of SD card
microSD
Number of days you can view for free
0 d
Installation ease according to customers
Simple
Integrated WiFi
Yes
PoE support
No
UPnP AV support
Yes
ONVIF certified
Yes
PSIA certified
No
Compatible with operating system
Android, iOS

Physical properties

Width
7 cm
Depth
7 cm
Height
12 cm
Color
Black
Weight
134 g
Mounting possible
No
Water-resistant
No

Smart Home options

Controlled via app
Yes
Controlled via Android app
Yes
Controlled via Apple app
Yes
Controlled via Windows app
Yes
Compatible with smartphone / apps
Yes
Smart home platform
Homey

Introduction year and updates

Guaranteed support with updates
24 months after release date
Year introduced
2015
Introduction month
January

Product

Product number
750006
Manufacturer code
ST4000VN008
Brand
Seagate
Warranty
3 years
Warranty type
Carry-in warranty
Old product returned for free
Yes

Memory properties

Total storage capacity
4 TB
Hard drive type
3.5 inches
Cache memory
64 MB
Compatible with product type
NAS
HDD's RPM
5900 rpm
Speed class
Basic

Physical properties

Width
10,2 cm
Height
2,6 cm
Depth
14,7 cm
SATA connector type
S-ATA (III)

Product

Product number
797869
Manufacturer code
DS218play
Brand
Synology
Warranty
2 years
Warranty type
Carry-in warranty
Old product returned for free
Yes

Memory properties

Number of hard drive bays
2
Internal RAM
1 GB
Total number of RAM slots
1
Integrated hard drive
No
Suitable for hard drive size
2,5 inch HDD, 2,5 inch SSD, 3.5-inch HDD
Cache memory
0 MB
SATA connector type
S-ATA (III)
RAID
JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, Synology Hybrid RAID

Functions

NAS functions
Backup server, Download server, FTP server, Media server, Photo server, Surveillance station, VPN server, Web server
NAS application center
Yes
DLNA
Yes
UPnP AV support
No
FTP server
Yes
On/off switch
Yes
Kensington lock
Yes
Apple Time Machine support
Yes
Chromecast support
Yes
Maximum number of simultaneous users
Less than 10
Number of IP camera licenses included
2
Plex support
Yes
Plex support type
HD Ready (720p)
Automatic switch on/off
No
Suitable for IFTTT
No
Recommended for use
Making a backup, Save photos and videos

Awards

Best tested
Yes

Connectors and connections

LACP Link aggregation
No
iSCSI support
Yes
Thunderbolt connector
No
Number of female standard USB-A ports
2
Female standard USB-A port version
3.0
Connection type
Wired
Ethernet speed
Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps)
Number of ethernet ports
1

Processor properties

Processor
RealTek
Processor brand
RealTek
Processor family
RealTek
Processor code name
RealTek
Processor cores
Quad-Core (4)
Clock speed
1,4 GHz
Turbo speed
1,4 GHz

Physical properties

Depth
22,25 cm
Width
10 cm
Height
16,5 cm
Type NAS
Upright
Color
Black
Weight
870 g



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