Synology introduces the DiskStation DS418play

Synology has launched the DiskStation DS418play, a 4-bay NAS designed to server as a home multimedia center. It packs a dual-core 2GHz processor capable of “bursting” up to 2.5GHz. 

The DiskStation DS418play 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.


The processor of the 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, according to Michael Wang, product manager at Synology. Users' digital assets are protected by AES-256 encryption, which allows them to enjoy high-performance data transmission, he adds.

The DS418play runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1, the operating system for Synology NAS devices.