Synol­ogy DS418­play

Eas­ily stream au­dio and video on your home net­work

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The DS418­play is the lat­est in a line of Synol­ogy net­work-at­tached stor­age (NAS) boxes that have been de­signed to stream au­dio and video to all of the de­vices on your home net­work.

The DS418­play is a four-bay NAS that can be con­fig­ured as a RAID ar­ray for speed or re­dun­dancy. Un­like other Synol­ogy NAS boxes, it transcodes video and au­dio on the fly, so you can store files on its stor­age drives (not in­cluded) and then stream them to an app, such as Synol­ogy’s own video player or the pop­u­lar VLC on your iPhone or iPad, even when iOS doesn’t sup­port the file for­mat.

The DS418­play has a faster pro­ces­sor and more mem­ory than its pre­de­ces­sors; it sup­ports up to 40TB of stor­age and can transcode two chan­nels of H.264/H.265 4K video si­mul­ta­ne­ously. It also sup­ports hard­ware en­cryp­tion for file trans­mis­sion. And it can be used as a des­ti­na­tion for Time Ma­chine back­ups, as well as be­ing a reg­u­lar file server. Apps avail­able for iPhone and iPad en­able you to stream au­dio and video and man­age files. With the apps switched on in Share sheets, you can share pho­tos and video to the NAS box, too. Sup­port for CCTV cam­eras and di­rect down­loads round out a com­pre­hen­sive set of fea­tures.

The DS418­play’s OS is easy to set up and con­fig­ure. We had no prob­lems in­stalling stor­age drives, start­ing it up, and get­ting our Mac to dis­cover the box on our net­work. We copied video shot on an iPhone to the NAS, and played it back on other de­vices on the net­work as well. We also up­loaded video and au­dio con­tent via the Fin­der on a Mac and then streamed it to our iOS de­vices.

The bot­tom line. If you want a high­ca­pac­ity stream­ing me­dia server that dou­bles as a NAS all-rounder, the DS418­play fits the bill per­fectly. Kenny Hem­phill

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