Product Comparison: Synology NVR1218 vs Synology DS218

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General Specifications
About the Product
Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 is an all-in-one, energy efficient private surveillance solution with HDMI output for PC-less management and live monitoring. Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 has the ability to display and record up to 12 IP cameras.
Synology DiskStation DS218 is a high-performance and versatile 2-bay NAS designed for small offices and home users to effectively manage, protect, and share data. Its 64-bit quad-core processor delivers highspeed data transmission.
Key Specs
Hard Drive Capacity
32 TB
32 TB
Number Of Slots
2 -bay
2 -bay
Storage Drive Type
2.5”, 3.5”
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Synology NVR1218 Network Attached Storage
  • The device itself is really nice, and easy to install the HDDs.
  • Great Synology product. You don't need to be a pro to set this professional system up. A lot of capacity.
  • I install 2 4TB HDDs drive and it works stably.
  • Very easy to set up. Works the first time. Can access from smart phone.
  • Perfectly copes with the tasks. Supports sufficient capacity of drive.
Synology DS218 2-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • I just love this NAS. It is very versatile and easy to use.
  • Easy to set up and use. Seems well made.
  • Great software, high performance hardware, pretty good capacity of storage.
  • Excellent NAS. Easy setup and configuration. Love the operating system.
  • The Synology DS218 is compact, looks good, was easy to set up as a network storage device, and runs quietly.
Size & Weight
6.5 in.
6.5 in.
3.15 in.
4.25 in.
8.88 in.
9.18 in.
1.98 lbs.
2.87 lbs.
Embedded NVR SoC
Realtek RTD1296
1 GB
2 GB
RAID Support
Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Point of Sales, Energy efficiency, Maximum 12 IP cameras, Expandable Storage, Rich Compatibility
Runs on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), Cross-platform file sharing, Energy efficiency
Included Software
Surveillance Station, Windows Access Control List, iOS/Android applications, Hyper Backup, Storage Analyzer, File Station
iSCSI, File Station, Download Station, Snapshot, Surveillance Station, Synology Drive, Synology Office, Windows Access Control List, Hyper Backup, Cloud Sync, iOS/Android applications
What customers say about "Features"
Synology NVR1218 Network Attached Storage
  • Awesome NVR. This is in use in a commercial property and was so straight forward to set up.
  • Detecting and recording the cameras works perfectly.
  • I had 4 cameras installed, and with these continually recording the CPU was running at 99% nearly all the time, which is insane for something that is meant to run 12 cameras!
  • It has a 1ghz processor in it, was too puny in my opinion.
  • The software was terrible for detection alerting.
Synology DS218 2-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • The options for use are varied and very flexible with lots of Apps available to install.
  • The DS218 has a fast processor and an ample amount of RAM.
  • The iPhone photo backup seems to work well.
  • This is a good product with a lot of features for the price. Initial setup was straightforward.
  • Amazing product very compatible for small business and home users. Great back up features and can access file from anywhere.
LAN Speed
1000 Mbps
1000 Mbps
Number of LAN
Number of USB
What customers say about "Interfaces"
Synology NVR1218 Network Attached Storage
  • The 2 ports on the rear of the unit may be useful however even with the USB 3.0 data transfer rates.
  • It has all the necessary connectors for comfortable use.
  • The location of the ports is perfect. It has all the necessary ports.
  • Very fast transfer rate. Excellent inputs / outputs. Great connectivity.
  • Low write read speed because of its single 1000M LAN port.
Synology DS218 2-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • The unit is extremely responsive and fast and data transfer speeds seem pretty high.
  • Easy to use, easy to connect to with a huge suite of synology apps.
  • This is a great storage station. Perfect for movies and personal videos/photos. Great connectivity options.
  • Excellent provision for backup. Runs cold and silent. Great speed of LAN port.
  • Very slow transfer speed through the USB port.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
2 year(s)
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