[Review] Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless) – Amazon via Box1

In this article I talk about a Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), acquired on US Amazon, and redirected to Brazil through the Box1.

The Diskstation DS918 + is a NAS with 4 GB memory DDR3L-1866, Expandable up to 8 GB officially, and with reports of up to 16 GB for many users. Are 4 bays for hard drives, Expandable up to 9 stalls with use of expansion module Synology DX517. It also has two slots m. NVMe 2 for installation of SSDs to be used as system cache.

It has quad-core processor. Two 1 GB LAN ports with support for failover and Link Aggregation. Provides encrypted over sequential flow 225 MB/s read and 221 MB/s writing. Transcodes to two videos h. 265/h. 264 4 k in real time.

A Box1 is a service similar to the Shipito, I I've used 18 times. But this was the first and last time I used the Box1. Not recommend the service that is full of hidden fees and does not meet all the promises, as I explained in another article.

Motivation

There 4 years ago I bought my first Synology NAS, the Diskstation DS214play. It served me well for several years. And still serves, because I haven't retired, just installed it in another room to stay only with backup tasks “off-site”.

The fact is that my DS214play I was a little overwhelmed, being used as backup, synchronizing files with the Syncthing, It's a bit heavy, and still serving photo files, audio and video on the net. Sometimes he took to list files to the Minix NEO U1, even if I could keep the flow with playback of. With the new Minix NEO U9-H, He also went on to eventually choke while playing heavier videos (4K HDR) that require higher bandwidth.

For over a year I had already put the Diskstation DS916 + (the model of 2016) in my wish list. It took me so long to buy that he was eventually replaced by the template 2018, the Diskstation DS918 +, that was what got.

The Diskstation DS918 + There's more gas to take care of serving my photo files, audios and videos, and still take care of backups and also runs the Syncthing, so I have my documents always synchronized in any micro that I use.

Purchase

The purchase was made in US Amazon, that accepts payment through international credit cards issued in Brazil without complications, In addition to indirectly allow the use of multiple cards, buying gift cards in the store, which allowed me to use my card of Payoneer, with dollar balance, to pay the bulk of the value of the product.

I even tried to buy in NewEgg that was with a better price at the time, but they are much more complicated. Accept credit card issued in Brazil to purchases sent directly to Brazil, but do not accept the purchase of gift cards or purchases to be delivered in the U.S..

Were 7 days of transit Amazon in California until the Box1 in Florida. Then were 21 days of transit between the Box1 and my residence. The package was taxed in exactly 60% do stated value, as I expected. Did the payment of tax by the Postal system, via credit card. It was the first time I had a package taxed since the implementation of the new system. At least this improved in this damn State: It is no longer necessary to go remove the package at the Agency and pay cash.

Unboxing and Setup

The Box1 swapped the box of Amazon for a generic, What I can't believe make a difference. Inside it was the Diskstation DS918 + and one more piece of styrofoam flakes.

Box1 package with the Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless).

Box1 package with the Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless).

The box Diskstation DS918 + is brown cardboard single, without many frills. It's no masterpiece. Probably is used for various models, because only two stamps indicate that this is the Diskstation DS918 + and bring some of its caractéricas.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless), on its packaging.

Check out the video of the unboxing:

Within the Diskstation DS918 + You can view the two RAM slots DDR3L SO-DIMM. One of them comes with a module of Synology, DDR3L 1866 4GB CL13 1.35 V. The model is D3NS1866L-4 g. The other slot comes empty.

Memory slots on Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless).

Memory slots on Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless).

Officially the Diskstation DS918 + supports up to 8 GB of RAM, with two 4 GB modules, but many users have reported that they are using 16 GB without problems, with two modules of 8 GB. Although the manufacturer indicate the memory of your own brand, many have success with modules from other brands.

For now I don't understand the need to add more RAM. The 4 GB being enough for my tasks. But eventually I intend to add a module of 8 GB to ensure the longevity of the equipment, before DDR3L memory SO-DIMM stay rare and start climbing in price. Currently a DDR3L module 1866 MHz of Crucial is leaving for $ 97,88 on AliExpress, including the AliExpress shipping Standard Shipping (ePacket).

On the back of the Diskstation DS918 + We have two fans, two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, an eSATA port, a USB port 3.0, a door to the expansion module and port for Kensington locks.

At the bottom we have two slots m. NVMe 2 for installation of SSDs to be used as system cache. Also didn't notice need them with my usage, but it's good to know that the slots are there to ensure equipment longevity and future uses.

The four bays of the Diskstation DS918 + installed 3 HDDs. I've talked to two of them here in Skooter Blog, check:

The third HDD is a Seagate, model ST2000DM001 2 GB. Two years ago he was on my PC and started giving alerts in Crystaldiskinfo. Replaces it with a HD Western Digital WD Green 3.0TB WD30EZRX, which I have already spoken here in Skooter Blog, before you end up losing data. The Seagate HDD was to a external case where I intended it to less important file backups, where I thought he would end his days of life. But surprisingly he's still alive after two years, so I decided to put it in Diskstation DS918 +, at least temporarily.

HDD ready to be installed on Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +.

HDD ready to be installed on Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +.

The installation/uninstallation of HDDs is quiet and does not require any tool, and can even be made with the equipment in operation. Add memory and SSDs in slots M. NVMe 2 also requires no tools.

The 3 Total HDDs 10 TB (9 TB in the count of operating systems) in an arrangement SHR (Synology Hybrid RAID), where I was with 5,45 TB usable. The SHR allows RAID with HDDs of different sizes, maximizing the available space, without giving up performance and redundancy. Redundancy ensures that there will be no data loss in the event of dying HDDs, unless this occurs with two of them at the same time, What is less likely.

At the time I write this article have 3,55 TB used and 1,88 TB free. For now I'll add more HDDs, but when the free space becomes small I would add another 4 TB HDD or even 6 TB or 8 TB, If they're cheaper over there.

Na frente do Diskstation DS918 + We have 5 Green/Orange LEDs. The first indicates the STATUS of the equipment and the other indicates the activity of each of the 4 disks, respectively. The POWER button also has a blue LED that is lit indicating the operation of the equipment, and flashing when it is in boot or shutdown process. Por fim, There's a USB port 3.0, I use to connect the UPS, from which the DS918 + You can get all the health status.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +, up and running.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +, up and running.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +, up and running.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +, up and running.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +, along with the other network equipment.

Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 +, along with the other network equipment.

In relation to the DS214play, the Diskstation DS918 + I don't have the card reader and has a USB port unless, but it's not anything that is needed. The card reader I have never used the DS214play.

Installation and testing

The installation of the Diskstation DS918 + It was very quiet. He has a wizard that facilitates the service and it has been the installation of DiskStation Manager (DSM).

Installing the DSM on the DiskStation DS918 +.

Installing the DSM on the DiskStation DS918 +.

Installing the DSM on the DiskStation DS918 +.

Installing the DSM on the DiskStation DS918 +.

My switch TP-Link TL-SG1016DE supports port aggregation, so did his configuration (Port Trunk) adding doors 6 and 8, where I connected the two Gigabit Ethernet interface DS918 +. On DS918 + set the mode “Balance XOR”, that is what should be used for static link aggregation, that is offered by the switch. So my DS918 + has a flow rate of 2 Gbps for LAN, so that the network should not be a bottleneck in any occasion, even if multiple equipment are requesting files at the same time.

Switch configuration TP-Link TL-SG1016DE to add doors.

Switch configuration TP-Link TL-SG1016DE to add doors.

DS918 + configured for aggregation of LAN ports.

DS918 + configured for aggregation of LAN ports.

DS918 + configured for aggregation of LAN ports.

DS918 + configured for aggregation of LAN ports.

With 3 discs installed, configured the DS918 + to ignore the current count of bad sectors on the disk from Seagate, and let me know if this count increase. So far, two months later, She holds steady, so I think the record will last a long time.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

Information about the HDDs in the DS918 +.

At the moment I've been using the DS918 + as photo Server, music and videos for all my TVs and other equipment. He can quietly, without gagging at the time of listing and upload files.

Also use it for backup and synchronization. The DS918 + supports sectors through de-duplication Cloud Station Backup and Synology Drive, using the Btrfs file system, so that it can store multiple versions of a same file using only the additional space required to store the differences between them. Unfortunately the deduplication is restricted to these applications and cannot be applied to the whole file system.

Tracing

These are the tracking information package, obtained in the USPS Web site:

May 23, 2018, 4:12 pm
Delivered
BRAZIL
Your item was delivered in BRAZIL at 4:12 pm on May 23, 2018.


May 17, 2018, 4:28 pm
Customs Clearance Processing Complete
BRAZIL


May 17, 2018, 4:28 pm
Processed through Facility
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL


May 10, 2018, 7:12 at the
Customs Clearance
BRAZIL


May 10, 2018, 7:12 at the
Held in Customs
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL


May 10, 2018, 7:11 at the
Processed Through Facility
BRAZIL


May 5, 2018, 12:10 at the
Departed
MIAMI, UNITED STATES


May 4, 2018, 8:34 pm
Arrived
MIAMI, UNITED STATES


May 4, 2018, 6:40 at the
Processed Through Regional Facility
MIAMI FL INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER


May 4, 2018, 6:40 at the
Arrived at Regional Facility
MIAMI FL INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER


May 3, 2018, 8:21 pm
Shipment Received, Package Acceptance Pending
MIAMI, FL 33152


May 3, 2018, 4:21 pm
Departed Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item
MIAMI, FL 33126


May 3, 2018, 1:30 pm
Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item
MIAMI, FL 33126


May 2, 2018, 12:11 pm
Picked Up by Shipping Partner, USPS Awaiting Item

And these are the trace information obtained on the site of the station:

23/05/2018
16:11
Delivered to the addressee object
23/05/2018
11:13
Object out for delivery to the recipient
22/05/2018
09:19
INDAIATUBA / SP
Object forwarded
Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP for distribution in Unit REMOVED / SP
17/05/2018
16:30
RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ
Object forwarded
Distribution Unit in RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ for Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP
17/05/2018
16:28
Customs supervision terminated
Visit My environment Imports
16/05/2018
11:20
Customs supervision terminated
Visit My environment Imports
15/05/2018
09:20
RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ
Object forwarded
Integrated logistics unit in RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ to administrative unit in Customs Supervision / BR
Visit My environment Imports
11/05/2018
11:53
RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ
Object forwarded
Integrated logistics unit in RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ to administrative unit in Customs Supervision / BR
Visit My environment Imports
10/05/2018
07:11
Object received by the post Office of Brazil
Visit My environment Imports

Table-Summary

This is the table-summary of purchase:

Product Name: Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless)
Name Original: Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless)
Store: Amazon
Value: US$ 539,00
Current value: US$ 549,99
Payment Method: Credit Card Visa International + Credit card, Payoneer
Shipping Type:
  • FREE Super Saver Shipping (Amazon)
  • USPS Priority Mail International (Box1)
Shipping Fee:
  • Free (Amazon -> Box1)
  • US$ 82,30 (Box1-> Brazil) [US$ 103,00 with the hidden fees]
Package Home Country: USA
Purchase Data: 17/04/2018 (Amazon)
Submission Date:
  • 20/04/2018 (Amazon -> Shipito)
  • 02/05/2018 (Box1-> Brazil)
Data Delivery:
  • 27/04/2018 (Amazon -> Box1)
  • 23/05/2018 (Box1-> Brazil)
Time in Transit:
  • 7 days (Amazon ->Box1)
  • 21 days (Box1-> Brazil)
Declared content: Used Hard Drive [invention of Box1, not what I ordered]
Type Marked Content: Gift
Declared Value: -
Taxed: Yes
Taxable Value: -
Tax Value: -

Final Considerations

In these two months of use I am very satisfied with the Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless). He can quietly of my backup tasks and serve files, even with sync. Also breaks a branch if I need to access something remotely on it. And he has a lot more potential than that, because many people use this equipment with virtual machines for the most diverse tasks. There are a lot of official and third-party packages to support the most diverse tasks, without difficulty in installation and configuration.

I am also very pleased to know that I have plenty of upgrade alternatives, with a bullet for HDDs still available, with two slots for SSD cache case, and with more RAM slot if you need more memory.

And I'm ending here with a positive assessment to the Synology 4 Bay on the DiskStation DS918 + (Diskless). Do not forget to share the article with your friends if you like. Good fun and good shopping. :)

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Lucas S
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Excellent review as always. Thank you.

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Caramba, that could have given you a big problem…
“Used Hard Drive”

I've seen some people commenting on forums and Facebook groups that lost the package (return to sender and soon after that, never came back) for product import “second hand”.

Seeing that your import, Sometimes I get thinking about importing a UPS 100% Sinusoidal (Pure Sine Wave) without batteries, with statement of “Chassis” and with a value of ITX. Will spend?

The purpose, you have used the ShopFans? I have used them and shipping them ePacket (USPS Priority) It has come pretty fast and it's cheap. The only thing I saw that is expensive to do with them is to separate a package. So for example, buy on Amazon several things to take advantage of the freight and ask them to divide into multiple packages, There's not much point. For each separation request, I think they charge 5 ~ $10 per item, is pretty steep.

The purpose, I follow your blog for many years, congratulations for the content!