Synology DS216play

Synology DS216play


Multimedia-optimized, high-value NAS server
DS216play is a 2-bay NAS featuring 4K Ultra HD video transcoding and powerful processing capabilities, letting you enjoy high definition media contents, as well as keeping all the other aspects of a fully-fledged NAS uncompromised.*

Store and automagically backup all your data on a regular basis. Use the integrated chat system with app support for iOS and Android. Work as a team with Office and Word solutions that come with every disk station. Manage all your music, photos and videos. Everything is possible with the award winning NAS systems from Synology.

*Hard disks are not included.

Hardware Specifications

CPU ModelSTM STiH412

CPU Architecture32-bit

CPU FrequencyDual Core 1.5 GHz

Hardware Transcoding EngineH.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30


System Memory1 GB DDR3


Drive Bays2

Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)

  • 3.5" SATA HDD
  • 2.5" SATA HDD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder)
  • 2.5" SATA SSD (with optional 2.5" Disk Holder)

Maximum Internal Raw Capacity20 TB (10 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)

Maximum Single Volume Size16 TB


  • "Compatible drive type" indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
  • The maximum raw capacity is not limited by the maximum single volume size. Synology NAS models may utilize capacities over the maximum single volume size as long as each volume created is below the limit. (Learn more)

External Ports

RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port1

USB 2.0 Port1

USB 3.0 Port1

File System

Internal DrivesEXT4

External Drives

  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+*
  • exFAT*


  • HFS+ is read only, max 2TB volume size.
  • exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.


Size (Height x Width x Depth)165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm 

Weight0.88 kg 


System Fan92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs

Fan Speed Mode

  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode

Wireless Support (dongle)

Power Recovery

Noise Level*18.5 dB(A) 

Scheduled Power On/Off

Wake on LAN/WAN

Power Supply Unit / Adapter60W 

AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC

Power Frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase

Power Consumption*15.08 W (Access) 
6.83 W (HDD Hibernation) 

British Thermal Unit51.49 BTU/hr (Access) 
23.32 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation) 

Environment Temperature

Operating Temperature5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)

Storage Temperature-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)

Relative Humidity5% to 95% RH


  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B

Warranty2 Years


  • Power consumption is measured when fully loaded with Western Digital 1TB WD10EFRX hard drive(s).
  • Support for Wake on WAN needs switch and routers which recognize Magic Packet.
  • Noise Level Testing Environment: Fully loaded with Seagate 1TB ST31000520AS hard drive(s) in idle; Two G.R.A.S. Type 40AE microphones, each set up at 1 meter away from the Synology NAS front and rear; Background noise: 16.49-17.51 dB(A); Temperature: 24.25-25.75˚C; Humidity: 58.2-61.8%

DSM Specifications ( See more )

Storage Management

Maximum Internal Volume Number256

Maximum iSCSI Target Number10

Maximum iSCSI LUN10

Supported RAID Type

  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1

RAID MigrationBasic to RAID 1

Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs

  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1

Volume Expansion by Adding a HDDSynology Hybrid RAID

File Sharing Capacity

Maximum Local User Accounts2048

Maximum Local Groups256

Maximum Shared Folder256

Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks4

Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections256

Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration

NFS Kerberos Authentication

Log Center

Syslog Events per Second400

Add-on Packages (learn more about the complete add-on package list)


Maximum Users100


  • The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.

Cloud Station Server

Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices256

Maximum Number of Synced Files (ext4)100,000 / single file reaction time 1038 ms


  • The maximum number of concurrently connected devices refers to the maximum number of devices that can remain connected at the same time. For more information on file processing capability, please refer to the reaction time for file processing.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 1KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS. RAM expansion was not used during testing.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.

Download Station

Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks50

exFAT Access (optional)

Media Server

DLNA Certification


Maximum Users100

Maximum Simultaneous Editing Users30


  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM

Surveillance Station

Maximum IP cam (Licenses required)15 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)

Total FPS (H.264)*450 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
180 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
110 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
80 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)

Total FPS (MJPEG)*210 FPS @ 720p (1280x720) 
70 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080) 
50 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536) 
30 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)

NotesSurveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.

Video Station

Video Transcoding4K Group 2 (See more)

Maximum Transcoding Channel Number1 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (3840 x 2160), H.265 (HEVC) or 1 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-4 Part 2 (XVID, DIVX5)/MPEG-2/VC-1

VPN Server

Maximum Connections15

Environment & Packaging

EnvironmentRoHS Compliant

Packaging Content

  • Main Unit X 1
  • Welcome Note X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1

Optional Accessories

  • Surveillance Device License Pack
  • Disk Holder: Type C
  • VS360HD
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