DiskStation DS214play

Embrace the ultimate media center

Optimized for multimedia processing, DS214play is a 2-bay NAS aiming to fulfill the increasing need for high-quality photo, music, and video streaming, while keeping all other aspects of the NAS uncompromised.


1080p Full HD video transcoding

Powered by a hardware accelerated transcoding engine, DS214play features 1080p Full HD video transcoding on the fly. With 1080p lossless transcoding, you can enjoy a non-degraded version of the original movie even when the format is not supported by your player. Learn more

Dual core CPU with floating-point unit enhances media processing

DS214play is equipped with a built-in floating-point unit which not only enhances the overall capability of the main CPU but is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail creation when uploading large amounts of photos or videos. Coming with a dual core CPU and 1GB RAM, DS214play delivers an average 107.2 MB/sec reading and 108.04 MB/sec writing speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment.

Support for versatile storage interfaces

DS214play comes with comprehensive external storage integration, providing two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA interfaces in the back, as well as one SD card and one USB 2.0 interface in the front panel, along with the Copy button that enables one-click data replication from your SD/USB device to DS214play.

DLNA Certified® media server

As a DLNA Certified® DMS (Digital Media Server), DS214play can serve as your primary media server, with the capability to host digital multimedia content for local or remote playback. Once connected to a router, DS214play streams music, photos, and videos to DLNA-compliant devices, such as DLNA TVs or gaming consoles without any pre-configuration. You can even browse and select content on DS214play using DS audio and designate a DLNA player within the same local network to play it.

Easy hard drive installation

Designed with both safety and convenience in mind, DS214play contains tool-less hard drive trays, allowing you to install 3.5" hard drives without a screw driver. Meanwhile, DS214play supports hot-swappable hard drive trays for instant and risk-free hard drive replacement.

Award winning OS - DiskStation Manager

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a sleek, browser-based operating system running on every DiskStation and RackStation, which makes managing your Synology NAS a breeze. Featuring an intuitive user interface, DSM makes accessing and sharing your data smarter and simpler. Synology's Package Center lets you download and install useful add-on packages designed specifically for individual or business needs, meaning you can enjoy more entertainment in your life or better productivity at work. Learn more

Connect your data quickly and easily

Synology aims to provide you the most convenient way to enjoy all services on DS214play. With Synology QuickConnect, you don't have to deal with difficult DDNS setup. QuickConnect frees you from complicated router configuration and port-forwarding, so your entertainment and work files can be accessed on any computer, laptop, or mobile devices instantly without extra charge. Learn more

5 great reasons you will love Synology QuickConnectQuickConnectDDNS
Customizable IDVV
Skip network configuration VX
Eliminate port forwardingVX
Open to all usersVX
Works without public IP addressVX

Ultimate file center

File Station is a fast and secure feature for sharing and managing your files stored on DS214play. Just drag-n-drop and upload data from Mac or PC. Advanced filters make it easy to search for documents, photos, or videos. With built-in FTP or email clients, DS214play lets you organize and share files through an advanced web application effortlessly. You can even share files and folders with others by simply sending a link. Files can be reached on mobile devices via the companion mobile app DS file. HTTPS, SSL/TLS encryption, and link expiry dates also ensure file sharing over the Internet is highly secure. Learn more

Effective backup solution

Synology DS214play can serve as a centralized backup target. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, you can back up everything on your computer directly to Synology NAS using Cloud Station. Whenever you modify a file, the changes are backed up to DS214play automatically. Mac users also enjoy native Apple® Time Machine support. You can also back up data from your DS214play to another DiskStation, rsync servers, external drives, or even Amazon® S3, Glacier cloud service, Microsoft Azure, SFR, and hicloud. "Backup & Replication" allows you to schedule backup tasks and restore the server to any particular point in time, while minimizing storage consumption and processing time by saving only the specific data block that has been changed between versions. Learn more

Your files anywhere with cloud service

DS214play brings you comprehensive cloud service. Cloud Station lets you sync files among DiskStations and multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as Windows mobile devices, whereas 2-way sync allows file synchronization among different DiskStations. You can even sync your DiskStation with Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, hubiC, and Baidu Cloud — establish your hybrid cloud to enjoy more storage flexibility and prevent data loss. Learn more

The most compatible sharing

Enjoy seamless files sharing across Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms as DS214play offers comprehensive network protocol support including FTP, SMB2, AFP, NFS and WebDAV. With Windows AD and LDAP integration, DS214play can fit effortlessly into any existing network environment - there is no need for IT administrators to maintain two sets of credentials. You also won't worry about missing files with the Recycle Bin feature which is supported on AFP, CIFS, File Station, and WebDAV. All files deleted in a shared folder will be automatically moved into the Recycle Bin. Learn more

Enjoy multimedia library

DS214play provides you a central platform to organize, backup, and share photos, music, and video collections. Featuring a streamlined and sleek interface, Synology packages — Photo Station, Audio Station and Video Station — let you build a seamless entertainment hub effortlessly. Since everything is saved on DS214play, you can enjoy more customizable content arrangement, and no worries about extra monthly fees for storage capacity. Better yet, your digital collections can be shared with others via a simple link. Learn more

Photo Station
Video Station
Audio Station

Stream content to your TV

DS214play is highly compatible with other devices, letting you manage and enjoy digital content with the devices you already have: computers, mobile devices, TVs, DLNA devices, and stereos. Synology offers the latest support for TV streaming, including Samsung TV, Roku players, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast, meaning you can stream digital content stored on DS214play to your widescreen TV effortlessly. Learn more

Samsung TV
Apple TV

Get mobility with our apps

Synology develops versatile mobile apps — DS note, DS audio, DS video, DS photo+, DS cloud, DS file, DS download and DS cam — allowing you to access and manage the contents of your DS214play with smartphones and tablets. QuickConnect brings an easier network experience as it eliminates complicated router configuration or port forwarding. With Synology mobile apps, your multimedia collection and work files are always on the go. Learn more

Eco-friendly NAS server

All Synology NAS is designed with energy efficiency in mind. DS214play only consumes 13.58W in HDD Hibernation and 20.12W in access*. With special fan and the smart airflow design, the DS214play keeps the system running cool 24/7, while its noise dampening design makes it quieter than PC counterparts. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen, so all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials.

* The power consumption figures may vary on different environments.


  1. The performance figures vary on different environments.
Hardware Specifications
CPU Model Intel Atom CE5335
CPU Frequency Dual Core 1.6 GHz
Floating Point
Hardware Transcoding Engine H.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1
System Memory 1 GB DDR3
Drive Bay(s) 2
Compatible Drive Type (See all supported drives)
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 16 TB (8 TB HDD X 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size 16 TB
Hot Swappable Drive
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port 1
USB 3.0 Port 2
eSATA Port 1
SD Card Reader
File System
Internal Drives EXT4
External Drives
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
Size (Height X Width X Depth) 165 mm X 108 mm X 233.2 mm
Weight 1.265 kg
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1
Wake on LAN/WAN
System Fan 92 mm X 92 mm X 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Wireless Support (dongle)
Power Recovery
Noise Level* 19.8 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 65W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 20.12 W (Access)
13.58 W (HDD Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 70°C (15°F to 155°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Warranty 2 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 Number 256
Maximum iSCSI Target Number 10
Maximum iSCSI LUN 10
Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
RAID Migration Basic to RAID 1
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD Synology Hybrid RAID
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum User Accounts 2048
Maximum Groups 256
Maximum Shared Folder 256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 4
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 256
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration
NFS Kerberos Authentication
Log Center
Syslog Events per Second 400
Add-on Packages (See more)
Antivirus Essential
Antivirus by McAfee (Trial)
Audio Station
Cloud Station
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers 256
Cloud Sync
Directory Server
DNS Server
Download Station
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 50
Glacier Backup
HiDrive Backup
iTunes Server
Java Manager
Mail Server
Mail Station
Media Server
DLNA Certification
Note Station
Photo Station
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)
150 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
100 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536)
80 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 210 FPS @ 720p (1280x720)
50 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
40 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536)
30 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
Time Backup
Maximum Task Number 4
Video Station
Video Transcoding Group 1 (See more)
VPN Server
Maximum Connections 15
Notes Surveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis P1347 (H.264@1280x720@30FPS), 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. Recording video is saved every 5 minutes with the limit of archive folder up to 1GB.
Environment & Packaging
Environment RoHS 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
  • Camera License Pack
  • VS360HD
Networking Protocols
  • CIFS
  • AFP
  • NFS
  • FTP
  • WebDAV
  • CalDAV
  • iSCSI
  • Telnet
  • SSH
  • SNMP
  • VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)
  • Auto DSM Upgrade
  • Email/SMS Notification
  • Customized User Quota
  • Customized Administrator/User Group
  • Syslog Support
  • DDNS Support
  • IPv6 Support
  • VLAN Support
  • PPPoE
  • Hotspot
  • Resource Monitor
  • Connection Manager
  • UPS Management
  • Scheduled Power On/Off
  • Custom Management UI HTTP/HTTPS Ports
Windows AD Domain Integration Domain Users login via Samba/AFP/FTP/File Station
HDD Management
  • HDD Hibernation
  • S.M.A.R.T.
  • Dynamic Bad Sector Mapping
  • FTP over SSL/TLS
  • IP Auto-Block
  • Firewall
  • Encrypted Network Backup over Rsync
  • HTTPS Connection
Utilities Synology Assistant
Supported Clients
  • Windows XP or later
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Ubuntu 12 or later
Supported Browsers
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 8 or later
  • Safari 7 or later
  • Safari (iOS 7 or later on iPad)
  • Chrome (Android 4.0 on tablets)
Supported Language English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Dansk, Norsk, Svenska, Nederlands, Русский, Polski, Magyar, Português do Brasil, Português Europeu, Türkçe, Český, 日本語, 한국어, 繁體中文, 简体中文