Live View

  • Supports various types of layouts, up to 100 channels on a single live view layout
  • Real-time streaming protocol (RTSP) support
  • Multicast communication support
  • Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) and digital zoom support with configurable PTZ speed
  • On-screen controls to activate audio/digital outputs of external devices
  • On-screen camera controls including camera zoom, focus, iris adjustment, auto pan, and auto object tracking
  • E-Map & Snapshot support
  • Alert panel to quickly display the most recent triggered event
  • Snapshot editor support for instant editing after taking a snapshot
  • Video quality settings including bitrate control, image quality, resolution, and FPS
  • Camera patrol can be triggered by schedule, event detections, or I/O alarm
  • Intelligence video analysis including no-idle zone, motion detection, missing object, foreign object, camera occlusion, and focus lost
  • Desktop design allows for easier multitasking
  • Joystick support
  • Web plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox on Windows, and Safari on Mac OS X
  • Desktop client for Windows and Mac


  • Recording modes include manual, continuous, motion detection, I/O alarm, customized, and action rule
  • The customized recording mode can be configured as a combination of conditional events, including motion detection, audio detection, tampering detection, and alarm input
  • Edge recording on the SD card of certain camera is supported (please refer to the compatibility list)
  • Export/mount recordings support
  • Configurable pre-recording & post-recording time
  • Recording formats: MP4

Playback Recordings

  • Up to 100 channels synchronous and non-synchronous playback
  • Customizable layouts for playback in Timeline
  • Playback controls include pause, stop, previous recording, next recording, fast forward, slow motion, and digital zoom in/out
  • Frame by frame playback support
  • Snapshot support
  • Divide a recording into four equal-length sessions and playback them concurrently
  • Intelligence video analysis including no-idle zone, motion detection, missing object, foreign object, camera occlusion, and focus lost
  • Image enhancements including brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness
  • Embedded watermark for evidence integrity


  • Support up to 100 cameras on a single NVR, please refer to NVR selector on the Synology website
  • Create and manage admin/manager/spectator user privileges
  • Rotate recorded videos by archived days or storage size
  • Event notification supports SMS, E-mail, and mobile phones
  • Notifications can be filtered by camera, event type, and schedule
  • Notifications can be batch edited
  • Notifications can be triggered by external devices
  • Recordings can be backed up to an external storage or remote server
  • Action Rule correlates triggered events and actions to automate Surveillance Station
  • HTTPS secured connection
  • System log
  • Built-in NTP server
  • Tunnel supports MPEG-4, H264 via RTSP over TCP, UDP and HTTP
  • Support for 21 different languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese Brazil, Portuguese European, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

CMS (Centralized Management System)

  • View the live view/recordings from multiple Synology NVR on a single portal
  • Logs from recording servers are centralized on the CMS host
  • Camera licenses on all recording servers are centralized on the CMS host
  • Camera licenses are installed and managed on recording servers

Mobile Support (DS cam)

  • Stream Live view and replay events recorded in MJPEG, H.264, H.265, MPEG4 formats (H.265 is only supported in Android DS cam)
  • Customize Live View layouts (up to 6 concurrent channels)
  • Control the camera with PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom)
  • Broadcast audio via camera speakers with 2-way audio
  • Activate preset positions and patrols
  • Take snapshots of Live View feeds (snapshots are saved on the DiskStation)
  • Search events by camera group, server, event type and time range (enabling CMS is required)
  • Delete and lock/unlock recordings
  • Delete and lock/unlock snapshots
  • Enable/disable individual cameras
  • Push notifications support
  • Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 9.0+ for complete set of features
  • Available on devices running Android 4.4+, with touch-screen and Wi-Fi capabilities for complete set of features

Cameras Support

  • Video codec: MJPEG, MPEG-4, MxPEG, H.264 and H.265 (H.265 and MxPEG is not supported via Local Display)
  • Support Field of View (FOV) to adjust different field of view if the camera supports multiple types
  • Support constant and variable bitrate control to fine tune the camera’s bitrate
  • Multiple streams are supported with different camera codec engine
  • Different TV standards are applicable if the camera supports NTSC or PAL standard
  • Audio codec: PCM, AAC, AMR, G.711, G.726
  • Supports camera dewarping via camera or Surveillance Station for certain fisheye cameras mounted via ceiling, wall, or floor
  • ONVIF™ 2.6, Profile S, Profile G certified
  • Support over 89 brands, see Surveillance Station IP camera Support List for the complete camera support list

External Device Support

Minimum PC Client Requirements

  • CPU: Core i5
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Operating System: Windows 7 and onward, macOS
  • Windows Browsers: Google Chrome、Firefox
  • Mac Browsers: Google Chrome
  • Recommended monitor resolution: 1920x1080
  • Network interface: Gigabit x1
  • See here for more information about how to choose the right PC for a better Surveillance Station Live View experience