Synology release their 1-Bay NAS – The Synology DS116

The Synology DS116 Compact NAS has been released

006 Good news for those looking for a compact, low power but great service network Attached Storage device. Mentioned a couple of months ago, the This Synology DS115 1 drive bay diskstation budget NAS is great solution for home as simple media needs and backup server. Maybe not suitable for a Plex Media Server NAS, it still is more than adequate for those who want to centralize their movies, pictures and music data for access around the home via their smart TV and DLNA certified devices.

How Powerful is the Synology DS116 NAS

With a double speed processor compared to previous model the DS115, you can enjoy smoother performance of this NAS’ functions and the apps available in the Synology appstore and mobile apps available for iOS and Android on iTunes and Google Play. This unit features:


● Dual-core CPU with hardware encryption engine

● Over 112.53 MB/s reading, 111.41 MB/s writing

● Dual USB 3.0 ports for external storage and printers

● Multimedia streaming via DLNA-certified media server

● Brightness adjustable front LED indicators with schedule control

● Easy-to-use, web-based operating system for all browsers


A closer look at the device shows us it’s core physical attributes below:

ds116 connections

As well as more technical information on it’s hardware, software and power consumption here:

ds116 specs

Dual USB 3.0 ensures high speed data transmission

The dual USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel can provide high speed data transmission to a large variety of external USB devices, including Wi-Fi dongles, printers, external hard drives and more. Supported by numerous feature-rich applications, DS116 diskstation turns your hard drive into a versatile storage server, which acts not only as your private cloud for anywhere access, but also as a backup device, online photo album, local storage of your public cloud data, 24/7 download portal, and so much more.





Stream content from Synology DS116 to your TV

DS116 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 Synology DS116 to your widescreen TV effortlessly.

ds116 chromecast




Synology DS116 Video Station and DS video file playback support

Win PC and Mac browsers * MP4, MOV and M4V: stream original video file
* MP4 (multi audio tracks) or MKV: remux video1
* 3rd-party plugin (Win PC only) required for unsupported formats
Apple TV * MP4: stream original video (without subtitles)
* MP4 and MKV: remux video (with subtitles)
DLNA devices Transmit original files to the DLNA devices; supported formats depend on the device.
Chromecast * MP4, MOV, M4V, and MKV: stream original video (video codec: H.264 HP@L4.1; audio codec: AAC/MP3)
* MP4, MOV, M4V, and MKV: remux video if audio codec is AC3
iOS * MP4: stream original video
* MKV: remux video
Android * Supported formats depend on the device. We recommend installing MX Player for optimal experience.
Windows Phone
Roku players * MP4 (mpeg4 Pt 14), M4V, and MOV (Video Codec: h264 / mpeg4 ; Audio Codec: aac / ac3 / mp3 / none and non-5.1 aac): stream original video
* MKV: remux video


Synology 1 bay diskstation DLNA Certified® media server

DS116 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, DS116 streams music, photos, and videos to DLNA-compliant devices, such as DLNA TVs or gaming consoles without any pre-configuration.

ds116 dlna


Comparing new DS116 with previous DS115 diskstation model

Model Name The Synology DS116


The Synology DS115


CPU Model Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 Marvell Armada 375 88F6720
CPU Architecture 32-bit 32-bit
CPU Frequency Dual Core 1.8 GHz Dual Core 800 MHz
System Memory

USB 3.0 Port




512 MB DDR3




Diskstation price with drives

Disk-less unit £135.60 The Synology DS116


The Synology DS116


WD Red Drives £190 – 1TB £188 – 2TB
Seagate NAS Drives £216 – 1TB £211 – 2TB

For those with a low budget it might look still to expensive. But comparing this unit with regular network drive like Western Digital, it has much more functionality. Also user friendliness will be a way more attractive.

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