Synology DS124 Released (1-Bay Value Series NAS)

Introducing Synology DS124: The New 1-Bay Value Series NAS with Impressive Hardware and Software Specs

Synology, the leading provider of network-attached storage solutions, has unveiled its latest addition to the Value Series NAS lineup – the Synology DS124. Packed with powerful hardware and versatile software features, this 1-bay NAS is designed to meet the needs of home users and small businesses seeking a reliable and cost-effective storage solution.

Impressive Hardware Specs

The DS124 is powered by a Realtek RTD1619B CPU, boasting a 64-bit architecture and a quad-core processor running at 1.7 GHz. The device is equipped with a hardware encryption engine, ensuring data security and peace of mind for users.

To support seamless multitasking and smooth operation, the DS124 is equipped with 1 GB of DDR4 non-ECC system memory. Synology assures users that memory module replacements, if required, will maintain the same or higher frequency for identical performance and stability.

Versatile Storage Options

The NAS comes with one drive bay that supports both 3.5″ SATA HDDs and 2.5″ SATA SSDs. Additionally, users have the option to install an optional 2.5″ Disk Holder for increased storage flexibility. The DS124 is also compatible with a range of drives that have been tested for compatibility with Synology products.

High-Speed Connectivity

For swift data transfers and seamless connectivity, the DS124 features one RJ-45 1GbE LAN port and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. These ports provide ample options for data backup, file sharing, and external device connections. It is essential to note that the 1GbE LAN ports have a maximum transmission unit (MTU) size of 1,500 bytes, ensuring efficient data transmission.

Versatile File System Support

The DS124 supports a variety of file systems, including Btrfs, EXT4, EXT3, FAT, NTFS, HFS+, and exFAT, both on internal and external drives. Users can select the file system that best suits their storage and data protection requirements.

Compact Design and Energy-Efficient

Measuring at 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm and weighing just 0.7 kg, the DS124 is designed to fit seamlessly into any workspace. Its compact form factor makes it ideal for users with limited space.

The NAS comes with a 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs system fan, which operates in various modes: Full-Speed, Cool, Quiet, and Low-power, offering users flexibility in managing the device’s cooling performance based on their needs.

Silent and Environment-Friendly

Synology emphasizes its commitment to a noise-free environment with the DS124. During operation, the NAS emits only 19.0 dB(A) noise, ensuring a quiet and comfortable working environment. Moreover, with low power consumption of 10.69 W during access and a mere 3.44 W while in HDD hibernation, the DS124 is energy-efficient, reducing its carbon footprint.

Certified and Supported

The DS124 meets various international certifications, including FCC, CE, BSMI, VCCI, RCM, UKCA, EAC, CCC, and KC, ensuring its adherence to industry standards.

Extended Warranty and Environmental Compliance

Synology offers a 2-year hardware warranty for the DS124, which can be extended up to 4 years through the Extended Warranty Plus program.

In addition, the NAS is RoHS compliant, further demonstrating Synology’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

Conclusion

With its impressive hardware specs, versatile software features, compact design, and energy-efficient operation, the Synology DS124 stands out as an excellent 1-bay NAS solution for home and small business users. Its combination of performance, affordability, and reliability makes it a worthy addition to the Synology Value Series NAS lineup.

 

Synology DS124 Hardware Overview

 

Synology DS124 specs

CPU
CPU Model Realtek RTD1619B
CPU Quantity 1
CPU Architecture 64-bit
CPU Frequency 4-core 1.7 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine
Memory
System Memory 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC
Storage
Drive Bays 1
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
Hot Swappable Drive*
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port* 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port* 2
File System
Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm
Weight 0.7 kg
Others
System Fan 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Low-power Mode
Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators
Power Recovery
Noise Level* 19.0 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On / Off
Wake on LAN / WAN
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 36 W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption 10.69 W (Access)
3.44 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 36.50 BTU/hr (Access)
11.75 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Temperature
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • VCCI
  • RCM
  • UKCA
  • EAC
  • CCC
  • KC
Warranty
2-year hardware warranty, extendable to 4 years with Extended Warranty Plus
Environment
RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1
Optional Accessories
3.5″ SATA HDD: HAT3300

 

DS118+ vs DS124. What has changed?

DS124 (new)
Realtek RTD1619B 4-core 1.7 GHz
BTRFS support
Lower noise
Lower poser consumtion
DS118 (old)
Realtek RTD1296 4-core 1.4 GHz

How does new DS124 sit with the rest of the 1-bays

Hardware Specifications
CPU
CPU Model DS118 (Check Amazon) DS120j (Check Amazon) DS124 (Check Amazon)
CPU Model Realtek RTD1296 Marvell Armada 3700 88F3720 Realtek RTD1619B
CPU Quantity 1 1 1
CPU Architecture 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit
CPU Frequency 4-core 1.4 GHz 2-core 800 MHz 4-core 1.7 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine
Memory
System Memory 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC 512 MB DDR3L non-ECC 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC
Storage
Drive Bays 1 1 1
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)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD (with optional 2.5″ Disk Holder)
Hot Swappable Drive*
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1 1
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port* 1
USB 2.0 Port 2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port* 2 2
File System
Internal Drives
  • EXT4
  • EXT4
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm 166 mm x 71 mm x 224 mm
Weight 0.7 kg 0.7 kg 0.7 kg
Others
System Fan 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs 60 mm x 60 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Low-power Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Low-power Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Low-power Mode
Brightness Adjustable Front LED Indicators
Power Recovery
Noise Level* 16.7 dB(A) 16.9 dB(A) 19.0 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On / Off
Wake on LAN / WAN
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 36 W 36 W 36 W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC 100V to 240V AC 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase 50/60 Hz, Single Phase 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption 9.4 W (Access)
4.22 W (HDD Hibernation)
9.81 W (Access)
4.68 W (HDD Hibernation)
10.69 W (Access)
3.44 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 32.1 BTU/hr (Access)
14.41 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
33.47 BTU/hr (Access)
15.97 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
36.50 BTU/hr (Access)
11.75 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F) 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F) -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F) -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH 5% to 95% RH 5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • EAC
  • CCC
  • KC
  • RCM
  • EAC
  • CCC
  • KC
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • VCCI
  • RCM
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • VCCI
  • RCM
  • UKCA
  • EAC
  • CCC
  • KC
Warranty 2-year hardware warranty, extendable to 4 years with Extended Warranty Plus 2-year hardware warranty, extendable to 4 years with Extended Warranty Plus 2-year hardware warranty, extendable to 4 years with Extended Warranty Plus
Environment RoHS Compliant RoHS Compliant RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1
Optional Accessories
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD: HAT3300
  • Surveillance Device License Pack
  • Disk Holder: Type C
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD: HAT3300
  • Surveillance Device License Pack
  • Disk Holder: Type C
3.5″ SATA HDD: HAT3300
DSM Specifications
Storage Management
Maximum Single Volume Size* 108 TB 108 TB 108 TB
Maximum Internal Volume Number 1 1 1
SSD TRIM
Supported RAID Type Basic Basic Basic
File Services
File Protocol SMB/AFP/NFS/FTP/WebDAV SMB/AFP/NFS/FTP/WebDAV SMB/AFP/NFS/FTP/WebDAV
Maximum Concurrent SMB/AFP/FTP Connections 200 50 200
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration
NFS Kerberos Authentication
Account & Shared Folder
Maximum Local User Accounts 2,048 512 1,024
Maximum Local Groups 256 128 256
Maximum Shared Folder 256 256 256
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 4 2 4
Hyper Backup
Data & Folder Backup
Log Center
Syslog Events per Second 400 100 400
General Specifications
Networking Protocols SMB1 (CIFS), SMB2, SMB3, NFSv3, NFSv4, NFSv4.1, NFS Kerberized sessions, iSCSI, HTTP, HTTPs, FTP, SNMP, LDAP, CalDAV SMB1 (CIFS), SMB2, SMB3, NFSv3, NFSv4, NFSv4.1, NFS Kerberized sessions, iSCSI, HTTP, HTTPs, FTP, SNMP, LDAP, CalDAV SMB1 (CIFS), SMB2, SMB3, NFSv3, NFSv4, NFSv4.1, NFS Kerberized sessions, iSCSI, HTTP, HTTPs, FTP, SNMP, LDAP, CalDAV
Add-on Packages (view the complete package list)
Synology Chat
Maximum Users 500
Notes When applicable, systems are tested configured with maximum memory and set to allow the maximum number of connections.
Download Station
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 80 50 80
SAN Manager
Maximum iSCSI Target Number 10 10 10
Maximum LUN 10 10 10
LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODX
Notes iSCSI Manager has been renamed to SAN Manager in DSM 7.0. iSCSI Manager has been renamed to SAN Manager in DSM 7.0.
Media Server
DLNA Compliance
Synology Photos
Facial Recognition
Notes Facial recognition is unavailable on this model.
Snapshot Replication
Maximum Snapshots per Shared Folder 256
Maximum of System Snapshots 4,096
Surveillance Station
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 15 (including 2 Free License) (see all supported IP cameras) 5 (including 2 Free License) (see all supported IP cameras) 12 (including 2 Free License) (see all supported IP cameras)
Total FPS (H.264) 450 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
180 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
110 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
80 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
40 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
150 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
120 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
70 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
40 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
20 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
360 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
300 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
200 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
140 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
90 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (H.265) 450 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
450 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
210 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
120 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
60 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
150 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
150 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
130 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
65 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
30 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
360 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
360 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
240 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
200 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
140 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Synology Drive
Recommended Number of Concurrent Sync Clients 200 (the number of connections that can be maintained when the recommended number of hosted files was reached) 5 (the number of connections that can be maintained when the recommended number of hosted files was reached) 200 (the number of connections that can be maintained when the recommended number of hosted files was reached)
Recommended Number of Hosted Files 500,000 (applies to files indexed or hosted by Synology Drive. For file access through other standard protocols, refer to the File Services section above) 500,000 (applies to files indexed or hosted by Synology Drive. For file access through other standard protocols, refer to the File Services section above) 500,000 (applies to files indexed or hosted by Synology Drive. For file access through other standard protocols, refer to the File Services section above)
Synology Office
Maximum Users 200 200
Video Station
VPN Server
Maximum Connections 20 10 20

DS124 PLEX compatibility and performance

It features the same CPU as DS223 and therefore performance will be expected to be the same. There is no currently a Plex app for this CPU, but you can install it via Docker/Container. Technically this CPU can handle 4k voa Synology video app. Plex do not have access to this transcoding engine just yet. But when they do, you could achieve 1080p transcoding. Otherwise, software transcoding is supported up to 720p.

 

Synology DS124 Performance

SMB 1GbE – Sequential Throughput with HDD (64KB)

Model DS723+ DS224+ DS223 DS223j DS124 DS120j
Read 225.72 226.02 112.52 112.42 112.53 113.41
Write 225.46 225.18 112.46 112.52 112.58 102.90

1GbE Web Server – Nginx PHP Response Performance with HDD

Model DS723+ DS224+ DS223 DS223j DS124 DS120j
Responses per second 9,624.01 10,859.11 2,976.05 2,992.25 3,050.95 601.01
DS124,: Basic + BTRFS. 1GbE test items: All trays loaded with Synology HAT5300 Series 4 TB SATA HDD.

Synology DS124 HDD limitations

Synology branded drives up to 12TB. Seagate Ironwolf up to 12TB. Toshiba N300 and WD Red plus up to 14TB.

Can I use drives (HDD/ SSD) that are not on their list.

Yes, Synology have promised that Plus and Value series NAS such as this will have no software lock on drives that they have not tested and added to the list. There might be a warning message that drives are not from the list though. Their support level might change based on this.

 

Synology DS124 NVMe M.2 cache compatibility

  • no NVMe SSD cache slots

Synology DS124 RAM upgrade

RAM soldered on board. Can not upgrade.

 

Synology DS124 What’s Inside?

 

Synology DS124 What apps are included?

All NAS support APPS NOT INCLUDED!

Audio Station

Synology Calendar

Synology Chat Server

Cloud Sync

Synology Contacts

Download Station

Glacier Backup

Hyper Backup

iTunes Server

Synology Mail Server

Media Server

Note Station

SAN Manager

SMB Service

Synology Office

Surveillance Station

Synology Drive Server

Synology Photos

Video Station

VPN Server

Web Station

Plex Media Server

and more 

Hybrid Share

The Replication Service

Snapshot Replication

Active Backup for Business

Active Backup for Business Agent (DSM)

Active Backup for Google Workspace

Active Backup for Microsoft 365

Antivirus by McAfee

C2 Identity Edge Server

Central Management System

Docker

Document Viewer

Migration Assistant

Presto File Server

Synology Directory Server

Synology High Availability

Synology MailPlus

Synology MailPlus Server

Virtual Machine Manager

 

DS124 specs PDF

Click to access Synology_DS124%2B_Data_Sheet_enu.pdf

 

Synology DS124 PROS & CONS

Positives

+multimedia friendly hardware
+low power solution
+cheaper docker/container NAS

 

Negatives

  • Only 5Gbit USB ports
  • Only 14TB drives or smaller tested
  • limited app support

 

Synology DS124 Availability

The Synology DS124 is available starting today through Synology partners and resellers in Taiwan.

Price  –  Amazon $200

 

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21 thoughts on “Synology DS124 Released (1-Bay Value Series NAS)

  1. Thanks, but You completely incorrectly described the main changes as BTRFS and KMIP – not a word )) It seems to me that either you are a layman or you have never seen this device and just wanted to make money on it. Be honest next time. Merry christmas and a happy new year! Like
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  2. I just recently came across your channel and I am enjoying it very much and finding it very informative. With the recent 2 videos regarding new Synology NAS products I am curious if Synology has somewhat predictable release schedules for their various units? Like every 2, 3 or 4 years they typically release a new version. I ask because I’m interested in getting a Synology 12 bay NAS and given the price of the 2 current units, both being very pricey I would hate to get one in the next few months only to see a new more feature rich model announced and released shortly afterward. I would prefer to get the XS+ vs the + unit however with it not supporting SHR I’m reluctant to enter into a system which steers me into making a drive size decision at time of purchase that will limit my future additions as drives continue to get larger. The other unfortunate side of the XS+ is the 1st party drive compatibility. Synology drives are significantly more expensive then Iron Wolf Pro, Exos, Red Pro, Gold or UltraStar drives where I’m at as well as the Synology drives only go up to 18TB and not the 22TB sizes of the other brands so going Synology 1st party leaves a lot of potential drive space on the table in comparison to the others.
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  3. Thank you so much for all your videos – after tortuous research i am planning the purchase of a DS 923+ with two 10T hdd (for now) plus the extra memory 400gb and the 10gb network add on! Expectations? Full network cloud for my family, movies streaming and eventually a cctv setup! Am I looking at the right hardware????? Pls say yes ???????? thank you so much !
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  4. Really enjoy these videos. So well presented. Question though – I’m wondering if this would be a good option to back up our DS923+? Was thinking we could put this in a different location / office and get a nice off site backup solution.
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  5. At about 5:00 you mentioned that 1GB memory does not work (well?) with BTRFS. Is this because of DSM 7.2 as I have a DS216+II with 1GB RAM and DSM 6.2.4-25556 Update 7 using BTRFS. Am desperately waiting for a 2XX + series (that I’ve now heard from a seagull is the DS224+)
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  6. Synology became the most boring brand I’ve ever seen in 2023. No change on chassis, ports and connections, configurations happened, while it introduces more restrictions and controls. Meh at the best.
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  7. why would anyone buy a one bay NAS? im surprised they put money into production of this. its also missing so many software features. i wouldnt want to be a shareholder for synology when theyre putting out waste like this. its also limited by 1 gig of ram.
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  8. There seems to be no differentiation between DS124 vs DS123J if there is ever going to be one. I was so hopeful for a DS123J when i saw your video on DS223J. Does it make sense to call it a final nail to the coffin for DS123J?
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