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Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218
All-in-one, energy efficient private surveillance solution with HDMI output for PC-less management and live monitoring

Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218

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Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 is an all-in-one and energy efficient private surveillance solution with HDMI output for PC-less management and live monitoring. NVR1218 supports up to 12 channels of 720p/30FPS camera streams. Point of Sale (POS) system support combines business transaction records with surveillance recordings. Synology NVR1218 is backed by Synology’s 3-year limited warranty.

  • Standalone surveillance solution with 1080p HDMI output
  • Easy installation without a computer and Internet connection
  • Point of Sale (POS) system support combines business transaction records with surveillance recordings
  • 4 free camera licenses included, supports up to 12 cameras
  • Mobile apps ready for on-the-go surveillance
  • Power-saving NVR runs below 15W
  • Expandable storage capacity up to 7 HDDs with DX517

Standalone, All-in-one Surveillance Solution

Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 is an all-in-one surveillance solution with a 1080p HDMI interface for monitoring, managing, and storing surveillance videos. You can watch surveillance recordings and configure IP camera settings directly on Surveillance Station without using a computer. NVR1218 supports up to 12 channels of 720p/30FPS camera streams.

NVR1218 can be deployed and setup easily without a computer and Internet connection, which is convenient for first-time system installation in remote or secure locations without external network access. NVR1218 supports Point of Sales (POS) systems via a dedicated COM port, allowing NVR1218 to be integrated with transaction systems to enable video indexing capability against transaction records.

24/7 Security Solution

Synology Surveillance Station offers a centralized interface to manage IP cameras deployed in your workplace. Easily setup and enable secure remote access to Surveillance Station via computers or the DS cam mobile app to monitor real-time camera streams and to view recorded events and snapshots. The hassle-free interface features an optimized live view experience with on-screen controls, smart analytic tools like motion detection, and an alert system that sends notifications through DS cam, SMS, and e-mail.

Rich Compatibility and User-friendly Operation

Powered by Synology Surveillance Station, NVR1218 supports more than 5,600 IP cameras from 100 renowned brands and ONVIF Profile S and Profile G, allowing flexible system deployment options.

NVR1218 also supports navigating between different camera streams with a USB mouse, keyboard, or joystick. The audio input and output ports allow microphone and speaker connections for two-way voice communication via audio-enabled cameras. In the event of a power failure, NVR1218 can be paired with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for safe power down.

Expandable Storage for Growing Needs

NVR1218 supports Synology Expansion Unit DX517 to support up to 7 hard drives. With DX517 connected, users are able to create a RAID 5 or RAID 6 volume for enhanced storage resiliency and larger usable space.

Wallet-Friendly and Energy-Efficient

NVR1218 is engineered with energy efficiency in mind. It is extremely quiet and requires only 13.64W during operation. As a PC-less surveillance solution, NVR1218 economizes on both equipment and energy costs in the long-run.

All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen to continually work towards reducing the environmental impact of every product.

Complete surveillance solution without a computer
Complete surveillance solution without a computer
Connect Synology NVR1218 to an HDMI monitor and enjoy a PC-less surveillance solution that simultaneously supports up to 12 network cameras.


All-in-one, stand-alone surveillance solution

Offering an effortless surveillance experience, Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 has the ability to display and record up to 12 IP cameras1 while being extremely energy-efficient.

Maximum 12 IP cameras

Maximum 12 IP cameras

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

1080p HDMI output for local display

1080p HDMI output for local display

Watch surveillance feeds and manage cameras/recordings without using a computer. NVR1218 is equipped with a dedicated HDMI output providing 1080p display resolution on a monitor, while supporting 720p at up to 12 channels/30FPS.

Flexible deployment

Setup and deploy NVR1218 in remote or secure locations with no external network access required2. The support for Point of Sales (POS) systems allows NVR1218 to be integrated with transaction systems to enable video indexing capability against transaction records.

Flexible deployment

Expandable recording storage, up to 7 drives

NVR1218 can be connected to Synology DX5173 expansion unit to expand from 2 to 7 drives, allowing you to create RAID 5 volumes and find the ideal balance for your storage strategy. Once connected via eSATA with a specially designed locking cable, NVR1218's raw capacity can reach 70TB.

Expandable recording storage, up to 7 drives

Intuitive Surveillance Station to streamline deployment

Supporting powerful features from Surveillance Station and its mobile app, everything can be done without a PC.

  • Full support for Surveillance Station features
    Surveillance Station provides a centralized, user friendly interface, letting you manage and monitor IP cameras in your shop or office.
  • On-the-go surveillance with the DS cam mobile app
    DS cam is the mobile extension of Surveillance Station, allowing you to access Live View, playback recordings, adjust PTZ, and receive push notifications on your mobile device.
Intuitive Surveillance Station to streamline deployment

Product Views:

NVR1218 Front
NVR1218 Left
NVR1218 Left Side
NVR1218 Rear
NVR1218 Right Side
NVR1218 Right

Technical Specifications:

Front View
Rear View
  1. Status indicator
  2. LAN indicator
  3. Drive status indicator
  4. Power button and indicator
  5. Audio out
  6. Audio in
  7. USB 3.0 port
  8. HDMI output
  9. USB 2.0 port
  10. Reset button
  11. eSATA port
  12. Power port
  13. Fan
  14. 1GbE RJ-45 port
  15. COM port
  16. Kensington Security Slot
Hardware Specifications:
CPU Model Embedded NVR SoC
CPU Architecture 32-bit
CPU Frequency Dual Core 1.0 GHz
System Memory 1 GB DDR3
Drive Bay(s) 2
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 7
Compatible Drive Type* 3.5" SATA HDD
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 20 TB (10 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units 70 TB (10 TB drive x 7) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size 16 TB
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port 2
USB 3.0 Port 1
eSATA Port 1
COM Port 1
Video Output HDMI x 1
Supported Video Resolution 1080p 60Hz
Audio Input 3.5 mm Stereo Audio Jack x 1
Audio Output 3.5 mm Stereo Audio Jack x 1
Size (Height X Width X Depth) 165 mm x 100 mm x 225.5 mm
Weight 0.9 kg
IP Camera Support
Maximum Channel Number 12 (including 4 Free License)
Total FPS (H.264)* 360 FPS @ 720p (1280x720), 12 Channels 
100 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), 10 Channels 
60 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536), 6 Channels 
40 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944), 4 Channels
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 120 FPS @ 720p (1280x720), 12 Channels 
80 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), 8 Channels
40 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536), 6 Channel 
30 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944), 4 Channel
Video Codec
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
  • H.265 (output via local display is not supported)
  • MxPEG (output via local display is not supported)
Audio Codec
  • PCM
  • G711
  • G726
  • AMR
  • AAC
Notes In our test environment, live view streams are delivered via Local Display; video live-viewing and recording share the same video stream from the camera. Surveillance Station throughput is tested with an Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera.
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 1
Wake on LAN/WAN
System Fan 80 mm x 80 mm x 1 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Power Recovery
Noise Level 19 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 60W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 13.64 W (Access) 
4.32 W (HDD Hibernation) 
British Thermal Unit 46.57 BTU/hr (Access) 
14.75 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation) 
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 45°C (40°F to 113°F)
Adapter 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
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Warranty 3 Year Hardware Warranty
  • 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%
General Specifications:
File system
  • • Internal: ext4
  • External: ext4, ext3, FAT, NTFS, HFS+ (read only)
Supported RAID type
  • • Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR)
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5 (with Synology Expansion Unit DX5171)
  • RAID 6 (with Synology Expansion Unit DX5171)
Storage management
  • Maximum single volume size: 16TB
  • Maximum internal volume: 256
  • Maximum shared folder: 256
Surveillance Station:
Maximum IP camera 12 Channels (360FPS at 720p)
IP Camera support
  • Video codec: MJPEG, MPEG-4, MxPEG, H.264, and H.265 (MxPEG and H.265 do not support Local Display)
  • Audio codec: PCM, AAC, AMR, G.711, and G.726
  • Camera bit-rate fine-tuning via constant and variable bit-rate control
  • ONVIF 2.6, Profile S certified, Profile G for edge recording
Live View
  • Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) support with configurable PTZ speed
  • On-screen camera controls: camera zoom, focus, iris adjustment, auto pan, and auto object tracking
  • E-Map, Snapshot, and Snapshot Editor supported for instant editing after taking a snapshot
  • Video quality settings: bit-rate control, image quality, resolution, and FPS
  • Joystick support for easy navigation
  • Alert panel for a quick display of the most recently triggered events
  • Customizable layout and sequential camera view support
  • Supported recording modes: manual, continuous, motion detection, I/O alarm, action rule, and customized
  • Recording formats: MP4
  • 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 supported cameras
  • Configurable pre-recording and post-recording time
  • Customizable layouts for playback in Timeline
  • Playback controls include pause, stop, previous recording, next recording, fast forward, slow motion, frame by frame, and digital zoom in/out
  • Embedded watermark for evidence integrity
  • Image enhancements including brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness (web client only)
  • Create and manage different user privileges
  • Rotate recorded videos by archived days or storage size
  • Event notification supported via SMS, E-mail, and mobile devices via DS cam
  • Recordings can be backed up to an external storage or remote server
  • Built-in NTP server
  • Supported tunnel: MPEG-4, H264 via RTSP over TCP, UDP, and HTTP
iOS/Android applications DS file, DS finder, DS cam
Other packages File Station, VPN Server, Storage Analyzer, Hyper Backup
Surveillance desktop client support Windows 7 and 10, Mac OS X 10.11 onwards
Supported browsers Internet Explorer 11 (excluding Microsoft Edge), Safari 10 onwards
Interface language English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Dansk, Norsk, Svensk, Nederlands, Русский, Polski, Magyar, Português do Brasil, Português Europeu, Türkçe, Český
Environment & Packaging:
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • NVR1218 main unit
  • AC power adapter
  • RJ-45 LAN cable
  • USB installation dongle
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Accessory pack
Optional Accessories
  • Synology Expansion Unit DX517
  • Surveillance Device License Pack

*Model specifications are subject to change without notice. Please refer to for the latest information.
1 To set up NVR1218 without Internet connection, an HDMI monitor, USB mouse, and the bundled USB installation dongle are required. In this scenario, NVR1218 supports up to 4 IP cameras with the pre-installed camera licenses. Please refer to the Quick Installation Guide for details.
2 NVR1218 supports one Synology DX517, sold separately.
3 5-year warranty is available as an optional bundle with EW201, the 2-year Extended Warranty service add-on. Visit for more information on availability.


Download the Synology Network Video Recorder NVR1218 Datasheet  (PDF).