Reviewing the Synology DS1817+ with M2D17

Overall Build of the Synology DS1817+

The Synology DS1817+ is an 8-bay NAS announced in April 2017. It replaces the Synology DS1815+.

The enclosure looks like an elongated version of the DS1515+. It is matte-black except for its base. The front and back of the DS1817+ are made of plastic while the rest of the body is generally made of metal.


The front of DS1817+

The front of the Synology DS1817+. On the lower right, you can spot the USB 3.0 port.

From the front, the DS1817+ looks like the DS1515+ with additional drive bays. Above the drive trays are where the power button, system indicators (status, alert, LAN) are.

There is a USB 3.0 port on the lower right corner of the DS1817+ for you to easily attach a USB storage for Synology USB Copy.

It sports the usual easy remove drive trays. They can be individually locked with the provided key.

The drive trays are designed to be easy to remove. A light press near the bottom edge of the tray releases the handle and unlatches the drive tray from the enclosure. Just grab the handle to slide the drive tray into or out of the DS1817+.

The provided keys lock the handle in place and prevents the drive tray from unlatching from the drive bays.

What’s inside the DS1817+’s drive bays? The back plane and view of the 120mm system fans.

Behind the drive trays is the SATA backplane where hard disks are attached to. The two (2) 120mm fans, at the back, draws heat away from the hard disks and out of the enclosure.

On both sides of the DS1817+ are the Synology logos which are vented for airflow as well.

The vented cutouts of Synology logo on both sides of the DS1817+ allow air to be drawn into the enclosure.


The back of the DS1817+

The back of the Synology DS1817+. The PCIe expansion slot is on the right.

At the center of the DS1817+ are two (2) 120mm system fans. To the left are the power connector and Kensington lock slot. To the right is the PCIe slot for the new Synology accessories.

To the south, from left to right, are the eSATA port, four (4) Gigabit LAN ports, reset button, three (3) USB 3.0 ports and eSATA port.

4 thoughts on “Reviewing the Synology DS1817+ with M2D17

  • July 28, 2017 at 11:16 am

    drool ~~~~

  • August 31, 2017 at 4:23 am

    i’ve been looking at upgraded NAS offerings. this seems like a great choice, my workflows are mostly IOPS limited, so this would represent a significant increase in performance and a significant decrease in keyboard smashing stress.

  • January 10, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Good review. Do you know if it possible to use an M.2 SSD installed in the M2D17 card as an extra storage device? Such as using it to run all your app’s etc (docker, virtual machines…) instead of running them off the array. I currently use slot 8 with an SSD installed for this purpose

  • January 10, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Darren,

    Unfortunately, we can’t use the SSD on the M2D17 as storage volume. It will just appear as SSD cache.

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