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Black Friday 2022 NAS and Data Storage Deals – Synology, QNAP, Terramaster, Asustor, WD and Seagate

20 novembre 2022 à 19:33

Data Storage Deals to Look Out for on Black Friday 2022

Black Friday 2022 has begun! Remember when this was just a single day event? In recent years, in efforts to remain competitive and to capitalize on the global sales event, many e-tailers have switched to launching their Black Friday events to run the entire week (with arguably, the juiciest offers kicking off on the day itself, Friday 25th November) and NAS brands such as Synology and QNAP are just as keen to jump on board too. Data Storage and Networking Devices are among two of the biggest growth areas of technology we have observed in the last five years, thanks to a growing dependence of home and business users to work/live on internet based services and created hundreds of megabytes of data (and stretching into gigabytes for business) per day. The days of getting by with a drawer full of USB sticks and your free hand full of Google Drive Gigabytes are long gone (when you phone takes 4K photos at 10-15MB a pop) and ALOT of users have been holding out till Black Friday 2022 to either finally take the plunge on their first bit of premium storage tech or upgrade their existing setup. Throughout Black Friday itself, I will be keeping an eye on deals that appear over Black Friday 2022 that I would personally, GENUINELY buy – and I will be publishing a few videos to share them. However, there are already a number of rather attractive NAS deals floating around on the 2020, 2021 and even 2022 generation of storage from the big NAS brands and so I have made this article that details the NAS systems that will be on sale over Black Friday, alongside a list of retailers to check. I have also included price history on each of the devices to help you know when a deal really IS a deal. Let’s take a look at the best deals to watch this week of Black Friday 2022.

BEST Synology Black Friday 2022 Deal – Synology DS920+ NAS

Popular for 2.5 years since it’s initial launch in Summer 2022,the Synology DS920+ NAS has been refreshed recently with the launch of the new DS923+ NAS and for many, the DS920+ is still the superior NAS drive for Multimedia. The Synology DS920+ is regularly on sale at both Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day – and I Definitely see it appearing on sale in a huge number of locations globally, as the brand ushers out the older 2020 generation in favour of hte newer 2022/2023 Diskstation NAS. Indeed, it has seen a huge number of price changes in the last 18months:

With a fantastically compact and low noise chassis, the DS920+ is still a fantastic NAS. Also, the DS920+ will also arrive with the latest version of Synology DSM 7.1, the fully featured NAS software that is included with all Synology NAS. This is almost certainly be THE DEAL of Black Friday 2022 TO WATCH!

Synology DS920+ NAS

CPU: Intel J4125 4-Core Celeron
Memory:Bays: 4-8GB
M.2 NVMe Bays: 2x m.2 NVMe, Caching Only
Network Ports: 2x 1GbE
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 1 x2
KVM: No
Network Upgrade: No
Synology DS920+ is an ideal network-attached storage solution to streamline data management and productivity. Two built-in M.2 SSD slots and Synology SSD Cache technology allow you to boost system I/O and application performance. Scalable storage design lets you start small and expand storage capacity with Synology DX517 as your data grows.
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BEST QNAP Black Friday 2022 Deal – QNAP TS-464 NAS

When QNAP launched their 2022 generation of hardware, the unit that REALLY stood out from the pack was the TS-464 NAS. This system pretty much delivered EVERYTHING that NAS buyers have been asking/demanding for at this price point for the last 6-7 years. The most powerful and capable Intel celeron featuring in NAS yet, DDR4 memory upto 16GB. M.2 NVMe SSD  says for caching OR storage, 4K HDMI, two 2.5GbE bays, 10Gb/s USB ports AND a PCIe slot to improve the system’s network ports and/or storage even more! The TS-464 was such a beast that when launched, it IMMEDIATELY SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE!!! It took the better part of 4-5 months after release (April/May 2022) of the TS-464 to start seeing stock availability become a little more stable. Fast forward to now on Black Friday 2022 and the TS-464 is now much more available AND it has started seeing it’s price point drop.

Now, although the price change can be attributed a little to the amount of time that the TS-464 has been available to buy, it has also been caused by the release of QNAP’s big rival ‘Synology’ releasing their DS923+ NAS 4-Bay. I can definitely see the QNAP TS-464 NAS appearing on a few limited sales over the Black Friday period, though do not expect the stock to be especially high – so be quick on this one!

QNAP TS-464 NAS

CPU: Intel N5105 4-Core Celeron
Memory:Bays: 4-16GB
M.2 NVMe Bays: 2x m.2 NVMe, Caching and Storage Pools
Network Ports: 2x 2.5GbE
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 2 x3
KVM: Yes
Network Upgrade: Yes
Powered by an Intel® Celeron® N5095, quad-core processor (burst up to 2.9GHz), the TS-464 features two 2.5GbE RJ45 ports and Port Trunking for up to 5Gbps combined bandwidth. With M.2 PCIe Gen3 and PCIe Gen 3 slots, the TS-464 provides flexibility in extending NAS functionality, allowing you to install a QM2 card for M.2 SSD caching, or Edge TPU for AI image recognition and various 10GbE/5GbE network cards. The TS-464 comes with 4 GB RAM for running light VMs and Containers, and supports multi-cloud backup, cloud storage gateways, 4K HDMI output and real-time transcoding, alongside expandable storage capacity and feature-rich apps to perform as a cost-efficient, reliable 2.5GbE NAS.
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BEST Asustor Black Friday 2022 Deal – Lockerstor 4 Gen 2 NAS

Unlike higher profile brands such as Synology and QNAP, Asustor has always played the long game when it comes to their hardware. Unlike other brands that in 2022 released complete new refreshes of their systems, Asustor too the decision to upgrade their existing Lockerstor system to a Gen 2 version and…well…pretty much upgrade EVERYTHING! The Lockerstor 4 Gen 2 (also known as the AS6704T) arrives with the same high end Intel Celeron N5105 CPU as the QNAP TS-464, but then doubles down by providing 2933Mhz memory (4GB that can be upgrade to 16GB) and a massively surprising FOUR M.2 NVMe SSD bays (caching or pools, your pick). The system then ups the game with 10G USB and HDMI 2.0b (the only NAS in the market to feature this). Hell, the Lockerstor Gen 2 4-Bay can also swap the M.2 NVMe SSD bays out for a 10GbE card and/or a (coming soon) combination M.2 NVMe SSD + 10GbE upgrade card! The lockerstor Gen 2 series was already a huge bargain and Black Friday 2022 only makes this point louder!

Alongside all this, it is worth highlighting that we are seeing the Lockerstor Gen 1 (in 2 and 4-bay) also see a noticeable price drop in a number of locations. Ultimately, when it comes to NAS hardware, the AS6704T is near unbeatable at teh value for money and it also arrives with ADM Software and services included. Basically – a BARGAIN!

Asustor AS6704T NAS

CPU: Intel N5105 4-Core Celeron
Memory:Bays: 4-16GB
M.2 NVMe Bays: 4x m.2 NVMe, Caching and Storage Pools
Network Ports: 2x 2.5GbE
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 2 x2
KVM: Yes
Network Upgrade: Yes
  • Quad-Core 10 nm Intel Celeron N5105 CPU – 31% more performance over Gemini Lake
  • Superfast 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Flexible PCIe slot for 10GbE NICs or M.2 SSDs
  • Supports PCIe 3.0 SSDs for up to twice the performance of PCIe 2.0.
  • Uses DDR4-2933 with 40% more performance
  • USB 3.2 Gen2 ports – 10Gbps speed
  • Enjoy, download, upload and stream content with 4K transcoding
  • Increased ventilation for SSDs
  • Supports Wake on LAN and Wake on WAN
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BEST Terramaster Black Friday 2022 Deal – F4-423 NAS

Terramaster is a brand that we regularly see on offer during the Black Friday period over on amazon. However, we are only now starting to see their latest FX-423 2022 generation of devices start to see any meaningful discount. The F4-423 already arrived at a more affordable price point that the 2020 released DS920+, whilst also having the same hardware as the Lockerstor 4 Gen 2 and QNAP TS-464 for the most part. The F4-423 arrives with the Intel N5105, 4-16GB of DDR4 Memory, 2.5GbE and USB 3.2 Gen 2, yet is almost $100-130 cheaper than it’s competitors!!!

Further to this, the Terramaster F4-423 has recently been updated to TOS 5, the brand’s NAS software. This has seen numerous improvements in it’s GUI, responsiveness and default security. It also now includes a surveillance application, AI powered photo recognition tool, several new backup and synchronization tools and improvements to the file systems and services. The learning curve on a terramaster NAS is a little steeper tha some of the other brands, but the F4-423 is still a fantastic choice to consider this Black Friday 2022.

Terramaster F4-423 NAS

CPU: Intel N5105 4-Core Celeron
Memory:Bays: 4-16GB
M.2 NVMe Bays: 2x m.2 NVMe, Caching and Storage Pools
Network Ports: 2x 2.5GbE
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 2 x2
KVM: No
Network Upgrade: No
The 4-Bay F4-423 is suitable for SMB users who need high-performance storage solutions. High performance means that users can easily handle high-load workflows, while multiple business-level backup solutions guarantee data safety and safeguard against the risk of data loss. This is a high-performance storage solution that provides a virtual storage and database service for SMB users. It uses an Intel Celeron N5105/5095 quad-core processor with 2.0 GHz and a maximum turbo of 2.9 GHz. It is integrated with a GPU graphics card and AES NI hardware encryption. In addition, it is equipped with two 2.5 GbE interfaces and a 4 GB DDR4 dual-channel memory (expandable up to 32 GB). Moreover, this storage solution is internally installed with 2 M.2 NVMe slots, which accelerate SSD caching and double the storage efficiency of your RAID.
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Affordable Home 4K Plex NAS Black Friday 2022 Deal – Synology DS220+

Plex Media series still continues to be one of the most popular reasons that many home users choose to make the jump into the world of NAS storage – with Black Friday all too often being the point that head to the checkout!  Plex Media Server gives users the ability to access, view and browse their existing multimedia collection with  the same level of graphical flare and services hat paid subscriptions services like Netflix and Disney+ include (Trailers, Cast information, media box art, reviews, etc). Plex is a little hungry as an application though and it can be tough to find a NAS drive that has the right amount of hardware to play 4K media, without breaking the bank. The Synology DS220+ arrives at an incredible affordably price point, yet (with a plex pass and concentrating on h.264 mEDIA AT UPTO 60Mb bitrate of 32Mb HEVC) it can still play ALOT of current multimedia! Add to this that the NAS is very low in power use and is a quite little 2 bay, and what you have is by far one of the best value 4K Plex NAS’ in the market.

The DS220+ will almost certainly see a refresh in 2023 towards a DS223+ NAS (with question marks about whether it will feature an Intel or AMD CPU – and even more questions on the whether it will have integrated graphics), the DS220+ is 100% going to be on offer at a number of retailers, as Synology begins to run down the stock of the 2020 gen, in favour of the 2023 generation. If you see the DS220+ at £250 o less this Black Friday, SNAP IT UP!

Synology DS220+ NAS

CPU: Intel J4025 2-Core Celeron
Memory:Bays: 2-6GB
M.2 NVMe Bays: No
Network Ports: 2x 1GbE
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 1 x2
KVM: No
Network Upgrade: No
Synology DS220+ is a compact network-attached storage solution designed to streamline your data and multimedia management. It features smooth data sharing, video streaming, and photo indexing, as well as well-rounded data protection and recovery options. Video Station lets you easily manage and organize movies, TV shows, and home videos, and stream content to computers, smartphones, and media players. Organize your photos intelligently with Moments, a modern, AI-enabled photo management application that lets you effortlessly preserve your precious memories. Audio Station is your personal music center, designed to intelligently sort and organize your audio files, and stream to Google Cast enabled devices. Audio Station supports lossless formats to ensure pristine audio quality.
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BEST Budget/Value NAS Black Friday 2022 Deal – Synology DS220+j

If you HAVE decided to buy a NAS as a low key multimedia server for DLNA/uPnP streaming and/or low/2n tier backup server – then the incredibly affordable DS220j NAS will make ALOT of sense! It arrives at a fraction of the price of the more powerful Intel options mentioned above in the 2020 generation, but still has DSM on board, a quad-core 64bit ARM CPU and (although a little slower and needs a pinch more patience at times) is a really impressive, small scale NAS!

This is another NAS that is fully expected to see a 2023 refresh (largely down to the talk of a new Synology Value NAS with the Realtek RTD1619 CPU coming). So, be sure to look for this bargain on the week of Black Friday 2022!

 Synology DS220j NAS

CPU: Realtek RTD1296 4-Core ARM v8 64bit
Memory:Bays: 512MB
M.2 NVMe Bays: No
Network Ports: 1x1GbE
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 1 x2
KVM: No
Network Upgrade: No
DS220j is an entry-level 2-bay NAS designed for home and personal users to store and share photos, videos, and documents. The private cloud solution is powered by the award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, providing an intuitive user interface and safe data protection approaches for easy digital asset backups from computers and mobile devices at no additional cost.  Synology’s comprehensive multi-version backup solution protects your digital assets on computers (Windows/Mac) and mobile phones (Android/iOS) against malicious attacks, including the rising encryption-based ransomware threats. Storage management is easy with Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) technology. SHR is an automated RAID management system that allows you to easily create and expand storage volumes and migrate RAID types without requiring details on the RAID setup. SHR provides 1-disk redundancy to safeguard your data in case of drive failures.
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BEST Surveillance NVR NAS Black Friday 2022 Deal – QNAP TS-453D

Arriving at a price point that is a pinch higher than some might expect (especially those weighing up between the TS-453D and TS-453Be), this serves as a more compact and affordable alternative to the TVS-473e and TVS-472XT. The TS-453D NAS is something that QNAP should be proud of. It is a great entry into their already impressive range of desktop NAS devices, finding an excellent balance between home and business users. If you are looking for a brand new ‘powerful on a budget’ NAS to consolidate your home media, Set up a Surveillance network, run virtual OS environments, sort through photo media, support your relatives as the ‘IT whizz’ of the family, or move your business away from Google Drives and DropBox’ onto something safer, more scalable and dependable – then the TS-453D has alot to offer you. It gives you a great base to start using the QTS platform, as well as a good means to upgrade your storage internally at a later date (expansions in memory to 8GB, expansions in storage with the TL & TR Series, expansion in NVMe, 10Gbe both in the QM2 range and more). When it comes to surveillance though, the fact the TS-453D has KVM support, is upgradable in about 5 different ways AND has 8 camera licences with QVR Pro, means that it is a fantastic Surveillance NAS indeed. Plus, now that you can upgrade AI services thanks to the m.2 connected $29 MTU upgrade card. As you can see from the graph below, pricing has been tremendously dynamic since the launch of the TS-464 and TS-453E NAS:

That said, If you are an existing TS-453Be or TS-453B owner, this might not seem like the jump you were waiting for. Likewise, the odd choice of PCIe Gen 2 x2 may present an internal bottleneck for some.

QNAP TS-453D NAS

CPU: Intel J4125 4-Core Celeron
Memory:Bays: 4-8GB
M.2 NVMe Bays: No
Network Ports: 2x 2.5GbE
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 1 x 3, USB 2.0 x2
KVM: Yes
Network Upgrade: Yes
The new-gen Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) trend has driven higher bandwidth demands for wired and wireless network connections. By integrating Intel® Celeron® J4125 quad-core 2.0 GHz processor and 2.5GbE connectivity, the TS-453D not only provides modern businesses an excellent NAS solution to upgrade to 2.5GbE environments for productive daily backup/restore tasks, but also provides gamers with ample storage for their vast game collections. Up to 5 Gbps transfer speeds can be made by setting port trunking with the two built-in 2.5GbE ports. The TS-453D also supports PCIe expansion, multi-cloud backup, cloud storage gateways, 4K HDMI output and real-time transcoding, alongside expandable storage capacity and feature-rich apps to perform as a cost-efficient, reliable 2.5GbE NAS.
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BEST Price Per Terabyte NAS Hard Drive Black Friday 2022 Deal – WD Red Plus 8TB

WD Red Plus 8TB NAS Hard Drive

Interface: SATA
Size: 3.5″
NAS Drive Scale:1-8 Bays
Recording Method: CMR/PMR
RPM: 7200RPM
Cache: 256MB
USP: NASware 3.0, 180TB Workload, Balancing and Vibration Protection
Warranty: 3yrs
Packed with power to handle the small- to medium-sized business NAS environments and increased workloads1 for SOHO customers, WD Red™ Plus is ideal for archiving and sharing, as well as RAID array rebuilding on systems using ZFS and other file systems. Built and tested for up to 8-bay NAS systems, these drives give you the flexibility, versatility, and confidence in storing and sharing your precious home and work files. Built for Optimum NAS Compatibility
WD Red™ Plus drives with NASware™ technology takes the guesswork out of selecting a drive. Optimized for NAS systems, our unique algorithm balances performance and reliability in NAS and RAID environments. Simply put, a WD Red™ Plus drive is one of the most compatible drives available for NAS enclosures. But don’t take our word for it. WD Red™ Plus drives are a reflection of extensive NAS partner technology engagement and compatibility-testing.
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BEST Large Scale / Business NAS Hard Drive Black Friday 2022 Deal – Seagate Ironwolf Pro 16TB

Seagate Ironwolf Pro 16TB NAS Hard Drive

Interface: SATA
Size: 3.5″
Recording Method: CMR/PMR
NAS Drive Scale:1-18 Bays
RPM: 7200RPM
Cache: 256MB
USP: 300TB Workload, Balancing and Vibration Protection, Data Recovery Services
Warranty: 5yrs
IronWolf® Pro drives are engineered to deliver 24×7 performance, reliability, and dependability in multi-bay, multi-user commercial and enterprise RAID storage solutions. Total peace of mind with five-year limited warranty, complimentary three-year Rescue Data Recovery Services, and IronWolf Health Management.
• Built with Agile Array firmware for RAID optimisation and 24×7 use.
• Rotational Vibration sensors on higher capacity drives to mitigate vibration in multi-bay applications.
• Iron Wolf Health Management is built into compatible NAS operating systems that monitors drive health.
• 300 TB/year workload rate for busy multi-user s allowing users to push more data through the hard drive and NAS.
• 5-year with 2-year data recovery service.
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New Synology Surveillance BC500 and TC500 Cameras Revealed

18 octobre 2022 à 16:00

Synology Reveals New Surveillance Cameras coming to their Portfolio – The BC500 and TC500

Yes, that is right! Synology has revealed (at their Synology Enterprise Data Management Annual Conference Event in Taiwan) that they plan on releasing a new range of Surveillance PoE cameras to be used in conjunction with their excellent CCTV/NVR software, Surveillance Station. These are the Synology BC500 compact Bullet camera and the Synology TC500 Dome camera. Although not a vast amount of information was revealed on these new cameras, it is worth highlighting that this makes Synology the FIRST commercial NAS brand to release their own range of cameras. To put that into perspective, although IP Cameras (Web cameras, internet cameras, etc) have been supported and compatible with Synology NAS systems for years (thousands of models and brands), this is the first time they have directly produced a camera that they are personally recommending for use with their systems and software. This is something that alot of users have been asking/demanding for quite a long time (for reasons I will get into later in the article), but for now, let’s discuss the new BC500 & TC500 Surveillance Cameras, why they are a big deal and everything that Synology has revealed on them so far.

Why Is Synology Releasing Their Own Branded Surveillance Cameras Such a Big Deal?

It would be fair to say that NAS systems are a niche area of technology (data storage focused, not as flashy as laptops, phones or TVs), however even MORE niche is Surveillance NAS use. So, it is understandable that the impact of Synology releasing the TC500 and BC500 cameras is a little underwhelming for some users. Let me explain. In all the decades of time that NAS drives have been on the market (not just Synology), the utility for a 24×7 powered large-scale storage system that is remote/network accessible has been HUGELY suitable for CCTV use in the home or business. That is one of the main reasons that early in the Synology NAS software development (not just them) the compulsion for the brand to provide their own surveillance software was a bit of a no-brainer. However, in ALL that time, Synology would never DIRECTLY recommend a camera brand. They would demonstrate their systems with 3rd party companies (which would scale depending on the solution – so AXIS for enterprise perhaps or Reolink/Hikvision for Home/SMB, etc), allow RSTP/ONVIF network support on their platform and even provide a huge compatibility list of thousands of cameras on their support pages. But when it comes to actually loudly picking a single camera brand and saying “THEY are the brand that we endorse/recommend for our NAS systems!”, that has never happened. This makes sense in a way. They are not in any kind of corporate relationship with any camera brand, they would need to heavily investigate a company and it’s portfolio, as well as develop software in partnership with them up to a point . Therefore, it made sense for them to sit on the fence a bit (sometimes to the annoyance of users who just want clear and concise Camera recommendations for their NAS and Surveillance Station).

However, this has now all changed with the reveal of the Synology BC500 and TC500 Cameras. Alongside their software platform making enormous leaps in it’s features, supported services and general GUI, the addition of AI-supported services (used in Deep Video analysis to make more effective and efficient security judgements) has resulted in them needing/wanting to promote this AAA+ feature more prominently. The idea of Synology releasing a range of branded cameras was something of an inevitability – if they didn’t, no doubt one of their biggest rivals would. Plus, this allows the brand to pair its systems and software with a camera that has it’s firmware and features tailored to their ecosystem for much better (and of course efficient) use when deployed. Let’s discuss the hardware of the TC500 and BC500 that we know so far.

Synology BC500 Compact Bullet Camera and TC500 Dome Camera Hardware

The Synology BC500 and TC500 camera hardware is still a little light on the finer details. We do have a number of the preliminary hardware specifications confirmed (recording quality, build, operation) and it looks like both cameras are going to be running the hard/similar hardware specifications – but differ in deployment design. It is fairly likely that these cameras are going to be of 3rd party creation (much like their HDD series that are Toshiba MG drives) BUT will have Synology-specific firmware onboard which means that will run in improved and more effective ways with Surveillance Station 9. Equally, there is every likelihood that some features of the camera to do with hardware onboard the camera SoC/NPU/etc for advanced detection and recognition will be primarily accessed by the NAS system natively – but that is still fully TBC. Let’s discuss the hardware that we know right now:

Synology Surveillance BC500 & TC500 Cameras

  • BC500 = Compact Bullet IP Camera
  • TC500 = Dome IP Camera
  • Pricing and Licensing Details TBC
  • 5MP – 2880×1620 – 30FPS
  • Onbard Hardare Integration
  • 110 Degree Viewing Angle
  • RJ45 PoE Support
  • 180-Day Reported Storage in SS9 (Quality/Size TBC)
  • IP67 Weatherproof
  • Encrypted Recording Transmissions
  • SD Card Support TBC
  • Release Date: H1 2023

The full details regarding the AI hardware services that these cameras will likely include/support is also TBC. We fully expect the specifics on these cameras to be revealed shortly and we will update this article accordingly when we know more. Let’s talk about the things we DO know about the BC500 and TC500 Cameras and Surveillance station from the brand’s presentation.

Synology Surveillance Station and the BC500/TC500 Camera Support

During the Synology event, a demonstration of the BC500 and TC500 cameras being set up and deployed in Surveillance station. This allowed us to see that these cameras will allow users to take advantage of the AI-supported services of the NAS software. How much of this was thanks to the camera’s onboard AI services for person/vehicle/object recognition (onboard NTU or general smart processor we will be looking into. It would appear that these cameras might well allow non DVA series NAS devices to use on-camera hardware integration and use the AI services of Surveillance station in a way currently available on the DVA3221 and DVA1622. Again though, this is still TBC! Nevertheless, it would make ALOT of sense for Synology to include this a selling point for their branded cameras.

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There was a little information on the 5MP reported camera recording of the cameras, which is arguably quite standard in 2022. At the time of writing, we are still awaiting confirmation of camera’s capture specifics, such as the CMO, lens, optical/digital zoom and LED affected Nightvision coverage (perhaps even PiR support thanks to internal hardware). But, even the initial camera hardware we know so far is a good indication.

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The angle of coverage(view etc) of the BC500 and TC500 was also discussed and confirmed at 110 Degrees. No mention was made of when the TC500 dome camera supported remote tilt control or manual adjustment (and the BC500 bullet camera will have zero PT – Pan/Tilt – control of course.

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All in all, we fully expect the reveal of further hardware specifications officially before the end of the year (as Synology no doubt ramps up for it’s end of year annual event ‘Synology 2023’) and perhaps the discovery of the hardware that camera is built from (with Synology software/service integration) will arrive. If/when it does, we will of course update this article, along with further information linked accordingly

What Do We Still Need to Know About the BC500 and TC500 Synology Surveillance Cameras?

The details we have on the Synology BC500 and TC500 Surveillance Cameras are lighter than we would like, BUT are still more than this normally very secretive brand would ordinarily reveal so publically. Nevertheless, there ARE larger questions that people are going to have about Synology releasing their own branded cameras in conjunction with their systems are people are going to wonder. Below are the main questions that (at the time of writing) we still do not have answers for:

How are Synology Camera Licenses going to be handled in conjunction with these new cameras?

With all Synology NAS systems, you get full access to Surveillance Station and 2x Lifetime Camera Licenses (the exceptions being NVR/Surveillance optimized systems like the DVA1622, NVR1218, DVA3221, etc that have more included in their pricing) and the understanding has always been that if you wanted to add more cameras (i.e a business user that wanted to use them for asset protection, insurance and staff provisioning) you would need to buy further licenses at £30-50 each (bundle dependant) to add more cameras. This was done to ensure the more niche surveillance software of the platform can still massively innovate, but strike a balance between home and business users with different requirements (learn more in my NAS Surveillance Before You Buy Video HERE). However, how are things going to be handled by a Synology-branded Surveillance camera? Will these have their own inclusive Camera License OR will they not even need a license?

DVA Services on Synology BC500 and TC500 Cameras?

On the assumption that the BC500 and TC500 Synology Cameras have Synology firmware on board to allow better/more-efficient use of AI services and recognition, will that means that NON-DVA (deep video analysis) NAS systems will now be able to use the services that are currently exclusive to the DVA3221 and DVA1622 NAS?

Will Synology make any changes to Surveillance Station that mean that some features or services down the line are ONLY available for use with their cameras?

They had something of a message/presentation issue of DSM Storage Manager and their own HDDs in DSM7 (which was amended in DSM 7.1) when support and compatibility of HDD/SSDs on enterprise systems in the 2021/2022 series was different on 1st and 3rd party drives. Will some features currently in SS9 change to Synology Only cameras? Or future surveillance innovations? If you CAN make surveillance station use the onboard hardware of IP cameras to lighten server-side processes and allow the camera to do the hard work of AI analysis on the Synology camera services (likely a 3rd party camera and onboard SoC/NPU much like other cameras), will they restrict this to just their own cameras but disallow it from 3rd party cameras?

I have to stress that these are all questions that Synology has not been addressed with at the time of writing, so until we have clear confirmation on any of these, they are pure conjecture. Most/all of these are bound to be answered in the coming months, as well as Eddie in the background translating more information as we speak/write! We will of course update this article accordingly as we learn more. Otherwise, head to this article HERE as we learn more and more about the Synology 2023 Hardware in our Mega Post that is regularly updated.

When will the Synology BC500 and TP500 Cameras Be Released?

Synology did not give a particularly large amount of information on the commercial release of the TC500 and BC500 Cameras, but DID indicate ‘H1 2023’, so that means the first half of 2023. Not a particularly concise release window, but still – not hugely far away in the overall scheme of things. Expect pricing to be confirmed alongside bundle deals at launch.

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