Even though that C2 services were around for a while, it was not until the June of 2021 that we got DSM 7, and with it five new C2 services.

More details on the whole collection you can read in the following article.

Today, one of the most important Synology app got its own dedicated support with the C2 cloud, C2 Surveillance.

Not a surprise as Synology is currently in Surveillance Station 9.0 beta for both DSM 6 and 7 versions, and it is coming out with a new DVA1622 device this summer. The power of the cloud is present in almost all their major NAS apps, co it is no wonder that SS got some love as well.

Designed to add more security and flexibility to your Surveillance Station running on your NAS
NOTE: C2 Surveillance is currently in beta, until October 31, 2022, and you can use the service free of charge. From November 1st, 2022, the service will go full commercial.

C2 Surveillance, like most other C2 services, is a commercial one offering a free trial but after that, the prices are as follows:

Prices as of May 2022 (subject to change!)

In order to be able to use this service, you will need a NAS with a compatible version of Surveillance Station 9 and a valid Synology Account. After the service is out of beta, you will need a valid payment method as well.

After you install Surveillance Station 9 (9.0.0-7656 or later to be exact), you will have the option to use C2 Surveillance and upload your recording using end-to-end encryption.

Surveillance Station 9 with C2 Surveillance support
Sharing feature is coming soon
The video-sharing feature is coming soon. When it is available, users will be able to share recordings with anyone and restrict their access at any time. The shared video will be accessible until recordings are rotated according to the users' subscription plan (7 days or 30 days).

Until November 1st, 2022, the service is free

One more feature that is yet to come is encrypted recordings. Now keep in mind that the process of placing the footage into C2 is end-to-end encrypted but soon you will have the option to use an additional encryption key by the client-side to secure them even if your Synology account password is compromised.

Registering for C2 Surveillance

As mentioned before you will need a valid Synology Account in order to bind C2 Surveillance to it.

Visit the C2 Surveillance site and continue with the registration process.

After you login with Synology Account you can follow the wizard
Choose your data center and subscription
You can get a discount if you register during the beta period
Note that the payment will start after 180 days, on November 1st, 2022

All good, time to shift to Surveillance Station 9 on your NAS or DVA device

Connect your camera to C2 Surveillance

In order to pair up your Surveillance Station registered cameras to C2 Surveillance you will need to follow again a short wizard.

C2 Surveillance UI inside SS. Time to pair your camera(s)
Select your previously registered subscription plan
Select the camera(s) from the list that you want (number will depend on your plan)
Review the summary, and conclude the wizard
Camera connected and dual recording is in effect

Once the clips start to happen they will be automatically uploaded to the cloud destination. Until then, your C2 Surveillance web portal will look like this.

C2 Surveillance web portal. This is where you will be able to look and share your clips

After a while the UI will start to populate with your footage. You will be able to play, download, delete, and over time, share your content right from the browser.

C2 Surveillance with your backed up footage


A proper Surveillance Station 9 review is pending and at that time I will focus more on the functionality of the entier platform, but for now, C2 Surveillance comes as an additional layer of protection in case something happens to your NAS or DVA device.  

Unlike the other C2 services, like C2 Backup, Surveillance requires that you have a NAS with a compatible SS9 version installed.

As said before, an expect move by Synology and certainly one that many clients were asking for. With C2 Surveillance in place, you can be sure that all your footage will be backed up off site in case of any problems or if you do not have another NAS on a remote location that you can replicate your data to.

Time will show how this will fair among the users, but considering how well other cloud services work, I expect it to be well accepted considering its very reasonable pricing.