QNAP TS-269 Pro review (pcworld)

A fast and powerful NAS box with a steep learning curve

PC world has done a review of the QNAP TS-269 Pro

“Few would dispute that QNAP makes very fast NAS hardware—the company’s boxes are consistently at the top of PCWorld’s performance charts. The TS-269 Pro is no exception”

“The TS-269 Pro features a 2.13GHz, dual-core Intel Atom D2700 CPU and 1GB of memory (which you can expand up to 3GB, using the single free SODIMM slot). One of my few complaints about the TS-269 Pro is that removing the case cover to access said memory slot was a bit of a chore the enclosure is baby smooth with nothing to grip.”

“QNAP outshines everyone but Synology in the breadth of software features in its Linux-based operating system. These go way beyond simple file-sharing, administration, and backup to include iSCSI, iTunes and DLNA servers, direct photo/music/video viewing in your browser, and video surveillance support. You also get a VPN, FTP, and TFTP servers; full domain and LDAP support; and more.”

QNAP TS-269 Pro

The review concludes with:

“While it’s pricey, excellent performance, copious software features, and state-of-the-art connectivity render this two-bay NAS box a good deal for small offices and work groups. All in all, the TS-269 Pro is a very good NAS box—arguably the best in its class. It’s not remotely budget-priced, and you’ll need decent IT chops to get the most out of it, but more advanced users and IT personnel will love it.”

Check the current price for Qnap TS-269 Pro or read the full review (incl pros and cons).

PC World Mag selects QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS Server

QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Media Players announced today itsTS-259 Pro Turbo NAS server has been honored as one of the Top 100 Best Tech Products 2010 by PC World Magazine in the US. The TS-259 Pro is the entry-level model of QNAP’s Business Series NAS servers, a 2-drive unit with the distinction of being the first NAS to feature a dual-core Intel® Atom™ CPU and 1GB of RAM, delivering network transfer rates exceeding 100MB/sec, and the only NAS picked by PC World to receive the Top 100 Best Tech Products 2010 award.

In PC World’s own words:

“This Intel Atom-powered, two-bay network-attached storage box impressed us with startlingly fast speed. The drive packs tons of business-oriented features (iSCSI, MPIO), and media-friendly software–as well as QMobile, an iPhone app for remote access.”

“We are deeply honored to receive this prestigious award from PC World Magazine, affirming the TS-259 Pro really stands out from the competition,” said Mr. Laurent Cheng, Product Manager of QNAP. “QNAP strives to provide the highest quality, most reliable networked storage solutions for a broad range of consumer/prosumer, SMB, Corporate, and even entry-level enterprise customers.”

QNAP recently announced newly enhanced models of the Business Series lineup TS-x59 Pro+, featuring the new 1.8GHz dual-core Intel® Atom™ D525 CPU. The new TS-x59 Pro+ models deliver remarkable performance and maintain high reliability for multiple concurrent applications and intensive data transfer with guaranteed low power consumption.

QNAP’s v3.3 NAS management software allows users to take full advantage of business critical applications including the most comprehensive centralized backup available, website hosting, printer sharing, file server/sharing, and even video surveillance recording using networked cameras, and the free QMobile app for PC-less data sharing with Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch or Android handsets.

QNAP TS-110 Turbo NAS Server

After the four-bay TS-410 and dual-bay TS-210, QNAP introduces the single bay TS-110 Turbo NAS server for home and SOHO users. The device has one 3.5-inch SATA hard drive bay support up to 2TB of storage capacity.

 

QNAP expanded its Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of the TS-110 desktop NAS server for home and SOHO users. The TS-110 supports a single 3.5″ SATA hard drives with up to 2TB of total capacity and features a Marvell 800MHz CPU and 256MB DDRII memory which provides solid performance with low power consumption. The TS-110 can be configured with QNAP’s exclusive Q-RAID 1 for high data redundancy. The TS-110 also supports advanced features such as iSCSI Target service with Thin Provisioning and a Gigabit LAN port and policy based IP blocking, S.M.A.R.T hard disk health monitoring, email and SMS notifications if there are problems with the unit, features generally found on much higher end NAS servers. The TS-110 also features 3 USB ports (with unique auto-copy feature on the front port) for expanding the storage capacity, printer sharing, or backing up the TS-110. The TS-110 also features an e-SATA port.

The TS-110 is a smart choice for installation in home or home-based business as it’s fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX networks and features a built-in UPnP/ DLNA media server (with TwonkyMedia enabled) supporting a wide range of DLNA media players such as Sony® PS3 and Microsoft® Xbox 360 gaming consoles. By installing the DLNA/ UPnP application on your iPhone or iPod touch, users can access the TS-110 on the home network and play videos, music, and photos from the server over the network. In addition, the high-speed PC-less Download Station with the unique QGet utility enables users to manage the BT/ FTP/ HTTP download tasks (fully BitTorrent compatible) remotely over the local network or the Internet. The TS-110 can perform centralized backups of all computers attached to the network to protect valuable paid downloaded music & video content, digital pictures, and documents.

“QNAP’s new TS-110 is an ideal choice for home and SOHO users due to its outstanding performance-to-price ratio” said Sam Lo, Product Manager of QNAP Systems, Inc. “When you consider the TS-110 can be a file server, home media server, host websites, and backup all the computers on the network, it’s a fantastic value” Mr. Lo added.

The TS-110 comes with QNAP’s new V3 of its NAS management software, embedded as firmware, adding significant new features including virtual disk drives support (up to 8 virtual disks via iSCSI expansion over the network). Network Discovery Services are enhanced with new Bonjour support offering zero-configuration networking for HTTP, SAMBA, FTP, AFP, and SSH based networks, and full UPnP support. Other new features of the V3 firmware include EXT4 support for very large volumes and file sizes and SNMP support. V3 includes an all-new AJAX-based web interface that is extremely easy to use and is broadly compatible with popular web browsers.

TCheck out the details of the TS-110 and PCWorld’s verdict

Debian Lenny on QNAP TS-209 NAS

The QNAP TS-209 is a powerful NAS device that can be used for a variety of tasks. Support for the TS-209 has been added to the current release of Debian, version 5.0 (Lenny).

Martin Michlmeyer describes ste-by-setp what is needed to get Debian running on your TS-209

QNAP TS-209 Turbo NAS is the most powerful 2-bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) product designed for SOHO and Home users. TS-209 adopts the latest powerful 500MHz CPU with 128MB DDR II RAM and Gigabit Ethernet design; its ultra-high-speed performance significantly boosts the file sharing speed. Abundant valuable server features are also included, such as advanced auto-sync/schedule/instant backup, cross-platform sharing for Windows and Mac, Web Server of PHP with MySQL and SQLite, RAID 1 mirroring protection with hot-swapping design, encrypted FTP file sharing, encrypted Remote Replication, unique Web File Manager, built-in DDNS, SSL and SSH remote login, etc.. These differentiated designs make TS-209 a perfect choice for SOHO users who need faster performance and useful server features. With its friendly web-based interface, users can easily set up a network system for all sorts of server applications without MIS help.

TS-209 is also designed for home users. You can easily build up a perfect multimedia storage center for backing up and sharing multimedia files with your friends and family. TS-209 provides a lot of attractive server functions, such as iTunes Server, UPnP/ DLNA Media Server (TwonkyMedia) with Internet Radio, Multimedia Station with web-based photo album, BitTorrent Download Station, etc..

QNAP TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS device (review)

James Hutchinson from PC World Australia has written a review of the QNAP TS-239:

“Built for homes and small offices, QNAP’s TS-239 Pro Turbo provides two drive bays that can house up to 4TB of network-attached storage (NAS). It’s a small and easy to use NAS device with lightning-fast transfer speeds; it even has iSCSI functionality. It’s more expensive than the QNAP TS-219P Turbo, but it’s faster and offers better connectivity.

The TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS device looks almost identical to the less expensive TS-219P Turbo, with the same exposed, hot-swappable drive bays that can be individually locked. Latches on the drive caddies pull out to extract the drives, but we found that without a catch release (as found on the QNAP SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS) the latches can be difficult to pull.

A single USB port on the TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS device’s front panel can be configured to backup either to or from an attached external hard drive. On the back panel there are two more USB ports and two eSATA ports. You also get two Gigabit Ethernet ports — the TS-219P Turbo only has one — which support failover (if one Ethernet port fails) and load balancing over multiple IP addresses. A VGA port on the back panel can be used to directly monitor the NAS device’s status and any errors; we would prefer an LCD on the front panel.

The biggest differences between this NAS device and the TS-219P Turbo are on the inside. The TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS device is configured with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU and 1GB of DDR2 memory; a significant upgrade over the 1.2GHz Marvell CPU and 512MB of RAM that are installed in the TS-219P. The beefier specifications mean that the TS-239 Pro Turbo consumes more power. When running two 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives, the TS-239 Pro Turbo consumed 35 Watts when idle compared to the TS-219P Turbo’s 24.5W when the same drives were installed.

QNAP’s new AJAX Interface


For office users, the TS-239 Pro Turbo’s iSCSI capabilities mean you can attach the NAS device to an iSCSI server in order to improve file transfer performance and create a virtual drive on networked computers. QNAP’s latest firmware also allows you assign other iSCSI targets to the TS-239P Turbo NAS device as virtual drives.

The NAS device’s security features are impressive: you can secure the Web interface through SSL authentication, IP filtering and timed lockouts for individual access protocols. Individual drive volumes on the TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS can be encrypted using 256-bit AES security; there is no password recovery function.

Back up methods include remote replication over LAN and Internet, scheduled backups to an external hard drive, and user-initiated backups using the one-touch copy button.”

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