QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS 4-Bay Network Storage Review

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Introducing the QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS

About six months ago, I started looking into building a Home Theater PC Solution that fit my needs.  Seeing I already owned an Xbox 360, and not wanting to build a separate PC, I decided my best route was to look at some type of device that could stream to an Xbox 360 using UPnP.  I ran into many roadblocks, some devices did not support a large storage pool, and others were just too expensive.  When asked to review the QNAP TS-419P+, I was thrilled to see that the device supported just the type of streaming that I wanted.

QNAP TS-419P+ Front

Like most people, I have a rather large DVD Collection, and the collection takes up a lot of room.  I wanted to be able to store my DVDs in a digital format, and be able to access them at any time.  I also wanted to know that my files would be safe in the event of a drive failure.  I wanted a NAS that had advanced RAID capabilities, used relatively little power, and as noted before, could stream to a variety of devices.  After reading that the QNAP TS-419P+ had Raid 0, 1, 5,6, single and JBOD Disk Configurations, online RAID capacity expansions, a built in UPnP Media Server, a 1.6GHz CPU and 512MB of dedicated ram, I felt that the NAS would be a good candidate for my needs.

QNAP TS-419P+ Box

Like most NAS devices, the QNAP TS-419P+ ships without hard drives.  Currently the largest size hard drive the NAS can support are 2TB Drives.  Having four Western Digital 2TB WD20EADS drives on hand, I decided I would setup the disks in a RAID 5, which would give me almost 6TB of usable disk space.   
Lets take a look at the hardware and software specifications before we take a look at the installation and configuration of the unit. 

 

CPU

 

Marvell 1.6GHz

 

DRAM

 

512MB DDRII RAM

 

Flash Memory

 

16MB

 

HDD

 

4 x 3.5″ or 2.5” SATA I/II HDD
NOTE:

  1. The system is shipped without HDD.
  2. For the HDD compatibility list, please visit http://www.qnap.com/pro_compatibility.asp

 

HDD Tray

 

4 x hot-swappable tray

 

LAN Port

 

2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port

 

LED Indicators

 

Status, LAN, USB, eSATA, HDD 1, HDD 2, HDD 3, HDD 4

 

USB

 

4 x USB 2.0 port (Front: 1; Back: 3)

 

eSATA

 

2 x eSATA port (Back)

 

Buttons

 

Power button, USB one-touch-backup button, reset button

 

LCD panel

 

Mono-LCD display with backlight and buttons for configuration

 

Alarm Buzzer

 

System warning

 

Form Factor

 

Tower

 

Dimensions

 

177(H) x 180(W) x 235(D) mm
6.97(H) x 7.09(W) x 9.25(D) inch

 

Weight

 

Net weight: 3 Kg (6.61 lbs)
Gross weight: 4.6 Kg (10.14 lbs)

 

Power Consumption (W)

 

Sleep mode: 11W
In operation: 26W
(with 4 x 500GB HDD installed)

 

Temperature

 

0~40˚C/ 32~104°F

 

Humidity

 

0~95% R.H.

 

Power Supply

 

Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, Output: 12V DC, 10A, 120W

 

Secure Design

 

K-lock security slot for theft prevention

 

Fan

 

1 x quiet cooling fan (9 cm, 12V DC)

 

Software Specifications:

 

 

Operating System

 

Linux-embedded system

 

Networking

 

TCP/IP, DHCP Client, DHCP Server, CIFS/SMB, AFP, NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, DDNS, NTP

 

Multi-IP setting

 

Gigabit Jumbo Frame

 

Port Trunking
- Balance-rr (Round-Robin)
- Active Backup
- Balance XOR
- Broadcast
- IEEE 802.3ad
- Balance-tlb (Adaptive Transmit Load Balancing)
- Balance-alb (Adaptive Load Balancing)

 

Network Service Discovery (UPnP & Bonjour)

 

File System

 

EXT3 (Internal/ external HDD)

 

EXT4 (Internal/ external HDD)

 

FAT (External HDD)

 

NTFS (External HDD),  HFS+

 

Supported Operating Systems

 

Microsoft Windows 98/ ME/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/  Vista/ Windows 7 (32bit & 64bit) /Server 2003/2008

 

Mac OS X
Linux and UNIX

 

Disk Management

 

Sngle disk, RAID 0 (Disk Striping), RAID 1 (Disk Mirroring), RAID 5, RAID 5+ Hot spare, RAID 6, and JBOD (Linear Disk Volume)

 

Multiple RAID
Online RAID Capacity Expansion
Online RAID Level Migration
RAID Recovery
Bitmap support for faster RAID rebuild (RAID 1/5/6)

 

Disk usage status management

 

Check disk (Check Linux file system)

 

HDD S.M.A.R.T.

 

Bad blocks scan

 

Built-in iSCSI target service

 

Virtual Disk Drive (VDD) for storage expansion (max. 8 Volumes)

 

User Management

 

User quota management (per user)

 

Windows AD

 

User account management (max. 4,096 users)

 

User group management (max. 512 groups)

 

Batch creating users

 

File System Management

 

Network share management (max. 512 shares)

 

Network volume status management

 

Share folder level ACL support

 

Hide share folder on Windows network

 

Unicode support

 

Journaling file system

 

Web File Manager

 

System Tools

 

E-mail alert (SMTP authentication)

 

SMS alert

 

HDD standby mode

 

Disk usage alert

 

Automatic power on after power loss

 

System firmware upgrade
SNMP

 

Back up, restore, reset system settings

 

Smart fan setting

 

Configurable management port

 

Policy-based unauthorized IP blocking

 

Secure remote login by SSH connection

 

Remote login by Telnet connection

 

USB, SNMP UPS support

 

Schedule power on/ off (max. 15 settings)

 

Network recycle bin

 

Import SSL certificate

 

Real-time System Resource Monitor

 

LCD

 

When the system is ready, users can check or configure the IP settings, physical disk info, volume info, system info, shut down or reboot the NAS, etc.

 

Event Logs

 

Complete system logs (file level): system events management, connection logs, current connection of on-line users

 

Multilingual Support

 

English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Polish

Applications    File Server, FTP Server, Backup Server, Web Server, Media Server, Download Station, Printer Server, Surveillance Station, QPKG

 

Backup Management

 

PC-client backup software-NetBak Replicator: Instant/ Schedule/ Auto-sync backup

 

Remote replication supports Rsync

 

Encrypted remote replication

 

One touch USB copy for different destination folders

 

Data backup to external storage device

 

Multi-browser support

 

Internet Explorer 7 & 8

 

Safari 3 & 4

 

Firefox 3

 

Google Chrome

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