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. 




Marvell 1.6GHz






Flash Memory






4 x 3.5″ or 2.5” SATA I/II HDD

  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




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




2 x eSATA port (Back)




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






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




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)




0~40˚C/ 32~104°F




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




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


Software Specifications:



Operating System


Linux-embedded system






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)




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


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




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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