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

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Introducing the QNAP TS-419P Turbo NAS

My home based network is a mix of two windows based workstations (XP and Windows 7), two XP laptops and two Linux servers (Redhat 5 and Fedora Core 10).  External storage on these systems has always been on my todo list and a simple solution would be to add a network attached storage device or NAS.  Up to this point, every time I looked at a NAS, they always seemed poorly made or way too expensive for a home based system.  Recently I was asked to review the QNAP TS-419P and was hopeful that this system would fit my storage needs, be priced right and have the quality I have been looking for in a NAS.

QNAP TS-419

There are two main reasons for me wanting a network attached storage device at home.  One is for backing up the various computers on my network and the other is a centralized storage area for streaming media in my house.  I wanted my NAS to have at least RAID 5 capability and the ability to expand in the future.  After reading some of the features such as Advanced RAID Management with Hot-swap Design, Online RAID Capacity Expansion and S.M.A.R.T & Advanced HDD Health Scanning (HHS), I realized that this system would do what I wanted and a whole lot more.

QNAP TS-419

After reviewing the hardware specifications I noticed that the system is shipped without hard drives.  The max hard drive size this system can hold is 4 x 2 TB for a total of 8 TB.  At this time, 2 TB drives are still a little pricey, but it good to know that I can expand when the price of those drives come down.  After receiving the TS-419P, I went down to my local Fry’s electronics store and was able to get a great deal on four Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB drives.   Four 500 GB drives with RAID 5 would give me about 1.3 TB of disk space, not a bad start.

Let’s take a look at the hardware and software specifications before we move to the installation and configuration of the NAS.

 

Hardware Specifications:

 

CPU

 

Marvell 6281 1.2GHz

 

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 and lockable 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)
Supports USB printer, disk, pen drive, USB hub, and USB UPS, etc.

 

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)

 

Sound Level (dB)

 

W/o HDD installed: 33 dB
Stand by: 33.2 dB
In operation: 35.1dB
(Background: 25.5 dB)

 

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)

 

Supported Operating Systems

 

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

 

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

 

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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