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.


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.


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:




Marvell 6281 1.2GHz






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 and lockable tray




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




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)


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)




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)


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)




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


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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