- Brand Name: QNAP
- Model Number: TS-419P
- Network Data Transfer Rate: 375 Megabytes Per Second
QNAP 4-Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage TS-419P
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- Dual Gigabit LAN Deployment
- Advanced RAID Management with Hot-swap Design
- Built-in iSCSI Target Service
- Cross-platform Data Sharing and Storage Centre
- Complete Backup Solution
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Time of ownership: ~8 months.
Documentation is good - there's a quick start guide that gets you going reasonably quickly. It's geared towards PC users, but I was able to suss out the steps for OS-X. There are a lot of steps though, be sure to follow the QSG carefully.
The hardware itself is decent, I had some issues with fitment (sliding drive trays in and out), but once I got the hang of it, things went fine. It's reasonably quiet, though since it's a NAS, it's in my basement.
The software is excellent for a NAS neophyte, easy to use, full featured. You have the option of desktop client or web-based administration. Having a bit of system administration experience helps with the more advanced management (folder permissions, etc). But the basic elements are easy enough for a low/mid-level computer user to set up (and if you're buying this, you're probably not a complete n00b anyway). There are some nice advanced features such as SNMP support and the ability to gain shell access and install your own software (there's a decent plugin community).
So far, it's been flawless in performance (aside from the caveat below), excellent throughput and I've had no issues with it in my mixed Mac/PC/iPhone/network-enabled DVD environment. The few limitations I've run into are mainly on the client site (the media player client in my LG Blu-Ray player isn't quite ready for prime time).
QNAP Support has been excellent - they've gotten back to me in short order with my issues and their support forums are active and helpful.
They do release firmware updates from time to time with new features and new disk support.
Now for the issue - The QNAP appliance is not compatible with all SATA drives.Read more ›
So now my new plan is 8TB of storage on this baby with (4) 2TB external drives to back it all up - RAID 1 the hard way. It would have been nice to have two of these with 16TB total backing each other up but that was out of my budget. It's quite fast and easy to setup. Admin is straightforward and all web-based. One of the features I really like is scheduled shutdown and power up. Not so much to save electricity which is low-end compared to a desktop system, but to save wear and tear on the gear. There are a pile of great features but I will not replicate them here. If you are geeky enough to buy one of these for home, then you can find your way to the QNAP website <grin>.
You can't carve out logical storage and break up a physical 2TB drive into two 1TB logical drives.
After auto power up, the external USB drive plugged into the NAS (which does not turn off) does not rejoin the NAS device list. You have to power cycle the USB drive while the NAS is running. The eSATA drives do not have this issue.
QNAP's web administration software is very handy and pretty much all configuration can be done via this interface with the option of manual command line tweaking if you are into that sort of thing. QNAP supplies a QPKG utility to install new applications, one of which is IPKG which can open the door to a lot of other optware packages. This is an ARM processor model, so any third party code would have to be cross-compiled, but I'm happy with what came stock.
This model is CPU bound for performance. Using 3 Seagate 2TB 5900 rpm green drives in raid-5 took about 17 hours to initialize. I suggest using efficient drives over performance models due to the limitations of the NAS not even coming close to saturating these lower performance drives. My main use is SMB/AFP shares where I consistently get about 45MB/s read and 25-30MB/s writes over gigabit which is quite acceptable. During heavy writes, the CPU is pegged so it shows the limitations of this model (I can't imagine using the slower CPU in the lower models).
To keep the review short, I'm pleased with its reliability and features so far. QNAP is continually developing the firmware and I have had no problems with errors or downtime to date.
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I upgraded from previous fan-less QNAP models (TS-109 II, TS-119) to the TS-419P. The 419P was my first introduction to data redundancy/RAID arrays, and I can say that while it did... Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by lazeekat
I purchased this baby on July 18, 2010 & since then, I have no problem with updating firmware & stuff:
-High quality chassis (even feels a little heavy... Read more