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Qnap TS-253B-8G-US 2-Bay Professional-grade iSCSI NAS. Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Quad-core CPU with Hardware Encryption and exclusive USB type-C Quick Access Port.
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- Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz (up to 2.3GHz), 8GB DDR3L RAM (2x4GB, max 8GB)
- SATA 6G, 2xGbE, PCIe slot for 10GbE or 2 more GbE, AES-NI encryption, 4K hardware transcoding
- Dual 4K HDMI v1.4b, max 1 UX-800P/UX-500P expansion unit, built-in speaker, 1x Line out
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OLED Panel with capacitive touch buttons
The TS-253B features an all-new design with a sliding cover. The tool-less 3.5” hard drive installation makes it easier for users to set up and maintain the TS-253B. The OLED front panel displays system information (including temperatures, fan speed, and the capacity of hard drives, volumes and LUN) allowing you to quickly view the overall system status.
Directly access files with USB-C QuickAccess
The TS-253B features an innovative USB-C QuickAccess port that allows you to complete the first-time installation and setup of your TS-253B without requiring network connectivity.
4K HDMI output for an excellent audiovisual experience
Featuring advanced 9th-generation Intel HD Graphics, the TS-253B supports 4K (H.264) hardware decoding and delivers superior real-time 4K (H.264) and 1080p video transcoding to convert videos to universal formats that can be smoothly played on multiple devices.
Qfiling automates your file organization
Qfiling helps automate file organization for sorting files spread through multiple folders, helping to reduce the time needed for finding important files.
Centralized Management for Media Devices
Cinema28 turns your TS-253B into a central management center for multimedia devices. With Cinema28 you can display photos, stream music and play videos saved on the TS-253B to multiple media devices located in different rooms and see the status and content list of each device.
IFTTT Agent automates your workflow
IFTTT (If This Then That) is currently one of the most popular web automation services, and with QNAP IFTTT Agent you can create a near-unlimited number of NAS-related applets on the IFTTT website for greater automation and to boost your productivity.
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|Item Dimensions||4.02 x 8.5 x 5.91 in||4.02 x 8.86 x 6.63 in||7.85 x 11.01 x 7.41 in||4.07 x 6.18 x 9.13 in||5.95 x 7.87 x 8.27 in||8.29 x 9.27 x 7.28 in|
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Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz (up to 2.3GHz), 8GB DDR3L RAM (2x4GB, max 8GB), SATA 6G, 2xGbE, PCIe slot for 10GbE or 2 more GbE, AES-NI encryption, 4K hardware transcoding, dual 4K HDMI v1.4b, max 1 UX-800P/UX-500P expansion unit, built-in speaker, 1x Line out.
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So far the unit has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy with read/write performance, especially with multiple simultaneous connections. I have been able to write data to the NAS at consistent ~30-35 megaBYTES/second using 802.11n 5GHz WiFi from a MacBook Pro (router is ASUS RT-N66u). The WD MyBook Live topped out at 10-12MBps on a good day. I have not tested using a Gigabit wired connection, yet. This unit has plenty of horsepower: no noticeable degradation in performance with both of our MacBook Pros doing full TimeMachine backups, while writing hundreds of gigabytes of data simultaneously.
I am primarily using this NAS for data storage, backup and remote access to my personal data - and NOT for streaming media to my Smart TV since I use AppleTV+MacBook Pro for that. However, the QTS 4.2 operating system has plenty of features if you want to turn it into a media server, with support for iTunes, DLNA, Twonky etc. My SmartTV supports DLNA so I intend to test the DLNA streaming from NAS directly to TV at some point. The App Center has plenty of apps to choose from, to further enhance the capabilities. I am using CrashPlan app on the QNAP to backup data on the NAS to the cloud. I wasted a whole day researching/troubleshooting an issue where launching any app (including CrashPlan) that opens its configuration menu in a webpage would give a "403 Forbidden: You don't have permission to access / on this server." message. See my comment on this review for solution.
I have since used their QManager, QFile and QVideo mobile apps on iOS and they work very well. I can remotely access all my data and manage/monitor the unit from any web broswer or my iPhone. Love it! The QFile app can play your videos stored on the NAS on your iPhone/iPad even if the file format is not natively supported by iOS.
QTS 4.2 gives me excellent control over sharing data with other family members. For example, QTS automatically creates a /home folder for each user account. When a user connects to the NAS using their credentials, QTS automatically maps them to the /home share tied to their user account. Files in each user's /home folder are private. Advanced File Permissions allow you to control access to subfolders, so you can lock a subfolder even if the user has access to its parent folder. You can also set disk space quotas for each user.
Finally, a note about QNAP customer service. I ordered the item from Amazon that is sold directly by QNAP and is not eligible for Prime delivery (Amazon was out of stock at the time). A UPS shipping label was generated the very next day but the item wasn't picked up by UPS for 3 business days. Found out that QNAP had a miscommunication with their warehouse and the unit was out of stock. They got it in on the fourth business day and upgraded shipping method to Next-Day Air at no cost to me and met their shipping deadline. Well done QNAP. I also contacted their technical support regarding the web server issue mentioned above. I submitted a ticket on the weekend and a representative contacted me Monday. I had already solved the issue myself by then, but nonetheless he was willing to do a screen sharing troubleshooting session with me. Well done again! A great product can still leave a bad experience when the support behind it is poor or non-existing, so keep it up QNAP.
A word of caution: This product is aimed at SMBs and advanced home users. While the QTS 4.2 operating system makes it simple to configure most features, you still need to have at least average knowledge of networking (router configuration, port forwarding, port-channels/link aggregation, static IP addresses etc.) to take full advantage of features such as remote access, VPN server/client etc. If you have experience with Linux command line then you are golden but that is definitely not a requirement. Google is your friend. Please comment if you have questions and I will do my best to answer.
The 453A is similar to the 451+/453 pro series. The differences are listed below:
453A use a Intel® Celeron® Processor N3150 lower in frequency : 1.6 Ghz turbo 2.08
x53 series and x51+ series use J1900: 2 Ghz turbo 2,42Ghz
N3150 and J1900 are quad-core with 2M cache
N3150 is 14 nm and J1900 is 22nm. TDP for N3150 is 4w versus 10W for J1900.
N3150 use memory DDR3L 1600 (8GB max.) versus DDRL 1333 (8GB max.) for J1900
Overall what does this mean for you?
The 453A will have lower power consumption and hardware encryption (AES-NI). Additionally, it has 4K HDMI output, transcoding and multimedia playback. Currently (as of 1/22/2016), the 453 pro and 453A are about the same price. This is obviously the better buy with a newer generation processor and remote.
Currently, I am using my NAS as a media center. It transcodes 1080p movies and TV shows through plex without problem.
Update 3/31/2016: After using this NAS for several months. I am completely happy with my purchase. I have Sonar, Couchpotato, transmission and Plex setup on this unit. I can simultaneously download and stream 1080p movies. In addition, I sync/backup all my photos on this NAS directly to skydrive. The amount of features and customization is overwhelming.
One problem is that the fan will intermittently turn on to 100% and it sounds like a blowtorch. This is a known problem and QNAP has released a fix for this problem. However, I ended up changing the stock fan to a Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm.
I mainly wanted to use it as a Plex/Media Server in RAID 0 with Crashplan providing backup functionality. My test for streaming performance was to have identical, full quality 20Mbps bitrate 1080p, 7.1 .mkv files direct playing (no transcoding) to my local TV (wired) and my friend's remote Plex app on his roku 3 (wired) while at the same time playing a transcoded (audio and video) .mkv of a different 20Mbps movie to my local iPad (5GHz wifi). I was able to do this with ZERO (literally, zero) hiccups while also backing up my local macbook to crashplan and time capsule and copying a 5GB file between NAS folder; transfer rate on copy was great, sorry for lame lack of specifics.
Obviously, this is an imperfect test for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my and my friend's ISP bandwidth (170 Mbps and 80 Mbps, respectively), the lack of 4k content being played (main advertised feature of the product), and the non-existent transfer rates.
I do have a 4k TV and I have played back h.264 4k files using the NAS's built-in HDMI outs via the included kodi app (XBMC derivative) and they seem to play back just fine, but I have not spent significant time doing any tests so I won't say much on the topic. FWIW, 4k direct play content plays perfectly through my Samsung Smart TV Plex client as being served by the Plex Media Server installed on the NAS.
With this device, there is a ton to investigate and tweak regarding management, diagnostics, etc., especially as a relative NAS-noob (a tech-saavy NAS-noob mind you). But long story short, I couldn't be happier at this point and will update this review in the coming months as I figure more things out.
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I use it as a file server, web server and virtual machine host on a small network.Read more