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Yesterday, we looked at Netgear’s ReadyNAS Ultra 4 Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 Review and Giveaway Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 Review and Giveaway Read More and were impressed with its throughput performance. The day before, we loved how Synology’s DS411j Synology DS411j NAS Review and Giveaway Synology DS411j NAS Review and Giveaway Read More and its gorgeous GUI stole the limelight. And before that, we were all taken with the Drobo FS Data Robotics Drobo FS NAS Review and Giveaway Data Robotics Drobo FS NAS Review and Giveaway Read More and its ease of use. So today, how about we feature a NAS that does all of this collectively?

The device that we’ll be looking at today is the QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS. It’s only available as a diskless system and priced at $599, it isn’t exactly cheap. However, if you were thinking about getting a NAS, you really should read this article because this particular model could be just what you were looking for. Not to mention, we will be giving the review unit away.

So hop in.

The QNAP TS-419P+ is targeted towards prosumers and features 4 hot-swappable drive bays, a Marvell 6282 1.6 GHZ processor, 512 MB DDR2 memory, dual gigabit ethernet ports, 4 USB ports, 2 eSATA ports and a whole lot of mojo. Did you notice the eSATA and dual ethernet ports? That’s what gives the TS-419P+ the advantage over the other NAS devices we’ve reviewed over the past 3 days.

At the front, it sports the 4 aforementioned drive bays, a USB port and a corresponding backup button for easy one-touch backup, a LCD panel and 2 control buttons. The LCD panel allows you to check its status, IP address, and administer the system — either power it down or perform a restart. It sports a brushed aluminium body, which is very classy indeed.

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At the back, is where the magic happens. You’ll find 2 eSATA ports, which was not available on the other 3 NAS devices we reviewed. Plus, it’s got 1 more USB port than the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4. Along with that, and perhaps the most interesting part of the QNAP is the dual ethernet interface, which supports network teaming. We spoke about network teaming yesterday in the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 review (where sadly, it is not supported) but in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap. Teaming or trunking is the ability to combine 2 network interfaces together, resulting in a single, faster connection to the router. There are various modes of network teaming and here’s what the TS-419P+ supports:

  • Balance-rr (Round-Robin)
  • Active Backup
  • Balance XOR
  • Broadcast
  • IEEE 802.3ad
  • Balance-tlb (Adaptive Transmit Load Balancing)
  • Balance-alb (Adaptive Load Balancing)

So far, things are looking good for the TS-419P+. Its hardware specs are enough to please any prosumer.

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Installation/Detection

Since the TS-419P+ is a diskless system, you must first have your own hard drives. Currently, the largest capacity drive that the device is able to accommodate is 2 TB.

To install the drives, simply remove the drive trays from the bays at the front and screw the drives onto the trays. Push them back into the device and power it on.

Like all NAS devices, the QNAP TS-419P+ comes with its own dashboard/detection application on a CD called QNAP Finder which is cross platform. Once the application is installed, it will automatically detect any QNAP NAS devices on your network and assist you in logging into the web-based GUI.

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Clicking on Configure will begin the initiation process.

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Initialising the drives is a 6-step process where you will be asked to set a name for the device, an administrative password, the time zone, the services you require, and finally, the RAID array configuration. The TS-419P+ is capable of RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare; and JBOD. It also supports the newer EXT4 file system. After customising the device to your preference, it takes roughly about 15 minutes for the entire system to be online and ready for use.

Logging into the administration web-based AJAX GUI is simple if you know the device’s IP address. Open a browser of your choice and type in its IP address. If not, use the QNAP Finder to locate your device, then click on Connect.

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Like the Synology, QNAP’s web interface is pretty good although it doesn’t support multi-tasking. The GUI is easy to manoeuvre and quite responsive. It also provides an easy, one-touch solution to enable various functions like Apple Time Machine support, a file server, web server, backup server, iTunes server, print server, media centre, torrent download centre, webcam surveillance support, the list goes on.

The TS-419P+ also has several advanced options like UPS support and power management, among others. In addition to that, the system allows for even more features like a Twonkymedia server, Squeezebox server, PS3 media server, Joomla and WordPress installations via its QPKG system.

Expansion

With its hot-swappable front access drive bays, the TS-419P+ could not be easier to upgrade or expand. Plus, the system supports on-the-fly RAID level migration. This means that upgrading from a 2-disk to 4-disk system is a walk in the park.

Management

Every setting imaginable is easily accessible from the GUI; from the RAID array configuration, access management, disk quota distribution and file services to backup settings. There is also a built-in search function to allow you to easily find the setting that you’re looking for.

The GUI also provides a means to keep an eye on the system, displaying vital information like the system and hard disk temperatures, and their S.M.A.R.T. statuses.

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Conclusion

The QNAP TS-419P+ is, in every aspect, quite capable. With features like network teaming and on-the-fly RAID migration, a geek couldn’t ask for more.

QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS may be purchased from online retailers like Newegg at $569.99.

MakeUseOf would like to thank QNAP for their generosity. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Trashme
    February 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Yeah i am using it with QRaptor fro managing my download tasks. Nice stuff!!

  2. Eric B
    February 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Liked tweeted Thanks

  3. Xps
    February 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    This NAS looks awesome! It supports a plethora of connections, has a LCD panel for easy administration, the GUI makes it easy to setup and manage, and it looks very easy to expand as you said. Due to a recent backup drive failure, I could use a NAS now more than ever. *crosses fingers

  4. Shailesh J Kumar
    February 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    This is amazing....keep up the good work Make Use Of team.....

  5. Patcholi1961
    February 4, 2011 at 12:21 am
  6. Patcholi1961
    February 4, 2011 at 1:21 am
  7. Thomas
    February 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Another great giveaway!!

  8. Cesar Ponce
    February 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    liked aaaaaaand waiting.... :)

  9. Michael Ungerman
    January 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    My biggest complaint with NAS is the time it takes to do a backup across the network to the NAS device and the even longer time it takes to do an image recovery from the NAS device to "cold iron", assuming that your image backup program detects the device (and not all of them have.) Have you done any testing of image backup and recovery on this or earlier NAS devices? Be good to post a blog about this alone for the information it would put out.

  10. blm
    January 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Yes, if you look at the bottom of this page: <http: pro_features_rlm.asp="" qnap.com=""> that's clear. This seems like a fatal flaw in my book, considering all the other NAS' reviewed can do this.</http:>

  11. japtor
    January 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Yes, but not in the same way as the other fancy setups afaik (Beyond RAID, XRAID2, SHR). You can expand by replacing the smallest drives, but it's different in how it handles differently sized drives in the first place.

    It does do expansion but it's limited to what standard RAID levels can do, where all the volumes have to be the same size. Like if you have two 1TB drives and two 2TB drives, your RAID will be based on the 1TB (smallest) drives for 3TB total, whereas I think SHR or whatever will be able to give you 4TB out of it. If you replace a 1TB drive with a 2TB drive you'll still have 3TB because you're limited by the remaining 1TB drive (while SHR could expand to 5TB). You can expand once you replace the last 1TB drive with something bigger.

  12. Arif
    January 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    my fav NAS...................awesomeee

  13. arditasari
    January 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I'm in.
    Thanks.

  14. blm
    January 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Maybe this is implied and I just don't understand the terminology, but can you put different drive sizes in one QNAP, and expand by replacing the smallest drive? It specifically says that in the other reviews but not here.

    • ænon1mus
      January 26, 2011 at 5:09 am

      Yes, you can.

      • Anonymous
        January 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

        Yes, but not in the same way as the other fancy setups afaik (Beyond RAID, XRAID2, SHR). You can expand by replacing the smallest drives, but it's different in how it handles differently sized drives in the first place.

        It does do expansion but it's limited to what standard RAID levels can do, where all the volumes have to be the same size. Like if you have two 1TB drives and two 2TB drives, your RAID will be based on the 1TB (smallest) drives for 3TB total, whereas I think SHR or whatever will be able to give you 4TB out of it. If you replace a 1TB drive with a 2TB drive you'll still have 3TB because you're limited by the remaining 1TB drive (while SHR could expand to 5TB). You can expand once you replace the last 1TB drive with something bigger.

        • blm
          January 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

          Yes, if you look at the bottom of this page: that's clear. This seems like a fatal flaw in my book, considering all the other NAS' reviewed can do this.

  15. arditasari
    January 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I'm in.
    Thanks.

  16. Anonymous
    January 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    There is only one perfect word............ WOW

  17. DanGarion
    January 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    In it to win it!

  18. Dav532000
    January 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I have tweet.d and liked, another great giveaway as the other 3 are. I would love to win any of them nice one makeuseoff.

  19. Matthew Hofbauer
    January 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    You know, I'd have to go back thru and look at all 4 as to which I'd want if I could choose based on performance but I CAN say this is the sexiest looking NAS you've reviewed.

    I have a question, something I haven't seen in this or many reviews. Any idea on recovery if the unit itself fails? Meaning, would buying a new unit and popping in the drives be a possibility or is this a single point of failure without a great deal of effort? If moving the drives to a new unit is possible, it might be interesting to see what brands allow cross-model recovery. If any can handle that, for future proofing an array if you know what I mean.

    • ænon1mus
      January 21, 2011 at 1:29 am

      Usually, in most cases, you can't just take the drive out and swap it into another NAS. The RAID configurations are different. Plus, if I'm not wrong, most consumer range NAS devices use software RAID and therefore, won't support the migration you're speaking of. Anyways, it's more likely that the drives themselves fail rather than the NAS unit. But you do have to take precaution by using a UPS, surge protectors, and have at least one off-site backup, just in case.

  20. Osama
    January 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    participated

  21. Randy
    January 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm
  22. Crakerdn
    January 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    WOW! This is the real deal and the big daddy of the NAS world in my eyes...
    The features are just what any phoyography business would die for...

    I am still wetting myself after reading the specs and my accountant will have to help me find a way to get hold of one of these...

  23. Stéphane M
    January 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Another great NAS system!!!!

  24. Randy
    January 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Liked and tweet'd!
    http://twitter.com/#!/MrXindee...

  25. Crakerdn
    January 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    WOW! This is the real deal and the big daddy of the NAS world in my eyes...
    The features are just what any phoyography business would die for...

    I am still wetting myself after reading the specs and my accountant will have to help me find a way to get hold of one of these...

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