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Product: QNAP TS-109 Pro All-in-one NAS Server
Date: November 12, 2007
Author: Colin Dean
Edited By: Ashley Donaldson
Provided By: Brando
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6
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Introduction

Network-Attached Storage (NAS) servers are finally making headway in the consumer market. Enthusiasts with multiple computers have been doing network backups for years, but the expertise and/or time required to setup a NAS operating system has been quite prohibitive for the everyday user. Now, intelligent companies such as QNAP are at the forefront of the home NAS server revolution. ThinkComputers takes a look at the TS109 NAS server, a SATA hard drive enclosure with a network port, two USB host ports, and even an eSATA host port. This little guy runs Linux, too.

Hardware Specification:

- Brand: QNAP
- Model: TS-109 PRO
- Port / Connector: 1 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port, 3 x USB 2.0, support USB printer, 1 x eSATA port
- Supported Protocols: Networking: TCP/IP, DHCP Client, DHCP Server, CIFS/SMB, AFP, NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, DDNS, NTP, Jumbo Frame
- Operating System: Linux embedded system
- Processor: High-speed SoC
- Capacity: Diskless System
- Default/ Max.Memory: 128MB DDR II RAM, 8MB Flash
- LEDs: USB, Status, eSATA, HDD, LAN, Power
- Power Power Supply: External power adapter, 12V, 36W, 100~240V
- Power Consumption: Sleep mode 6.6W, In operation 14.4W
- Dimensions 8.3" x 7.2" x 2.3"
- Weight 2.6 lbs.
- Temperature 0~35C
- Humidity 0~85% R.H
- HDD Capacity: 1 x 3.5" SATA I/II HDD, up to 1TB, expandable to 2TB via eSATA/USB (the HDD is not included)
- USB: Support USB printer, disk, digital camera, pen drive, card reader, USB hub
- Alarm Buzzer: System warning
- Energy-saving Design: Fanless, HDD sleep mode; Low power consumption & noise-free
- Thermal Solution: Heat dissipation by aluminum case
- Secure Design: K-Lock security slot for theft prevention; Power cord hook for kicking-off prevention

Software Specification:

- File server: Share files across Windows/ Mac/ Linux/ Unix and centralized management
- FTP server: Access file from remote location via FTP server; Supports up to 32 concurrent connections
- Backup server: Client-side backup software-NetBak Replicator supports instant, schedule and real time backup
- Mirror station: Protect data by Q-RAID 1 technology
- Print server: Network printer sharing via USB (Support Windows platform only)
- Disaster Recovery: Block level remote replication supports instant, schedule, with synchronization mode remote backup management Web Server: Establish users' own web page and interactive websites with PHP; SQLite and MySQL dual support
- MySQL Server: Support MySQL database server
- iTunes Server: Act as an iTunes server on your network, and you can play all your music files by iTunes software on your PC/ NB.

UPnP MediaServer:

- Support UPnP/ DLNA multimedia technology; Share stored photos and home videos on TV, listen to music on Hi-Fi system via DMP
- Enjoy more than hundreds of worldwide Internet radio (TwonkyMedia)

Multimedia Station:

- Image Slide show, Rotate (+90)
- Showing photo's details: dates, exposure time, aperture, etc.
- Auto generating thumbnails for easy browsing
- Album Management
- Multimedia (video, audio) file local play
- Automatic file categorization

Management Disk Management:

- User quota management (Per user)
- Disk usage status
- Check disk (Check Linux file system)
- Bad blocks scan

User Management:

- Windows AD service support
- User account management (max 256 users)
- User group management (max 128 groups)

File System Management:

- Network share management (max 256 Shares)
- Share folder level ACL support
- Unicode support
- Journaling file system
- Unique web file manager

Supported Clients:

- Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/ 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Mac OS9/OSX & Linux and Unix

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