By all measures, this beats what I've personally got running as my NAS: an old Dell Dimension with a Pentium 2 300 MHz processor, 64 MB of PC100 RAM, and a 6 GB hard drive and dual network cards. The TS-109 has a 500 MHz ARM processor and 128 MB of DDR2 RAM, a 160 GB hard drive I put in it, and gigabit Ethernet. On top of that, the power consumption is less than a tenth of my NAS!
I'm thoroughly impressed. I was skeptical at first, but QNAP's product surprised me greatly. It's speedy and responsive and well organized.
I would like to see a Linux version of the QNAP Finder application-perhaps QNAP could ditch the Win32 MFC approach and use Python to code it, thus keeping its entire product open source and running on any operating system. Speaking of open source, with respect to the GPL, I could not find source code available on QNAP's site, but I'd hope that an email to the developers would solve that.
Backups are incredibly important-believe me. A few weeks ago, I was reviewing a power supply, and one of the rails on the unit blew when I powered up the computer. It fried my primary hard drive, and I lost a lot of non-critical data, such as bookmarks and save games. Fortunately, I keep my really important stuff on another drive, but that little episode has definitely made me quite paranoid.
I do think that the web administration could be a little quicker. This is definitely a case well-suited for an AJAX interface (and I say that very carefully, because I'm not a fan of the plethora of AJAX that's out there). The web-based file manager could be organized more like a regular directory view as would be found in Windows Explorer or Midnight Commander.
The download manager is neat, too, but I'd still rather have BitTorrent running on my local machine, where it can benefit from encryption perhaps if I were using the TS-109 on a gigabit switch with NFS, I could simply direct my BitTorrent client to save the file directly to the share.
ThinkComputers gives the QNAP TS-109 Pro Network Attached Storage device a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor's Choice Award for a fantastic product.
- Operating system independent
- Excellent read/write speeds via FTP and NFS, acceptable via Samba
- Quite affordable for a single drive NAS
- Front USB backup feature is wonderful
- Web administration is very easy
- Update server is incredibly slow-pop a movie in when a new firmware comes out
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- Needs SFTP for secure, via-the-Internet transfers-I don't like FTP over SSL
- When backing up a flash drive on the front port, one must eject the unit from within the administration panel.
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