When the TS-809 Pro rebooted, I accessed the control panel and was blown away by the difference between the old, busted, web 1.0 interface and new, hot arguably web 2.5 interface.
The real wow factor is the coverflow-style front page. It has links to the administration panel, the web file manager, download manager, multimedia manager, QNAP forums, customer service, and QNAP’s wiki.
After logging into the administration panel, the admin user can see the various sections available for administration. System administration, disk management, access rights management network services, and external device are a few of them.
In the general settings panel, the user can set the hostname, date/time, and language. One of the neatest things about the new version of the QNAP firmware is that it supports Port Trunking for units such as the TS-809 Pro which have dual Ethernet ports. Port Trunking enables the unit to provide load balancing and/or fault tolerance for the network interfaces. This will speed up connections and provide a fall back in the event that an interface dies.
The administrator can also control the hardware and security settings, including the ability to use an actual SSL certificate so that the unit can earnestly use SSL on the Internet-facing side. In addition to notifying a user by email, it can use Clickatell’s SMS gateway to send SMS messages to the administrator’s mobile phone!
Power management is there, including Wake-on-LAN and scheduling. A network recycling bin provides a safety net for accidental deletions, and the System Logs panel has been overhauled to show even more activity.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.
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