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QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS review




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QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
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  • QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
  • QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
  • QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
  • QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
  • QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
  • QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
  • QNAP TS-219 Turbo NAS
  • TS-219  Diskless New


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QNAP's latest dual drive NAS appliance aims to deliver affordable IP SAN features to home and small business users but also adds a lot more to the storage melting pot. You get the new Surveillance Station and AES-256 volume encryption features but, more importantly, the latest firmware revision introduces QNAP's snazzy new Ajax- based web interface.

The chassis doesn't see too many changes from the older TS-209, so you get the same pair of sturdy hot-swap hard disk sleds, a single Gigabit port and three USB 2.0 ports for adding external storage and sharing printers.

Performance gets a boost as the 500MHz SoC (System on Chip) in the TS-209 is replaced with a 1.2GHz Marvell whilst the system and flash memory get doubled to 512MB DDR2 and 16MB respectively. RAID support extends to stripes, mirrors, linear disks and JBODs and for testing we popped in a couple of 1TB WD GreenPower SATA drives and saw a mirror take just over four hours to create.

The new hardware package delivers in the performance stakes as the TS-219 is much faster than its predecessor. Using a Broadberry CyberServe server equipped with dual 2.8GHz X5560 Xeons and 12GB of DDR3 memory we recorded read and write speeds of 50MB/sec and 27MB/sec with drag and drop copies of a 2.52GB video clip.

We found QNAP's quoted FTP write speeds of 45MB/sec to be slightly optimistic with the FileZilla FTP client reporting an average of 36MB/sec when copying the video clip to the appliance. Read speeds are pretty much on the money, though, with FileZilla returning averages of around 73MB/sec.

With QNAP's Finder utility on the case, installation won't take long as it hunts down the appliance on the network, loads its firmware and provides quick access to its web interface. And what an improvement it is, as it opens with a slick Apple iTunes-style cover flow menu for accessing management, shared folders, the surveillance station, support and forums. Moving into administration delivers a well-designed interface that's not too dissimilar to that provided with Synology's latest NAS appliances.

You get a tree menu to the left providing swift access to each feature, which you configure in the main pane opposite. Client support extends to Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac users whilst for access security you can use the local database or integrate the appliance into an AD domain. Storage usage can be strictly controlled with a global quota for all users and you can also apply individual limits as well.

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August 15, 2009, 5:33 pm

Dave, I know it's not mentioned in your review but I'll try anyway: Did you try it out with SqueezeCenter?

And do you know if it's easy to access your stored music on the TS-219 through SqueezeCenter/iTunes without leaving your computer on all the time? I'm not familiar with NAS drives and I'm currently using a WD MyBook external hard drive as a media library. It requires my laptop to be on all the time

Tommy K

August 15, 2009, 9:08 pm

In your review you mentioned that its compatible with PHP4 and mySQL, is it not possible to install PHP 5? If so why not?


Tony Walker

August 16, 2009, 8:04 am

Can't speak for this Qnap but I understand previous ones were able to run Squeezecenter fine.

Much money can be saved though by getting a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo (I've got one) on which Squeezecenter runs very nicely and can also appear as an iTunes device together will all sorts of other functionality including usage as an Apple Timemachine backup device. I believe Netgear have now extended their free drive offer to the end of September making it a veritable bargain. Buy the box without drives then buy your own based on recommendations and compatibility from the support forums. I'm running a pair of Samsung HD103UJ 1gb drives in RAID 1. Buy a cheap enclosure and use the free drive for off-site backup.


August 17, 2009, 3:09 am

Have to second what Tony said. I also got the ReadyNAS Duo recently and filled it with a couple of 1.5TB Samsung drives (not on the official support list, but work absolutely fine). All of that was about the price of the QNAP without drives (and you get the 500GB free drive if you send off for it). The Netgear does everything I want from a home NAS device. It streams HD movies perfectly to the PS3 as well as the other things mentioned. The support forums are also very good and active.

Looks like the QNAP supports Windows AD, so could be useful in a small business environment, but for home use it seems very pricy to me.


August 20, 2009, 8:32 pm

I think you will find the Qnap has a faster processor, faster throughput and more flexible disk arrangements, It seems the Readynas can't have JBOD disk setup for instance.

Also windows AD

Yes the Qnap is dearer, but then it does more. Horses for Courses as they say

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