22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and easy
This was a good investment. It was easy to set up, and easy to explore and start using the advanced features. I'm using a single Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen F2 1.5TB SATA II 3.5-Inch Hard Drive (32MB Cache, 5400 RPM, 3 Year Warranty, OEM) inside - no glitches. Streaming with the UPnP server to Archos 7 160GB Internet Media Tablet WiFi 7",High Resolution Touch Screen...
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by P. Grobler
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works well, although their Android and iPhone apps are not great
I bought the QNAP NAS primarily for it's uPnP and DLNA support to stream video, photos and music to my PS3, Android mobile, Android Tablet (Xoom on order) and my wife's iPhone.
Setup is pretty quick and straightforward of the NAS once the 3.5" SATA disks have been put in. The NAS 'Twonky server' was picked up straight away by the PS3 and I could play video from...
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by K. Pickering
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and easy,
This review is from: QNAP TS-210 2 Bay Turbo All-in-one NAS Server with iSCSI, iPhone Streaming, iTunes Server & Media Server (Personal Computers)This was a good investment. It was easy to set up, and easy to explore and start using the advanced features. I'm using a single Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen F2 1.5TB SATA II 3.5-Inch Hard Drive (32MB Cache, 5400 RPM, 3 Year Warranty, OEM) inside - no glitches. Streaming with the UPnP server to Archos 7 160GB Internet Media Tablet WiFi 7",High Resolution Touch Screen 800x480 pixels,convenient leg stand. for perfect TV viewing and XBMC open source software for PC viewing. Comes with built-in joys like web server (and php) and mysql, but hosting Tomcat on this model is not possible, sadly. Would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for an easy entry in to the world of digitising the home entertainment experience, or wanting to back up valuable photos, home movies, or even those who want to cheaply host a personal blog site themselves, etc.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product,
This review is from: QNAP TS-210 2 Bay Turbo All-in-one NAS Server with iSCSI, iPhone Streaming, iTunes Server & Media Server (Personal Computers)I bought the TS210 after returning a Netgear Ready NAS due to numerous issues.. terrible product .
The TS210 is however a great product, easy to set up and use. I have 2 Macs and a PC each works seamlessly with the NAS. Time machine for Mac works at first attempt.
It took me a couple of hours to set up and understand how the interface works, but after this just a breeze. I configured the two drives for separate access rather than RAID due the way I want to back up large video files for long term storage.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent NAS device, good range of features,
This review is from: QNAP TS-210 2 Bay Turbo All-in-one NAS Server with iSCSI, iPhone Streaming, iTunes Server & Media Server (Personal Computers)QNAP TS-210: I have had this device running for just over 5 months now and happy to report I am extremely impressed with this device. I had my initial reservations and it was only one option among others such as drobo, synology etc. In the end I plumped for this based on the range of features it offered for the price against many reviews - there was a lot of mixed reviews for this device, but slightly more positive than the other devices i was looking at. One of the things I did do though before buying the unit was to go to the QNAP website where it lists all compatible drives for each nas model. They also list notes for drives it may have issues for.
Having scanned the list for drives that didn't have any issues or notes against them and specifically searched for those drives to purchase, I ended up buying two 1.5 tb samsung HD154UI (F2's i think). Don't make a mistake of just buying any old hard drive to use with the nas box, and check to see if your hard drives has updated notes on the QNAS site before purchasing them.
Installation is a breeze, and setting this up through the web management gui was pretty straightforward. I think initially I connected to it directly with a laptop to change the ip's, and used the web gui to configure it, but later found there is a tool on the cd you can run on your wkstn to scan and locate and connect to any qnas boxes on your lan.
My requirements at home is fairly simple. I use the built in twonky (dnla) server to stream movies to a mobile (via samsung allshare), android tablet (via upnp player), tv's via a modded xbox 1 (xbmc) and sff htpc, and samba shares to shares files among a number of windows pc and couple of macs. I also use the built in web server to host a simple php website - the box includes php, mysql amogst other things such as plugins etc and turning them on is very simple. Accessing the mount point the web site is hosted on is done through ftp/sftp, and you can administer mysql through phpadmin or access it remotely via the usual mysql desktop tools.
A note for macs - you can connect with afp or samba/cifs, I choose samba only as its a common denominator amongst my devices at home although you can run both together if you need to. For mac lion users either use samba in the usual fashion (e.g. cmd+k from finder) or manually enable dhcast128 to use afp, otherwise you'll find you cant access the qnap box. Leopard and below works as normal.
I had set up one workstation using iscsi with this and came across a weird situation where the windows box would regularly completely freeze requiring reboots - after many hours investigation it boiled down to allowing the nas box to sleep/hibernate when idle - un-ticking this option solved this problem, although maybe this is an os problem as I was running this on an old win xp sp3 pc. Last couple of months though I am only using mapped drives to the nas box, as for my simple requirements at home i didn't see any useful difference, to using a mapped drive over iscsi, seeing that I'm accessing over normal rj45.
Speed is very good on this box, considering the price/spec of the box. Although it has a Gigabit nic, I only have 100mbps network - but it still works well on my LAN. The QNAP like a lot of the nas devices around this price band don't usually have high transfer speeds - I was getting between 10-20Mbs, but the box handled my test copying several separate instances approx 1Gb big to the box while streaming video to another client. For those experiencing speed issues with this nas be sure its not a local bottleneck - for example initially over the week, when i first got the box, I was sometimes getting some really slow speeds transferring files across, it was only on closer inspection I noticed that my sata 300 drives were pushing data out very fast, utilising 100% of the nic, but on the same pc, same os, from a different much older ide drive (connected to a fast raid controller card) it was transferring files across at only a fraction of the speed. If you have a number of different drives in your pc, they may perform okay locally, but may be a bottleneck copying across your LAN. Look for hidden bottlenecks too like system/paging drives etc, for example if you uncompressed a 7zip or rar file directly to a nas share, it un-compresses the files locally before transferring the files from your temp folders, whichever drive they are stored on, to the nas. Also if you have a Gb network make sure this is selected within the nas web gui.
I usually have up to three or four devices accessing the nas, with light to moderate usage, and despite its extremely modest hardware (say compared to a dedicated server), it performs very well, even streaming movies from the nas over wifi through an Wifi AP. Movies play well, with no missed or stuttering video (all my movies in divx/xvid/avi or mpg formats). So far the nas box hasn't been pushed to the limits and for my needs it has performed extremely well. I expect though with its fairly modest hardware, if you turned all of the options on (and it has many!), or had heavy usage among concurrent clients, I guess performance may start to tell.
The qnas box comes with a number of tools to help monitor and maintain the box, including easy access to logs, sys info, service info and resource monitoring to check cpu, memory, bandwidth and disk usage.
Updating this box is very straightforward - you can get it to check for updates every time you log into the admin web gui, and I have already done a few updates simply following the prompts (the only thing I noticed is the updates does take a while to get up and running after it reboots - simply a matter of waiting).
Security on the box is good. You can white list/black list ip's, set timeouts for unsuccessful access for different protocols or even use your own ssl certificates/keys and enforce ssl, sftp, ssh etc. User management is fairly flexible as is the hard drive management, with many user, user group, shares and quota options. It may take some hours setting up the users and permissions and optional mount points etc depending of course on your requirements.
I haven't been through all the options yet although I remember turning a fair few of them on to have a play with initially, and with the number of options available its worth spending that little bit of extra effort and go through decide what you want and switching off all the things you don't need to streamline your box.
Overall excellent value for money. Would definitely consider QNAP again if my capacity needs grow and I need another box.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product but some minor niggles,
I've been working in IT for 20 years so had no issues getting this up and running - but it is far from straightforward if you have no IT skills. The device appears in your "My Computer" screen as a network device but if you click on it it launches a web based interface rather than a simple explorer window. To treat it like a normal drive you have to map a drive letter to an IP address. If that sounds like Dutch to you - then think again about buying one of these.
Note: Amazon prompted me to buy SATA leads in my bundle - but it comes with spare leads so this is unnecessary. (Only a couple of quid but still a waste of money).
Good points: Its pretty and nicely built. Everything worked first time and instructions to get it installed were easy.
Bad points: It's not yet plug and play - although I expect most other NAS are similar. The wiki that serves as a manual is very patchy and of little use. It comes with a EU type plug. I have kettle leads all over the house so I didn't really mind but it could be annoying for many people.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works well, although their Android and iPhone apps are not great,
Setup is pretty quick and straightforward of the NAS once the 3.5" SATA disks have been put in. The NAS 'Twonky server' was picked up straight away by the PS3 and I could play video from it pretty much from the off.
Less successful were the android and iPhone apps (QMobile). They work after a fashion but the QMobile video calls the standard Android and iPhone media players to play it which basically means that it's very limited in what it will play.
For Android, after about a week of trying out lots of different uPnP apps and video players, I found that the best app combination from the android market is PlugPlayer to talk to the QNAP (via Twonky server) and VPlayer to view the films. This actually works really well. PlugPlayer has settings that allow it to use non-standard video players and VPlayer has settings to trade off quality vs speed, thus allowing even high definition films to be viewable on a standard HTC Desire with audio in sync (albeit with lots of pixelation/blurring of pixels). It was the biggest success with the collection of TV that I'd recorded with PlayTV which rendered very well. Now mum can watch waybalou with our child and I can watch Topgear on my android device :)
I haven't had the same success yet with the iPhone and this needs further investigation. Sadly though the iPhone market doesn't allow refunds so I feel less inclined to install everything I can find to figure out what works (Android market generally does and I went through around 14 apps before finding the two that worked the way I needed it to).
QNAP could definitely do with putting some more work into their android and iPhone apps.
I have my QNAP in my lounge under the TV because basically the modem and router are there and I wanted to keep speeds on the wired part of the LAN as fast as possible. It fits in reasonably well and looks a bit like a double width WII. I'm less convinced by the lights up the front which flicker and flash like a Christmas tree and can't be turned off, but it's a small thing. There is no sound deadening as such within the unit, so the disk noise is more noticeable than with the PS3 or usb external hard drive I've got. In all, if you can hide it away, I would, but it's not aweful to look at and the missus hasn't complained.
There are a lot of other things that the QNAP will do, not all of which I've tried out yet. These include:
- A web server
- MySQL installation
- Support for multi-media access from the internet
- BitTorrent / FTP download center
- Network support for Microsoft, Linux and apple networks (I've tried the windows support and it works)
- support for video IP surveillance cameras (not tried)
- iTunes integration
There is quite sophisticated user/role management as well in line with a professional product and integration with active directory (although I've not tried this yet).
The configuration of the device does talk about transcoding (the ability to stream video from one format held on the QNAP to a uPnP client in a different format). The reality is that the QNAP TS-210 does not support transcoding. The processor is just not up to the job.
Overall I'm pleased with the purchase, but unimpressed by the claim about their own application that supports android and iPhone.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product,
The QNAP seems to be rock-solid stability wise, whereas the DroboShare will often crash when put under heavy load this just goes on and on. Also the extra functions such as the download manager are really nice, especially used in conjunction with the iPhone app.
There are a few negatives. Firstly this is aimed at the home user, however it's a pretty technical device, there are not that many concessions made for non-techie users. If you're not comfortable setting up user accounts, formatting & partitioning drives and generally tinkering in config screens you might want to go elsewhere. If you are comfortable doing that then this is the device for you as it is loaded with features and appears to be very flexible.
The only thing that is preventing me giving a five star review is the built quality. I feel that for the price paid the device feels a little cheap and nasty. But then I guess it's what it does that's most important.
It also plays really nice with Macs by supporting both AFP & Bonjour, which a lot of these kinds of devices do not (DroboShare I'm looking at you). You can even use it for Time Machine backups; though I've not tested this yet.
Oh yes, and it's very quiet, so if you put some decent low-noise drives in there you will hardly hear it.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check Hard Drive Compatabilty,
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So simple to setup,
This review is from: QNAP TS-210 2TB 2 Bay Turbo All-in-one NAS Server with iSCSI, iPhone Streaming, iTunes Server & Media Server (Accessory)As a devout windows user (XP and Windows 7) - I can only praise how simple it was to setup the QNAP TS-210. Connect the cables, install the software and of you go. My setup includes a NETGEAR router, a series of home plugs, laptops, printers and a couple of PC's. The QNAP is connected to the NETGEAR router and a laptop. All my devices (laptops, printers and PCs) are connected to home plugs. Once I got my head around what was supposed to be connected to what - it was all systems go. Also purchase a male-to-male USB cable - this is not mentioned in any of the literature.
I would highly recommend this model as it already has the two hard disks installed. Although, more than I wanted to spend originally - it is a good investment. I can access the QNAP throughout the house and backup my devices as I need to. It is also very useful for organising your music.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be happier,
The only downside, if you could call it that, is that you have to buy and fit your own harddrives for the unit. This isn't difficult at all, though, and means that you can get drives in the size that you want. The unit will allow you to use both drives, or will let you set up a RAID configuration using them (I have mine set up to mirror each other for a bit of added security if one fails, which touch wood they haven't).
The unit comes loaded with useful software, and new updates are fairly regular and easy to install if you wish. Though you may not want to - I've not had a problem with the system software mine came with. The web interface to set it up is very slick, and simple to navigate.
In use the unit is very quiet, and the built in software streams movies and music to my PS3 effortlessly.
I guess another possible downside is that it takes a few minutes to boot up or power down, but again you shouldn't find yourself needing to do this as its very stable and seems to do a great job of managing its memory (mine has been running for 2 months solidly now since we moved house, and still idles at a very low percentage memory usage).
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to my networked home,
Using the interface is pretty simple and have I now have it talking nicely to my laptop as well as my ps3 (you must do this through Twonky Media UpnP). Any issues seem to be covered by the excellent qnap forums. This unit has distinct advantages over closed NAS drives as if it fails you can easily remove the disks and replace them.
Please note that the unit does come with the screws and SATA cables for fitting the HDD's.
Overall am very happy so far.
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