Summary: I use this primarily as a network drive so I no longer have to boot up my ancient PC to centralize my files for archival. Copying the files from my desktop to the NAS was definitely slower than in the past when I've copied from desktop to laptop (LAN, not wireless) but only slightly.
Pros: Great network drive for casual use. Hardware setup is very easy.
Cons: File transfers are a bit slower than advertised, but not a show-stopper for casual use. Software setup is a bit clunky, but software itself is stable.
Summary: This is a great device for archiving data or doing backups and I imagine it would work very well for music and document storage as well but the very slow network speeds may make it difficult to do all it says (like video streaming, etc).
Pros: Many integrated software features including the ability to easily access the linux shell via SSH. Easy to set up advanced sharing options.
Cons: Network speed is quite slow.... ok, extremely slow.... especially for SMB transfers. This doesn't rule it out for backup solutions since those generally happen in the background but I would not buy this expecting to be able to stream high def video off of it.
Summary: I really wanted this thing to be awesome but I can upload to my modified original xbox that only has 10baseT ethernet and samba, and get 11mb/s transfers. This thing is supposed to be gigabit and i'm at 2. What that means is that you visibly age during large file transfers.
Pros: Small. Easy setup, does a lot. Good user permissions. Qnap forum people, are helpful. Relatively quick firmware updates and continued support. Awesome single person, home file server. Tons of addons available. great for tinkering and learning. Great as a backup and has great backup options.
Cons: Does everything at the "just about works" level. I have this setup in a 6 person office as the file server. Like the guy below said, average xfer speed of 2mb/s. Opening folders has a 3 to 10second delay. With everything turned off but windows networking, I only have 2-40megs of 256 ram available...
Summary: waste of money for me as all i wanted was a NAS to mount windows shares on to transfer/store files on. I can store files on the internet almost as fast i can i get files from this. maybe they will add a firmware update that doesn't make it suck, *shrug* Get something else.
Pros: quite. cool. It can do some really cool stuff. remotely tell it to d/l files (ftp/http). Bit torrent client. print server, etc. The new firmware works with 1.5 seagate HDs (if they have the correct firmware). Easy setup. Runs quite and cool (but that is more about the HD than the unit itself)
Cons: stunningly bad SMB speed. SUPER SLOOOOW. their forums are full of ppl complaining about this. FTP speed isn't bad, but that isn't what I got this unit for. Vista to Vista speeds on my network 50-60mb/s Vista to QNAP (or QNAP to Vista) 1-2mb/s I have some anime files on this unit they are about 30...
Summary: Having used and owned SEVERAL of these devices, I am confident the hardware is reliable and in good order and a firmware update should be available soon to fix the problems I currently have.
Pros: Very similar to all the other TS-x0x series. New firmware gives many options which can be very handy to negate the need for other/varying servers, thus saving power/hardware overhead. Installed 1TB WD HDD (1.5TB Seagate is a bad idea right now!) with no problem.
Cons: Firmware (most likely) buggy (2.1.2 Build 1114T ). Consistently can not access DDNS page, and QPKG does not work as it should, and redirects you to QNAP's website, which in turn tells you do install from your NAS! I found the files available on the TurboNAS website.
Summary: You have a couple of choices in using this for backups: 1) Install the included NetBack Replicator software on each PC. This will let you schedule backup times and allow you to pick which folders or directories to save to the device (good granular control). It is fast and effortless.
Pros: Qnap TS-109 Pro II kicks a s s. It is an external hard drive using an ethernet connection. Install a hard drive of your choice there are 6 screws. use a screwdriver, no training necessary :), format the HD by going through the web control panel: connect Ethernet and power, hit power button on dev...
Cons: If you use an old hard drive that runs hot, this will got HOT. I recommend a new hard drive, the newest HDs that are green certified or whatever tend to run cooler . With the 1TB HD from WD, heat is not an issue, cool as a cucumber.
Summary: It may be seem a bit pricey at times, but with all its features and ease of use I think this one is money well spent.
Pros: Very sleek in design and very quiet (no fan). Aluminum casing discipated heat very efficiently. I put recommend WD 500GB hard drive in it and it works FLAWLESS. Really space saving since I live in the very small condo. I have not tried the printer function yet.
Cons: The documentation is not very clear. I have to trial-and-error. But that is probably depends with your expertise level, too. However, the topic lay-out was very easy. I can only wish there is more detail for each function.
Summary: Put a 1 TB Hitachi in this to serve up MP3 with the included media server and for general backup. Very Nice.
Pros: Very good software set included to serve as iTunes and media server. Setup using the included disk is very painless. Good manual on CD.
Cons: Hardware install is easy, with one exception. Illustration suggests the unit slides apart from the ends. HOWEVER, its really a clamshell and needs to be pulled apart from the sides along an almost invisible seam in the aluminum case. Almost broke it and my nails.
Conclusion: We are in the middle of reevaluating the way we test the performance of the hardware in our networking reviews and because of this, we have added one addition test to the list. Not only will we be using our tried and true real world file transfer but will also be using a folder of the same size...