Summary: It was touch and go with this NAS until QNAP released a stable update to the firmware. All good now. This NAS is underpowered for all the features it has/things you could do with it. Solid NAS if you keep the setup simple.
Summary: Installing the drives and getting my data restored to it wasn't much of a problem using the web-based utility. I still haven't found out how to actually use this as a Network Area Storage device. I'm not interested in using it as a personal cloud or as a multi-media or music player. I just want to be able to easily access it from any computer on my network, regardless of operating system by mapping a drive or mounting a volume.
Summary: It's probably the cheapest NAS that you can buy that supports RAID 1. Pros: 1) Easy to setup and configure 2) It works 3) It's cheap 4) It's great if all you want to do is use it as a pure network drive Cons: 1) The software sucks really bad. 2) You can't disable thumbnail generation permanently. When you browse a folder with a bunch of videos the first time, ffmpeg will spend hours generating thumbnails, and you won't be able to use the NAS during this time.
Summary: A ton of features are included with this device. You can access storage by almost any storage / file sharing protocol. Sorry, no fiber. The big downside is the weak ARM processor. For all the ways you can store and access files, you're going to be waiting for it to happen. Also, don't even think about streaming movies from this thing. The low powered CPU just won't cut it.
Summary: I bought this unit from NCIX on sale in December 2012. Since then, I have had several problems with this product, most notably two major meltdowns that resulted in significant data loss. After about 6 months of use, the unit stopped working. Qnap support was able to remotely diagnose, reconfigure and restore device operation, but the data was lost. There was no explanation, except that this can occasionally happen.
Pros: Cost, features, size.
Cons: Unreliable, limited hard drive compatibility, apps often do not work, dis-assembly required to install drives, print server occasionally stops working.
Summary: I have had this for about three years and the last software update finally made it usable.i use it for storing photos and music and my amplifier connects very easily via the pioneer app on my notebook.
Summary: After 3 months it's still running. I do backup to it basically, from 2 PC's. The software, like all its competitors is a complete nightmare unless you are alreasy a Linus network guru. Nothing is obvious, and the documentation is plentiful but obscure. There's a busy forum, and on the forum there is a pdf "First time install & setup" which goes to great lengths to explain various minutiae but provides no overall view, no suggested typical series of steps, no suggested...
Summary: This is a more technically advanced piece of equipment than my expertise can really undersand and make use of. The instructions are long and if you are not sure of all the jargon it takes a lot of trial and error to get up and running. I have spent many hours trying to set it up and have got most of it working save the web access from a remote computer.
Summary: Easy to setup hardware. Used the CD setup software to setup the network and services OK. However I can not get my AVI files to be seen on the multimedia web play when in sub folders or Qnap android app. MKV and MP4 are seen without a problem. All the AVI files are in sub folders. I took one AVI file out and put it in the root of the multimedia folder. It was seen but when I try and open using the media player website nothing happens.