Summary: Does what it's supposed to do. Can't get the cloud thing working, but I think that it's due to a problem with Comcast. I opened the port on the router with the user interface, but port testing websites still show it closed. Stupid Comcast. Apart from that, the NAS is performing well. Haven't used a fraction of its functionality, mainly because I bought it primarily for backing up my laptop.
Excerpt: I already have a Drobo on firewire which I got for firewire speed. This time, I needed a NAS and traded off between QNAP and Synology. I settled on QNAP because of price, the OS/Software experience, and I wanted to give some of the apps a try (particularly Plex). Setup is *fairly* straightforward using QNAP's QTS operating system (that looks like some linux that's been customized).
Great product for the price, does everything and more that I need
18 November 2013
Summary: I debated between this device and an equivalent Synology device. While both had great reviews, in the end QNAP had everything I needed at a lower price. At the price I paid I got more than what I would have from Synology of equal price. Any extras I would have gotten from Synology at a higher price I wouldn't need or used. My main purpose for buying this was to be a central file storage, process a backup to an external drive, and have access to data while away from home.
Summary: I use a pair of WD 3T Green drives - everything works at advertised. Throughput is acceptable across the wire - slower than my old G3 Compaq/HP server but MORE than adequate for home/SOHO use (about 1/2 a gig was my best case on large files with large frames). Hot swap is nice - the drive trays feel cheap/"plasticky", rest of the unit is fine.
Pros: Simple setup, quiet, lots of software included - more downloadable via the web
Summary: I already have a Drobo on firewire which I got for firewire speed. This time, I needed a NAS and traded off between QNAP and Synology. I settled on QNAP because of price, the OS/Software experience, and I wanted to give some of the apps a try (particularly Plex). Setup is *fairly* straightforward using QNAP's QTS operating system (that looks like some linux that's been customized).
Summary: I bought it as my third NAS and it has been the one tha has more power and the less intuitive to handle.... Too much apps but for me not polished, I have problems with Samba and AFP, thank god the TimeMachine is working without problems, but the rest... I have had a RaidSonic 4220 for 8 years and never had to worry about it. And the third day it marked one of the HDD as failed... not as happy as I thought I would be, this was by far the more expensive unit I bought..
Summary: Well packaged, easy setup. OS menus waiver between simple and confusing although the options available to tweak, chop and change are plentiful. However, Western Digital Enterprise level hard drives that were seemingly quiet when reading and writing in RAID 1 in my desktop setup are annoyingly loud in a small office environment when inside the NAS. Its not overthrowing but its more of a nag at the back of your mind listening to it "scratching" over and over again.
Summary: It seems to be working OK but the installation was a pain, as the Cloud installation kept failing, saying that the system had not been initialised. I downloaded a QNAP diagnostic and it said the same but provided a link to a successful installation utility! For a beginner, this requires a steep learning curve and I have yet to get it to install the iTunes sync app, as this wanted another 64bit app to be present and that app thinks its in a 32bit environment so won't...