Summary: Would not purchase this product for reliability as it tends to report hard drives as bad. PLUS it has the possibility of dropping your RAID configuration and losing all your data. Unacceptable in a NAS device.
Pros: Great software, smooth design and workflow.
Cons: Prone to false hard drive failures. Have had 3 Seagate hard drives reported as failed. I replaced those hard drives and re-formatted them. Placed them in other computers and they work fine. Now the Unit has unmounted it's own RAID 10 and data is gone.
Summary: I am using this as a stand-alone server to stream music to my stereo. It is connected via Ethernet and has eliminated all of the problems I had previously had when trying to stream from my computer via WI-FI.
Cons: I just installed the firmware update, and now my nas will not connect and keeps restarting after about 15 minutes. My wife runs her small business off this nas, and now we need to find a replacement. Needless to say, I hoped this system would haven lasted longer than a year.
Summary: I would love to go into great detail on this QNAP, but I don't have much time right now... I do really want to sit down and go over the entire OS and the great features. For now, here are the 2 best features: 1) Amazon S3 backup. This has a built in software to connect to S3.
Summary: The eSATA ports on this unit is for adding on additional storage devices only. You can't connect this NAS directly to a PC via eSATA as an external drive. It has to go through gigabit, so read and write speed is limited by gigabit's limit. Dual gigabit helps but direct eSATA is still WAY faster.
Summary: I believe you should always see if you are doing something wrong or missing something in the configuration. So I did and researched the QNAP Forums. That place is full of people complaining of the same issues which I kick myself for rushing on such a purchase.
Pros: None considering Price of the unit and what you actually get.
Cons: This unit is not even worth the recycled metal. There are cheaper solutions that perform a lot better than this. It should be simple, configure and set up NAS but the transfer speeds are way too slow and you have to ask yourself what makes it so slow? Avoid this company because there are better s...
Summary: QNap Notes: My initial great start came to quick halt and 10-day delay. But ultimately, I'm impressed by this NAS unit. My notes and observations for the installation below: - Upon initially setting up the QNAP for the first time, I downloaded latest firmware (3.7.3 at the time) and QFinder apps...
Summary: This replaced my HP media smart 4TB server. It's a great unit with more then most will ever use.
Pros: I've had this NAS for about 6 months now and love it. It's been rock solid, it's feature rich and the fan on it is nearly inaudible. I have this behind my couch in the media room and don't remember it's there half the time.
Cons: The only real con i've found so far is my case started to vibrate and it got quite loud. Since then I've placed a small book on top of the unit and it's been fine for a month.
Pros: Speaks lots of protocols (NFS, CIFS, AFP), etc., so it's theoretically able to support a variety of clients.
Cons: Was never able to get TimeMachine (AFP) working reliably. A backup would start, run for a few minutes, and then disconnect unsuccessfully (without completing). I was able to see some data transferred, but for whatever reason, our Mac would hangup and abort the backup. Tried both wired + wireless ...
Summary: The Unit design looks rugged and beautiful. The software is also awesome. But the PSU Adapter unit did not last long. The very second day it stopped working. This happened on a saturday. Called the QNap support and nobody picked up the phone. Apparently they dont work on weekends.