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. Gigabit based NAS is good for read and retrieve data, write small size data is acceptable.
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 from their website. - The provided ethernet crossover cables are VERY thin.
Summary: I needed a huge storage that does not require a regular computer, that can conveniently accessed, that is relatively fast. I have all of these except the speed, hence the 4 stars. Not that its really slow, its just that I would have like it to be a bit faster, but then I realized that it is really in the mercy of the internet speed. Other than that, its an excellent unit.
Summary: The QNAP 419II is a great piece of hardware. for the money, you really cant go wrong. you can spend upwards of $400 trying to build yourself a NAS and install FreeNAS on it, while that is fun, its not reliable, or supported by any customer support. when it comes to data redundancy, i want something solid. the price was right, picked up this NAS, and am very happy. it does all i need, and then some. way more features than an average computer user will ever need.
Summary: I've had this product for many months now with 4 x 2TB Samsung HD204UI(F4EGs) running in RAID 10. Like one of the other reviewers, I have a WD Live Streaming and this product works well with it as long as you use the most recent TwonkyMedia Server with it. My roommates are able to stream videos with ease and the device performs much better than I ever expected (from my PC over gigabit lan + ASUS RT-N56U makes for 60MB/s writes and roughly 90MB/s reads on RAID 10 which...
Summary: I wanted a media server, a backup device, a place to store files as well as a place to store security cam footage I like the media functions, it works fine with my Squeezebox and my WD Live TV Hub and My Logitech Revue for both movies and music. Setup was simple, you need to see the forum for the tricks on speeding up raid creation. I used 4 Hitachi 2 TB drives in a Raid 5, it took about 12 hours to build the raid.