Summary: Best NAS yet. Having trouble making it visible to the network. But independently it is the best acting NAS I have ever had. I connected straight to my AMP through the HDMI cable. And I hooked up a keyboard to run the xbmc. Its an outstanding NAS.
Summary: Bought this unit in my price range, absolutely love it, however in hind sight wish I had spent a bit more for the latest version - but in a yr or so I will probably upgrade anyway....I utilize mainly for Digital Library - but looking forward to getting down some of the other capabilities - so much more flexible than a Drobo (was comparing the two before purchase) and more cost effective as well!!!
Summary: Populated with 3 WD Red 2GB HDD. During the first 2 days in operation, unit dropped network connections many times while transferring music, photos, and videos from another computer. Both were attached to a 5-port switch. Moved unit to another separate port which solved the problem. Unit has been operating as expected for 2 days. Still learning the OS but there is plenty of online help and Qnap site.
Pros: Relatively fast uploads/downloads. Streams well without fluttering so far. Very quiet. Runs cool
Summary: Had it for a year without problems. QNAP (and some of the other makers in this area) include a ton of add-ons/plugins to add functionality like media server, VPN, Radius, iTunes server, web server, FTP and Bittorrent clients, etc. along with NFS SMB file sharing and iSCSI target functionality.
Summary: I bought this thing to replace a Synology unit that was moving slow, which itself was purchased to replace a Buffalo unit which more or less was not moving at all. -I am using a 2GB samsung RAM module I pulled from a Dell laptop in this thing, works like a charm. -Running 4x 4TB WD RED drives in RAID 5. Formatting+sector check on all drives took 10 hours. on my Buffalo unit the same thing took 5 or 6 days. truthfully i don't recall whether it was 5 or 6.
Pros: this thing is feature packed, AND FAST!!! the amount of things this little box is capable of at this low price completely blew my mind. HTPCs are dead. Data transfers with dual NIC hits a total of 170MB/s when moving files to multiple work stations.
Cons: Low on RAM for 1080p viewing via XMBC, but you can upgrade the ram easily just as if it were a laptop. Buy a $20 2GB RAM module and you are good to go. it works but you can see an occasional stutter when running on the stock half gig of RAM. upgrading the RAM fixes this. no eggs lost for this.
Summary: The whole hardware should be excellent. I love the design and the color. Just got it , but 4th bay can't detected for first install until I plug out and plug in 4th bay 3 times. then it works like a charm now, not sure it's software issue or bay connection issue. At least it's working properly until now.