Introduction In the past most home users resorted to buying cheap low end PC’s just to act as a file server in cases where they have more than 1 PC in the household and everyone wants to share files among each other as well as store important data as backups. Until recently I myself had an old P3 machine in the corner of the house simply acting as a file server and doing other minor networking tasks as well as audio streaming. However with the introduction of Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems we now have the ability to do these tasks with much ease and with hardly any effort at all.We have been reviewing a few NAS products in the past few months and if you are keeping up with new hardware devices coming out, you would have noticed the plethora of manufactures coming out with these devices. Today we look at a popular contender in the NAS market called QNAP. QNAP has been in the industry for many years now and has received significant popularity for their feature rich and high performance NAS systems. The device we’re looking at today is the TS 109 Pro Turbo Station NAS system which is aimed at the SMB & Corporate market.The TS-109 Pro supports many valuable functions like File Server, FTP Server, Printer Server, etc. to satisfy the needs of SMB and SOHO users. Even though the TS 109 Pro is built on a very small footprint, it packs a 500 MHz processor, 128MB of DDR II RAM and a bucket load of features. Let’s take a look at the specs:
Features & Specifications:
Create your own File Server in the easiest way The basic purpose of File Server is to allow users to store and share files. Users often concern that their private data or confidential files would be accessed by others. TS-109 Pro allows server manager to create user ID and password, and define the authority and quota for each user. Thus personal data stored on TS-109 Pro are well protected.
FTP Server simplifies the data sharing Having troubles with sending large files by e-mail due to the limited capacity? You can establish your own FTP server by using TS-109 Pro. You can manage the access authority of the FTP server and share your files with your friends or customers easily in a few steps.
Backup Server with the most professional auto-backup software Data backup may sound time and effort consuming for most users. QNAP's Turbo Station now brings you the enterprise-class technology to make backup extremely simple and efficient! The most intelligent automatic backup software, NetBak Replicator, is provided for users to perform real-time synchronization or schedule backup from multiple PCs to TS-109 Pro.
Enhanced data protection by optional RAID-1 mirroring Imagine, your server's hard drive crashes and you lose everything. What would you do to have it back? QNAP's exclusive Q-RAID 1 provides the ultra-high-level redundancy, which helps to keep a real-time synchronized mirror in your external USB or eSATA hard drive box. In case the main storage is damaged, the backup disk can be installed to TS-109 Pro to resume normal operation
Remote Replication Remote Replication provides a superior level of data protection. Files can be backed up from TS-109 Pro to other QNAP NAS products in remote locations. Advanced options including data compression, block level incremental backup, and data synchronization save tremendous bandwidth and time for data backup.
Establish your interactive Web Server Owning a web server is no more a dream! With the dual support of MySQL and SQLite, SMB/ SOHO users can easily set up their own web server. With the editable php.ini support, there is no need of going through all the hassles of setting up a web server. You can either develop programs by yourself or download a variety of open-sourced applications, such as online shops, forums, blogs, etc., over the Internet.
MySQL Server TS-109 Pro is the most affordable choice as a standalone database server for system integrators. It can be applied flexibly in various deployments such as a database server of another web server in remote site or as an additional backup database server to achieve system redundancy.
Share your printer resource by Printer Server You can share your printer device over the network without duplicating investment by simply connecting a USB printer to TS-109 Pro's USB port and enabling the printer sharing function.
UPnP Media Server (with built-in TwonkyMedia Server) TS-109 Pro is a perfect media storage center and it works well with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliant media players. You can play the photos and videos on TV. In addition, you can listen to your favorite music and Internet Radio on your Hi-Fi System.
Multimedia Station for photo sharing Now you can share photos with your family and friends by TS-109 Pro. By uploading your photos to TS-109 Pro, the server automatically generates a web-based photo album with thumbnails and details, such as date, resolution, focal length, aperture, etc.. You can browse and share the digital photos in a convenient way!
Enjoy continuous download independent of PC TS-109 Pro serves as a continuous BT Download ( BitTorrent ), FTP, or HTTP download center without turning on your PC. The great web-based interface allows you to manage the download tasks anytime, anywhere!
Share your music by iTunes Server Music fans and Apple enthusiasts will be certainly rocked by the coolest music-sharing feature of TS-109 Pro! All your MP3 music can be collectively stored and streamed to Mac or Windows PC. Just turn on the iTunes program and enjoy all the music around your home network!
Support Windows ADS With Windows ADS (Active Directory Service) support, you can deploy your Turbo Station in small business environment easily! It enables Windows domain users to easily access the shared data with the Active Directory authentication. This not only saves server manager's time and effort in creating duplicated groups and accounts, but also lowers the maintenance cost by centralized management.
Sharing files across Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix. TS-109 Pro is specially designed for different users to share the files across Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix environment.
No fan design The fan used inside a device is for the purpose of cooling system, no matter how quiet it is, the fan has to be activated for air ventilation. Somehow, it is inevitable to generate intermittent chirping noise which distracts your work or diminishes your enjoyment. TS-109 Pro adapts no fan design approach by using silver/ black aluminum case for thermal dissipation. It provides an absolute quiet working environment for you!! For more details about fanless design
One touch USB auto copy When a USB device such as digital camera, digital camcorder, or pen drive is plugging into the front panel USB port, data in the USB flash disk or digital photos in your camera can be backed up to TS-109 Pro automatically by simply pressing the USB copy button.
Unique advanced HDD health scanning (HHS) No idea how's the health status of your centralized storage hard disk? TS-109 Pro is embedded with HHS technology which lets you to perform checking disk and bad blocks scanning to prevent potential data loss.
Unique Web File Manager TS-109 Pro provides unique Web File Manager function for you to easily download, upload and manage the files on the server by browser.
SSL Security (HTTPS) You can access and manage your Turbo Station by using web browser securely. All connections between PC and NAS including user ID, password, files, download tasks, etc. are encrypted in SSL tunnels and are well protected.
Remote management of download tasks on multiple Turbo Stations QGet is powerful P2P download management software provided with QNAP's Turbo Station series. QGet can be installed on any Windows computers for users to simultaneously manage BitTorrent, FTP and HTTP download tasks of multiple Turbo Station servers.
Network Recycle Bin Can you imagine if you delete an important file on the NAS by mistake and lose it forever? You don't need to worry now! The files deleted from the network shares of the TS-109 Pro will be moved to a particular recycle bin folder. You can restore your data anytime in case of unintended file deletion.
Built-in DDNS support TS-109 Pro supports dynamic DNS (DDNS). You can register a unique domain name from a DDNS service provider and assign it to your Turbo Station. There is no more need to remember a lengthy IP address!
Establish a PC-less Home Multimedia Center by Using QNAP NAS and PS3 or Xbox 360
All the multimedia contents stored on QNAP NAS can be automatically shared to a PS3 or an Xbox 360 in the home network. Users can play their stored photos and videos on a TV, or listen to the music via their Hi-Fi system. QNAP NAS can be a perfect home storage and sharing center for establishing a PC-less, HD video-playing (via PS3, video resolution up to 1080p), highly accessible, and power-saving digital home theatre.