Article Author :Ian Date : 14th Aug 2009 Comments :0
We took a look at the impressive QNAP TS-209 II Pro last year, a home/office sized NAS that provided plenty of features and became an essential part of a small office network. The QNAP TS-239 Pro is a next generation model based on the Intel Atom platform which includes even more features suited to an office environment (such as iSCSI). This NAS includes two drive bays (providing up to 4TB storage) and the unit size has been reduced substantially to a mere 214x175x115mm.
This little NAS includes a 1.6Ghz atom CPU, 1GB DDRII memory and two gigabit LAN ports – which is much more powerful than many competing devices. Not only does this improve the performance of some elements (such as the PHP/MySQL server), but it ensures that a larger number of clients can use the NAS without performance degradation. Similar to other QNAP variants there are 12 primary functions which the NAS unit can perform:
Encrypted Remote Replication
UPnP Media Server
Image Files Backup
Installation and Setup
Getting the NAS up and running is as simple as loading the drive caddies with a SATA HDD, attaching the power adapter and connecting a network cable to a router. Everything apart from two hard drives is included in the TS-239 Pro Turbo box, so it takes very little time to complete the installation procedure.
The unit design is simple and effective, with the front of the unit including 4 status LEDs (HDD1&2, LAN and eSATA activity). Underneath these are a USB port and 2 buttons, one to turn the unit on/off and another “one touch” copy button to initiate quick USB transfers (which you can configure in the NAS setup menu):
TS-239 Pro Turbo
The drive caddies are simple drive trays that require 4 screws to secure a SATA HDD in place. Once this is done, it can be pushed back in to the NAS unit and locked in place. Some other NAS units don’t include a way to secure drives in place, so this is a welcome addition.
The rear of the unit has a power socket, 2 x eSATA ports, 2 x LAN ports, 2 x USB ports, a K-lock slot and most interestingly of all a VGA port (more on this later):
Rear of NAS
Once you have set up the hardware side of things, just turn the unit on and browse to the web-admin page to begin the configuration. It is often easiest to use the QNAP software the first time you connect to the unit, as it will open the web-administration panel so you can begin the configuration process. The very first time you connect to the NAS with a new pair of HDDs, you will need to format them and configure your RAID setup (if used). Should you desire, contents of the drive can be encrypted via 256-bit AES security.