My QNAP NAS: One week later.

It’s been a week since I took my QNAP NAS out of the box and powered it up for the very first time. Things weren’t going well at first, but I’m happy to report that the PEBKAC issue has been addressed.

So let’s take a visual tour of the TS-410’s web interface…

QNAP Networking

Here are the available networking options. I can verify that MS networking (aka Samba), Apple’s AFP and FTP all work without issue. As the files I’m migrating to my NAS are currently on my Mac Pro, I’ve got the QNAP hard-wired to it via Ethernet and connecting via AFP. I’m getting transfer speeds of about 10MBs/second, not bad considering my data is being transcoded from HFS+ to EXT3 on the fly. (see correction in the first comment below)

Once I hook my QNAP up to my Linux rig I plan to access it via NFS, with an eye towards putting it on my wireless network at some point in the future.

QNAP Apps

Here are the QNAP’s built-in apps. So far I’ve only used the Web File manager, which I’m hoping has a “find and erase” option for all those stupid “DS_Store” files that OS X is dumping on my NAS.

I most certainly won’t have any need for the iTunes service, but it’s nice to know that I could run this very blog from my QNAP if I had to!

There’s also built-in support for surveillance cameras and direct-to-disk download apps like BitTorrent. More functionality can be added via community-contributed QPKG plugins.

QNAP Volume Management

Managing my disks seems to be as easy as the grab above would suggest. My 4th 500GB drive is currently booting my Mac Pro, and will be added this weekend when I swap it out for the 250 GB Leopard abomination that I yanked on the day it arrived, and have been storing on a shelf ever since.

QNAP QFinder

I couldn’t resist adding this — a grab from QFinder, the OS X utility that ships with the QNAP. I got this error message while I had a working AFP connection to one of the folders on my QNAP. Check out point #3!

Other thoughts:

Despite having at least one on-board fan my QNAP runs very quietly. The oldskool status lights and shrill beeps are kind of charming in a retro way. And while I don’t currently see any need to physically lock down my hard drives, it’s nice to know that the option is there.

Despite what I wrote at my nadir last week I think the QNAP is a great little unit, capable of a lot more than the 2nd-gen Drobo currently selling for about the same price here in Canada.

To sum up, it’s definitely Linux-compatible. And it’s a keeper!

9 comments:

  1. AC:
    I don’t recall it in your earlier articles, but I’m assuming you’re using 4 x 500 GB drives?
    BTW, Carbon Computing has the Drobo front and centre on their website, with 2 TB for $600.
    Ed

  2. Ah ok, and this happens in tandem with the write process? I guess it would have to; otherwise the drives would always be spinning…

  3. As I wrote above it’s not loud at all. The only thing I’ve noticed is that if you power it down for the night it seems to come on by itself at 3am to do some kind of diagnostic.

    Or maybe I’m just having a series of recurring dreams about data transfer. 😉

  4. Hi,

    I have the same error with Qfinder, but wasn’t sure which point is point 3 (unless it is the reference to PEBKAC, in which case, what am I doing wrong?)

  5. I was referring to the screen grab. That an OS X app is asking if you’re running Windows XP doesn’t exactly suggest quality software. 😉

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