QNAP TS-209Pro Turbo Station
- Can be used in RAID 0 or 1 mode; hot-swappable drives in the event of a RAID 1 array failing; Web, FTP, printer and media server
- Its Web interface takes a little time to get used to
If you're looking for a fully-featured NAS device for the home or the office, this one can't be passed over. It's pricey, but you're paying for plenty of functionality that's ready to go once you install a couple of hard disks.
Price$ 539.00 (AUD)
Appliances for sharing data over a local area network don't get much more comprehensive than the QNAP TS-209Pro Turbo Station, which offers two easily accessible Serial ATA hard drive bays for storage, and one gigabit Ethernet port for connectivity. It's suitable for use at home or in a small office.
It's basically a hard drive enclosure with advanced firmware; it doesn't ship with any drives, you'll have to get your own, but once you do, you'll find the QNAP a snap to assemble. To get the drives in there, simply take off the faceplate, unscrew the drive bays, mount the hard drives using the supplied screws, slide them back into their bays and screw everything back in. Its network configuration isn't too hard either, but its Web interface does take some getting used to.
Even on a network that doesn't rely on a DHCP server to dish out IP addresses, the QNAP's Finder software will do just that: it'll find the TS-209Pro on the network and go through all the steps required to configure it. IP and Gateway information can be entered, and then the two hard drives can be configured as a single disk, RAID 0, RAID 1 or linear disk volume. We set up our 1TB Seagate Barracuda ES drives in a RAID 1 configuration, because 2TB is a heck of a lot of data to lose should one disk in a RAID 0 or single drive volume fail. The bonus is that the drives in a RAID 1 array are hot-swappable; if one fails, you can swap it out without even powering down the unit. When a drive fails, it'll beep a couple of times and the status light at the front of the QNAP will flash red, but it will continue to serve data until a new drive is inserted.
It will take about 25min to set-up the QNAP, at which point the main 'Public' drive can be mapped to your system, and it'll make a few unsettling beeps at key points during the initialisation process. Once it's up and running though, not only can it be used as a dumping ground for large files, and as a backup device, it can also act as a Web and FTP server. It can also be a media server, using TwonkyMedia, to distribute files to UPnP devices (such as the Netgear Digital Entertainer). Furthermore, it can serve multimedia files through its own Web interface (either locally or over the Internet), which can be time consuming as files have to be uploaded individually. Uploaded music files can be accessed through iTunes (the QNAP will show up as a shared device), and uploaded photos can be viewed via a thumbnail interface.
Another interesting feature of the QNAP is its built-in BitTorrent client. You need to save torrent files to your PC first, and then open them in the QNAP's client to start downloading them, but the advantage is that you can download media directly to your network storage device and you won't need to leave your PC on throughout the night.
Two USB ports at the rear of the QNAP allow external USB drives or a printer to be attached and shared, while a USB port can be used to instantly copy data from USB keys. Physically, the device is solidly built and doesn't make too much noise while it's operating. It's made out of metal and has an extraction fan, so drives are kept reasonably cool.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google WiFi review
- 2 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 3 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Sony Xperia XZ Premium phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Blackberry KEYone phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Intel's Core i9 and X299 enable crazy RAID configurations for a price
- HPE is bringing Optane storage to Unix servers
- These new super fast Intel SSDs provide a bridge to Optane
- Prices of SSDs and DRAM will crash in 2019, Gartner predicts
- Pure adds more NVMe with an eye to the next storage speed bump
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Linksys Velop mesh WiFi review
- D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- Google WiFi review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTJunior-Mid Level Implementation CoordinatorQLD
- FTNetwork and Security EngineerOther
- CCBusiness Technical writerNSW
- FTService Desk EngineerNSW
- FTSAP Project ManagerOther
- TPSQL DeveloperQLD
- TPPrincipal AnalystQLD
- FTProject OfficerOther
- TPAPS 6 Business AnalystACT
- FTSoftware Licensing AnalystOther
- FTCommercial / Contract ManagerOther
- FTFinance Manager / Finance Lead - CPA qualifiedOther
- CCMaterial Outsourcing ConsultantVIC
- FTSenior Microsoft SQL Designer/ArchitectOther
- FTDatabase DeveloperOther
- FTDevOps ConsultantOther
- FTProject Test LeadQLD
- CCBusiness Systems AnalystQLD
- FTRecruitment ConsultantACT
- CCVMware AdministratorNSW
- FTICT Business AnalystOther
- FTLevel 3- Production Support Team LeaderACT
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther
- FTBusiness Process Transition ManagerVIC