QNAP TS-209Pro Turbo Station

QNAP TS-209Pro Turbo Station
  • QNAP TS-209Pro Turbo Station
  • QNAP TS-209Pro Turbo Station
  • QNAP TS-209Pro Turbo Station
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Its Web interface takes a little time to get used to

Bottom Line

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.

Would you buy this?

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.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?