QNAP TurboNAS TS-419P II NAS Server
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As NAS units begin to echo the specifications of full on PCs more users will tend to pick one up for use in their home network or even small business. The raw power coming from these units today no longer means you need to spend thousands to get a high quality, high speed NAS. Things however are not always black and white so in the end it all comes down to what your needs are. If you intend on buying a NAS Server just for use as a download station then even the entry-level Synology DS212j we reviewed a few months back will be more than enough for that purpose so there's no need for you to spend much. On the other hand if you want an NAS Server for multiple usages, for example use as a download station, media station, FTP server and webserver then you would do well to choose something more powerful like the QNAP TS-419P II which we will be taking a look at today!
The QNAP TurboNAS TS-419P II is almost identical to the TS-219P II when it comes to hardware specifications, however the TS-419P II packs quite a few more extras such as 4bays, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 USB ports and a nice LCD screen at the front. Specs-wise the TS-419P II features an energy-efficient 2.0GHz Marvell ARM processor with 512MB DDR3 RAM and SATA 3Gb/s connectivity for the 4 drive bays which can in turn be used in single, JBOD, and RAID 0/1/5/6/10 configurations. Granted the SATA II connectivity may not look on par with the rest of the systems specifications but there's no reason for NAS units to use SATA III until networking exceeds 125mb/s in the real world.
So with that we revisit where real consumer NAS devices were born 3 years ago with the original TS419P,the first full featured NAS for home use that actually had what it took to utilize Gigabit ethernet.
QNAP Systems, Inc. is a privately held company founded in 2004 and is dedicated to bringing world class NAS storage, professional NVR video surveillance, and network video players to consumer, small/medium business, and entry level enterprise market segments. QNAP leverages not only hardware design but also a growing core competency in software engineering that is precisely focused on bringing to market products that offer the highest available performance coupled with outstanding reliability, scalability, and ease of installation and use. QNAP is a multi-national company with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and subsidiary offices in China and the United States.