QNAP TS-409U Turbo NAS

Posted on July 15, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Imagine that you work for a small company and you've been charged with the task of finding a reliable centralized storage solution that not only requires minimal setup and maintenance, but also requires performance and a small footprint. One could be built relatively inexpensively, but the trouble of setting up Windows or Linux on the system, as well as implementing backup solutions?

Enter QNAP's TS-409U Turbo NAS. The TS-409U is a powerful embedded Linux system featuring a 500MHz System-on-Chip (SoC) CPU and 512MB of DDR2 memory. It fits in a 1U rackmount space, and has four SATA II hotswap bays supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, and 6. On top of this, the TS-409U is a multi-functional all-in-one NAS server supporting various functions from webserver, to MySQL server, to an iTunes server.

However, as I saw in our review of D-Link's DNS-323, embedded processors are not always the best option for network attached storage (NAS). The QNAP TS-409U Turbo NAS steps up to the bar with a faster processor, speedier RAM, and more expansion to boot. Will it stand up to my expectations?


I was surprised by the TS-409U's packaging simply because I was expecting a bigger box. As it were, the TS-409U's white packaging isn't much larger than the unit itself.

Several of the unit's key features are listed on the front, as well as the fact that the unit is "Environmentally Friendly" by utilizing a smart fan and other power-saving features.

The rear of the packaging goes in to much more depth on the features listed on the front.

Inside, the TS-409U is protected by two pieces of Styrofoam, holding it securely in place. A cardboard box is also being held by the cardboard.

Inside the box are various goodies such as the quick start guide, power cable, mounting kit with screws, keys for locking, and an ethernet cable.

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