QNAP TS-509 Pro Turbo NAS

Posted on October 9, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Tags: NAS, iSCSI, NFS

Introduction

QNAP produces some fantastic NAS products, as was seen in BIOS LEVEL's review of the TS-409U. QNAP's products carry huge feature lists, and have the performance to back those features. QNAP's firmware is capable of supporting features and functions such as: fileserver, iTunes server, DHCP server, and more. This makes for the perfect product in the home or small office.

Shortly after QNAP released the TS-409U Turbo NAS, the TS-509 was announced. The TS-509 Pro picks up where QNAP's TS-409 Pro left off. The TS-509 Pro adds a fifth drive bay, as the name may entail. Also included with the TS-509 Pro are: dual gigabit ethernet ports, five USB 2.0 ports, two serial connections, and a single eSATA port. While the form factor is different from the TS-409U, both units promise relatively similar features, with a few subtle differences.

Packaging & Appearance

The TS-509 Pro comes in a sturdy card board box that is relatively well detailed with the unit's specifications and features. The front lists some of the prominent features of the unit, as well as the TS-509's various certifications.

The sides list the unit's technical specifications.

The back again goes over the various features of the TS-509. It makes it look simple.

Upon opening the packaging, I found the TS-509 Pro held securely between pieces of foam. A smaller box containing the various accessories was also secured between the foam.

A thick plastic bag was taped around the unit to protect it from scratches. After removing it, the unit itself was exposed. All-in-all, it seemed much more compact than the TS-409U, and somewhat lighter as well.

Five drive bays, an LCD with two controls, and a single USB port populate the front of the TS-509 Pro. Each drive bay has its own locking mechanism.

On the back, I found four additional USB ports, an eSATA port, and two RS-232 ports. I was impressed to find the eSATA port on the unit, as it was something the TS-409U lacked. I wonder if attached drives will be capable of be able to be included in any RAID arrays?

Inside the accessory box were screws, keys, a manual, the software CD, an ethernet cable, and a power cable.

Let's look at the unit's specifications before I move on to installing my drives to test the unit's performance.

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