QNAP TS-431 4 Bay Network Attached Storage

Posted by Ub3rG33k on May 30, 2015 in Tech |

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As you probably know by now, I’m a sucker for storage. Over the years I’ve been through various online and offline storage solutions. The next chapter in the story is the QNAP TS-431.

I’ve been toying with the idea of QNAP for a while, and with recently having problems with my Time Capsule being over worked, I thought I’d give it a blast.

As I had quite a few drives kicking around, I decided I’d go with the 4-bay version, as not only can I use Raid-5, but it also has two gigabit lan port, but the price wasn’t much more than the 2-bay version.

I’ve been playing with this for the past couple of days, and have to say I’m really impressed. Currently I’m only using the basic functionality, like QSync (a dropbox style local application) and the build in DNLA media players (for the non Apple kit in my house), but so far, it’s working really well.

Since getting my last ‘smart’ NAS, it seems technology has really moved on, and one thing I’m really thankful of is the App Center. With a single click I’m able to install addition applications, such as Transmission, Twonky, Plex server, phpMyAdmin databases, to name just a few. Although there’s an official list of supported applications, there is also the ability to install custom applications.

In addition to the user friendly web based interface, there are also a handful of iOS applications to help control your device on the move. These are the likes of Qmanager and Qfiles to easily manage the files on your system, stop start, monitor, and the likes of Qmusic as a remote music player.

You can also use the QNAP to work as a home survalice hub, however due to the price, I’ve not bothered. By default you do get the ability to monitor and record 2 IP cameras, however, I currently have 6 IP cameras monitoring my house while I’m away, and the cost was a little too pricy for my liking.

All in all, a cracking little box, and I’m looking to expoloring other uses for it in the near future.

QNAP TS-431
QNAP TS-431
QNAP TS-431
QNAP TS-431
QNAP TS-431
QNAP TS-431
QNAP TS-431

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