With data such as documents, ebooks, music or videos spilling into multiple storage drives and locations around your home or office, a centralised storage becomes an absolute necessity. Opting for a higher capacity drive upgrade might be the answer to some of the problems, but spending for a NAS or a Network Attached Storage is the best alternative. Spending for a NAS at home might be considered foolish by many, but QNAP has just the reason why you might just want to change your statement and opt for one of these just below your high-definition television set. Yes, you guessed right, the NAS now has a built-in HD media player and we have the TS-269L for a review in our labs. Read ahead to find out more about it.
QNAP TS-269L 2-bay NAS with built-in full HD media player
Design and build quality
Unlike other manufacturers, QNAP is the only one around to offer a similar look for all individual series—be it a 2-bay or a 6-bay, they all look alike and the design definitely sports good looks. The TS-269L is a two bay NAS and looks like a small toaster. Measuring just 150 mm in height and 1.75 kg in weight, it is one of the smallest two-bay NAS available out there. The entire shell is built of a metal chassis similar to PC cases that have a rugged metal frame and a covering with a plastic bezel in the front. The two-bay NAS makes do with just status LEDs in the front while the higher-end ones are available with an LCD display. The front panel has four status LEDs, one each for HDD1, HDD2, LAN and eSATA, and two backlit buttons, one each for power and one-touch copy and a USB 2.0 port.. Apart from the completely basic control panel, there are two hard drive bays that can be pulled out for easy hard drive installation. The drive bays are perforated for effective cooling of the internal hard drives. the rear panel sports all the physical connections needed—the USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (two each) an eSATA port, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, an HDMI interface and a power jack. Also available is a Kensington lock provision and a 7 cm exhaust fan. The entire case has a metallic brush-finished exterior with a matte-finished bezel. The chassis is built tough and meant for easy cleaning and easy heat dissipation.
Strong PC case-like chassis, all interfaces on the rear
The QNAP TS-269L is a 2-bay storage system, which is an all-in-one NAS server. It meets the storage requirements of most small to medium business environments and features a secure cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac and Linux/UNIX users. It also features iSCSI and IP-SAN storage combo solution for versatile business applications. The QNAP TS-269L is very feature-rich compared to any other NAS available out there. Since the 269L is a two-bay NAS, it can support single drive, RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD combinations while the higher ones can support all RAID possibilities accordingly. Implementing a NAS on a regular Windows-based or Linux-based PC with multiple hard drives might sound like a cheaper alternative, but deploying a NAS is definitely cheaper and easier compared to the PC alternatives. Read on to find out the entire feature-set of the 269L.
Tower form-factor, but as small as a mini toaster
The QNAP TS-269L is powered by an Intel 1.8GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM, which is expandable up to 3 GB. The operating system is run through a 512MB DOM and the storage bays are available for a maximum of two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA SSD or HDD drives. Each bay can support up to 4TB hard drives, which makes this NAS capable of a storage capacity of up to 8TB in RAID 0 or JBOD options. The two hard drive bays have hot-swappable trays, which means you can add or replace hard drives even when the NAS is powered on and operating in full operation mode. The NAS uses just 1 Watt of power when in power-off mode while using only 16 Watts and 25 Watts of energy in sleep and full power modes respectively with two 1TB hard drives installed. Now try to match this with a regular PC serving as a NAS on your network.
PC Utility disk provided with the product
Updated 20 Jun, 2013, 9:13 am IST
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