QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS - Closer Look and Software Setup

Article Index
QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS
Hardware Specs
Closer Look and Software Setup
Setup and Feature Configuration
Features and Configuration Continued
Services, Process and Performance
Web File Manager, Downloads and Media

Closer Look:

As we take a closer look at the TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS, we see that they mean business when they built this device.  It's certainly more than a basic box.  it comes with a total of five USB ports - one on the front and four on the back.  These can be used for many things including printers, extra storage, flash storage or even a UPS.  That's right the TS-459 Pro can be configured to shut down when plugged into a UPS - what's more, it can actually send a signal to shut down other QNAP products that also exist on the LAN.  Dang!

Front
Front Close
Rear
Rear Close

 

You'll notice as we head on over to the rear of the unit that there are two fans.  The small fan at the top is to cool down the power supply inside the unit.  You have to keep in mind that this is a Linux-based computer that runs a dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and a bunch of drives.  This takes some power and requires an actively cooled PSU in order to provide stability.  The second fan is for cooling the drives and doesn't seem to spin up much past 1500 RPM and remains really quiet.  The entire unit is much quieter than my Vantec eSATA dual-bay enclosure.

There are a pair of eSATA ports as well as Gigabit Ethernet ports that should provide extra storage capacity as well as great connectivity and performance - if this unit can actually perform like it claims instead of like a Valkyrie or DNS-323 box.

 

Software Installation / Setup:

The QNAP TS-459 Pro+ comes with some software on the CD that helps you find the box in order to connect and configure it.  It comes with NetBak Replicator, QNAP Finder, QGet as well as a full manual, and links to online support. 

Autorun
Autorun Menu
Software Installation
Software Installation

 

If you have a DHCP network setup and you're router blocks UPnP connections, you'll need to use the QNAP Finder to locate the device.  Once you've got the IP, you should be good to go.

Found 
Found!

 

On the next page, we'll look at connecting to the QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS and setup the device as well as start to explore some of the features and options.