QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS - Setup and Feature Configuration

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
 

Main Setup:

Now that we've used the QNAP Finder to actually find the TS-459 Pro+, we can load up a web page and log in with the default user name and password.  Once we are logged in, we can head on into once of the many options including Administation, Web Server, Multimedia Station, Download Station, Web File Manager, Customer Service, QNAP Wiki or the QNAP Forum.  The main screen is a very slick looking page that works as smooth as it looks.  It's a nice change from a few text links and seems to work well across Firefox, IE and Chrome.

Main Web Setup

 

As we continue on through the review, we have a lot of screenshots from the web interface and we'll leave most of them thumb-nailed to save space.  We'll talk about a few interesting features though as we continue and won't spend a lot of time on each of these settings.  We want to get through this so we can see how fast this NAS is and how it works when pounded from a bunch of machines on a fast network.


There are so many settings and features to cover on this Turbo NAS that we'll briefly cover them below - starting with the System Administration tab below.

System Administration

 

This Administration tab gives you quick access to General Settings, Network, Hardware Security, Notifications, Power Management, and a lot more.  We're going to take a closer look and talk about the Network, Notification and Network Recycle Bin below.

Network Config
Network Configuration
Notification
Notification Setup
Network Recycle Bin
Network Recycle Bin

 

Normally, Network setup on a NAS involves choosing static or DHCP IP address acquisition and maybe turning a DHCP server on or off.  With two Gigabit Ethernet ports, there is all of this as well as DDNS and IPV6 networking setup as well.  Also, the TS-459 Pro+ has the ability to do something pretty cool with it's dual Ethernet ports - you can balance the load between the two (adaptive or adaptive transmit), set them up as an active backup (fail over) or even Balance (Round-Robin) them.  We set them to Balance and experienced total network throughput over 1.7Gb/s into and out of this device.  It was a far cry above and beyond the 130Mb/s we have noticed with other cheap NAS boxes.

As far as notification setup goes, you can set up the NAS to email you as well as send text messages to your phone when system event occur.  SMS is a nice touch as it is much easier to keep track of your NAS by receiving a message on drive failure, quota and more.  

Finally, the TS-459 Pro+ has a network recycle bin that can be configured.  While some of you may think that this is no big deal, keep in mind that traditionally when you delete something off of a network share it is permanently deleted.  The same is not true with the TS-459.  It has a full-featured recycle bin that can be used to recover and restore deleted files if required.

 

Moving on to Disk Management we have a quick peek at what is capable in this box.  You can manage drives, RAID arrays, view and test HDD SMART, encrypt and check on a file system as well as setup iSCSI devices and a virtual disk.  Most of the settings here are pretty explanatory so we'll only include a couple of picture before we move on.

Disk Management
Disk Management
Volume Management
Volume Management

 

On the next page, we'll continue with some setup and feature exploration before we jump into testing the hardware.