QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS - Features and Configuration Continued

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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
 

Feature Exploration Continued:

As we continue to explore the features and settings of the TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS, we come to the Access Rights tab.  This is pretty standard for many NAS units as it allows you to create users, user groups, share particular folders as well as set quotas for users.  While this may not seem like a big deal in a really small office, if you're using this device as a file storage server for 20+ people and you have four 1TB drives in RAID 5, you'll have about 3TB of space available.  That translates to a mere 140GB per user with allowance for some extra space for the media server, web server or even FTP server.  If you are doing large backups or have a lot of media stored on the server, space can disappear very quickly.  A quota is a good idea.

Access Rights
Access Rights
Network Services
Network Services

 

Network services on this unit include the typical Microsoft Networking, NFS Service as well as FTP service.  Other services included that aren't as common are Apple Networking, Telnet/SSH, SNMP Settings, Web Server and Network Service Discovery.  The Web Server feature is pretty slick as it allows virtual host support - allowing you to host multiple domains on the box by simply clicking and adding a new virtual host.  You can also specify port number on the Web Server to allow internal web sites, or even to slip by the Port 80 restriction of your ISP.

 

Applications:

It's not normal that you see many applications available on a NAS box but the TS-459 Pro+ has plenty.  It comes with a multimedia station, download station (supports BitTorret, FTP, HTTP downloads) as well as a Surveillance Station (storage), iTunes Service, UPnP Media server, MySQL server, and more.  If you want more than is offered out of the box, you can go get more applications at the QNAP site or directly through the interface.  Other applications that can be installed simply are PS3 Media Server, Java Runtime Environment, PHPMyAdmin, Wordpress, Joomla and a lot more.  All of these can simply run off of the TS-459 Pro+.  One word sums up this feature set - amazing.

Applications
Applications
MySQL Server
MySQL Server
QPKG Plugins
QPKG Plugins

 

The MySQL setup can be setup for local use as well as used for remote applications as well.  You could host the server on one QNAP device and access it through website on another remote server or load balance at a local location as well.

 

USB & eSATA Action:

With five USB 2.0 ports as well as a pair of eSATA 2.0 ports, not only is this box a powerhouse of storage and functionality in itself, it can also control and manage other connected devices as well.  You can fill up all of your USB ports with storage devices or mix and match a UPS and a printer into the mix to keep things interesting.  With four of the USB ports at the rear of the box, the front USB port will likely be used more for backing up a USB flash drive and the TS-459 Pro+ is happy to oblige.  It even has a dedicated "Copy" button so that you can quickly and easily copy your flash drive to the storage device - with the default location in the "USB" directory of the NAS marked with the days date.  The feature can also be disabled if you don't want this functionality.

External Storage
External Storage
UPS Settings
UPS Settings
USB Copy
USB Copy

 

Finally, if you want everything on the TS-459 Pro+ - or another NAS from the same series - mirrored to a remote location, QNAP has you covered with their Remote Replication feature as well.

 

I'm very pleased that they use the rsync application as well as Amazon S3 for multi-platform compatibility.  This should make it useful for a large number of users.