Earlier this year the Home Server Show podcast received a QNAP TS-269L NAS to review and share our experience with our listeners and readers.
The initial contact with QNAP started at CES 2013 when Dave visited the QNAP booth and talked to them about their line of network attached storage (NAS) devices.
A few months after CES 2013 the Home Server Show podcast was able to get our hands on a TS-269L Turbo NAS review unit. The unboxing and initial setup can be found here and a second article was written about setting up users and shares on the NAS.
So what have I been doing with the TS-269L? It has been quietly running on my network with 2 x Seagate 3TB drives setup in a mirror. I have had no errors, warnings or problems. It just sits quietly on the shelf storing and serving up files. So what is the next step?
In June 2013 QNAP announced that their app-centric QTS 4.0 Turbo NAS system was available for the existing Turbo NAS models. QTS 4.0 is built on a Linux foundation and is designed to deliver high-performance services using an intuitive, multi-window and multi-tasking GUI.
Realizing that I had not been into the admin area of the NAS in a while I pointed my web browser at the NAS and signed in. Immediately I was notified that a new firmware version was available. After selecting OK to proceed, the firmware was downloaded and installed. A restart of the NAS was all that was required to finish the install and bring me to the updated login screen indicating I was now using QTS 4.0.3.
I entered my administration username and my password and I was taken directly to the new QTS 4.0 desktop interface.
The desktop interface is a major change from the previous interface on the NAS. Below is an image of the old interface for comparison.
In my future articles I plan to introduce you to the new features available in QTS 4.0 and discuss how I have used them.
This post will be the placeholder for all the QNAP posts that I write as well as future topics I plan to cover. Check back often for new posts and news about QNAP products.
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