In part 1 of my review of the QNAP TS-269L I did the unboxing and initial setup here.
In part 2 of my review I want to show you how easy it is to set up users and shares with the help of wizards that QNAP has created in their software. I will introduce you to the NAS web administration interface, set up a new user, set up new shares, and show the available drive configurations.
When I stepped through the initial configuration screens I named my server with the name QNAPNAS. Now when I want to access the NAS I simply put the name in my web browser address bar followed by :8080 for the port number (http://qnapnas:8080) and it opens the login screen.
After entering the username admin and my password I set during the original configuration I am logged in. The window changes to a menu screen and my choices are the Web File Manager or Administration.
In the upper right the drop down menu also provides the following options: Change Password, Restart, Shutdown, Logout and About.
I am selecting the choice for Administration so we can begin configuring the NAS.
The software is configured to automatically check if a newer firmware version is available for download when logging into the NAS web administration. This option can also be disabled in the System Administration –> Firmware Update –> Live Update –> Live Update Setting
Even thought I had just updated the firmware on the NAS about 2 weeks ago QNAP has already made changes. QNAP runs the same firmware on all their NAS servers except the TS-X20 and TS-X21. This includes servers for the Home & SOHO up to the High-end SMB servers. The common firmware provides a familiar interface to the user regardless of which NAS you buy from QNAP. I went ahead and selected OK and allowed the NAS to update it’s firmware to the latest version.
Once the firmware was updated the NAS restarted. Again I entered the name of the NAS in my web browser and logged into the NAS web administration.
Administration Home Screen
The administration home screen includes the Turbo Station Wizard selections. There are numerous wizards available to help you configure the NAS for use including wizards for creating a single user and creating a shared folder. Additional wizards exist for setting up FTP service, setting up MyCloudNAS and Cloud Backup. I will cover these additional items in a subsequent review.
Create a User
Now I want to start setting up users on the NAS. I select the Create a User wizard from the Home page. The screens are pretty easy to follow.
I went ahead and filled in the entries for a new user named HSSuser. A green check mark after the field informs you that you have entered a new user name or a red stop sign with an exclamation point in the center means the user name already exists on the NAS. One nice option is the last field on the Set User Information screen allows you to enter an email address so the new user is notified when their setup is complete. This requires configuration of the SMTP server on the NAS.
Next brings up Assign User Groups and then the Personal Shared folder steps.
Shared folder privileges default to the configuration assigned to the User Group selected earlier but can be customized by the Administrator. The next step allows the user to be granted application privileges for Network Services and Applications on the NAS.
A final step to double check all your selections before pressing Next.
At that point the wizard informs you a new user is setup. The wizard makes it very easy to set up a new user by guiding you through each step.
QNAP also provides a wizard for creating multiple users. The user names are numbered sequentially based upon the Admin’s entries in the wizard and can allow the quick setup for a large number of users.
Create a Shared Folder
Similar to the Create User wizard QNAP has created a Create a Shared Folder wizard.
The wizard steps you through naming the shared folder and determining the disk volume where it will reside.
Access privileges for the folder are determined and the settings are confirmed for setup.
The Shared Folder view gives an overview of each of the shared folders and the information about them.
Hard Disk Configuration
The final item to cover is the hard drive configuration. When I set up the TS-269L I selected Raid 1 Mirroring Disk Volume. This provided protection if one of the hard drives were to fail. Since the TS-269L is only a 2 bay NAS it has the following options available to it when 2 hard drives are installed.
Volume management choices are something that each administrator will need to determine based on their usage, criticality of the data and their back-up strategy.
Overall the QNAP TS-269L is very easy to setup and use. The wizards that have been created for setting up users and shares are very easy to follow. QNAP has done a good job of making the wizards easy to follow even for a new user who is not familiar with their software.
Part 3 of this review will start looking at the Applications that are available from QNAP on the NAS and how I have put them to use in my home environment.