QNAP TS-420 NAS (Network Attached Storage)

October 7, 2013Posted by Kevin White

 

This device was a blessing to have and it performed so well that it's now my main hub for all of my media.The TS-420 NAS has a very nice design and is pretty easy to use as long as you follow directions.

After I received the NAS in, I removed the first bay
and installed my SATA hard drive. Now make sure you back up your hard drive
as QNAP formats the drive as part of it's setup. After I installed the
drive, I plugged the device into an available outlet and plugged in the
Ethernet cable as well. Hit the power button, and setup is almost done.

QNAP TS-420 NAS Network Attached Storage

Since NAS is on the network, you either need to use the QNAP browser, or
map the drive to your computer for quick and easy access. The device can
use DHCP to pull an IP address automatically or you can use a static IP
address. The benefit of using a static IP, if you have any power outages or
you need to restart your router, the IP address it takes afterwards might
not be the same it grabbed before. This will cause issues to any computer
or devices you have already mapped the drive to. Entering a static IP will
make sure it has the same IP every time and communication won't be a hassle.

After running through the setup for the NAS, you can use Qfinder to see
what IP address the device has taken, or if it is using your static IP that
you assigned and allows you to login to the drives or configure your
drives. After I configured the drive and the formatting was done, it was
now time to use the NAS ability.

I was able to map the drive to my computer so I could start transferring
all of my media to the HDD that was currently in my NAS. After mapping the
drive and checking to make sure it was active, I was then able to transfer
my media from my local hard drive across the network to my NAS device. This
went very fast and was more pleasing than transferring to an external HDD
with USB.

The TS-420 was able to be recognized on all of my computers, and even with
other programs such as XBMC. This was a huge benefit for HTPC users as you
can run all of your media from this NAS and have full visibility not only
in the Operating Systems, but as well as software. I was able to add my
media onto XBMC just like I would with a normal drive on the network
attached to a computer, or a local hard drive. This was better though now
that my media doesn't require a computer to be on to access the files.

The TS-420 has a lot of features and benefits to it. It has eSATA ports,
USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and very quit cooling fan. Not
only did I use one of the open bays on this device, but I was also able to
connect one of my external hard drives to the USB 3.0 port and was able to
access it off of the NAS.

The TS-420 uses a Marvell 1.6GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM and is very
fast. This device has LED indicators to let you know the status of the LAN
as well as the status of the hard drives you have inside. The step by step
setup you go through is a very easy walk through and does not take long to
get started.

For a reliable way to share your media or documents, the TS-420 did an
amazing job. I have had no issues with this device and I didn't encounter
any errors in setup. Another amazing feature are the apps you have in the
QNAP browser. You have the ability to check out your drives, run disc
checks and scan for errors, and many other options.

Apps for the NAS include Control Panel, Photo Station, Music Station,
Video Station, Download Station, File Station, Backup Station, myQNAP Cloud
Service, Qsync, Surveillance Station Pro, Antivirus, and an App center to
check out more apps and download.

The QNAP TS-420 NAS is an amazing device and is well worth the money. No
need to risk losing all of your data with a corrupt OS, when you could have
everything safely on your NAS.

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