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Thought I’d share my thoughts on this TS-230, I’m using it as a music server and for file backup, it’s perfect for this at the price I got it for. It’s replacing a TS-212P from 2014 and it’s much more responsive and browses music files via DLNA much smoother. I would not recommend it for more memory intensive apps as there is only 1.5GB available Ram even though specs say 2GB. If those are your requirements and you can get it for around the $170 mark I think it’s great value. Also very compact and very quiet (I have 5900 rpm drives in it)
I compared this model and Synology DS220J in my friend 's office. Long story short, the Synology DS220J with almost same configuration runs much smoother and faster with no lag. Unfortunately I did this comparison after ordering this unit based on my experience with QNAP TS212. When I received the unit I decided not to open the package and send it back to the seller. It cost $17 shipping and almost $30 restoking fee for me which are not mentioned any where in this ad (be aware). Right now I'm happy with my decision, because this model just slightly faster in transferring files but laggy when it comes to user interface in compare to my TS212. Believe me it's not worth the price. I learned this lesson in hard way and paid the penalty.
Got this on an Amazon Warehouse deal for $145. Setup is really easy and quick and it works for my needs. Just needed a simple mirror of drives to share between my work and gaming rig. Speeds are about 75MB/s which isn't blazing speed but more than sufficient. I like the QNAP interface. Not too complex but not oversimplified either. For what you get I don't think you can beat the price.
I got this nas set it up and try to install I drive and plex media server . And after I install it . When I try to open the apps I get this error . I have remove the apps reinstall and did a hard reset same error all so when I try to copy files from the nas all the files times out . copy file to the nas they work just fine. Error Page not found or the web server is currently unavailable. Please contact the website administrator for help.
Jam packed with bloatware and crappy apps. Very slow and difficult to use. Simple functions like deleting a file or directory require many clicks and may or may not happen. Internal software is terrible- example: turned on FTP storage and provided external devices using FTP with the correct user and password. Yet every time a file was written via FTP a warning was written to the log file, thousands of them, why? Cooling fan on unit crapped out last week 6wks. old. Just as well, I'm going to replace this piece of junk anyway. Update: hard reset brought the fan back to life. After a month and 2 firmware updates I logged on and was informed there was no volume on the unit and no files either, yet when I logged on from a network client via NFS the volume was there as were all the files. Another hard reset and it started 'working' again. Way too high maintenance, a network drive should be a set and forget item. I replaced it with a more expensive Synology unit and the difference was like night and day. Gave away the unit instead of returning it since it's working exactly how it was designed, and that is it's whole problem.
Admittedly I wanted a NAS only for local image backup with the ability to be natively mounted on Win and Mac. I didn't need much more advanced functionality. The QNAP is overflowing with added features and the UI isn't great. For many users I'm sure this is a fine NAS, but if you know that there are many functions you'll never use your NAS for (Plex, Apps, streaming your video library, etc) then you can do better and pay less. Note that their app store/library contains a bunch of 3rd party apps with very little support or updates/fixes.
Great first NAS for anyone looking to start with. I only use it for photo backups since my wife and I run our own photography business. Setting up the drives in RAID 1 took awhile but from what I've seen, thats standard. Once the drives were set up and privileges set, everything became drag and drop. Its handy to be able to view photos from my phone and back up mobile photos also. Overall, the 450 or so I spent (iron wolf 4TB drives plus this) was well worth it. It totally beats having multiple portable drives laying all over with what ever photos on them that 2-3 years from now you'll forget and have to search each one again.
Also, didn't use their tech support so I rated it a 3/5.