QNAP TS-459U-RP Turbo NAS Reviewhardnrg - July 22, 2010
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Returning to the back, out of the available ports, the power and ethernet sockets are the only ones that need to be connected. The mains cable and two ethernet cables come supplied, the remaining USB/eSATA/VGA ports are basically convenient and useful connections that you can make use of later.
Unless you order the NAS with drives already installed, you'll have to install the hard drives yourself. The caddy trays have a plastic front which is merely a cover, as both the tray and door are metal. The outer part of the hinge sticks out and locates inside the chassis, levering the tray into place as the door is closed.
The bottom of the tray has four holes for 3.5" drives, and three holes for 2.5" drives. These holes line up with the screw holes on the underside of a hard drive.
Simply place the tray on a drive and use the supplied screws to secure the drive to the tray.
Then you slide the populated tray back into the NAS, and close the door, which takes the effort out of making the drive mate with the SATA back plane, due to the lever action. Once in, just rinse and repeat for the remaining drives. Well, don't actually rinse anything... just repeat. Forget about the rinsing.
With the NAS populated with hard drives, you'll need to connect it to a network to actually use it. As two ethernet cables are supplied, you can go ahead and connect both of them to a switch or router.
When you press the power button on the front of the NAS, the encircled 'i' LED lights up green (rather than red) to say the NAS is running ok, the individual drive LEDs flash in a pattern/sequence as the drives spin up and the system boots, and then the network LED lights up as the NAS initialises connections to the network.