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QNAP TS-459U-RP Turbo NAS Review

hardnrg    -   July 22, 2010
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Configuration:

Network Services allows you to enable and configure the different methods of access to the QNAP NAS. In the first tab in the Microsoft Networking section, you can choose whether the NAS belongs to a workgroup (suitable for home or simple networks), or a domain (for more complex or enterprise-level networks). The Advanced Options tab has options for name resolution and authentication.






















 

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The next two sections allow you to enable support for Apple Networking and NFS Service (e.g. Unix).

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The TS-459U-RP is designed for remote access and has a section for setting up FTP Service. This can either be a standard or secure connection (SSL/TLS encrypted). Remote management of the NAS can be achieved over Telnet, SSH, and SNMP.

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This is where we start to see that the NAS offers features beyond straightforward network storage. The web server is designed to support PHP as well as standard HTML and greatly simplifies setting up a Website or web file server. Once enabled, you can access the web server from the login page, or by entering the server IP in a web browser. Of course, if you have set up Dynamic DNS, you could alternatively enter the URL for the NAS.

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When the disk volume was created, it adds an index.php to the Web folder. So, when you access the NAS's web server, it loads this default page. You are shown two methods of getting files to the web server, either by using mapped network drives, or uploading via FTP. Each method is clearly described in several illustrated steps.

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If you create PHP pages and place them in the web server folder, they will work without the need for any further configuration. Here is a simple test page I created to check PHP support is functioning correctly.

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The Virtual Host feature lets you set up several websites on the NAS, where each Website has its own folder.

 

The last section in Network Services allows you to enable discovery services for different protocols, so that the NAS can automatically be found and shown.

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