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QNAP TS-509 Pro Turbo NAS Review



 Model Number  TS-509 Pro
 Hardware Version  N/A
 Firmware Version  2.1.1 Build 0122T
 External Interface  10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Port x 2
 Jumbo Frame Support  Not Supported
 Additional Ports  USB 2.0 x 5 (4 rear, 1 front)
 1 x eSATA port
 HDD Size  5 x 3.5" SATA Drives (not included)
 Drive Capacity  Up to 1.0TB drive
 CPU  Intel Celeron Processor 1.6GHz
 Memory  1GB DDRII RAM
 Flash  128MB
 SATA Controller  Marvell 88SE6145 x 2
 NIC  Broadcom BCM5787 x 2
 Linux 2.6.24
 File System  EXT3
 HDD Configuration  RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5 +spare, JBOD, Standard
 Power Supply  Internal 250W
 Cooling  120mm fan
 Dimensions  261.1(D) x 188.5(W) x 261.1(H) mm
 10.28(D) x 7.42(W) x 10.28(H) inch
 Weight  7.0Kg/ 15.43lb
 OS Requirement  Microsoft Windows 98/ ME/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista
 Mac OS X, Mac OS X Linux and Unix
 FCC Class B, CE Class B
 Warranty  1 year limited



Powerful All-in-one server

File server

  • File sharing across Windows/ Mac/ Linux/ Unix and centralized management

FTP server

  • Support data access from remote location via FTP (max. 256 concurrent connections)
  • FTP with SSL/ TLS (explicit) mode
  • FXP supported
  • FTP bandwidth control and connection control
  • Passive FTP port range control

Backup server

  • QNAP client-side backup software - NetBak Replicator Supports instant, schedule, and auto-sync backup
  • 3rd party backup software support: Acronis True Image, CA Brightstor, ARCserve Backup, EMC Retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec, LaCie Silverkeeper

Printer server

  • Network printer sharing via USB (support Windows & Mac platform)
  • Support all-in-one printer (max. 3 sets)

Remote Replication

  • Block-level remote replication supports instant, schedule backup management; support synchronization mode

Web Server

  • Built-in phpMyAdmin, built-in Joomla!, editable php.ini, SQLite and MySQL dual support

MySQL Server

  • Support MySQL database server

UPnP Media Server (built-in TwonkyMedia)

  • Support UPnP/ DLNA multimedia technology; share stored photos and home videos on TV, listen to music on Hi-Fi system via DMP
  • Enjoy more than hundreds of worldwide Internet radio (built-in TwonkyMedia)
  • Support media playing with PS3, Xbox360, PSP game consoles

iTunes Server

  • iTunes server for music sharing on your network
  • Support Smart Playlist for iTunes software

Multimedia Station

  • Image slide show and rotation (+90°, -90°)
  • Display photo details: date, exposure time, aperture, etc
  • Automatic thumbnail generation for easy browsing
  • Photo album access authority management
  • Multimedia files (video and audio) local playing
  • Automatic file categorization

Download Station

  • Support PC-less BitTorrent/ FTP/ HTTP download
  • QNAP remote download control software: QGet (Windows / Mac), allows you to control the download tasks of multiple Turbo NAS on one PC via LAN/ WAN
  • BitTorrent download supports TCP/ UDP, DHT
  • BT schedule download supported
  • Support BT tasks download (up to 500)
  • Download configuration (current seed number, configurable port range, bandwidth control, download percentage, UPnP NAT port forwarding for BitTorrent download)
  • Download status list management (download percentage)

Software Specifications

  • Operation System - Linux-embedded system
  • Networking - TCP/IP, DHCP Client, DHCP Server, CIFS/SMB, AFP, NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, DDNS, NTP
  • Failover
  • Load-balancing
  • Multi-IP setting

Dual Gigabit LAN

  • Failover: In case one of the LAN network fails, the packets sent to the NAS will be handled by the other LAN interface.
  • Load-balancing: Link aggregation is supported to increase the transfer speed
  • Multi-IP setting: The NAS can serve different network groups in two different subnets.

File System

  • EXT3 (Internal/ external HDD)
  • FAT (External HDD)
  • NTFS (External HDD)

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft® Windows® 98/ ME/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux and Unix

Disk Management

  • Single disk, RAID 0 (Disk Stripping), RAID 1 (Disk Mirroring), RAID 5, RAID 5+ Hot spare, RAID 6, and JBOD (Linear Disk Volume)
  • Multiple RAID
  • Online RAID Capacity Expansion
  • Online RAID Level Migration
  • Disk usage status management
  • Check disk (Check Linux file system)
  • HDD S.M.A.R.T.
  • Bad blocks scan
  • Support PC-less RAID setup via LCD panel for the first time installation
  • AES 256-bit volume-based encryption
  • Built-in iSCSI target service

User Management

  • User quota management (per user)
  • Windows AD support
  • User account management (max. 4,096 users)
  • User group management (max. 512 groups)
  • Support batch creating users

File System Management

  • Network share management (max. 512 shares)
  • Share folder level ACL support
  • Hide share folder on Windows network
  • Unicode support
  • Journaling file system
  • Web File Manager

System Tools

  • E-mail alert (SMTP authentication)
  • SMS alert notification
  • HDD standby mode
  • Disk usage alert
  • Automatic power on after power loss
  • QPKG add-on firmware supported
  • System firmware upgrade
  • Change homepage logo
  • Backup, restore, reset system settings
  • Smart fan setting
  • Configurable management port
  • Policy-based unauthorized IP blocking
  • Secure remote login by SSH connection; remote login by Telnet connection
  • USB, SNMP UPS support
  • LCD control panel for easy 3 steps installation
  • Wake on LAN service
  • Schedule on/ off service (max. 15 settings)
  • Network recycle bin


  • PC-less RAID configuration for the first time setup
  • When the system is ready, users can check or configure the IP settings, physical disk info, volume info, system info, shut down or reboot the NAS, etc.

Event Logs

  • Complete system logs (file level): system events management, connection logs, current connection of on-line users

Multilingual Support

  • English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Polish

Backup Management

  • PC-client backup software-NetBak Replicator: Instant/ Schedule/ Auto-sync backup
  • Remote Replication support Rsync
  • Encrypted remote replication
  • One touch USB copy for different destination folders
  • Backup to external storage device


All information courtesy of QNAP @ http://www.qnap.com/pro_detail_software.asp?p_id=104

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Configuration: Initial Setup
  4. Configuration: Web UI & System Settings
  5. Configuration: Network Settings
  6. Configuration: Device Configuration
  7. Configuration: User Management
  8. Configuration: Network Share Management
  9. Configuration: System Tools
  10. Configuration: System Logs
  11. Web User Interface
  12. Specifications & Features
  13. Testing: Setup
  14. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  15. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  16. Testing: Operation
  17. Testing: Features
  18. Conclusion:
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