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QNAP 639 Pro NAS

QNAP 639 Pro NAS

The Software


 

QNAP recently released V3 of their software package which is flashed in a firmware update. As the image above shows there are a wealth of options on offer throughout the software and we will go through some of the key features available to the end user.

Updating the firmware is an easy enough process, you download the firmware file to your PC or Macintosh and simply browse to the file through your internet browser via the IP address of the NAS system.

There is a dedicated section for disk management which allows for complete control over the formatting as well as Volume and RAID configurations.

For the testing today we used 6 drives and you can see three of them above. The QNAP 639 pro supports Raid 0, Raid 1, Raid 5 and Raid 6.

This is creating our test linear drive above via the share menus. Once it is created we can return to the last page to check the progress.

Once the drives are formatted you can then set up a shared folder across the network via the share folders section of the interface.

Above you can see the procedure for combining multiple drives for a simple linear disk partition. Really straightforward with the user friendly GUI interface.

The QNAP software has complete support for SMART reading and drive temperatures which can be tied into the fan speed configurations or audible alarms if a specific temperature is reached.

The system has full support for Jumbo frames up to 9000 which offers speed increases with the relevant network for large file transfers. The system also supports load balancing via Network Port Trunking, if you connect two cables to both gigabit lan connectors. We will test this later in the review.

We noticed on previous QNAP nas systems that when formatting a single drive the processors would often load to 100% until completed meaning it was difficult to get any response at all until the process was finished. As shown in the image above, the Atom processor is still heavily loaded but there is still some CPU time to browse the interface and perform other functions.

To further stress the system we formatted three drives at the same time, a useful feature offered by the multithreaded interface. Once we started a drive format of three the ATOM CPU was loaded to 100%, however we were still able to move around the V3 QNAP software package until it was finished. The CPU temps rose to around 46c which is a very acceptable temperature for 100% sustained load.

Once the drives were set up they are accessible on the windows or macintosh network in the usual manner.

There really are so many options available that it would take another 10 pages to cover them all in depth, but rest assured with the QNAP package you are covered for Microsoft and Windows networking, NFS, web file manager, FTP, torrent/HTTP/FTP download station, multimedia station, UPnp server, Itunes server, web server and a MySQL server. In addition to these there is also a surveillance station integrated which allows the end user to utilise the NAS as a video surveillance system.

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Stuart Davidson

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