Qnap TS-221 4TB NAS Quick Review


Qnap TS-221 NAS review

I recently updated my private network with a NAS. I have now a real file/web/media server that runs 24/7 and that is accessible by any computer connected to the LAN. I chose the Qnap TS-221 for two main reasons: 1/ it was quickly available and 2/ I read some good feedbacks about it over the net.

Qnap TS-221 NAS

Qnap TS-221 is a storage server that works under a customized version of Linux. Storage server is a global word because the TS-221 is at the same time a file server, a download server, a media server for your videos and images, a web server (Apache, MySQL), a print server and more…

Qnap TS-221 NAS

The bundle is rather simple: the TS-221, a network cable, the PSU and the installation guide (a single page!):

Qnap TS-221 NAS

Here are some picture of the TS-221:

Qnap TS-221 NAS

Qnap TS-221 NAS

Qnap TS-221 NAS

The TS-221 runs very quietly so you can put it near your desktop, it won’t bother you.

The TS-221 supports two SATA2 HDDs (two bays). The model tested comes with two 2TB hard drives (Western Digital). Each HDD is hot-swappable and RAID 0/1 configurations are supported.

Qnap TS-221 NAS

Qnap TS-221 NAS

The TS-221 mainboard includes a Marvell 88F6282 CPU @ 2GHz and 1GB of DDR3 system memory.

Now the installation.

One word: easy!

Go to this page, download the QFinder application that will find the NAS on your network and will set it up!

Qnap TS-221 NAS, QNAP Qfinder

Qnap TS-221 NAS, QNAP Qfinder

Once tthe TS-221 is configured, just open a net browser and past the ip address or your NAS to connect to the QTS 4.0 admin panel:

Qnap TS-221 NAS, QTS 4.0 admin panel

Qnap TS-221 NAS, QTS 4.0 admin panel

From the admin panel, you can configure and manage every part of the TS-221: you can create new folders, new users with particular rights, enable or disable services like the web server. Very easy!

Qnap TS-221 NAS, QTS 4.0 admin panel

To upload and download files, I chose to use a FTP client like FileZilla. It’s perfect for me (FileZilla is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) and FTP transactions with the TS-221 work very fine. There are other ways to access to your files like with network shortcuts in the Explorer or via a web interface.

More information and specifications of the TS-221 can be found here: Qnap TS-221 homepage.




4 comments

  • Xenox93

    Wow, it’s amazing :] UI is useful, nice and similar to Mac OS X dashboard 😀 Ok, but how performance in practice? Do you planning a some tests in the future? ;p

  • I will try to update the review with some perf test.

  • mangavalk

    i hate this brand.
    i had one before and it crashed, causing me to loose over 5 TB of data.
    also Qnap is really slow, and it gets only slower when the drives start filling up.

  • megademo

    mangavalk, how much did Synology pay you for that “fair and balanced” assessment of Qnap?