Introduction: A NAS box (Network Attached Storage) is becoming more and more common in Danish homes. A NAS box might sound like some dangerously expensive hardware to a lot of people, but it is no such thing.
A NAS box is in most cases a standard PC, only smaller and made for one simple purpose, and it’s often controlled by a small Linux system on the box. A NAS box is basically an intelligent hard drive, connected to a network, but not the same as an external USB hard drive. A NAS box can do a lot more than a USB hard drive due to the fact that the NAS box is still a little PC in disguise. This gorgeous little thing from QNAP, named TS209-PRO is no exception, and the design is top quality.
Packaging: To my big surprise, the NAS box wasn’t black as I had expected after looking at various photos and even the box it arrived in.
Specifications: These are the hardware specifications for the box:
SoC 500 MHz
128MB DDRII RAM, 8MB Flash
2* 3.5” SATA I/II HDD, up to 2TB (the HDD is not included)
1 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
USB, Status, HDD1, HDD2, LAN, Power
3 x USB 2.0, support USB printer, disk, digital camera, pen drive, card reader, USB hub
Intelligent USB auto copy button Power button Reset button
Compact cubic type
214(D) x 175(W) x 115(H) mm
Net weight: 2.4Kg Gross weight: 3.5Kg
Temperature 0~35°C Humidity 0~95% R.H
External power adapter, 60W, 100~240V
Sleep Mode: 14.8W In Operation: 29.3W
K-Lock security slot for theft prevention
As seen on the above specifications sheet, the TS-209 Pro packs a decent and somewhat powerful machine. 500MHz and 128MB ram 1 gigabit LAN and space for two 3.5” hard drives. Note the 3 USB ports perfect for connection a USB printer etc.
Being able to connect a USB printer to the NAS server makes it easy to share a printer on a network. Especially when looking at the TS-209 PRO’s power consumption at a maximum of 29.3W. Remember that new pc’s easily consume 300W and more (a lot more), so this one only uses 1/10 of that which is worth considering.