Date: July 29th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: QNAP
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Drives are easy to install, simply secure one to each tray with four screws and insert it back into the bay. For this review I'll be using three Western Digial WD2500AAKS 250GB drives in a RAID 5 array. QNAP provides a list of compatible drives on their website as well as in the manual.
After connecting the unit to a home network and powering it up, the software CD is required for configuring the NAS. The first utility to run is the QNAP Finder.
The QNAP Finder will locate the NAS automatically and display its name, IP address, firmware version, model number, and MAC address. A dialog box also pops up and prompts the user to run the Quick Setup wizard or set everything up manually. For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to run Quick Setup.
The wizard requires the user to enter a few basic configuration entries and is perfect for the less technically inclined to get the NAS up and running quickly with little effort. Someone with a basic knowledge of networking will find this a breeze to go through while a more advanced user can skip it in favor of manual configuration.
Hard drive configuration is applied during the setup process, with RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and JBOD available. After the wizard is complete…