Date: April 14th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: QNAP
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
In addition to a cooling fan there are several ports on the back, all arranged neatly down the right side. At the top we have two eSATA ports followed by two gigabit LAN ports and four additional USB ports. In the event you need to set everything back to factory defaults there is a reset button as well. The VGA port at the bottom is reserved.
To further demonstrate quality, there are four circular feet on the bottom. Features like this can be easily overlooked but they do serve an important purpose. Not only do they provide stability and shock absorption, but they also keep the unit raised up slightly so warm air has a way to escape from underneath.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Installing the drives does require a screwdriver, but chances are the drives won't need to be replaced very often anyway. Four screws on the underside of the tray secure the drive and it can then be inserted into the bay.
After all necessary cables are plugged in and the NAS is powered up, the setup CD must be ran. The first order of business is to run the QNAP Finder utility which will locate the NAS on the network for you.
It took just a few seconds for the NAS to be found on my network. At this point you have the choice of proceeding with a setup wizard or canceling out and manually setting everything up. For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to begin the setup wizard.