QNAP TAS-168 – the domesticated NAS

To Do backups between computers or clouds on the Internet, or make their own "long", or take ready – long story, some of which are better skipped. Originally planned to use QNAP TAS-168, editorial the drive for backups of the website and similar tasks. But the final choice Droider never did, but there was good material for a review.

Before us is the version with the compartment under the hard disk, the maximum capacity which could reach 6 TB. There is also a variant with two slots for 12 TB of space, respectively.

Let us Say at once that the manufacturer positions the device as a home, i.e. ordinary consumers. So problems that QNAP TAS-168, selected from this message.

Let's Start with appearance and configuration. Inside the package showed the electric cable, cord for LAN-connections the remote control and the drive itself. The outer casing is made of glossy white plastic. The quality of materials is good, and Assembly. Nothing no backlash and no squeaks. By itself the plastic is quite thick and weighty.

Now take the disk and perform the operation to connect to the repository. This is done very simply. Cover drive spins up only one cog. Not necessary to have a screwdriver at hand, there is a convenient ring holder. Unscrew and take out the insides. Once it is clear where and what to do with. Connects via a standard connector, as in any computer, and is attached to the drive on the sled. Looks tight, but in the box there is a plastic fastener that will provide additional structural stability. Probably, in case a pet or child will decide to throw a humming box from the table. Sounds, by the way, not loudly, but quite intelligent. Watching the film, the cooler is the active cooling will not spoil the impression.

On the back there are 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, LAN-login and the reset button. On the front side: power button, USB 3.0, SD card slot and a scattering of blinking sensors. The store is running on a dual-core processor ARM Cortex-A7 with a clock frequency of 1.1 GHz and with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM.

After connection, launch, format the drive and setup took us about 30 minutes. Then came the standard Android settings menu and the start menu. Then you can sync your cloud storage and your personal Google account to get started.

The Most important difference of this from other QNAP NAS devices is the presence of the Green robot and the interaction with the application thereof, and more built-in programs to work with multimedia. That is, the playback of films and view photos directly run on the device and on an HDMI cable are broadcast on the screen. Handy thing, if the TV does not omnivores or even use a standard monitor. Android, though not the newest (version 4.4.4), but allows you to freely download any app and quite adequately work with them. But to play we would not recommend it. If only something simple, like Flappy Bird.

Moreover, the buyer provided a large variation in the working with files on the drive with the deleted device. For PC there is an app that allows you to join the personal store and to download or reproduce any files. By the way, you can start to watch the movie, which will start in drive and you'll get streaming like in YouTube. A convenient feature, when you have a good Internet connection. For Android and iOS also have the app. If you summarize, they all give the opportunity to work with the files or allow you to use your smartphone as remote.

The device, there are perhaps 2 major flaws. First, work with the Internet. Can be connected only through LAN, no wifi, despite 2016. For Droider it was a real challenge as everyone has routers, which distribute the Internet wirelessly. Searching the bins, we found an Internet cable from the past, pulled to the nearest router. Secondly, the price. The device has attractive design, quality and functions that are not found in competitors. But the question arises "why buy such a fancy TAS-drive?". Answer: to store files or work with them remotely. The cost of QNAP TAS-168 depends on the level of 26 000. For the same money you can buy the drive with a 12 TB onboard, but absolutely utilitarian functionality. However, the thing is extremely useful if you need access to files from anywhere.