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In late 2009 we tested and reviewed a network attached storage device from QNAP. It was the TS-219P model and it delivered a data-transfer speed of 45-50 MBps, had interesting firmware features and offered eSATA ports. The manufacturer has recently updated it to TS-219P+ but still targets the product at SOHO and home multimedia users.

There are two dual-disk NASes in QNAP’s product range which are inferior to the TS-219P+ in specifications. They have slower processors and a smaller amount of system memory and lack hot-swap disk days and eSATA ports. QNAP also offers more advanced products than the TS-129+ but they are based on the Atom platform. Thus, the model we are going to discuss today is intended for users who are not satisfied with entry-level NASes but do not need all the features of top-end ones.

Compared to its predecessor, the TS-219+ hasn’t changed much. Its processor is now clocked at 1.6 GHz and it supports Wake-on-LAN. The rest of its specifications are actually the same as those of the TS-219P. There are also changes in the firmware (but firmware updates are usually released for QNAP’s entire product range, so you can use them with older devices as well). The most notable of them are the opportunity to assign access rights to subfolders, a new file download module, and Wi-Fi support.

Package and Accessories

The NAS comes in a cardboard box which is rather large for a dual-disk model: 27 x 20.5 x 23.5 centimeters. The box looks plain; the product specs and key features are printed on a small sticker.

There is nothing new about the accessories. Besides the NAS proper, the box contains an external power adapter (12V/5A) with cord, an Ethernet cable, some screws, a CD with software and an installation leaflet.

The included CD contains electronic versions of the user manual in several languages, a file with firmware, and software utilities (QNAP Finder, QGet, and NetBack Replicator; the former two are available for both Windows and Mac OS). You can also download everything from the manufacturer’s website.

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