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External Devices

Top-end NASes usually offer a number of I/O ports for external devices. The TS-469 Pro has five USB 2.0 ports (one on the front panel), two USB 3.0 ports and two eSATA connectors. Connecting external disks for backup copying or expanding the available amount of storage is the most common usage for them. External disks cannot be added to RAIDs and are only represented as individual shared folders with adjustable access parameters. The TS-469 Pro supports every popular file system on an external disk: FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, and HFS+. External disks can be turned off safely in the NAS’s web-interface. The TS-469 Pro can also format disks using FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4 and HFS+.

A print server with support for Windows, Mac OS and IPP can be established on the NAS, too. You can connect up to three printers concurrently. Access can be limited by client’s IP address. The NAS can only print; the scanning feature of all-in-ones is not supported.

An uninterruptible power supply can be connected to the NAS via USB or LAN to ensure higher data safety. Multiple NASes can share the same UPS.

The USB ports can also be used for sound cards (for the Music Station service) or USB-cameras (for the QUSBCam module which can combine them into a video surveillance system).

System Settings

The selection of the NAS’s system settings hasn’t changed over the previous QNAP products. You can specify the device’s network name and description, configure the integrated clock, update the firmware, save and restore the configuration.

The hardware options let you set up the operation mode of the cooling fan, disable the sound alarm, block the Reset button, enable sleep mode for the HDDs when they are idle. As for power management, you can schedule the NAS’s operation with up to a minute precision and reboot or shut it down from the web-interface.

The TS-469 Pro can report to the administrator about any problems via email (two recipient addresses), Windows Live Messenger or SMS (a paid service for up to two phone numbers). All events are categorized into two levels: warnings and errors. You can choose individual communication channels for both. Syslog support is available, too.

Besides the default system log, you can enable logging for the supported protocols including SMB, FTP, AFP and others, so you can easily see when documents and folders were accessed and what for, when the VPN server was used, and many other things. A list of all current connections to the NAS can be found on a dedicated tab.

There’s a group of pages with information about the current status of the NAS. The first page shows you the firmware version, uptime, network interface data, temperature and fan speed. The second page is about the NAS’s services. And on the third page you can see graphs of CPU, memory, disk and network usage and a list of active processes.

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